Friday, October 14, 2011

Elsie Chapman: DUALED

It really is a dream come true to become a published author, and I feel so very incredibly blessed. 2013 is going to be one amazing year!

I grew up in Prince George, BC (yeah, it's pretty cold) and moved south to Vancouver (yeah, it's pretty wet) to attend UBC where I received my BA in English and Psych. Now I live in Richmond, BC with my brilliant, computer-geeky-cool husband and two fantastic kids. And two cats (can't forget the cats!). I'm repped by The Chudney Agency in NYC, and you can find me at my blog, facebook, twitter, goodreads, or pinterest.

DUALED (Random House, Spring 2013)

Would you live through the ultimate test of survival?

The city of Kersh is a safe haven, but the price of safety is high. Everyone has a genetic Alternate—a twin raised by another family—and citizens must prove their worth by eliminating their Alts before their twentieth birthday. Survival means advanced schooling, a good job, marriage—life.

Fifteen-year-old West Grayer has trained as a fighter, preparing for the day when her assignment arrives and she will have one month to hunt down and kill her Alt. But then a tragic misstep shakes West’s confidence. Stricken with grief and guilt, she’s no longer certain that she’s the best version of herself, the version worthy of a future. If she is to have any chance of winning, she must stop running not only from her Alt, but also from love . . . though both have the power to destroy her.

Elsie Chapman’s suspenseful debut weaves unexpected romance into a novel full of fast-paced action and thought-provoking philosophy. When the story ends, discussions will begin about this future society where every adult is a murderer and every child knows there is another out there who just might be better.

Did I mention there's romance, too? Because there is. And I love West, I think she's an awesome character with a lot of guts. A few agents have told me she brings to mind a teenaged Lisbeth Salander crossed with Jason Bourne. A Salander-Bourne baby! That is one mind-blowing compliment!

I watch a lot of movies and I read as much as possible. I love that my husband and I have passed on our love of manga to the kids. I run way too much in a futile effort to burn off excessive chocolate consumption. And my favourite superstition? Jinxing myself by even thinking about the possibilities. I try not to look too far ahead, just enjoying each day for what it is.


  1. I just have to say "The Assignment" sounds freaking fantastic. Can't wait to get my hands on it. Congrats on your '13 debut!

  2. Sarah, thanks so much! *insert cool tae kwon doe noise effect here*. Congrats to you, as well!

  3. Your book sounds incredible. Jason Bourne is one of my favorites too!

  4. Hi Ashley! Thank you so much :) Congrats on your deal, and so glad you see you here!