Welcome to my stop along the 2016 Debut Authors Bash hosted by YA Reads! I am really excited to share with you my interview with Jenny Moyer, the author of the YA debut novel, Flashfall. Flashfall sounds like an amazing sci-fi/fantasy coming out this November from Macmillan. Before we get to the interview and giveaway details, here are some more details about Jenny Moyer and Flashfall:
Author: Jenny Moyer
Release Date: November 15, 2016
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Summary (from Goodreads): Orion is a Subpar, expected to mine the tunnels of Outpost Five, near the deadly flash curtain. For generations, her people have chased cirium—the only element that can shield humanity from the curtain’s radioactive particles. She and her caving partner, Dram work the most treacherous tunnel, fighting past flash bats and tunnel gulls, in hopes of mining enough cirium to earn their way into the protected city.
But when newcomers arrive at Outpost Five, Orion uncovers disturbing revelations that make her question everything she thought she knew about life on both sides of the cirium shield. As conditions at the outpost grow increasingly dangerous, it’s up to Orion to forge a way past the flashfall, beyond all boundaries, beyond the world as she knows it.
About the Author:
Jenny studied writing at Seattle Pacific University, and has written and voiced national
commercial spots. She co-owns Luminary Creative with her filmmaker husband, Jacob. They have lived all over the U.S., and currently call Des Moines home.
She keeps busy with her three boys—who are steadily growing taller than her–and her three pound dog (who stays small, and mostly just sits on her legs while she types.)
One of Jenny’s dreams came true the day Sarah Davies invited her to join her list of talented authors at Greenhouse Literary. Now when she sips lattes at coffee shops and daydreams, she can call it ‘work.’
Writing young adult fiction is her passion, and she can’t wait to share Orion and Dram and flash bats with the world through her debut novel, FLASHFALL (Henry Holt/Macmillan, 2016)
To connect with Jenny on her publishing journey find her here:
Ooh, great question. I find myself REALLY inspired by other authors. Sometimes because of their writing, and other times because of their publishing stories. Honestly, there are too many to name, but a few are: Leigh Bardugo (Shadow and Bone), Marie Rutkowski (Winners’ Curse Series), Mary Pearson (Remnant Chronicles) (She actually blurbed FLASHFALL), Jandy Nelson, Maggie Stiefvater, Suzanne Collins, Aprilynne Pike (she also blurbed!)
Going farther back, Diana Gabaldon (Outlander) (She inspired me to want to be an author).
I have to admit that I have stalked your Flashfall Pinterest board! I am very curious about the aurora borealis images on it. Can you give us a hint as to what those images relate to in the novel?
That’s so cool! Yes–the aurora borealis is so beautiful and awe-inspiring to me. I imagined if something existed like it, that came all the way to the ground, and could be seen in daylight. And if it was deadly . . . Those images inspired the flash curtain in my book. Orion and her caving partner, Dram, have to live in the deadly, particle-filled “fallout” from this solar anomaly. They call it the flashfall, and they are desperate to get past it. My pinterest board is FULL of clues and sneak peeks into the world and story . . .
When researching your upcoming novel, what has been the most interesting thing that you have discovered?
Ah. The climbing. Wait–no. The CAVING. In FLASHFALL, there’s plenty of both, and I wanted to make sure I gave readers an authentic experience. In order to do that, I researched and met with climbing experts who consulted on the book. One of my favorite experiences was one freezing day in Wisconsin, on the side of a mountain, my guide said, “Let’s set up that scene where . . .” and he walked me through what my characters would’ve done. It was terrifying and exhilarating. I also learned to rappel in all sorts of ways–which I enjoy much more than climbing. BUT nothing compares to the caving. I’m extremely claustrophobic (as is my character Dram), but I managed to squeeze through some dark, wet caverns. We ended up using some of those locations to film the book trailer!
The book trailer for Flashfall is very fast paced and full of intrigue. What was it like working with your husband to create the video?
Honestly, it was the most surreal, awesome experience. My husband, Jacob, is the main reason I didn’t give up writing, and he’s also a regional Emmy award-winning cinematographer, so it was really special having him produce the trailer. We worked really hard on pre-production, including costumes and props–all the details. We even custom designed the outpost patches and sewed them on the caver’s suits ourselves, LOL! When I finally helped the actors suit up and get all their gear on, I just sort of stood there, staring. It was so cool. But then we climbed into the caves and shot a few scenes with them “in character,” and I totally teared up. It’s just a book trailer–not a film–but it was amazing seeing my story come to life like that. The trailer that’s currently out is just a “teaser”. We are scheduled to shoot more scenes and release a full length “cinematic” trailer closer to FLASHFALL’s release!
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions, Jenny! Your book sounds really incredible and we are all dying to read it! 🙂
FLASHFALL swag pack that includes: signed bookmark, sticker, and wristband, plus a bonus mystery item. Open internationally.