Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Sci-Fi Month - An Interview with Cristin Terrill

Hello Everyone, I have another post for you as part of Sci-Fi Month hosted by Rinn Reads, today I want to share with you a Interview with Cristin Terrill, author of her brilliant debut All Our Yesterdays, which you can see my review here She was very busy, but she took the time to answer my questions for this special event. But before I crack on with the interview here is a little bit about her debut novel...

All Our Yesterdays
By Cristin Terrill
Publisher - Bloomsbury
Release Date - August 1st 2013
Purchase - Amazon | The Book Depository


Em is locked in a bare, cold cell with no comforts. Finn is in the cell next door. The Doctor is keeping them there until they tell him what he wants to know. Trouble is, what he wants to know hasn't happened yet.

Em and Finn have a shared past, but no future unless they can find a way out. The present is torture - being kept apart, overhearing each other's anguish as the Doctor relentlessly seeks answers. There's no way back from here, to what they used to be, the world they used to know. Then Em finds a note in her cell which changes everything. It's from her future self and contains some simple but very clear instructions. Em must travel back in time to avert a tragedy that's about to unfold. Worse, she has to pursue and kill the boy she loves to change the future.

{An Interview with Cristin Terrill}

1. All Our Yesterdays is one of my first time travel books and I loved it, what inspired you to take on Time Travel as a genre?
I’ve always loved time travel stories, but I never thought about writing one until the idea for ALL OUR YESTERDAYS came to me one night. I couldn’t sleep, so I got up in the middle of the night and turned on the television. The Terminator was playing, and I started drowsily thinking about how the story would have been different if the killer robot from the future was the good guy instead of the villain. Then, because I write YA, I started wondering what it would be like if that character was a teenage girl instead of a robot.


2. Are you a Doctor Who fan and if so which is your favourite timelord? 
I love Doctor Who, so that’s a tough question! I’ve only watched New Who, but even between those three it’s hard to decide. I was a fan of David Tennant’s many years before he became the Doctor (I saw him in a play in London called The Pillowman that I loved so much I saw it five or six times), so I think I have to go with Ten. I adore Eleven too, though!



3. As its Sci-Fi Month, do you have any favourite or aspiring authors or films/TV shows now or when you were younger?
I grew up reading Madeleine l’Engle, Ursula Le Guin, and Lois Lowry, and I still love those books. Stars Wars and The Terminator movies got frequent play at my house, and many of my favorite television shows (like Firefly, Doctor Who, Misfits, and Battlestar Galactica, among others) are science fiction. I actually didn’t realize how much of a sci-fi fan I really was until I took a good look at my DVD collection one day!


4. What research did you have to do in order to create the perfect time travel novel?
Actually, most of the research I did for this book was for things other than the science. Since time travel doesn’t exist, I could just make stuff up and not have to worry about being too accurate! Cassandra is loosely based on the Large Hadron Collider, so I did some research there, but the actual explanation of how time travel is possible in the book is basically wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey nonsense!


A few quick questions:



1. Cybermen or Daleks?
 Daleks! Their seeming non-scariness is what makes them scary.

2. Favourite sci-fi heroine? And was it based on your character Em? 
Tough one, but I’m going to have  o go with Sarah Connor from the Terminator franchise. I wouldn’t say she’s based on her, but Em definitely has a little Sarah Connor DNA inside.

3. Space or Time or Both? Both is obviously the most fun, but I’d go with time if I had to pick just one.

4. If you could visit any time period what would it be? London, 1602. I’d go see the first performances of Hamlet and Twelfth Night in the original Globe Theatre.

5. Finally can you tell us at all, any hints on your next novel as I believe its part of a Dualogy? Or is it a secret? I’m sorry, the future me would come back and kill me if I divulged anything!

  Thank you for joining me today Cristin.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed this post. 

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Friday, November 08, 2013

Sci-Fi Month: Guest Post & Giveaway by Sarah Crossan


As part of Sci-Fi Month hosted by Rinn Reads, today I want to share with you a Guest Post by Sarah Crossan who very kindly put together on the World Building of her novels Breathe and Resist. Also Bloomsbury has also allowed me to giveaway 2, yes TWO sets of her books. Find out more at the end of the post... But first here is a little bit about her recent novel, Resist.


Resist (Breathe #2)
by Sarah Crossan
Publisher - Bloomsbury
Released - October 8th 2013
The sequel—and conclusion—to Sarah Crossan's Breathe. Three teen outlaws must survive on their own in a world without air, exiled outside the glass dome that protects what's left of human civilization. Gripping action, provocative ideas, and shocking revelations in a dystopian novel that fans of Patrick Ness and Veronica Roth will devour.

Bea, Alina, and Quinn are on the run. They started a rebellion and were thrown out of the pod, the only place where there's enough oxygen to breathe. Bea has lost her family. Alina has lost her home. And Quinn has lost his privileged life. Can they survive in the perilous Outlands? Can they finish the revolution they began? Especially when a young operative from the pod's Special Forces is sent after them. Their only chance is to stand together, even when terrible circumstances force them apart. When the future of human society is in danger, these four teens must decide where their allegiances lie. Sarah Crossan has created a dangerous, and shattered society in this wrenching, thought-provoking, and unforgettable post-apocalyptic novel.
{Guest Post} 
World Building of Breathe and Resist

Writing Breathe and Resist, my dystopian series set in a future world of no oxygen, is the closest I think I could ever get to writing sci-fi or fantasy, and man, has it made me admire those genre writers because world building is hard.

Initially, the trickiest part is setting up boundaries for the world. What can characters do? What can’t they do? What scientific rules govern the place? And once these are set in place, they are fixed and you have to work around them. There’s no changing your mind in the sequel! And unlike with fantasy, magic can’t solve any of your characters’ dilemmas… drats! (Though I know that even in fantasy, magic rules and limits.)

What was particularly tricky for me was the fact that my narrators knew very little about the organic world because it died before they were born. Try writing over 600 pages without using metaphors or similes linked to flowers, plants or animals – that’s hard too!

But one thing that did make the world building a little easier was knowing my location. I set book in London. Firstly, because I know the city so well, but also because I love London, and a future where it has been destroyed is terrifying to me. I’ve been asked if this was difficult to imagine, but the answer to that is no. I simply focused on how a world would look if lots of people had suddenly died – if fear ruled the last moments of their lives and decay were allowed to take over.

The only research I did was to visit the places I intended to use as locations: Tottenham Hale tube station; Kings Cross; Arsenal football ground, and take plenty of photographs. I also drove the route from where I imagined the pod would be (Essex) right into Kings Cross, so I could get a sense of how far the characters would have to travel. I know Bea, Quinn and Alina all went by foot, but I was too lazy to try that – my commitment to world building only goes so far!

www.sarahcrossan.com


Here is also a short video about her dystopian novels

                                       

Thank you for stopping by today and I don't forget to enter the giveaway below. 


Friday, November 01, 2013

November is Sci-Fi Month!



As you have probably guessed over my previous tweets of things bookishly sci-fi, I'm part of a feature month hosted by Rinn Reads. Like Rinn I have been planning these posts as well as various guest posts and reviews to help throughout November. I for one don't read a lot of Sci-Fi, nor adult nor YA so this has encouraged me to at least tackle The ever-growing TBR pile. So why not join in on the conversation at #RRSciFiMonth or tweet at @SciFiMonth. So let's kick off Sci-Fi Month in style with a little intro post by yours truly and I'll look forward to sharing with you all my posts...

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself

I'm Emma, and I'm an 18 year-old Library Assistant and recently an Apprentice of Business and Administration living and residing in the UK. Aside from my daily jobs, by night I'm a reader, designer, film extraordinaire (well I think I am) of things paranormal and occasionally some chick lit. Photography, long walks and love listening to music. I also blog over at The Girls of YA with the lovely Megan over at The Book Addicted Girl

2. How long have you been a fan of Sci-Fi?

For me that's a very hard question. Without a doubt I've been a fan since the beginning of time existed or just with Doctor Who and Star Trek, hehe. Boohish wise, since reading the David Tennant BBC Doctor Who books. But I think for me the appreciation of Sci-Fi has come when I'm older and I can escape into different sub-genres of Sci-Fi. I think I'm more a TV Sci-Fi fan far longer than reading it...

3. Why do you like sci-fi, and what is your favourite thing about it?

On simple answer: the possibilities are endless and time is infinite...

4. Favourite books/games/films/TV shows in the genre?

Ooo... good one. I think I will give a visual dynamic of my favourite books/films and TV shows.

Books

   I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies, #1) What's Left of Me (The Hybrid Chronicles, #1) The Lost Girl 
and many more... I just can't think of them!

Films

 
and there is many more of zombie sci-fi films. They are the height of my evenings at the moment. 

TV Shows

  

5. What are your plans for Sci-Fi Month?

My plans for this month is to post twice a week with a mixture of reviews, discussions, guest posts, interviews, creative twists and GIVEAWAYS as well. 

It will try and make me post more after my long absence and trying to get into a routine as I'm studying again now. I'm super excited to get started with this month. SO hopefully you will enjoy it with me... 

So I will end with a very legendary character of Sci-Fi: 

Live Long and Prosper



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