Author Interview: S. E. Anderson

Author Interview: S. E. Anderson

S.E. Anderson

S.E. Anderson can’t ever tell you where she’s from. Not because she doesn’t want to, but because it inevitably leads to a confusing conversation where she goes over where she was born (England) where she grew up (France) and where her family is from (USA) and it tends to make things very complicated.

She’s lived pretty much her entire life in the South of France, except for a brief stint where she moved to Washington DC, or the eighty years she spent as a queen of Narnia before coming back home five minutes after she had left. Currently, she goes to university in Marseille, where she’s studying Physics and aiming for a career in Astrophysics.

When she’s not writing, or trying to science, she’s either reading, designing, crafting, or attempting to speak with various woodland creatures in an attempt to get them to do household chores for her. She could also be gaming, or pretending she’s not watching anything on Netflix.

  • When did you first discover your love for writing? 

I don’t think there ever was a moment when I wasn’t writing… or, at least, telling a story. Even before I could hold a pen, I’d tell my parents or family friends to write down stories I would tell them. The love has just not stopped growing ever since! 

  • Do you have a favourite place to write? 

In my comfy armchair, by the window. I’m perfectly poised and always ready to write! Definitely helps that there’s no side table or place to put the computer down, which makes it so that I have to just keep writing. 

  • Do you have a writing routine or process that you adhere to? 

I wish I did, but my life is too hectic at the moment! I do enjoy writing in the evenings after dinner and before bed, but it depends on if astrophysics papers require my attention. 

  • Are there any authors or specific books you aspire to? 

Too many to list. I would love to one day be a talented enough writer to run in the same circles as Neil Gaiman. 

  • What inspired you to write Starstruck? 

Starstruck was really a writing project between me and my best friend Joanna. She and I both wanted to have more badass women in Scifi that we could aspire too, so we decided to write one ourselves. 

  • Can you tell us a little about your book? 

They’re books about adulthood, anxiety, and… aliens?

Starstruck, and its sequel, Alienation, follow the adventures (or misadventures) of Sally Webber, a college dropout and all around anxious person, as she gets thrown into the insane reality of Aliens among us. Trying to get your life together and save the world at the same time isn’t the easiest! 

  • Do you have a favourite amongst all your characters?

That would probably have to be Blayde. She’s much more than her no-nonsense, adrenalin junkie appearance might project. I can’t wait to dive into her character! 

  • Does your book contain a message for readers to consider? 

A few ones:

  • The universe is absurd and chaotic: it’s just the way it is, entropy is literally always increasing. Deal with it.
  • You might not be living the life you want to be living. That’s ok. It’s still your life and for you to take advantage of.
  • It’s ok to be afraid. If you manage to work through that fear, it’s ok to feel proud. That’s a massive accomplishment. 
  • Would you be interested in sharing a teaser? 


 

  • What would say has been your biggest challenge and achievement in writing? 

The biggest achievement is simply getting it published! It’s been a long road since I’ve started writing it. The most challenging aspect has to be dealing with the fact that it will never be perfect, only the best I can make it. I was not ready to stop tweaking it, because I’m never happy with what I do! 

  • What have you learned about yourself as a writer through writing the Starstruck saga?

It’s interesting, writing a book is like holding up a mirror to your face, but ignoring the reflection. It’s only when I re-read my drafts years later that I saw elements of myself I just hadn’t yet learned to recognize. What those elements are might be too personal for right here, right now, though. 

  • Do you have any advice for other aspiring authors? 

I always get this advice, and it’s the best advice: Just. Keep. Writing. Don’t give up until you have a book! 

  • Anything else you would like to say? 

It’s a massive pleasure writing this saga. I really hope the readers connect with it as much as I want them to. Please feel free to connect with me if you want to chat about my books! 

  • And finally, do you have any future works planned? 

LOADS. Starstruck is going to be quite a long series… and I’m going to continue writing YA scifi and fantasy for the rest of my life. Look out!

Author Links:

Website: http://seandersonauthor.com/

Facebook: facebook.com/seandersonauthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sea_author/

Instragram: https://www.instagram.com/Readcommendations/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16568264.S_E_Anderson

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Beta Earth Chronicles – Blog Tour

Beta Earth Chronicles – Blog Tour

The Blind Alien is a story with a highly original concept, fascinating characters, and not-too-subtle but truthful allegories.  Don’t let the sci-fi label or alternate Earth setting fool you–this is a compelling and contemporarily relevant story about race, sex, and social classes.”

–Raymond Benson, Former James Bond novelist and author of the Black Stiletto books.

 

Besides his 33 years in the classroom, Dr. Wesley Britton considers his Beta-Earth Chronicles the most important work he’s ever done. “I suppose an author profile is intended to be a good little biography,” Britton says, “but the best way to know who I am is to read my novels.”

Still, a few things you might like to know about Wes include the fact he’s the author of four non-fiction books on espionage in the media, most notably The Encyclopedia of TV Spies (2009). Beginning in 1983, he was a widely published poet, article writer for a number of encyclopedias, and was a noted scholar of American literature. Since those days, for sites like BlogCritics.org and BookPleasures.com, Britton wrote over 500 music, book, and movie reviews. For seven years, he was co-host of online radio’s Dave White Presents for which he contributed celebrity interviews with musicians, authors, actors, and entertainment insiders.

Starting in fall 2015, his science fiction series, The Beta-Earth Chronicles, debuted with The Blind Alien. Throughout 2016, four sequels followed including The Blood of Balnakin, When War Returns, A Throne for an Alien, and The Third Earth. Return to Alpha will be the sixth volume of this multi-planetary epic.

Britton earned his doctorate in American Literature at the University of North Texas in 1990. He taught English at Harrisburg Area Community College until his retirement in 2016. He serves on the Board of Directors for Vision Resources of Central Pennsylvania. He lives with his one and only wife, Betty, in Harrisburg, PA.

 

Book One, The Blind Alien, came out in Sept 2015 – Book Six is due for release before Christmas 2017.

The epic opens when Malcolm Renbourn, a young history teacher, walks into an ordinary bank on an ordinary day. Suddenly, he feels excruciating pain. Unexpectedly, he loses his sight and discovers he has been drawn against his will across the multi-verse to a slave-holding country on a parallel earth. He doesn’t understand a single word he hears, but he soon comprehends that he is the focal point in the quest to end a plague that kills three out of four male babies their first year on Beta-Earth.

Branded state property, he must escape, but where can a blind man in a strange world dominated by desperate scientists run? And on a world where polygamy is the norm, how can Malcolm Renbourn adapt into becoming the husband of five independent wives who never expected to be the mothers of a generation a planet hopes will carry the genes that will change everything. And that’s just part of the story.

Much of Malcolm’s background was drawn from my own life, especially his blindness and the treatment he endures because of it. Some of his more bizarre encounters actually happened to me, many of them quite comical. People have asked Malcolm and me all sorts of strange questions over the years—Do blind people sleep with their eyes open or closed? How does a blind man aim properly in toilets? Did I know I had a beard?

 

Of course, most of the book is pure imagination, as in the ghastly plague that kills three out of four male babies their first year, resulting in Beta-Earth’s culture of polygamy. Hence, Malcolm’s growing tribe of wives and children.

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Here are a couple more reviews for Blind Alien which is priced at only $0.99

“An excellent work of new SF that hearkens back to the classics of Asimov and Heinlein. Told from the viewpoint of the different characters, it is a tale of a man from our earth (Alpha) being unwittingly transferred to a parallel earth (Beta) where he must learn to adapt to new cultures, attitudes, languages at the same time as coming to grips with the loss of his sight. Each of the characters are fully developed and well defined and being able to hear their thoughts about each encounter brings a richness to the narratives. Politics, religion, social mores and relationships are all examined from both without and within.”—Dave Massengale, Amazon review

“Spymaster and imaginative author, Dr. Wesley Britton has another big hit! His book takes the reader on a compelling journey of an Alpha earthling who has been spirited to planet Beta. Science-fiction, yes, but much more. The book explores science, medicine, commerce, education, spiritual life, family life and sex on an alternative planet which at times is insightful and hilarious in its comparison to our own Earth. In an ingenious way, Dr. Britton has created a new grammar and vocabulary to continually intrigue the reader. A true winner!” –Bobbi Chertok, Amazon Reviewer

Explore Beta-Earth with Tribe Renbourn as the “Alpha Man” and his wives face irresistible prophecies, island tyrants, the curse of the “Plague-With-No-Name,” and a horrifying death-trade.

Just when Tribe Renbourn is certain they’ve found sanctuary in the country of Alma, they must battle a mutant girl from the aristocracy, a lecherous prince, a theocratic church, and take sides in a world-shaking civil war.

After leading a fleet of exiles from the Alman civil war, Tribe Renbourn becomes embroiled with a duplicitous island royal family, the fight to end the “Plague-With-No-Name,” the invasion of a deadly foe, and the demanding will of the harsh goddess of Beta, Olos.

Forced to leave Beta-Earth behind, six members of Tribe Renbourn are forever transformed when they travel across the multi-verse to be captives of a very different kind of humanity of pairs and must lead the rebellion of the single-bodied “nams.”

Forty years after Malcolm Renbourn was drug across the multi-verse, two of his children from Beta-Earth, and two from Cerapin-Earth travel to our planet where they encounter a world suffering from biological war, climate change, religious zealotry, and fear of what these aliens might bring to a suffering humanity.

Find out more about The Beta Earth Chronicles at:

http://drwesleybritton.com

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ALIENATION: Blog hop tour

ALIENATION: Blog hop tour

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Welcome to the Alienation BLOG HOP TOUR.

Please take your seat and strap yourself in, as we take you on an intergalactic tour. You will be amazed, entertained, and educated. Manoeuvre through the cosmos and be astounded at all you see. Hunt down the hidden words that will get you to your final destination where a one-of-a-kind award awaits one lucky traveller.

You are here to celebrate the release of Alienation, book two of the humorous Sci-Fi series, Starstruck.

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Sally Webber’s dream is coming true: Zander is back and taking her out for a night on the town–on a planet hundreds of light years away from Earth.

But when an accident separates her from her alien tour guide, she’s thrown into the seedy underbelly of an insane city where nothing is as it seems. Suddenly lost and desperate to get back home, Sally is willing to do anything to get out, even if it means accepting spontaneous marriage proposals, crashing some fancy parties, or joining what appears to be the space mob.

All she wanted was some decent interstellar pizza, but now it might be the end of the world as evil nanobots and an out of control AI try to take the universe by force, and the only one who can stop them is missing in action. Sally has no choice but to try to stop them herself–if she can stay alive that long.

 

Pre-order your copy now!

 

 

Alienation is the fantastic sequel to the hit sci-fi comedy, Starstruck by S.E.Anderson.

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Theosians

 

The Theosians are a peaceful race that lives in the Undercity of Da-Duhui. Decedents of the original race that evolved on the planet, they were slowly relegated to the dark after joining the Alliance as one of the first ten races.

Deep under the city, the Downdwellers live and thrive, the Theosians making up upwards of 90% of the Undercity’s population. They boast an incredible ability to create fire, or even plasma, out of thin air. Despite this, they are wholeheartedly peaceful. Which works against them in keeping them trapped underground.

Thousands of years of living in this dark environment has made their morphology evolve. Their skulls are almond shaped, pointed at one end, around where their mouth is, while the other point is on the back of their head. Their hair sprouts from the apex in the back, sometimes creating a long ponytail that they can wear like a scarf, carelessly wound around part of their bare scalp. Their round, dark eyes are like those of creatures that live their lives in caves, never to see the sun. Their skin is also a fleshy pale.

Life in the Undercity is not as the Alliance would have you believe. For starters, the night market is a splendid sight that would enchant any tourist – if they ever made it to the Undercity. Lit only by Theosian light, the Downdwellers sell and haggle their wares, which can be anything from fruit and vegetables to high tech instruments. The children enjoy scavenging for lost parts that people in the Overcity drop from their cars, and a trade has grown around upcycled debris.

Sally encounters the Theosians in the Undercity, when she’s trapped there and needs their help to return home. But she needs to help them in return, and her actions could change the lives of the Theosians forever…

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Follow this exciting blog tour starting at your first stop UrbanHype101 and if you get lost in cyber space, come back to UrbanHype101 for the tour map.
There’s something new to read see or hear on each of these stops.

Don’t forget to hunt for that special word and if you find ALL of them, send them to scavengerhunt@bolidepublishing.com and you could win a signed copy of Alienation and a gift pack of unique swag. This contest is open internationally.

Make sure to visit the next blog.

 

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