Welcome to the second day of #WO2016! #WO2016 stands for ‘Waiting on 2016.’ This group provides a safe space for writers to chat about their anxieties, share little successes and offer/advice and encouragement to each other as they journey down the publishing road! The group is comprised primarily of YA and NA authors, about 70% of whom are debuts. Yesterday, Vicki Weavil stopped by the blog and today, I am featuring Bethany Morrow! Tomorrow, watch for a special Valentine’s post with Melanie McFarlane! There is also an amazing giveaway at the end of this post, so read on!
A former expat now living in the American Northeast (with one foot still firmly planted in Quebec), Bethany C Morrow writes speculative literary fiction, drinks Pepsi and loves her boys – one man, one boy and two dogs.
Her debut, The Last Life of Avrilis, is a lyrical YA sci-fi set in a Victorian steampunk world that features binary planets, cyclical time, a script that life follows, and the hunters who come for those who act outside of it. Look for its release in September 2016 from Month9Books, and a follow-up in 2017!
1. What authors’ blogs do you subscribe to? Is there one particular author that you find the most helpful in your own writing?
I have a long list, thank goodness for WordPress Reader and Bloglovin’! I find I really love to read blogs by creative non-fiction and personal essayists, though not exclusively. I would say the most useful blogs tend to be ones that are collaborative because they offer so many different perspectives. When I’m writing, I’m sort of on my own, but it’s always fun in you’re in the middle of a revision, to read what others are saying about their revision process, for example. Martina Boone’s Adventures in YA Publishing, Operation Awesome, and YA Stands immediately come to mind.
2. When researching your upcoming novel, what has been the most interesting thing that you have discovered?
Hmm, trying to figure out how to answer this without spoiling anything! J I did love reading about binary planets (or planet and moon, or planet and star) because I was so in love with the concept of the twin worlds of Aetas and Infinitas, and the way they revolve around each other, almost romantically.
3. Do you have a favourite inspirational quote or piece of advice that has helped you as a writer?
I would say Toni Morrison’s ‘If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.’ And Maya Angelou’s ‘There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.’
4. What book is currently sitting on your bedside table?
The two books I just bought last night: Saga written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples, and After The Quake, a collection of six short stories by Haruki Murakami.
THE LAST LIFE OF AVRILIS
The Last Life of Avrilis
by Bethany Morrow
Publication Date: September 2016
As a Sentient living at the end of time, sixteen-year-old Avrilis is one of the few to know that life repeats, replaying a script exactly. As an orphan cloistered in her home for the past three years, she knows that even a scripted life can suddenly change. It has, this time around. Her mother died; her father disappeared. Her only companions have been the other planet in the sky, her memory of a boy called Isaac, and the protective “halo” that absorbs the electricity a Sentient creates by living off-script – even if they didn’t have a choice.
Leaving home is Avrilis’ only chance at finding the real Isaac and uncovering what ruined her family’s script, making this lifetime go so terribly wrong – but outside, zealots are preying on anyone who defies the planets with change. When Avrilis saves the life of a vagabond moments before he’ll die, she means him to be her protection. Instead, the two find the subterranean Sentient city – and that the father who abandoned her has a plan to end the world for good. Now she’ll cross the sky from her planet to the other and find out whether this world is worth saving – as long as the zealots and the end of time don’t catch up to her first.
You can win…
1 x Ebook copy of Melanie McFarlane’s There Were Once Stars