Information terrorism. Complete network blackout. Global panic. Above the chaos, one company rises to restore order, achieving complete political and military takeover: Omnibus.
Stanford graduate and new Omnibus employee Jace Vega faces these sobering images, appearing to show her future, when a cutting-edge Omnibus tablet mysteriously falls into her hands. Reeling from the recent tragic death of her mother, socially reclusive Jace struggles as she carries the weight of this foreknowledge.
When Corey, an acquaintance from Stanford shows up, he becomes central in helping Jace try to stop Omnibus. But because the plan involves getting close to Damien, the charming, smooth son of Omnibus founder, Victor Trent, Jace becomes conflicted with a barrage of new emotions. Both men profess allegiance, but she doesn’t know who she can trust.
As Jace wrestles to understand how to change the future, vivid dreams and waking visions unmask her obscured past and her true identity. In the ultimate test of self-trust, Jace must harness her unique internal power and use it to stop Omnibus.
Adrienne Quintana is the second of nine children and has always loved to read. After a mission, marriage, and four children, Adrienne completed her Bachelors of Science and Communication at the University of Phoenix. In the midst of housekeeping, potty-training, and carpooling, Adrienne discovered that she could still find time to accomplish her a life-long dream of becoming a writer.
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Read Eruption because it is both entertaining and thought provoking, with characters you can love and hate.
What inspired you to want to become a writer?
I didn’t always love to read. In fact, it was very difficult for me until I was about twelve years old. At that time, I discovered the Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery. These books captivated and inspired me. They were the first books that I didn’t want to put down. After that, I was hungry for more. The more I read, the more I wanted to write.
What is your dream cast for your book?
I think someone like Armie Hammer would make a great Damien. He needs to have classic good looks, charm, and charisma. Kind of that cocky confidence.
My husband has Camilla Belle picked for Jace and I think she’d be pretty perfect. The character’s ethnic heritage is really important to me because I want her to be someone that my girls can relate to and be inspired by. Camilla Belle’s heritage is diverse, she’s beautiful, and her green eyes are perfect.
I’m up in the air about Corey…maybe Jim Sturgess. He’s got the good stubble going on. And for Jace’s father Jimmy Smits is intimidating and powerful looking. I’d like to see someone like Ed Harris play Victor Trent. Someone who doesn’t usually do the bad guy.
Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
The lyrics and music from Mad World by Tears for Fears are eerily perfect as a theme song for this book. It’s funny, because I never listened to it while writing Eruption. My husband pointed it out to me well after the fact. “Familiar faces.” “Going nowhere.” “No tomorrow.” “The dreams in which I’m dying.” Go listen to it. It gives me chills.
If a movie was made about your life, who would you want to play the lead role and why?
Kristen Wiig would be a good choice to play me, since my life is a comedy. I can see her now acting out a scene from a few years ago when my husband was teaching me how to ski. Kristen and Mario Lopez (playing my husband) start off down the slope together. She looks happy and confident at first as she slowly makes wide turns to control her speed. Suddenly, the look on her face shifts from a broad smile to pain and anguish when a stabbing muscle cramp strikes her in the left butt cheek. Her expression turns to terror when she realizes that she can’t make her wide turns anymore. She’s picking up speed. Bombing straight down the hill. She leaves her husband behind in the dust. She tries desperately to snowplow, but it doesn’t slow her down much. Soon the ski lift and a row of skiers lined up like bowling pins waiting to be knocked aside comes into view. She panics. Her only options are to mow the people down or to continue past them into the trees and possibly over the edge of a cliff. She holds her breath, shuts her eyes, says a silent prayer, and snowplows as hard as she can.
The other skiers are yelling something, but they scatter when they realize that she’s not stopping. She sees the metal railing that had been hidden by the line of skiers. She reaches out her hands and braces for impact.
The next thing she knows, Kristen is laying flat on her back under the rail. An old man is standing over her asking her strange questions about why she isn’t using ski poles.
“I think you should take those off for a while,” he says, pointing to her skis. “Or maybe forever.”
Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
I see a lot of my habits in Jace. She likes to do the same thing at the same time every day. She loves granola. She’s a runner. Some of her quirks are my quirks. But in reality, I’m probably the most like Jace’s roommate Sheila. I’m an unorganized free spirit, and sometimes I spread my unsolicited advice around a little too generously.
What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Growing up, I worried a lot about what people thought of me. I also imagined every bad scenario that could happen in a given situation. I just worried a lot in general. I remember my parents telling me “not to borrow trouble,” and to “stop making up stories in my head.” I’m glad that at some point I decided to imagine the best outcome instead of the worst. I stopped borrowing trouble. But I think making up stories in my head has actually become a lucrative pastime for me.
What do you do in your free time?
I love to hike with my family. This past year my husband and I and our oldest two kids hiked to Havasu Falls in the Grand Canyon. Just imagine walking 10 miles with all of your provisions strapped to your back. I was eating it up, but our ten year old daughter didn’t think she was going to make it. It was grueling. It was the hardest thing she had ever done. Fortunately, the prize at the end was worth the struggle: the most crystal blue water you have ever seen, cascading over red rock waterfalls. It can only be described as a hidden, mystical paradise.
I love hiking for so many reasons. I love being out in nature. I love unplugged time with my family. I love the quiet. But then there is also something so philosophical about setting out on a difficult journey and the trials you experience along the way that reminds me of life in general.
I’m excited for our next big adventure this summer hiking the John Muir trail. 50-100 miles will make the Havasu hike look like a walk in the park. But my kids will know that they can do hard things.
What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
A few years ago, a friend of ours got us hooked on the Vampire Diaries. It’s embarrassing to admit. It sounds so cheesy. But the characters are fun and you really start to care about them. Plus I totally know how to protect myself if I ever encounter a vampire.
Favorite places to travel?
I have always loved the beach. I remember flying kites with my mom and dad on the beach in San Diego when I was only a few years old. I love the sand between my toes. I love the waves crashing in. I love the wind in my hair.
Memories of visiting a remote beach in Sonora Mexico during my senior year of high school helped me survive two long winters in Montreal. In fact, I convinced my husband to take me back to that beach for our honeymoon.
Now I’m on a mission to discover the world’s best beaches. Some of my favorites are Hanalei Beach, with its tropical mountain backdrop, Vieques Island in Puerto Rico, and Cancun’s warm clear water.
If you could take over the world, would you?
No. In fact, I’d love to give away some of the power and responsibility I already have so I could find more time to write.