Shari Lopatin tells stories that matter. An award-winning journalist in her earlier years, she now writes complex and stimulating suspense novels that tie into modern-day social issues. Shari has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine writer, public relations professional, social media manager, and earned the title of “Cat Mom of the Year.”
What are your five favorite books, and why?
In no particular order:
1) The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood 2) The Kite Runner, by Khaled Husseini 3) The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls 4) 1984, by George Orwell 5) Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
What do you read for pleasure?
I prefer fiction books that fall into the genres of contemporary, dystopian, speculative, or drama. But really, anything that tells a great story with character development that makes you love, or hate, or pity the protagonist as he or she affects your everyday life will grab my interest. And smart. I like smart writing, smart ideas.
"The Apollo Illusion" is a story for the hackers, the techies, the seekers, and the rebels of the world. A dystopian suspense for young adults and millennials, it follows bullied nineteen-year-old Flora into an isolated web of truth, lies, and survival when she stumbles upon a dark secret about her walled-off home state of Apollo.