Angela R. Watts’ newest book, The Divided Nation, releases TODAY. I haven’t yet read it but I’ll always support good Christian dystopia…and I’m pretty excited for this one. (If you remember, I helped with the cover reveal for TDN a while back.) You can check out the full schedule of book tour posts on Angela’s website.
The Divided Nation (The Infidel Books #1)
WHEN THE NATION DIVIDES, THE INFIDELS MUST RISE.
The United States has fallen. Three years after the 2024 presidential election and the declaration of martial law, the nation is at war against itself. Gangs battle, civilians struggle for survival, and officials of the United Nations thrive. West Johnston, heir to the most powerful ganglord in the country, refuses to continue the family legacy. But, in order to defeat his father, he must become him: bloodthirsty and willing to do whatever it takes for control.
West gains control by helping fellow gangsters, Nate and Simon, when they form an alliance with one of the last remaining townships in America. After years of surviving and winter fast approaching, Springtown is in desperate need of supplies from the two teenagers. When the town leader’s daughter, Rene, is kidnapped by an unknown rival, Nate and Simon risk their reputations to save her and the town they now love. But without help from West, their rescue mission will fail.
Told in multiple bold, abrasive narratives, THE DIVIDED NATION steps into a future where brotherhood bonds must be stronger than iron to survive a broken world, and faith without courage is dust in the wind.
Angela allowed me to interview her for the book tour and I loved all her answers. I hope you do too!
Welcome to the blog, Angela! To start things off, I’m super interested to know what inspired you to write faith-based dystopia.
This world is wicked. God is Holy. Most dystopian novels are without Jesus and thus, very morbid, dark, and non satisfactory. Lots of Christians dislike the genre because of this. Lots of readers are tired of the genre because if this.
I like the genre, but I’m not all for the “end days means there is no hope, no fix, no love!”… I’m all for the end days fiction that look at the book of Revelation and say, “Hey, things are evil, but God wins.” Since there isn’t much of it, I decided to write it.
It’s so important to show people that there is still hope for the future. Yet even with so much hope, Christian dystopias can still be heartwrenching. Did you ever cry while writing The Divided Nation?
I… think so… yes. Some scenes hurt but I didn’t allow myself tears. Some scenes… I agonized over… I can confirm I’ve cried more than once over this series as a whole.
I’ve cried over my own writing, so I definitely feel your pain. On the brighter side…is there a song or album that reminds you of The Divided Nation?
IS THERE EVER. I have a Spotify and Youtube playlists, both still lacking songs that remind me of the book, but here are the links…
I’ll have to check those out! How many rewrites did you go through?
One first draft, a second draft rewrite, then no rewrites from there. Just betas and edits.
That amount of rewrites is what I aspire to in my own writing. 😀 Any advice for Christian writers hoping to break into dystopian fiction?
Be bold and hold fast to God. The fact is, not every Christian reader wants a novel that glorifies Christ when it scares them. And dystopian is terrifying. So don’t write with the mindset of “I’m going to please people because this genre is lacking!”. Write with the mindset of, “God gave me this story and I will glorify Him with it, even if this is unknown water.”
People are going to scrutinize our work because we’re Christians so, yes, we should definitely put out our best work and pray that it inspires and helps others. What is the number one thing you hope people take away from The Divided Nation?
I hope they’re encouraged that we’re all sinners and broken and scared… But God is more powerful than our demons. We each must make a choice… Good or evil. I hope this novel helps each of us answer this question.
And lastly, just for fun: what is your favorite dystopian book or movie (besides your own!)?
Jericho is one of the BEST TV shows ever about apoc times. Alas, Babylon was a cute dystopian novel. In general, I didn’t get into Divergent, The Hunger Games, etc… I’m trying The Maze Runner series but it is more virus oriented and I’m often more interested in political dystopias.
Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions, Angela! It was great talking with you.
Angela R. Watts is a Christian fiction author who strives to glorify the Lord in all she does. She’s a homeschooled highschooler living at Step By Step Sanctuary, Tennessee, though with Gypsy and Norwegian in her blood, she tends to travel. She’s been writing stories since she was little, but also enjoys chores, painting, and watching sunsets.
IMPORTANT DETAILS: US shipping only. If an international winner is drawn, they will receive an ebook only. 1st place: hardback copy of The Divided Nation. A custom mug with a quote from the book, bookmark, and an exclusive snippet from The Infidel Books. 2nd place: paperback copy of The Divided Nation, bookmark. 3rd place: ebook copy of The Divided Nation. You can enter the giveaway HERE.
Do you enjoy Christian dystopian novels – or dystopian novels in general? Let me know in the comments!