Today I am interviewing Bernadette Allen, author of the new dystopian, science fiction novel, Sovereign Social Protocol.
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DJ: Hey Bernadette! Thanks for stopping by to do this interview! For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Bernadette Allen: I am a mom of 3 teens, all of whom homeschool I travel quite a bit, or whenever I have a chance. I grew up in the Washington DC area, but now live in the greater Atlanta area with my 3 kids and 3 golden retrievers.
DJ: What is Sovereign Social Protocol about?
BA: Sovereign Social Protocol follows Aaron, a 22yo who is about to graduate college. But, he seems to be a bit bored with the status quo. He joins the government, more to change it than to help it, but finds a bigger surprise than even the SSP could imagine.
DJ: What were some of your influence for the story?
BA: Honestly, listening to the political arguments of all the 2016 candidates. After listening to the rhetoric this past year and watching what was going on in our political system for the past 7 years, I can envision so much of 2084.
DJ: Did you have to do any type of research?
BA: I did have to do some research. I read quite a few books on stem cell therapy and the advancements that have taken place in the past few years. Also, BMW is in the infintry stages of self-driving cars. Finally, the hearing the fear of religion time and time again, not just the fear of Christianity, but all religions.
DJ: Could you briefly tell us a little about Aaron? Does he have any cool quirks or habits, or any reason why readers with sympathize with him?
BA: Aaron is your typical 22yo college grad. He missed out on Cancun for beach week, to give up his seat for a “friend.” He truly loves his family. Like many college grads, he has an idealistic view of the world.
DJ: What do you think readers will love most or be talking about after they have read Sovereign Social Protocol?
BA: Truthfully, the surprise twist ending is what I think the readers will be talking about. However, I also hope it gets them thinking of where we are headed. A few of the reviewers have commented that they asked themselves, “could this really happen?” and most came to the conclusion that we as a society could head down this road.
DJ: When I read, I love to collect quotes – whether it be because they’re funny, foodie, or have a personal meaning to me. Do you have any favorite quotes from Sovereign Social Protocol that you can share with us?
BA: I do, the grandfather is talking to his son in law and says, “Your government may have shut down my church. They may have closed the doors of our building and made us all go home. But no matter where true believers are, you can’t shut down their souls.”
DJ: Have you been reading anything good lately?
BA: I am about to read The Red Storm by Grant Bywaters, but I don’t get a ton of time to read. Mostly, I have been reading books on stem cell therapy for puppies, because not the cells are taken right from the dog’s fat cells in the vets office. Seriously fascinating.
DJ: Now that Social Sovereign Protocol is out, what is next for you?
BA: I’m actually just about finished with the 2nd book of the series. I am very excited to have the readers see Aaron’s story play out. However, I am working on a new series in the meantime, taking notes and writing down ideas.
DJ: Where can readers find out more about you?
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Bernadette-Allen/e/B01BJC1GDC/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
Blog: On goodreads
DJ: Is there anything else you would like add?
BA: I would just like to say, thank you, truly, for this amazing opportunity.
DJ: You are very welcome, and thank you so much for taking time out of your day to answer my questions!
***Sovereign Social Protocol is available now!!!! ***
About the Book:
Do You Believe That The Government Has Your Best Interests in Mind? This Dystopian Thriller Will Make You Think Twice!
In 2084, Aaron Trudeau is about to graduate college and enter the real world. As he learns that most everyone is blinded by the government’s accomplishments, Aaron seems to have more and more doubts. He signs up to join the SSP, Sovereign Social Protocol, better known as “The Council,” more out of defiance than a civic duty. As he treads deeper into the SSP, his covert plan derails as he discovers there are more horrific practices than even the SSP could imagine.
If you’ve been looking for an exciting new dystopian thriller, this is it! Sovereign Social Protocol will leave you so enthralled that you won’t be able to put it down once you start.
About the Author:
Bernadette Allen is a homeschool mom, dog lover, and world traveler. Born in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area and residing in Atlanta with her husband, she has raised 3 beautiful, loving children and has traveled to over 25 different countries.
She is also an avid thrill-seeker. Whether it’s bungee jumping at the Kawarau River in New Zealand, skydiving in Fiji, snorkeling in Alaska, or paragliding off the Matterhorn mountain in Switzerland, there is not an adventure she won’t tackle. So adventurous is she, in fact, that she even breathed the air in Beijing and sampled a bite of haggis in Scotland.
When she’s not writing mind-bending stories, she can usually be found with Kindle in hand thumbing through a good book or running a marathon.