A chat with Shannon Stoker, author of The Alliance (The Registry #3)

shannon-author-photoThe Alliance is the 3rd book in Shannon Stoker’s Registry series, and she stopped by to talk about the new book, and more!

The Alliance is the 3rd book in your Registry series. Will you tell us a little about the book, and the series?
I am really happy with the way The Alliance tied everything up. You get to see the plot and the characters come full circle. In The Registry, Mia and Andrew escape the US to freedom, then in The Collection they are fighting to get to freedom, and in The Alliance they are putting other’s needs above their own and really just going after what is right.

How would you say Mia has changed the most from the first book? Why do you think readers will connect with her?
Mia has really done a 180 over the course of the series. Her priorities have shifted so much by the time we arrive at The Alliance and she is really embracing being a person as opposed to being a robot. I think at the start of The Registry it is easy to see her as annoying and naïve, but if the reader sticks with her for a few chapters you can see she is just a product of the society she was raised in and watching her break free is very relatable.

For those that haven’t read the series, will you tell us a little more about the world that you’ve set the books in?
Sure! The world has been greatly changed by a war that happened about a hundred years ago. What countries are left operate in a individual capacity, foreign relations are almost dead. The population has also significantly decreased. In the US women are seen as property and young men are seen as worthless until they come of age to (mandatorily) join the Armed Forces. Mia Morrissey is sold to an evil man and decides she wants her own life. Since she knows nothing about the world or surviving she enlists the help of a Andrew, a young man who has done nothing but survive. Through the course of the series their goals change and they learn a lot about their internal goals and about how to change the rough world they live in.

What kind of research did you do for the books?
Each book required different research. For The Registry I looked at a lot of countries where women are not treated as equal to men. I also reviewed a lot of historical settings where they were looked as less worthy.

The second installment, The Collection, required me to look at various forms of torture. My google search record was definitely looking creepy. I also had to study some military training techniques as well.

The Alliance had me researching the effects of war on populations and countries. What methods were put in place to come back from devastation. Throughout the entire process I also definitely got a geography lesson. Recently a facebook fan requested a map of the world and that’s something I’m trying to work on at the moment because there are so many changes.

When you started writing the series, did you already have an idea of how many you wanted to write, or did you just decide to see where the narrative took you?
I had an idea of how many I would need to finish the story. I wanted to make sure that there weren’t loose ends and the reader could be satisfied with the character changes over the three books.

What authors have influenced you the most? What are a few of your favorites?
I am constantly reading and always have been. I will get on an author kick and read everything they’ve put out. I love Jennifer Armentrout, Lauren Oliver, and Neil Gaiman at the moment. I also love Terry Goodkind and The Sword of Truth series.

I would have to say the two authors that influenced me the most are John Christopher, who wrote The Tripod series and Meredith Pierce, who wrote The Darkangel series.

What are you currently reading?
I just started Defending Jacob and I am working my way through The Magicians series.

You’re a TV buff as well as a horror movie fan? What are a few of your fave TV shows and movies?
I’m a TV junkie, I love what is out there right now. My favorite show is Banshee. It’s a bunch of violent pulpy fun. I’m also a die hard SNL fan, Kate Mckinnon is my favorite cast member at the moment. 12 Monkeys is in my DVR and once I have some free time I’m hoping to get into that.

My all time favorite movie is The Shining. I watch it at least a few times a year. I love all things horror and watch a lot of whatever is streaming on Netflix. My husband was sick recently so we went on a bit of a Redbox binge and (like most of America) I love Guardians of The Galaxy. For the Oscars this year my pick for best film is The Grand Budapest Hotel, but I haven’t seen all the nominees…yet

What’s next for you, this year and beyond?
Right now I’m trying to work on a more contemporary series. This one is told from the POV of a teenage boy who is a social outcast. He’s picked up by a group of people who want to help him, but may have more sinister intentions.

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About The Alliance:
To overthrow a brutal dictator and free her country, a brave young woman will risk her life and liberty to spark a revolution in this explosive final installment in Shannon Stoker’s electrifying Registry trilogy.

Mia Morrissey fled to Mexico to escape the government marrying her to someone she did not love. Now, she’s going risk everything so that the rest of America can be free.

Going undercover as part of a diplomatic mission, Mia returns to America. But life there is more dangerous than ever as the walls grow ever taller, and the forgotten country faces its most ruthless leader yet, Grant Marsden . . . a shadow from Mia’s past. With the help of Andrew, Carter, and other members of the subversive group Affinity, she embarks on a perilous journey to defeat Grant, bring down the government, and destroy the Registry once and for all.

When a terrible betrayal exposes the operation, Mia discovers that her enemies have used her—and so have her friends. Alone and frightened, she’s uncertain who to trust—or whether the mission is worth what she’s sacrificing.

With the fate of her friends and the future of her country on the line, Mia knows that her next step may be the last for her . . . and America.

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