Originally written as a stageplay five years ago, Cutting the Bloodline is the debut novella from British horror and fantasy author Angeline Trevena. Released today on Kindle, this adult dystopian thriller follows magazine journalist Kenton Hicks as he sets out to change the world. Read all about it here…
This Book Cannot Bring Down a Government – But it is the Story of One That Can…
Originally written as a stageplay five years ago, Cutting the Bloodline is the debut novella from British horror and fantasy author Angeline Trevena.
Released today on Kindle, this adult dystopian thriller follows magazine journalist Kenton Hicks as he sets out to change the world.
Cutting the Bloodline is set in a future Britain where people are tested for the criminal gene, where carriers are outcast, and babies testing positive are aborted. Kenton simply wants to gather the stories of those who have suffered, but as his book gathers pace, and he investigates further, he finds that the crime free-utopia they enjoy was sold to them on a lie.
While the government fight to protect that lie, there are others determined to expose it, by whatever means. Kenton finds himself pulled between everyone else’s agenda, while his own motivations start to become a little confused. But his book has the power to start a civil war, and he needs to figure out who’s on his side.
Tony Benson, author of dystopian thriller, An Accident of Birth, said
“Cutting The Bloodline is a vivid portrayal of a scarily real future, and the man who risks his life to expose the truth. Insightful, original, imaginative, and a great read.”
BLURB: Cutting the Bloodline
Not everyone is born innocent.
A generation of defective children were abandoned. They grew up on the fringes, without rights, without a way to change their fate.
Journalist Kenton Hicks is driven to tell their stories, but these are not stories everyone wants told. As he digs deeper, he finds that the discovery of the criminal gene, the foundation of their crime-free utopia, isn’t quite the salvation it promised to be.
Armed with a book that could bring down the government, Kenton finds the country’s future in his hands.
Some see him as a saviour, others as a traitor. It’s time for him to choose which he will become.
Cutting the Bloodline Blog Tour: From the Stage to the Page
By Angeline Trevena.
I always wanted to be an actress. “An actress who sings,” I used to tell my parents. I spent my childhood on stage, in between the drama classes, the singing and dance lessons.
I loved performing. It proved to be the perfect cure for my crippling shyness. Well, it taught me how to mask it, and I liked making people believe I was brave and outgoing. I like making myself believe it.
After leaving school I went to university, enrolled on a BA Hons Degree in Drama and Writing. I was doing everything I ever dreamed of. But I quickly realised I was miserable. And when the realisation hit me, I felt the huge weight of it lift.
I didn’t want to be under the lights performing someone else’s words. I wanted to sit in a darkened auditorium and watch people perform mine.
I first wrote Cutting the Bloodline back in 2010, as a stageplay, part of NaNoWriMo’s sister challenge, Script Frenzy. It’s never been performed, to be honest, I didn’t pursue that too hard. But the characters whispered to me for five years, wanting their story told. I finally relented, but this time, it would be told as a novella. It’s where my headspace is now, and it’s easier to get out into the world.
Essentially, what I had, was a story outline made up of dialogue and a few stage directions. Not the most conventional outline, but one that my theatre-trained brain understood completely.
As I wrote (as with anything I write), the characters acted it out in front of me, as tiny imaginary people on my desk.
But now, I had to picture their scenery; I had to be the stage manager as well as the director and script writer. I had to give them props, costumes, actual faces. I had to think about the timeline, the logistics.
Cutting the Bloodline as a novella still carries something of a theatrical feel. It’s dialogue heavy, propelled by dialogue, and the characters, the plot, the worldbuilding is all strung onto that like bunting. Each chapter opens with the date, and the location of that scene, and none of the chapters take place in more than one location. I still think of it in terms of scenes, and acts. I still see the blackouts, and the curtain falling.
Many of my beta readers, for other stories as well as this, have commented on the strength of my dialogue. My brain has been hard-wired that way. When I write, I read the dialogue out. I do voices, perform the actions, get up and walk around. I’ve even been known to wear costumes. Because that’s the way I know I can get inside a character’s head, and make them come alive.
Angeline Trevena: Bio
Angeline Trevena was born and bred in a rural corner of Devon, but now lives among the breweries and canals of central England. She is a horror and fantasy writer, poet and journalist. Cutting the Bloodline is her debut novella, and she has several short stories published in various anthologies and magazines.
In 2003 she graduated from Edge Hill University, Lancashire, with a BA Hons degree in Drama and Writing. During this time she decided that her future lay in writing words rather than performing them.
The most unlikely of horror writers, Angeline is scared of just about everything, and still can’t sleep in a fully dark room. She goes weak at the sight of blood, can’t share a room with a spider, but does have a streak of evil in her somewhere.
Some years ago she worked at an antique auction house and religiously checked every wardrobe that came in to see if Narnia was in the back of it. She’s still not given up looking for it.