Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Blog Tour + Interview + Giveaway - The Infinite Expanse by B.C. Powell


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The Infinite Expanse by B.C. Powell
(The Journals of Krymzyn #2)
Publication date: March 31st 2015
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Science Fiction

Synopsis:

Evil lurks in the desolate Barrens of Krymzyn. For millions of Eras, predators with insatiable cravings have prowled the wasteland. When a traitor of the Delta enters their realm, the solitary beasts may finally have a leader to unite them.

As a new order emerges in the Barrens, Chase and Sash begin their lives together. While Chase fights to prove he belongs in Krymzyn, the power inside Sash flourishes in ways no one could have imagined. But a vengeance from the wasteland is soon unleashed upon them.

After Chase is trapped deep in the Barrens, his only escape is into the Infinite Expanse. Unaware of the deathly perils that take shape there, he may be lost forever. For Sash to return him from the endless wilderness, she’ll have to harness a mystical energy not seen since the beginning of time.




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When did you start writing?


I wrote my first novel when I was sixteen. I was an avid reader of Jules Verne, Mark Twain, C.S.  Lewis, and Robert  Louis Stevenson as  a young  reader,  so  I  basically  mimicked  those authors. It wasn’t good, but I finished it, and the story had some interesting elements. Then I wrote another novel at thirty, another at forty, and now, after half a century of life, I’m finally devoting all of my time to writing and publishing fiction.




What makes you want to write?


I thoroughly enjoy the process of developing the story and the characters that take us on the journey. I learn a lot about myself as the story and characters evolve. If others  relate  to  the  story and feel  an  emotional connection with  the  characters,  that’s  a huge bonus. But what really makes me want to write is to create the type of story that I like to read.




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


I  haven’t  ever  suffered  from  classic  writer’s  block,  but  I  do  find troublesome areas in a manuscript or parts of the story that don’t seem to make sense to me. I work through problematic scenes by sitting down and writing them over and over in different ways. It may take me ten attempts at a scene, but by reading back what doesn’t work, I end up finding what does work in my mind.




Do you have a special way of going about writing?


I treat writing as I would any other job. I set aside certain hours of each day for writing and try to make the most of that time. When I really get into a groove, I have a tendency to “binge write.” It’s not uncommon for me to be at my computer from six in the morning until almost midnight when I’m immersed in writing the story.




Do you have any works in progress?


I’m about half way through the third book in the “Kryzmyn” series,“A Traveler’s Fate.” I’m also slowly working on a very dark, gritty paranormal series  that  I  actually  started  writing  before the “Krymzyn” series but probably won’t publish until “The Journals of Krymzyn” is completed.




What are your hobbies?


I go hiking in the hills of Southern California several times a week, ocean kayak on the weekends, and spend a lot of time reading. One  of  my  passions  is  playing  Magic  the  Gathering,  a  fantastic game my sons got me interested in.




How did  you  choose  the  character  names  for  The  Infinite Expanse?



When  I  first  chose  the  names  Chase  and Sash  for  the protagonists in this series, I wanted strong, crisp names  with an active feel. Sash is close to the word “slash,” which makes sense for her character, and the word “chase” really embodies many of the struggles in Chase’s life. In the world of Krymzyn, the people of the Delta only ever have four letters in their names, so I try to choose names that sound unique, and yet aren’t too distant from Earth  names.  The Guardians, who we meet in  The  Infinite Expanse, all have names representing philosophical ideals.




Who is your favourite character in The Infinite Expanse?



I really like a new character that I introduce to the series in “The Infinite Expanse” named Maya. At first glimpse, she’s a very shy and timid girl, but the more we see her, the more we realize she has an underlying strength.  When we first meet her,  she  hasn’t gained the self-confidence in her own abilities yet to really stand up  for herself,  which is something I  think  we  can  all  relate to in way or another. We’ll see much more of her in later books of the series, and her character will go through dramatic growth.




How did you get the idea for The Infinite Expanse?



It was a natural progression from of the first book in the series, but I really wanted a primary theme of this book to be overcoming fears we each may have in our lives. In the early part of the book, we get  to see  Chase  and  Sash  begin  their  lives together, something  I  think  is  really  critical  to  the  continuing  story. Chase has to struggle for acceptance by the people of Krymzyn, but also has to accept his own decision to leave Earth to live in that world. The events in my novels typically evolve out of the themes I want to  tackle  and the  emotional  struggles  I  want the  characters to have.




What was your favourite part of writing The Infinite Expanse?



The scenes that actually take place while Chase is in the Infinite Expanse were challenging to write, but also very fun and rewarding. Chase is incredibly confused the first time he ventures into the Expanse, and I want the reader to be equally confused by what’s happening. There’s a fine line between the reader sharing the  character’s  experience,  but  not  being  so  confused  by  the events that they lose interest. I worked very hard with my editor to find the balance. I’m more proud of the scenes at the Springs and in the Infinite Expanse than anything else I’ve written.




What are you currently reading?



I’m  reading  two  books right  now,  both  in  the  new  adult  fantasy genre.  I’m  almost  finished  with  “Court  of  the  Nightfall”  by husband/wife writing team Karpov Kinrade. I also started “Winter Queen” by Amber Argyle. I think it’s important to read other books in the same genre that I write in, and these authors are very good at their craft.




What is your favourite book?



I  hate  to  do  this,  but  it’s  a  tie.  The  book  that  overwhelms  me emotionally  is  Hemingway’s  “The  Sun  Also  Rises.”  I think it creates more of an emotional mood than any book I’ve read. But from  the  mental  side,  “Dune”  really  opened  my  mind  to possibilities  I  hadn’t  considered  before  in  regards  to  how  a reader’s imagination can be stretched.




Who is your favourite author?



Due to the breadth and variety of his work, Stephen King is my favorite.  “The  Gunslinger,”  “The  Shining,”  and  “Salem’s  Lot”  are among  my  favorite  books.  But he can also take you to a place other than horror. “The Green Mile” and the novellas “The Body” and “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption” are wonderful stories with compelling characters. I’m always able to lose myself in his books, and that’s really what reading is all about for me.




What is your favourite film?



“To  Kill  a  Mockingbird” has  been  my  favorite  film  since  the  first time I saw it. It’s emotional, the characters are deeply compelling, and the story is touching in a way that I think I really changed me for the better. As a teenager, I read the book after having already seen the movie. To this day, it’s one of the most amazing novels I’ve ever read. The book is in my top five favorites of all time. I go back  and  forth  on  which  is  better,  the  film  or  the  book.  They’re both spectacular.




What is your favourite TV show?



Survivor.  I’ve  been  addicted  to  the show  since  season  one  and never miss an episode. I find the interaction of total strangers in such extreme conditions a fascinating study in human nature.




Quick-fire questions:



Chocolate or ice cream? Ice cream (mint chip, so I get a little chocolate in there as well.)

Paperback or ebook? Paperback - love the feel of a book in my hands.

Dogs or cats? Docats. I have both so it’s impossible for me to pick a favorite.

Go out or stay in? Stay in - unless it’s an outing to the beach.

Summer or winter? Summer all the time, please.





AUTHOR BIO

BC Powell is a fantasy author from Los Angeles, CA. His debut science fiction fantasy novel "Krymzyn" was published in October, 2014. "The Infinite Expanse", the highly anticipated second book in "The Journals of Krymzyn" series, is scheduled for release on March 31, 2015.

Powell has a diverse background, having held several creative positions in the entertainment industry, including executive roles at ABC-TV and Technicolor. In recent years, he's authored several non-fiction works, primarily educational books and training programs for trading the financial markets. He dual majored in journalism and philosophy at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.

Writing fiction has been his lifelong passion and goal. “The Journals of Krymzyn” represents, in his words, “finally finding the story I want to tell with characters that are able to bring that story to life.” He's an avid reader and lists Ernest Hemingway, Frank L. Herbert, Stephen King, Jane Austen, and Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. as his favorite authors.

Brad, as he prefers to go by in personal communication, lives with his longtime girlfriend, three sons from a previous marriage, and their rescue dog and cat. He enjoys hiking, ocean kayaking, spending time at Southern California beaches, movies, and reading.


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