A Q&A With Niki Cluff author of Breed
Q: If you could swap places with one of your fictional characters for 24 hours, who would you choose to be?
A: I’d probably switch with Kyle, the main character of BREED.
Q: Why? And what would you do that day?
A: Because Ichiro is hot and I want to learn kendo and mixed martial art which she learns from Ichiro at the academy.
Q: In what way is your story unique compared to other books in this genre?
A: I got the idea from watching Married at First Sight. I wanted to write a story where the characters gradually fell in love instead of love at first sight. And I’ve always sort of wondered how people plan to repopulate earth after a disaster that could wipe out humanity.
Q: What part of the story was the most fun to write? The most challenging?
A: The car chase scene. I do really well with action scenes.
Q: Which of your characters is most like you?
A: I think I’m a balanced mixture of Kyle and Ichiro. They both tend to keep to themselves, but Kyle likes to cook and is a video gamer which I also share with her.
Q: If you could have one superpower, what would it be and how would you use it?
A: I’d stop time. What I wouldn’t give to have more time to accomplish things in a day.
Q: If you could reenact a scene from any book (not necessarily your own), what would it be? Who would you choose for your scene partner(s)?
A: I’d live through Stephanie Garbers Caraval. Any parts of Caraval, to be honest. And I know that Julian isn’t Korean, but I’d definitely choose TOP from BigBang to play him because he’s gorgeous.
Q: Tell us something we’d be surprised to learn about you.
A: I’m terrified of aliens. I remember my dad watching a documentary once when I was little and the scene where the aliens “probed” humans horrified me.
Q: Do you have a nervous habit when writing? A guilty pleasure when writing? (example: chew a pen to death or have a stack of Hershey’s kisses while you write)
A: I chew on my pens. And keep chocolate chips nearby. And I love listening to video game soundtracks while writing.
A comet is set to destroy Earth, but Kyle Singer is determined to survive. Tired of being treated like a second-class citizen thanks to her perfect brother, Kyle doesn’t think twice when offered the opportunity to attend an academy formed to stop the comet. It’s not like there’s going to be much left after the comet hits, anyway. She’s drugged, shipped off to the school, and thrown into a relationship with Ichiro Seung-hun, an exchange student from South Korea. The school isn’t just about stopping the comet. It’s a breeding program for after the comet hits and wipes out the human race. Terrified of becoming a baby-making factory, Kyle and Ichiro will do whatever it takes to escape. Even if that means dying.
Bright light illuminates the room from beneath the door, burning my eyes. I lift my hand to shade my eyes against the scorching light. Angel does the same. I get to my feet when the TV screen flickers again. An image of Ichiro and Preston tied with ropes and trapped in a cage appears on the screen.
“Ichiro,” I breathe, standing.
“That can’t be real,” Angel says. She turns toward the open door.
They’re trapped in a cage made of bars and surrounded by thick foliage that reminds me of a jungle. I shake my head. “I don’t know.”
We live in the desert. Not a jungle.
About the Author:
Niki Cluff lives in Northern Arizona with her husband, three children, and Great Dane who also doubles as a pony. For the last four years, she has worked as a literary intern sorting through queries while writing her own books. When she isn’t writing or watching BIGBANG and EXO videos, she’s sketching, playing video games (Legend of Zelda is her favorite), crocheting, and cooking. Copycat recipes are her specialty. She’s also a massive anime fan (Sailor Moon forever!) and hopes to visit Tokyo some day. Follow her @nikicluff_books on twitter, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org