Monday, 22 December 2014

Blog Tour + Interview + Giveaway - Lifer by Beck Nicholas


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Title: LIFER

Publication date: December 16, 2014

Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.

Author: Beck Nicholas
 

Asher is a Lifer, a slave aboard the spaceship Pelican. A member of the lowest rung of society, she must serve the ship’s Officials and Astronauts as punishment for her grandparents’ crimes back on Earth. The one thing that made life bearable was her illicit relationship with Samuai, a Fishie boy, but he died alongside her brother in a freak training accident.
 

Still grieving for the loss of her loved ones, Asher is summoned to the upper levels to wait on Lady, the head Official’s wife and Samuai’s mother. It is the perfect opportunity to gather intel for the Lifer’s brewing rebellion. There’s just one problem—the last girl who went to the upper levels never came back.
 
On the other side of the universe, an alien attack has left Earth in shambles and a group called The Company has taken control. Blank wakes up in a pond completely naked and with no memory, not even his real name. So when a hot girl named Megs invites him to a black-market gaming warehouse where winning means information, he doesn’t think twice about playing. But sometimes the past is better left buried.
 
As Asher and Blank’s worlds collide, the truth comes out—everyone has been lied to. Bourne Identity meets Under the Never Sky in this intergalactic tale of love and deception from debut novelist Beck Nicholas.







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 When did you start writing? 

I can’t remember not writing stories. Despite studying laser chemistry at university, I always wrote in my spare time (and sometimes in really long calculus lectures). 


What makes you want to write? 

I write because I love making stories. I have these characters in my head and I need to know what happens next. Writing their story lets me read it. I write a particular story because I can’t stop thinking about it. 


Do you ever get writer's block and what do you do to get over it? 

I believe I need to turn up every day (life depending) and put words down. I’m always thinking about my story and will sometimes interrupt a conversation to write something down. Most of the time when I get stuck it’s because I’ve tried to force my characters to do something I think might be good but doesn’t work for them. I usually end up with a notebook and pencil re-writing until I’m back on track. 


Do you have a special way of going about writing? 

Nothing special here, mostly it’s just typing one word after another until it’s done. However, I do a lot of work getting to know my characters before I start because ultimately it’s their story. 


Do you have any works in progress? 

I’ve recently completed a sequel for Lifer. It was great to revisit the characters and see more of their lives. Right now I’m working on a story of a refugee fleeing a planet at war to carry out her mother’s final wishes and the pilot of her ship whose true identity will make them hunted across galaxies. There are spaceship crashes and mad kings and a man who will stop at nothing to destroy them. If they don’t kill each other first. 


What are your hobbies? 

Reading! I am about the most uncoordinated person going around but I run a few times a week. I love the opportunity (as my muscles ache and lungs burn) to think about my work in progress and I often find great inspiration for coming scenes and have to stop and record a note to myself on my phone. 


How did you choose the character names for Lifer? 

Asher comes from ashes and her lowly station as a slave. Davyd and Samuai are names not too different to common names today but I wanted to show some change and development over the years. Blank was pretty easy – it came from that spot on the form he needed to leave blank. 

 
Who is your favourite character in Lifer? 

I love Asher and Blank but my favourite is probably Davyd. He’s not a nice guy but he has his own idea of right and wrong and lives to that with a commitment that appeals to me. He’s also pretty hot. 


How did you get the idea for Lifer? 

Lifer is two stories in one and they each came about in different ways. Asher is a servant on a spaceship and her story was inspired by Australia’s convict past. I wondered how such a system might work to help provide the people to do the crappy work on a generation ship. Thus Asher’s ancestors were born. I
thought the period where landing and freedom be full of tension and a fertile place to breed rebellion from those servants.
Blank’s inspiration is a little different in that he literally appeared in my mind, naked (*blushes*), walking through a specially preserved garden. I had to work out where he’d come from and why he was there. And so did he. His story grew from there. 


What was your favourite part of writing Lifer? 

My favourite part of writing Lifer was discovering Asher and Blank’s stories and finding out what happened. While I always have a good idea of the end when I begin, it isn’t until I’m writing that the journey unfolds. 


What are you currently reading? 

Right now I’m reading a book about people smuggling as research for my work in progress. It’s interesting and heartbreaking all at once. 


What is your favourite book? 

There are too many to pick one. The first sci-fi I read that hooked me on the genre was Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. 


Who is your favourite author? 

Again there are too many to pick just one. I read as much YA and NA as I can and love a lot of books for different reasons. 


What is your favourite film? 

I will always watch Love Actually if it’s on. 


What is your favourite TV show? 

I loved Friends and How I Met Your Mother but more recently I’ve fallen for an Aussie show called Offspring. 


Quick-fire questions: 

Chocolate or ice cream? Chocolate (with popping candy)
Paperback or ebook? Both
Dogs or cats? Dogs (I have two)
Go out or stay in? Stay in (with a book)
Summer or winter? Winter (love curling up in front of my fire when it’s cold outside)






About the Author


I always wanted to write.  
I’ve worked as a lab assistant, a pizza delivery driver and a high school teacher but I always pursued my first dream of creating stories. 
Now, I live with my family near Adelaide, halfway between the city and the sea, and am lucky to spend my days (and nights) writing young adult fiction.


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