Wednesday, May 31, 2017

When Planets Fall by Abby J Reed

Title: When Planets Fall
Author: Abby J Reed
Series: Stars Fall Circle #1
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Release Date: April 12, 2017

In this richly imagined start to a new sci-fi series, Reed brings optimism to the goal of solving entrenched violence in a galaxy far, far away . . . A propulsive, sharply crafted tale about a planetary war.-Kirkus Reviews

Breaker’s home is cleaved by blood. The three tribes on the planet Scarlatti, whose only difference is their blood color, each want to exploit Breaker’s valley for themselves. The feudal tension has already claimed red-blood Breaker’s leg and his older brother. Now all this 18-year old wants is to maintain the tenuous peace in order to keep his little ‘stroid of a brother alive. Malani, a red-blood raised blue, is a kidnapped POW and only wants to return to her adoptive home with her dangerous blue secrets. Luka, a red-blood stewing for trouble, wants to right wrongs done to his family and bath his home in justice.

All three intersect when Breaker discovers a wrecked starship and is given seven days by the green-bloods to fix and hand it over as a weapon. Breaker must decide if aiding his enemies is worth the home he knows and his family’s life. War is coming. And war respects no boundaries. And war leaves no survivors.

What is the biggest influence/interest that brought you to this genre?
Growing up, I loved any book that had an adventurous feel to it. I always picked up Nancy Drew of Redwall or A Wrinkle in Time over Jane Eyre. I loved being transported to a whole other world. I love experiencing something completely different than what I know. Why would I want to read more about this world that I already live in? That curiosity is what draws me to the sci-fi fantasy genre, especially in YA. It feels so real and immediate and I can totally imagine myself there. I love it!

When writing a book, what is your favorite part of the creative process(outline, plot, character names, editing, etc)?
My favorite part is the drafting and that first round of editing. I really love brainstorming and coming up with ideas. I love discovering where the ideas take me during the writing process. I also like having enough material to work with to start making it better. Twisting things here. Foreshadowing there.

What I absolutely hate is any type of line editing. My personal hell would be sticking me in a room with only line editing to accompany for all eternity. Gag.

When reading a book, what genre do you find most interesting/intriguing?
Totally depends on my mood. If I’m relaxing, I’m usually reading some sort of nonfiction book, whether science or memoir or travelogue or something historical. Getting completely out of my genre helps my brain relax and lets me explore other subjects (which then helps my writing!). Then I’m usually reading other books in my genre to help me stay on top of what’s being published. And then I might have other books I’m interested in or want to explore because they are well written!

Lately, I’ve been on a 2017 debut binge as well as reading any books I can find on chronic pain—science and memoir and fiction.

Picking a book is like picking a tea. I never know what I’m in the mood for until I get a whiff on it. Then I drink as much as possible.

If you could co-author with any author, past or present, who would you choose?
Easy. Amie Kaufman. I love all her books and she regularly co-authors. The better question is—would she be willing to co-author with me? Ha.

Have you always wanted to write or did it come to you "later in life"?
Both. I went to college for writing, but I never thought I’d be a real author. My first job had to do with writing and I realized, hey! I really do enjoy this. Then when my Chronic Migraine spun way out of control and I had to quit my job. . . I could do nothing else but write! Win-win for me

Author Bio:
Abby J. Reed writes young adult science fiction and fantasy novels that ask what if. She has a degree in English Writing and is drawn to characters with physical limitations due to her own neurological disorder called Chronic Migraine. Her debut novel, WHEN PLANETS FALL, will be published in April 2017 by Soul Mate Publishing.

Abby lives in Colorado with her husband and two fluffy pups. If her hands aren’t on the keyboard, they are stained purple and blue with paint.


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