Alright, guys! So Rachel and I have become fast friends after meeting at a local write-in. And she is AWESOME. And her new book, HONOR'S LARK is also awesome. You know what ELSE is awesome? Its gorgeous cover!! Check it out!
Last night I couldn't sleep. Just writing that gives me a lump in my throat - with an 18-month old I value my sleep even above Nutella and Veronica Mars marathons. So yeah, you know I'm serious. So here I am at one in the morning, wide eyed. I decided to read a little, hoping that would help me slide back into dreamland. The book on my Kindle: LEGACY CODE by Autumn Kalquist. I'd found LEGACY CODE on Susan Kaye Quinn's recent "Indie New Release Extravaganza" post, thought it looked interesting, and one clicked.
Here's a quick description from Goodreads:
The last humans fled a dying Earth 300 years ago, but there was something they couldn’t leave behind: The Legacy Code.
Every colonist in the fleet carries mangled genes that damage the unborn, and half of all pregnancies must be terminated.
The day Era Corinth is supposed to find out if her baby has the Defect, her ship suffers a hull breach. And it may not have been an accident.
As the investigation unfolds, Era begins to question everything she’s been taught about the fleet, their search for a new Earth, and the Defect. But the answers she seeks were never meant to be found...
Okay, so let me tell you... Autumn Kalquist is one BRAVE writer. First, she created this amazing, incredibly detailed and nuanced world. Then she populated it with interesting, well-drawn characters and gave me a heroine, in Era, that I both related to and invested in. And THEN...she stayed true to her characters and her world. She made tough choices. SHE WROTE A STORY THAT WAS REAL. Not everyone is going to love where she takes her characters. Not everyone is going to appreciate how she chose to end the book.
But OH MY GOSH. I totally and completely respect her storytelling skill and bravery in telling her story HER way.
Here's the review I left on Goodreads:
I'm still in shock over Legacy Code. This book freaking wrecked me. I finished last night at 3am because I couldn't put it down, and I honestly don't think I've been this anxious for a sequel in a WHILE.
Autumn's writing is beautiful: simple and poignant. Her world-building is spectacular....I loved all the technical and societal details she shared and how they worked together to drive her plot forward.
I have MAD respect for how she took her story to its realistic, brutal conclusion, working within the confines of the world she created. I didn't expect that, which gave it that much more of a punch.
I'm so glad I discovered this book and author. I will absolutely be reading the next in the series...and anything else Autumn writes!! I highly recommend you check it out!
What makes an author brave to you? What authors do you respect for their choices and/or their truth-telling?
Born of the seven magics, Jasmine is different in every way, including the obnoxious wings on her back courtesy of the original Vampires. She wants to be normal, to be a regular teenaged girl.
When a gorgeous dark-haired boy named Laeddin shows up and promises to sneak her away from all her problems and hide her in the human world, she agrees.
But an evil lurks in her nightmares, a man with red eyes. It doesn’t take long for Jasmine to realize that no matter how far she tries to run from who she is, he’s only a dream away. He wants her. He needs her. He acts as though he loves her.
It’s becoming harder and harder to tell the difference between the path that’ll lead to her happily ever after, and the path that’ll lead to her destruction as well as all magic.
My good friend and crit partner Laurie J. Edwards asked if I wanted to participate in the Writing Process Blog Tour, which is actually a really cool version of a chain letter. I had to say yes! Laurie is an incredibly hard-working writer and editor, with tons of projects going and much success ahead of her. She has TWO books coming out this year: Grace and the Guiltless under the pen name Erin Johnson, and Cyber Self-Defense, which she's co-writing with expert Alexis Moore. Both sound amazing, no? For more info on Laurie and her upcoming releases, check out her website here.
Thank you for tagging me, Laurie!
So on to my answers to the Writing Process Blog Tour questions!
1) What are you working on?
I am currently writing the first draft of the sequel to SHATTERED VEIL, called TANGLED PROMISE. I also have a YA fantasy, A SEASON OF SINISTER DREAMS, that I'll be revising this summer for an August release.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
My Diatous Wars trilogy (SHATTERED VEIL, TANGLED PROMISE, etc) looks at first glance like a dystopian, in the vein of The Hunger Games or Divergent. But it's actually not...the main character, rather than fighting against a corrupt and oppressive government, is in fact fighting FOR her country against an outside threat. I think the love story is also an interesting take for the genre.
3) Why do I write what I do?
I have always enjoyed reading young adult fiction. It's my favorite genre, in particular because I found the stories so inspiring when I was a young adult. I write YA because the voice and types of stories are comfortable to me, and also because I'd love to think that my characters could be inspiring to someone as well. I feel really passionate about showing strong girls growing up to be empowered, empathetic adults. I also really enjoy exploring healthy female friendships in my stories, which I think is somewhat lacking in current YA fiction.
4) How does my writing (or writing with pictures/illustrating) process work?
I tend to do some but not a lot of plotting before I start writing. I need to know where the story and characters end up...and figure out the important details of the world and major plot points. But that's about all the planning I do. I try to write my first drafts fast, so my inner editor doesn't have time to rear her red pen and slow down the process. I enjoy revising more than I do writing first drafts. But I LOVE the moments when a character takes on a life of their own, or a plot snag suddenly untangles itself. Drafting is exciting and exhausting!
I tend to write shorter first drafts and fill out in revisions, rather than writing long and having to cut. And I am eternally indebted to my wonderful critique partners and beta readers who offer their feedback and support throughout the process!
I'm tagging Ali Cross to continue the chain! Ali is the author of the popular Desolation series, as well as the exciting new scifi Blood Crown (which I absolutely LOVED). She likes to say she holds a black belt in awesome since the only kind of kicking-butt she does is on paper. She's a virtual ninja.
Young Adult Science Fiction
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