Thirst Release Day!
Jill Williamson on November 21, 2019
Happy Thirst-day, everyone!
Eight years ago I wrote chapter one of the story that became Thirst. I was working on a dystopian story (which became Captives), but I was struggling to understand the storyworld I was trying to build. I needed an origins story. A story about what happened to create this dystopian future.
That’s where Thirst came from. One day I was writing about Levi, Mason, Omar, and their great grandfather, Papa Eli. The next day? Eli was a teenager trying to survive the end of the world. It was weird. But I liked Eli. I liked his friends. Their story intrigued me. Thirst was almost published back then. It had an offer and everything. But when I explained that Captives was meant to be the first book in a trilogy, and that it wouldn’t make sense to publish Captives, then Thirst, then Outcasts, then Rebels, the publisher tossed out Thirst and bought the trilogy instead.
But Thirst was still there, in my mind. Eli wanted his story told.
In 2016 I used Thirst as an example for a series I wrote for the Go Teen Writers blog called #WeWriteBooks. I posted one chapter a week on my author blog so that my readers could give me feedback. This year, since I started grad school, I haven’t been able to write the books I wanted to write. But I wanted to give my readers a book in 2019, so I looked in my files to see what I had to work with.
I found Thirst.
So I decided to cut it into two books, fix them up, and today the first part of Eli’s story is finally available in book form for your reading pleasure..I hope you enjoy the story as much as I enjoyed writing it.
For more information about Thirst, and to see all the places the books are available, click here.