When you are an adult, living with your parents can be awkward. All Nigel Iffik wants is one quiet night alone with his hand. Instead, he unwittingly unleashes a malicious virus which infects his entire family’s network of electronics and Universe Growers. Trillions of sentient beings succumb to destruction as his sister, Nancy, scrambles to undo the damage to her mostly unprotected Universe Grower. Will the anti-viral protocols stop the digital onslaught in time?
Follow four residents of one such endangered universe as they chomp tacos, battle the absurd, and uncover a secret that will change their lives forever.
If that sounds remotely entertaining to you, (and my beta reader assured me it was) then fantastic news! It’s available for pre-order now on:
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And Now the Interview-ish Section
Thanks to Utterly Write for the Sunshine Blogger Award nomination. Dispensing with the rules, I hereby tag anyone who reads this post. Participation is entirely up to you. You can copy and paste the same questions or come up with eleven of your own.
- What is your favorite book and why? This question is impossible for me to answer because various books are important for so many different reasons. I love the opening line of Fahrenheit 451, the magical humor of Jim C. Hines, Jim Butcher, and Terry Pratchett. I think The Jungle is a difficult, heart-breaking book that should be mandatory reading for politicians. Of course, there’s Harry Potter and the Dragonriders of Pern. And for nonfiction, I also greatly enjoyed Climbing the Mango Trees. I don’t generally read nonfiction, but that book introduced me to the concept of taste memory. As someone with a dull palette, it gave me access to a world which I never knew existed.
- If you had the chance to be immortal, would you be? Only if my husband could remain immortal as well. And if there were extreme health complications involved with immortality, I would rather stay mortal.
- Describe your favorite character you have written. My favorite character that I’ve written so far is in my upcoming novel, Fillius Glint. Unfortunately, I can’t talk much about him without some spoilers, so I’ll have to hold my tongue on that one.
- If you were an animal what animal would you be? Why? An echidna because this looks like fun:
- If you had the chance to live in a dystopian fictional universe of your choice would you? (But all the problems would remain unsolved) Nope, nope, nope.
- Name one (or more!) odd writerly thing you do. I try not to get into the habit of doing odd things around writing. I was diagnosed with super mild OCD in my early twenties and have found that avoiding rituals altogether (however painful that is sometimes) really helps me tone the illness down. To be clear, I am in no way suggesting other people with OCD can simply stop their rituals of their own will. This is simply what works for me. Lately, though, I have found myself wearing specific articles of clothing when I work on certain characters or listening to the Westworld intro theme on loop when I was at a particular stage of the editing process for Fillius Glint. (For my master’s thesis script, I had the Inception soundtrack on loop). And there’s always lots of pacing involved when I write; circulation helps me think better.
- What book do you really want to be turned into a movie? I don’t. Haha. Movie act structure is incredibly different from a novel. It’s leaner, cleaner. But when you take a detailed, in-depth book and translate it to film, you get a pixelated version of the overall story. The film may be fantastic, but it will rarely hold up to the original. I’d rather see the movie first and then read the book for more depth, but I dislike going the other way around.
- What was the weirdest thing you wrote about? Oh gosh. Fillius Glint is kind of weird. To be honest, I forget most of what I write once it’s finished. My friends have shown me pieces I’d written years ago, and I have a hard time recognizing those stories as my own. It’s entirely possible I’ve written about wildly unusual things that are simply floating out there in cyberspace somewhere. I have no idea.
- Would you rather write something which you are really proud of but everyone hates, or write something you hate but everyone loves? Why? The latter because I hate all of my work at one point or another. At least the second way, I’m able to reach people and hopefully impact their lives for the better.
- Invent a worldwide event/ holiday and describe it. International Political Jungle Day. All politicians worldwide read The Jungle or similar books appropriate for their culture in their native language. They can gift each other boxes of tissues as their hearts grow three sizes that day. And the world would be a better place.
- Pitch your current WIP (Work In Progress) in exactly 11 words. Nested universes. Mistakes are made. Magical mayhem. Misfits uncover a secret.
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