Eden by Keary Taylor is a post-apocalyptic survival story where humans must fight to survive an infection that will change them to machines. It’s a great book and you can read my review over on Charlie Allden’s blog – Smart Girls Love SciFi.
Interview with Author Keary Taylor
You’ve mentioned Star Wars as an inspiration in writing Eden. So, with the whole survive the crazy, mindless, human-killers, I’m curious if you were inspired at all by zombies or zombie survival stories?
Keary Taylor: Haha, I never thought about zombies until I finished the whole first draft. I had just read Hollowland by Amanda Hocking and thought, huh, I just wrote a zombie book too, just with robots instead! Lol! Normally I am not much of a zombie person so it was a funny realization to me that I basically had written a zombie book!
Eden has a big focus on romance, or finding ones feelings, was this one of your goals with the story or did it evolve that way?
KT: The vision I had in my head of the ending of Eden (before I even planned out the beginning) was the sacrifices everyone would make for those they love. The love part of the story did grow bigger than I thought it would but when I finished writing Eden I realized that it was a book entirely about love. The love of Eve’s family (those in Eden), the love she had for Avian and West, and the love she had for herself.
It appeared to me that Eden made some interesting social commentary on science and medicine with those being the downfall of humanity. Are those issues that are important to you?
KT: You know, I wrote Eden to entertain, not as a political message or anything. The technology I wrote about in Eden is based on real stuff, though not quite as evolved as I made it. I started doing some research on everything and really freaked myself out. I do think modern science needs to be careful not to think itself as God.
Were the names and characters in Eden chosen to evoke biblical references?
KT: I would seem that way, right? Lol The name for Eden as the place where all these survivors lived was based on how the Garden of Eden was a perfect and safe place. And to the people surviving in my world, that is what Eden was. I can’t really explain Eve’s name too much without giving too much story away. Read the book and you’ll figure it out.
Have you visited the areas that you wrote about in Eden or are they fictional?
KT: They’re purely fictional. I see my stories in my head like they’re a movie to me so everything feels very vivid to me. I hope I manage to get that vividness across to my readers.
Looking back on Eden, what is your favorite part or aspect of the story?
KT: The world building. I really sank myself into that world, played it out in my head how people would react to certain situations, imagined how it would be like to live without technology. I really, really love the world of Eden and find myself missing it all the time.
Were there any challenging parts to write?
KT: Writing a love triangle was harder than I thought it would be, lol! I was so conflicted myself about Avian and West and it was difficult to make Eve choose because I couldn’t hardly choose! Finding balance between all these intense emotions Eve is feeling, and still functioning as a member in Eden wasn’t easy to do.
Keary, thank you for chatting with me about your book! Congratulations on all your success. I can’t wait to read more of your work. Readers, if you’re interested in learning more about Keary or her work please visit her website at KearyTaylor.com or follow her on Twitter @kearytaylor.
I recommend The Bane, it’s a great story with believable characters.