In the Community, there is no more pain or war. Implanted computer chips have wiped humanity clean of destructive emotions, and thoughts are replaced by a feed from the Link network.
When Zoe starts to malfunction (or “glitch”), she suddenly begins having her own thoughts, feelings, and identity. Any anomalies must be immediately reported and repaired, but Zoe has a secret so dark it will mean certain deactivation if she is caught: her glitches have given her uncontrollable telekinetic powers.
As Zoe struggles to control her abilities and stay hidden, she meets other glitchers including Max, who can disguise his appearance, and Adrien, who has visions of the future. Both boys introduce Zoe to feelings that are entirely new. Together, this growing band of glitchers must find a way to free themselves from the controlling hands of the Community before they’re caught and deactivated, or worse.
In this action-packed debut, Glitch begins an exciting new young adult trilogy.
Heather Anastasiu grew up in Texas and recently moved to Minneapolis with her family. When she’s not busy getting lost exploring the new city, she spends most days writing at a café or daydreaming about getting a new tattoo.
Hello, Heather!! Thank you so much for being here on the blog today!
Where did you get the idea for Glitch?
My husband mentioned a Popular Science article about research being done into the possibility of implanting something equivalent to memory chips in Alzheimer’s patients. I was both horrified and intrigued about what kind of technology we might start implanting more and more in our bodies in the future. Also, I thought it would be really exciting to tell a story about a girl discovering emotion for the first time in her life.
What was your favorite character to develop?
I had the most fun writing Max. I know he’s sometimes not the most popular character with readers, but he was a blast to write. He’s the perfect counterpart to Zoe, getting to see how someone with less altruistic impulses might react to being dumped into a world suddenly full of emotion.
What is your favorite scene or quote?
My favorite scene is where one character is trying to explain what love is.
What was your favorite part about writing Glitch?
Writing Glitch was this amazing whirlwind experience. I wrote in a month and the characters were so alive and vibrant in my head in a way they hadn’t been in previous projects. I’d wake up thinking about the characters and stay up late at night.
Are you in the process of writing any other novels?
Absolutely! I’m editing the other two books in the Glitch trilogy, and the past few weeks just started on a new sekrit project J.
As an author, do you have any tips for aspiring writers out there?
Don’t. Give. Up. Maybe that sounds clichéd, but it is absolutely the most important tip to trying to make it in this business or even just finishing a writing project. There are so many things to get in the way of a writer actually managing to finish a book—resistance to getting words on the page every day, busy life things, or disappointing rejections along the way. All you can do is just keep showing up for the writing and treating it like a life-long passion and discipline.
Do you have a favorite author, or one that inspires you?
Margaret Atwood—her books combine fabulous storytelling with beautiful lyricism.
What is your favorite book?
It’s a tie between Christy by Catherine Marshall and East of Eden by John Steinbeck.
Dark, white, or milk chocolate? White chocolate.
Cats or dogs? Cats.
Coke or Pepsi? Neither. For some reason, I’ve never liked carbonated drinks!
Morning person or night owl? Absolute night owl, I’m often awake all night writing and go to bed just before sunrise.