Today I am interviewing Annelie Wendeberg, author of the bestselling climate change thriller series, 1/2986.
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DJ: Hey Annelie! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Annelie Wendeberg: I drink coffee and write stuff. So there ☺
DJ: What is 1/2986 about?
Annelie: : It’s about a girl living in a post-climate disaster world, her struggles, fears, and hopes. The scientific background of the series relies on latest scientific publications on impacts of climate change on present and future generations. Much of it is based on the IPCC’s 5th assessment report. I wanted to communicate the risks of climate change to a broader public. Problem is, we scientist are often pretty crappy in communicating our findings, because we love our numbers, and believe that we shouldn’t let our emotions carry us away (but we are driven by curiosity and passion, so…). Numbers rarely get non-scientists excited, and we tend to forget that. In the 1/2986 series I wanted to explore how our grandchildren and great-grandchildren might experience the world we are now creating.
DJ: What were some of your influences for 1/2986?
Annelie: Twenty years in environmental sciences, and the love to tell stories.
DJ: Could you briefly tell us a little about your main characters? Do they have any cool quirks or habits, or any reason why readers with sympathize with them?
Annelie: Micka is fiercely loyal. She never puts herself first, and has a very strong sense for what is right and what is wrong. What I love the most about writing her is that she can taste words (she’s a synesthete). Runner is a strategist and assassin who grew up in Afghanistan and lost his whole family to terrorists. He’s Micka’s life line, and I love this guy a lot. And then there’s Katvar. He’s mute and the gentle hero in this series. But if I would tell you more, I would spoil the whole thing.
DJ: What is the world and setting of 1/2986 like?
It’s a possible future scenario of a post-climate disaster world. Ecosystem degradation, climate change, biodiversity loss, and wide-spread antibiotic resistance have resulted in untreatable pandemics, in limited supply of edible food and clean water, and finally, civil and global wars. The first book begins when the global wars and pandemics have wiped out ten billion lives. Now, 1/2986th are left, and they live mostly as hunters and gatherers, and small farmers. Very few have access to pre-war technology, for example the global satellite network, digital libraries, solar airplanes, power plants, etc..
DJ: What was your favorite part about writing 1/2986?
Annelie: Being in Micka’s head and heart, although it was gut-wrenching much of the time. And I immensely enjoyed developing the military strategic part of book 4 with Sir Sebastian Roberts. He’s a fun guy.
DJ: What do you think readers will be talking about most once they finish it?
Annelie: Many reviewers mentioned that the series scared the shit out of them, because the scenario is so probable. Mission accomplished
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 1/2986that you can share with us?
Annelie: Ha! I have many. But one must be enough for now. This is from book 1, when Runner fears for his life and gives his super expensive satellite communication thingy to Micka:
He pushes buttons on his SatPad, logs in, and speaks into the machine. ‘I give operating rights to…’ Then he holds it in my face.
‘Operating rights to fuck you, please acknowledge,’ the machine squeaks.
DJ: Now that the 1/2986 bundle is released, what is next for you?
Annelie: I continue plotting the fourth book in the series now
DJ: Where can readers find out more about you?
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Annelie-Wendeberg/
DJ: Before we go, what is that one thing you’d like readers to know about 1/2986 that we haven’t talked about yet?
Annelie: This series is not for sissies. It deals with harrowing human behaviour (shit you can find in any war, and among Daesh (ISIS) and Boko Haram assholes). And there are lots of f-words, s-words, and c-words.
DJ: Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to answer my questions!
Annelie: Thank you for having me, DJ!
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Ten billion died. Three million are left clawing for survival. One more death doesn’t make a difference, does it? Micka is barely sixteen when she decides to kill herself. She doesn’t fit in, doesn’t understand people or rules of society. She doesn’t even understand herself. To her, all words have flavors, and emotions come with such force that she can’t help but carve them into her skin. Only hours before her meticulously planned suicide, she meets Runner – a mysterious stranger who makes an offer she finds hard to reject: a life far away from home as a Sequencer’s apprentice. There are only two rules she must follow: Survive. Kill.
Annelie Wendeberg is a scientist and the author of the award-winning Anna Kronberg series that has been as high as #15 on Amazon and #3 on B&N. Publishers in five countries have purchased the rights to her books.
When she’s not writing about kick-ass heroines who live disguised as men, about girls who jump from airplanes and blow up the global satellite network, and Death falling in love, Annelie is herding goats and making cheese.