Monday, September 28, 2015

BLOG TOUR Decayed Horizon by Elizabeth Sharp

Decayed Horizon
by Elizabeth Sharp
Genre: New Adult Dystopian

I awoke in a destroyed subway station fifty years in the future. Less than a quarter of Earth's population has survived and those who remain are changed. No one is afraid to unleash their new abilities on each other. They all want something from me. 

I can never go back home. 

Drake came to my rescue. He made me happy to stay, but I still don't know if I can trust him. 

Now we're on the move. We have to keep going, though I have no way of knowing if there is hope beyond the decay or only more destruction. 


Allyson Levitz
Hailee Steinfeld

While this wasn’t the initial inspiration for Ally, Hailee is a perfect fit.

Drake of the Forest
 Alex Rosaleny

True he’s a model, not an actor, but he truly was the inspiration behind Drake.

Jason of the Traveling People

Jason Castro

Ok, so this one is a singer, not an actor and the photo I have here is probably ten years old. But hey, it’s a dream cast.

Young Lady Jamilla Teleeah Champ Hutchinson of the Painted People
Haley Ramm

This one was really hard. The Painted People have little to no pigment, so I needed an actress with fair skin, and Jamilla’s delicate features were hard to find.

Bridgette of the Traveling People
Elizabeth McLaughlin

This one was fairly easy, Elizabeth is absolutely perfect as Bridgette. 

Elizabeth Sharp is the pen name used by Donna Dull. A full time mom and part dreamer, Donna is addicted Facebook while still recovering from her Dr. Pepper problem. A self-proclaimed techno geek, she loves cell phones, computers, tablets and all things technological. The internet has to be the greatest invention since the wheel, in her opinion. She lives in a quiet subdivision with her husband, young son, three cats, and far too many electronics. It’s quite possible she has some raccoon in her DNA, because she loves glitter and anything that sparkles. She enjoys making jewelry and costumes. Halloween is her favorite holiday since it’s the one day of the year that you can be whatever you want. But her first love will always be writing. Otherwise, hearing voices in her head would make her feel schizophrenic.

10 Fun Facts About Decayed Horizon

1) I never intentionally set out to write a dystopian. One day the idea just kind of came to me. I tried to ignore it, since I was in the middle of a different book, but it wouldn’t be sidelined. As soon as I started writing it, I was in love.

2) A lot of my description of the world were inspired by the show The World After People on the History Channel.

3) I initially explained the different races as “steampunk fairies” (forest people), “steampunk gypsies” (Traveling people), “hardcore steampunk” (Painted People) and “Mad Max-ish” (Marauders). I’m very happy with my ability to capture those.

4) At UtopYAcon in Nashville this June, I wore costumes from the different races each day. I’m really happy with how well the costumes came out. Also, corsets are incredibly uncomfortable. From left to right: Traveling people, forest people (sadly there is no picture of the skirt, which is sad since it’s my favorite part) and Painted People. There were no pictures of me on my own. I’m not cool enough to think of that.

5) Allyson is an inventor and an engineer, and I had no clue how she would see the world. Fortunately for me, my husband is an engineer, so he answered all my question with a tolerance I am eternally grateful for.

6) I extensively explored New York state via Google maps for this book. I know things about the state my friends in Albany don’t know. Also there is a random guy in New York City who saw the Google car coming through and jumped in the air with his arms spread wide and his head thrown back. I still kick myself for not screenshotting that awesomeness. Well played random guy in New York City.

7)All the Painted People’s names (except for Jamilla) came from the steampunk name generator at

8)Though it never actually appeared in the book, I have a complete design for Ally’s device.

9) All locations in the book match up with real landmarks.

10)The character Jamilla is strongly influenced by my best friend, Victoria.

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