The Delphi Effect
(The Delphi Trilogy, #1)
Published by: Skyscape
Publication date: October 11th 2016
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
In this thrilling new series from Rysa Walker, the award-winning and best-selling author of Timebound, a teen psychic is the key to stopping a government conspiracy.
It’s never wise to talk to strangers . . . and that goes double when they’re dead. Unfortunately, seventeen-year-old Anna Morgan has no choice. Resting on a park bench, touching the turnstile at the Metro station—she never knows where she’ll encounter a ghost. These mental hitchhikers are the reason Anna has been tossed from one foster home and psychiatric institution to the next for most of her life.
When a chance touch leads her to pick up the insistent spirit of a girl who was brutally murdered, Anna is pulled headlong into a deadly conspiracy that extends to the highest levels of government. Facing the forces behind her new hitcher’s death will challenge the barriers, both good and bad, that Anna has erected over the years and shed light on her power’s origins. And when the covert organization seeking to recruit her crosses the line by kidnapping her friend, it will discover just how far Anna is willing to go to bring it down.
Please give a warm welcome to Rysa Walker, author of The Delphi Effect. Rysa is visiting today with a fun post about the role music plays in her writing. Also, she is sharing a Spotify Playlist.
Music plays a major role in my writing. For one thing, it helps block out the background noises– kids, dogs, solicitors, traffic, and so on– that sometimes distract me: even when I’m in the Writing Cave. But music can also be an inspiration, and that was definitely the case for The Delphi Effect. I really hate mornings, partly because I write better after midnight, when everything is quiet. My kids aren’t really morning people either. But the person in charge of our school district thinks teenagers need to arrive when the sun is barely over the horizon. A few years back, the morning routine with my two sons was hauling our groggy selves into the van and listening to music on the twenty minute drive to their middle school. We had a carefully curated playlist of songs that all three of us liked (or could at least tolerate) because mornings suck badly enough as it is. Having to listen to crappy music–or worse, a chatty morning show host telling lousy jokes–just adds insult to injury.
One morning while driving back home, two songs played, one right after the other, from our playlist. The first was “Oh, Lately It’s So Quiet,” by OK-Go. The second was “42,” from the Viva La Vida album by Coldplay. Both deal with ghosts, but one line from the Coldplay song–“Those who are dead are not dead, they’re just living in my head”–really stuck with me.
Later that week, I heard Tegan & Sara singing “Walking with a Ghost,” and while I didn’t hear Muse’s “MK-Ultra” until long after I’d realized the role that government program played in my narrative, it was still cool to have it pop up on Pandora while I was writing one day.
The other songs I’ve included either inspired me while writing or connect to key characters or themes of the story. I hope all of you enjoy the playlist, and that you’ll check out The Delphi Effect!
About the Author
Rysa Walker is the author of the bestselling CHRONOS Files series. Timebound, the first book in the series, was the Young Adult and Grand Prize winner of the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Rysa grew up on a cattle ranch in the South, where she was a voracious reader. On the rare occasions when she gained control of the television, she watched Star Trek and imagined living in the future, on distant planets, or at least in a town big enough to have a stoplight. She currently lives in North Carolina, where she is working on the next installment in The Delphi Trilogy. If you see her on social media, please tell her to get back to her Writing Cave.
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