The world of Science Fiction is too vast to contain just one book! In this vein, we have brought together a group of massively talented authors to bring you the opportunity to win a collection of Paperbacks, Ebooks, Audiobooks, and a $50 Amazon Gift Card so you can grow your shelves even more! (Paperbacks are US only, sorry) These authors include Hugo Nominees, International Best-Sellers, Award Winners, USA Today Best-Sellers, and some of the Best Sci-Fi Authors available today (even NPR agrees!).
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I’ll be sharing posts with quick interviews with the authors involved, but while I get those together, I’ll answer some questions about the book I have entered into the giveaway, Scavenger: Evolution (signed paperback).
How is this story built out of what you love to read?
First off, my book is set in the world of Sand, written by Hugh Howey. It stands alone with its own characters, but fits in from a certain point within his story and then extends in its own direction. I loved his sand diving technology, a kind of magician scuba diving that allows the diver to manipulate the elements around him into weapons or simply for travel through the desert wasteland. I also enjoyed the ideas of buried cities from our world and what it would be like to discover them and see why their world ended. I enjoyed coming up with my own reason for our world’s demise and then trying to resurrect that power while our heroes fought for the lives of their loved ones. The two best examples of other books that inspired this are Dune and Alien. Dune, because I remain fascinated by the landscape and hopelessness of that setting, while watching the resiliency of those who survive there. Alien, because of the fear the space marines felt when entering an abandoned location with monsters hiding inside.
The story starts with Divemaster Rush having left his wife two years ago when their infant was killed. He’s offered a job that tests whether he is really willing to leave his wife behind, while also putting her life in danger. I was inspired by the birth of my son a month before I started writing and wondered how I might change if he were to die. In this dark state, I had Rush and his wife facing the depths of despair and testing to see if they could find their way out, while also seeing whether they’d turn toward each other for help or try to go it alone.
On top of testing the strength of their love, the story also explores addiction, ambition and revenge as husband and wife face opportunity and risk far beyond what they’ve seen in their small piece of the world.
Is this book part of a series? If so, how much is available and is another installment scheduled to release?
Yes, Scavenger: A.I. is the second book in the series, and just released in Kindle and paperback.
Stop by soon for more #SFling interviews, including our next one with Gwynn White, who wrote her steampunk fantasy novel, Rebel’s Honor, from her mother’s deathbed.