by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
The 2013 Debut Authors Bash is hosted by the lovely Nichole @ YA Reads
! I am so excited to be a part of this bash and celebrate all of the new authors and their new books this year! I got the utmost pleasure to interview not only our debut author, Amie Kaufman, but the wonderful Meagan Spooner as well. If you are unfamiliar with these authors, they have an upcoming novel out in December that they co-wrote and guys, it’s amazing! I can’t wait for you all to get to read it this winter! My review will be up a little closer to release. Here’s a bit about the book and then check out my interview!
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: December 10th 2013
It’s a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.
Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.
Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?
Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.
A timeless love story, THESE BROKEN STARS sets into motion a sweeping science fiction series of companion novels. The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.
1. What is it like to write a collaboration? How does the brainstorming process work between the both of you and how was the writing divvied up?
We LOVE collaborating! When it comes to brainstorming, we’ll chat on instant messenger or via video, and do everything we can to be on the same continent for some of the vital parts. We divide up the writing by character – for THESE BROKEN STARS, Amie wrote Tarver and Meg wrote Lilac in the first draft, but by the time we were done revising, we’d both been over every part of the book. Often, when we’re writing together, we honestly don’t know who wrote what by the end!
2. What are your favorite sci-fi books and movies? Did anything serve as inspiration for These Broken Stars?
We drew inspiration from lots of places, for These Broken Stars. There’s a dash of Firefly in there, a dash of Robinson Crusoe, a little Lost! We also love using images for inspiration, and you can see our Pinterest board here.
When it comes to our favourite books and movies, we could go on and ON. Movies/TV: Contact, Star Trek, BSG, The Fifth Element, Doctor Who, and Firefly. Books: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea (and lots of stuff by Jules Verne), The Giver by Lois Lowry, Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson, Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi, Across The Universe by Beth Revis, Foundation (and lots of stuff by Isaac Asimov) Feed by Mira Grant, and the Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey, which played a part in our meeting!
3. Let’s say you were spaceliner-wrecked upon an abandoned planet, what items would you hope to have with you?
Can we say we’d like Tarver? He’s a totally competent soldier and he’d keep us alive, no sweat! Also, he’s pretty easy on the eyes. Failing that, we’d go for sturdy boots for all that walking, and perhaps a book or two… or three… That would help to pass the time, right? Also, cake. (Yes, we know we probably wouldn’t thrive in the wild.)
4. What’s the coolest place you’ve traveled to?
Wow, hard question! We’re travel nuts, and we’ve covered every continent between us. For Meg, it would be a tie between southern Africa and Antarctica. For Amie, the Sahara Desert and the Great Wall of China. But ask us again tomorrow and we’ll probably pick something else! We LOVE road tripping together as well — our favourite was the one that took in Death Valley, Yosemite National Park, the Grand Canyon, and saw us upgraded to the high rollers suite in Vegas!
5. Any solo or future projects in the works you can tell us about?
Oh, we’d love to tell you, but then we’d have to kill you! What we can say is that we’re knee deep in edits on book two of our trilogy right now, and we’ve also started drafting book three. We’re having SO much fun! But we’re also starting to plan out our next collaborative project, and it’s going to be a blast. (Perhaps literally… dun dun DUUUUN.)
6. What’s your favorite 2013 debut you’ve read?
Oh wow, there have been so many great 2013 debuts, it’s impossible to pick just one. Or three, or ten! Some of our favourites include RED by Alison Cherry, BETTER NATE THAN EVER by Tim Federle and THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER by Megan Shepherd, and up next in our reading lists are THE OATHBREAKER’S SHADOW by Amy McCulloch and THE ART OF WISHING by Lindsay Ribar. And if we can sneak in a debut that was originally 2013 and will now keep us waiting until 2014, it’s the amazing, hilarious ALIENATED by Melissa Landers.
Love those answers! I would definitely need Tarver on an abandon planet or I’d be dead in an hour. lol And so jealous of all that traveling! Oh and totally excited they are planning another collab after this series. A huge thank you to both authors for taking the time to answer my questions.
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