Welcome to Spotlight Saturday! We have the lovely Elodie Colt joining us today. She writes romantic suspense. Let’s find out more…
Your debut novel, In Blood We Trust, has some scifi, suspense, and romance. It’s also set in the future, 2078. Describe your future for us. What drew you to write a story in the future?
I always had a thing for futuristic/dystopian stories like “Divergent” by Veronica Roth, “Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins, or movies like “I Robot” or “Eagle Eye”. All these stories tell about a perfect world that’s not so perfect in the end. I wanted to create something similar but tried to stay as realistic as possible.
One of the futuristic aspects in my book is the universal “Key”—similar to an iPhone. People depend on it. It’s not just a phone but functions as a house key, a wallet, and contains every sort of document like driver’s license, passport, medical consultation history, and so on. I also added little things I imagined could exist in the future, like fast magnetic levitation trains instead of subways, cars powered by solar engine and equipped with software chips to prevent speeding, and drones buzzing around the city delivering goods. Additionally, I created futuristic weapons like guns with a corner shot function or the “Blaster”—a weapon shooting off shockwaves.
There are more cancer patients in the future as, with time, the world’s ozone layer started to crumble. Since then, the outside temperature increased so it’s hot all the time, the fertile land became rarer, and the rate of miscarriages became alarmingly high, causing the world’s population to decimate drastically.
In Blood We Trust, there’s been a cure for cancer, but with a side effect. Where did this idea come from? What is the cure itself? Where do your ideas, in general, come from?
I guess my father inspired me. He was diagnosed with cancer years ago and has to go through chemotherapy every three weeks. Imagine a world where there’s a remedy for cancer!
The Cure is a liquid medicine that comes in biotubes. People who want to receive this Cure need to register at the SDCT—the Scientific Department for Cancer Treatment. The Cure is dependent on the indication, meaning: There’s a different Cure for leukemia, breast cancer, etc. The worse the cancer, the stronger the Cure. The “Recipients”, as I call them, need to pay a lot of money for that, so there are always people who can’t afford it.
The side effect is that the Cure is such a strong substance it kills the blood cells which results in internal blood loss. Therefore, the Recipients need to consume human blood from the same blood type which is why there are also “Donors”—the healthy people who are obliged to donate the blood.
I got inspired by the movie “Daybreakers” with Ethan Hawke where a virus makes everyone a vampire and blood becomes a rare good. I wanted to avoid writing a vampire story so I chose a different approach.