About the Book:
In this frighteningly believable thriller from New York Times bestselling author Tosca Lee, an extinct disease re-emerges from the melting Alaskan permafrost to cause madness in its victims. For recent apocalyptic cult escapee Wynter Roth, it’s the end she’d always been told was coming.
When Wynter Roth is turned out of New Earth, a self-contained doomsday cult on the American prairie, she emerges into a world poised on the brink of madness as a mysterious outbreak of rapid early onset dementia spreads across the nation.
As Wynter struggles to start over in a world she’s been taught to regard as evil, she finds herself face-to-face with the apocalypse she’s feared all her life–until the night her sister shows up at her doorstep with a set of medical samples. That night, Wynter learns there’s something far more sinister at play and that these samples are key to understanding the disease.
Now, as the power grid fails and the nation descends into chaos, Wynter must find a way to get the samples to a lab in Colorado. Uncertain who to trust, she takes up with former military man Chase Miller, who has his own reasons for wanting to get close to the samples in her possession, and to Wynter herself.
Filled with action, conspiracy, romance, and questions of whom–and what–to believe, The Line Between is a high-octane story of survival and love in a world on the brink of madness.
1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?
The first time I ever blurted out the words “I want to write a novel” I was home for spring break my freshman year in college (this is 1989 for those counting ;). I was telling my dad how I loved that a great book was like a roller coaster with its ups and downs, twists and turns. And then I blurted it out: I want to write a novel.
That day, my dad made me a deal: he’d pay me what I would have made working as a bank teller that summer, if I spent the summer writing that novel and treated it like a job.
Today, 30 years later as I finish my 12th to-be-published novel, the dream is different. I still want to build roller coasters, but the reason has changed. Because I’ve lost track of the readers who have told me, sometimes through tears, how important novels have been during trying times in their lives: during a difficult marriage, while caring for an ailing parent, in the midst of illness, recovery, or psychological challenges. When they couldn’t work, felt alone, or otherwise simply needed to escape, if only an hour at a time.
2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?
I write in the upper level of the old, original farmhouse where I live in the country. It’s hot in the summer and cold in winter!
3: Where do your ideas come from?
In 2017, soon after Firstborn released, I met with my publisher in New York to talk about what was next. I had a short list of favourite story concepts—the idea of a cult escapee starting over and a pandemic rising from the permafrost among six or seven others. My publisher said, “I like both of those. I think you should put them together!”
It worked out strangely well! I wish I could take credit for the combination, but it was my publisher’s idea.
4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?
I’ve learned that I have to outline—or else face several rewrites.
5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?
This book—and the two before it—are thrillers. I love the concepts, the characters, and the pacing that is the hallmark of a thriller!
6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?
So I’m probably weird, but I never think of my novels in terms of celebrity casts. Even though I currently have several novels in development for television, this is the hardest thing for me to answer!
7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?
It just depends on what’s happening and whether I’m on deadline. I probably don’t have favorite authors so much as favorite books I’ve returned to throughout my life. Interview With the Vampire, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Mists of Avalon, Bird by Bird, and On Writing.
8: What book/s are you reading at present?
A World Lit Only By Fire
9: What is your favourite book and why?
This is very hard, but The Mists of Avalon is a long-time (30+ years) favorite of mine.
10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?
My number #1 rule of writing is: Write like no one is ever going to read it. Why? Because then you aren’t watering down anything with fear about what anyone will think. My #2 rule is: finish your article/essay/memoir/book. It’s the thing that separates those who want to make a career of it from those who actually do. Those who do it as a career finish—again and again. Also, surround yourself with the people you need: other writers to take this journey with you. Mentors, advocates, and encouragers who will remind you not to take everything so seriously. My husband is this person to me—the one, who reminds me, when it seems like everything is falling apart, to have fun. Because writing is a lot of work. If you’re not having fun, your reader won’t either. And then what’s the point?
11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?
About the Author:
Tosca Lee is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of ten novels including THE LINE BETWEEN, THE PROGENY, FIRSTBORN, THE LEGEND OF SHEBA, ISCARIOT, and the Books of Mortals series with New York Times bestseller Ted Dekker. Her work has been translated into seventeen languages and been optioned for TV and film. A notorious night-owl, she loves movies, playing football with her kids, and sending cheesy texts to her husband.
You can find Tosca at ToscaLee.com, on social media, or hanging around the snack table. A SINGLE LIGHT, Tosca’s highly-anticipated sequel to THE LINE BETWEEN, releases September 2019 and is available for pre-order now.