Thanks to the wonderful writer and coach, Beth Barany for including me in this blog tour.
First, I’ll introduce you to Beth.
Award-winning author, Beth Barany has been making up fantasy and adventure stories all her life. She writes magical tales of romance and adventure for women and girls to transport them to new worlds where anything is possible. In her off hours, Beth enjoys capoeira, reading and watching movies, and traveling, with her husband, author and singer/song writer Ezra Barany. Beth Barany lives in Oakland, California with her husband, two cats, and over 1,000 books.
Now, let’s meet my character, from my upcoming novel, Friends with Wings, to be released on September 26, 2014.
What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
Her name is Trina DeWing. She’s a totally fictional character, although, like many of my female protagonists, she shares elements with me.
When and where is the story set?
The story starts about 90 years in the future, in 2102.
What should we know about him/her?
Trina is a brilliant, courageous, spunky teenager, doing her best to make her way in a very difficult world. She has a tight-knit family, and she really wants to make something of her life, but she’s not sure how that’s going to happen, given the circumstances.
What messes up his/her life?
Her parents die, and because debt has become inheritable, and her parents’ debt is considerable, she is forced to “sell her labor contract” which means sell herself into slavery. By sheer luck, as well as incredibly stellar test results, she is contracted to company sending colonists into space, and she ends up on a colony on a planet called “Johannes” (named after Johannes Kepler.) Unfortunately, the second thing that messes up her life is that the colony is destroyed, with her as the sole survivor.
What is the main conflict?
The main conflict is that Trina needs to figure out how to survive on this planet that is not Earth. And how to prepare for the arrival of the next colony ship, and prevent what happened to her colony from happening again.
What is the personal goal of the character?
To survive and learn.
When can we expect the book to be published?
September 26, 2014!
Next up on this tour, is the author Sandra Ulbrich Almazan!
Sandra Ulbrich Almazan started reading at the age of three and only stops when absolutely required to. Although she hasn’t been writing quite that long, she did compose a very simple play in German during middle school. Her science fiction novella Move Over Ms. L. (an early version of Lyon’s Legacy) earned an Honorable Mention in the 2001 UPC Science Fiction Awards, and her short story “A Reptile at the Reunion” was published in the anthology Firestorm of Dragons. Other published works by Sandra include Twinned Universes and several science fiction and fantasy short stories. She is a founding member of Broad Universe, which promotes science fiction, fantasy, and horror written by women. Her undergraduate degree is in molecular biology/English, and she has a Master of Technical and Scientific Communication degree. Her day job is in the laboratory of an enzyme company; she’s also been a technical writer and a part-time copyeditor for a local newspaper. Some of her other accomplishments are losing on Jeopardy! and taking a stuffed orca to three continents. She lives in the Chicago area with her husband, Eugene; and son, Alex. In her rare moments of free time, she enjoys crocheting, listening to classic rock (particularly the Beatles), and watching improv comedy.