Spotlight Interview

Spotlight Interview with Taylor Verrier

Hi Readers,

Recently, I had the chance to interview the author Taylor Verrier about herself and her science fiction novel Clarity.

1. Can you tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I’m an eighteen year old female author from South London, England. I’ve been writing since I was ten, starting out by writing scripts and then I began writing Clarity when I was fourteen.

2. What inspired you to write Clarity?
I love to read science fiction books and watch Sci-Fi movies/TV shows, but I did feel like a lot of characters weren’t very relatable. They didn’t seem like they had many flaws or made mistakes. I wanted to write a character that was very “human” and I really wanted to show the evolution of the character.

3. What is the genre?
Science Fiction.

4. What draws you to this genre?
I enjoy the lack of limitations that comes from writing sci-fi. Anything is possible with science fiction.

5. How did you develop your protagonist?
When it came to my main character, I took the time to figure out her biggest hopes and fears, what she would want in the future, what her childhood was like, that sort of personal information. None of that necessarily meant anything to the main plot of the book, but it helped me to understand my character more.

6. What inspired your antagonist?
A mixture of different people that I’ve seen and known inspired my main antagonist. People that just want to tear you down and see you fail.

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7. What was the hardest part to write in the book?
I can’t recall a specific scene or chapter that was especially hard to write, but I do remember it being very difficult for me when I was about 3/4 through the book because I had the whole ending planned out, but I had trouble figuring out how to get to that point.

8. What was your favourite part of your book to write?
I enjoyed writing the scenes between my main character, Clarity, and the secondary character, Xen.

9. Are you a full time or a part time writer? If part time, what do you do besides write?
I’m a full time writer.

10. What are you currently reading?
I’m rereading I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou.

11. Who would you say are your favourite authors?
Suzanne Collins and Maya Angelou.

12. How about your favourite books? What would be your top 5?
The first two books in The Hunger Games trilogy, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations and Divergent.

13. What are your future projects, if any?
I am currently writing the sequel to Clarity as well as another science fiction/fantasy book.

14. What is your preferred method for readers to get in touch with you and your books?
Anybody can get in touch with me through Twitter.

Where to Buy Clarity:
Amazon CAN Amazon UK Amazon US

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser today comes from an ARC I’m reading called Mer-Charmer by Amy Bearce. I’ll have a review up for it next week.

 Page 172.
“Things hissed, deep inside the channel, but Phoebe kept singing despite the darkness she felt drawing closer. The magic was amazingly rich here, a feast for her senses.”

Book in exchange for honest review · Book Reviews

Review: Hood by Evan Pickering

Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Fiction
Publisher: CreateSpace
Date of Release: January 13, 2016
Pages and Format: 276 pages; .mobi
My Rating: 3 Stars

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

“Hood’s life is gone. No more student loans, house parties, video games. The world is now a place of pure survival. Lucky for him, he’s pretty damn good with a gun in his hand. Learning to live with pulling the trigger is something else, though.

Two years after the collapse of American civilization, hidden away in the mid-Atlantic countryside in the small town of Clearwater, a group of survivors led by a young marksman named Hood and an ex-cop by the name of Whiskey have found security in obscurity. Raging through the remnants of the northeast, two kings, the Kaiser and the Crusader, fight a war for control of the land.

Hood, Whiskey and the Clearwater crew survive by stealing just enough from the Kaiser to keep the town going. But they cannot stay hidden away forever. . .

For reasons he doesn’t understand, Hood is pulled into a war he wants no part of. A war he cannot stop, a war that puts the lives of those he loves most on the line. Kind-hearted, Idealistic and a goof-ball at heart, Hood must embrace the stark reality of violence and ruthless survival that defines these new dark ages.”

This is a great post-apocalyptic tale with nuances of Robin Hood, his gang, the evil Sheriff and some awesome twists.
The characters just jump off the pages and each one, even the minor characters, all have a place in the story.

It’s amazing what survival can turn us into, even if it is the worst of creatures to the best of creatures.
I am interested in the Sons characters. I wonder how they can put the US back together?
I’m also curious, did the apocalypse only happen in the States or did it go beyond? It’d be an interesting thing to bring up as well.

Either way, great job to the author and I look forward to seeing where Taylor and Whiskey go from here.

Where to Buy:
Amazon CAN | Amazon US

Meet the Author:

Like so many of you, I am a man obsessed with stories. From the earliest parts of my youth that I can remember, I yearned for imaginary worlds. I created stories and lived them out in my own footsteps, found myself engrossed in fantasy novels, mystery novels, roleplaying games, television shows, perhaps most of all, history. The world, to me, was a great story, filled with endless billions of stories, alive and dead, real and imagined. I did not seek to know them all; but only to be enthralled with as many as I could possibly come by. So when I was 18, and I first attempted creative writing, it suddenly made sense to me that everything else I had been pursuing fell woefully short of something deeper in me. Now, all I want is what many writers want; to share their own stories, to evoke feeling and inspiration and motivation in others. After all, so many who have come before have done the same for me. I look only to continue the tradition. In my own way. My first real success stemming from my writing ability happened when I placed 7th in the 76th annual Writer’s Digest Competition for my short story entitled Serenaded. Since then, I’ve published more than 50 articles as a freelance writer, but haven’t yet put a novel out to the world until now. I’ve been a professional poker player for eight years. I’ve backpacked Europe, I’ve biked alone across the North Eastern US by myself when I was eighteen. I grew up living on a boat half the year every year. I’ve hung out in grimy side streets and in sprawling mansions and empty parking lots. I’ve read a lot of books, played a lot of video games, I’ve grown up and I’ve stayed young and no matter what I learn and whatever I believe life is in this moment, I’m still searching. I think I always will be. -Evan Pickering

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Tuneage Thursday

Tuneage Thursday

You're invited to the

Music, next to books, is my life blood. I was born into it, raised around it and reading is not complete without it! As I’m always on the hunt for new music, this is a great way to spread the love of music!

The Rules are: share some links in your own post of music you’ve been listening to recently. Come on back to my blog and link your choices up to my post! Easy!

For those who cannot access Spotify:
Blood by O.S.I.
Take Out the Gunman by Chevelle
Darker by Doves
In Circles by Sunny Day Real Estate
Turnstile Blues by Autolux
Violets in a Pool by Tamaryn
Parked Outsdie by The Afghan Whigs
More Heat Than Light by The Veils
Jesus for the Jugular by The Veils
Thieves and Kings by The Peach Kings
Love is a Place by Metric

Uncategorized · Wednesday's Word

Wednesday’s Word

Wednesday's

Wednesday’s Word is a weekly meme where we can share our love of words!
Whether you use a dictionary and pick at random, or a word you have found in a book, share them. All you have to do is share your word or link up your Wednesday’s Word post!

My Word Today:

Lemures

  • May represent wandering, restless spirits. Those who were not afforded a proper burial or funeral rights. Formless and liminal, associated with darkness and its dread.
Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Page 11
“I let a smile crack through the unease threatening to engulf me. I ran from the military to escape my parents’ absurd war with ancient civilizations, not run into a girl with unnatural strength.”