Friday, 5 June 2015

Blog Tour + Interview + Giveaway - Vessel by Lisa T. Cresswell

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Title: Vessel

Publication date: May 2015

Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.

Author: Lisa T. Cresswell

The sun exploded on April 18, 2112. It exploded in a Class X solar storm the likes of which humankind had never seen.

They had nineteen minutes.

Nineteen minutes until the geomagnetic wave washed over the Earth, frying every electrical device created by humans, blacking out entire continents, every satellite in their sky.

Nineteen minutes to say goodbye to the world they knew, forever, and to prepare for a new Earth, a new Sun.

Generations after solar storms have destroyed nearly all human technology on Earth and humans have reverted to a middle ages like existence, all knowledge of the remaining technology is kept hidden by a privileged few called the Reticents and books are burned as heresy.

Alana, a disfigured slave girl, and Recks, a traveling minstrel and sometimes-thief, join forces to bring knowledge and books back to the human race. But when Alana is chosen against her will to be the Vessel, the living repository for all human knowledge, she must find the strength to be what the world needs.

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 When did you start writing?

I’ve been writing stories since I was in elementary school, but I didn’t get too serious about publishing until my son was born nine years ago. That was when I joined the Society of Children’s’ Book Writers and Illustrators, and really started learning about the query process.

What makes you want to write?

I’m not sure what it is. Overactive imagination? I just notice things around me and start thinking, what if??       

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

I do, but I’ve found that if that happens, it’s usually because I don’t know what’s supposed to happen next in the story. I make myself sit down and brainstorm more of an outline for the chapter that’s giving me trouble. Once I have plan, the writing is easy.

Do you have a special way of going about writing?

No, I have a full time job and I spend a lot of time driving my daughter to dance practice. I’ve had to be very flexible about when and how I write. I do tend to always write my first draft on paper. The computer just isn’t inspiring to me.

Do you have any works in progress?

Always!  I’m working on a steampunk fantasy and a contemporary YA, both of which I started last summer. I hope to get them both in shape to start querying soon.

What are your hobbies?

I love writing and reading, obviously. My other hobby is gardening, which is a major challenge living in a high desert like I do. It’s maddening actually. Sometimes I think I must be glutton for punishment.

How did you choose the character names for Vessel?

I don’t know honestly. My character names always just come to me out of the blue. I had the name Recks rolling around in my head for quite awhile before I wrote Vessel. Just liked it. I really like the name Kinder too, but I can’t for the life of me remember how it came to me.

Who is your favourite character in Vessel?

I love all my characters, but I do especially love Alana for her strength. She has more reason than anyone to be broken, and yet she never loses hope for something better.

How did you get the idea for Vessel?

I heard or read an article somewhere about solar storms and how they could affect the satellites around Earth, and potentially our power grid. About the same time, e-books were really taking off and there were a lot of people wondering if they would someday replace paper books altogether. All that got me wondering, what if all our books were electronic one day and then we lost them somehow?? The result was Vessel.

What was your favourite part of writing Vessel?

I really enjoy world building when it comes to writing fantasy or scifi.

What are you currently reading?

I’ve got a few books partially read, from an adult scifi to a middle grade fantasy. I like all kinds of books.

What is your favourite book?

One of my very favorites is The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd.

Who is your favourite author?

I love Sue Monk Kidd’s books, her style of writing. I also enjoy Neil Gaiman novels for his shear creativity.

What is your favourite film?

I’m a big fan of Star Trek and Star Wars films. I know that’s a lot more than one film, but I can’t choose just one! I’ve been loving the new Star Trek cast. I’ve got my fingers cross J.J. Abrams can work the same magic with the new Star Wars.

What is your favourite TV show?

I don’t watch TV much anymore. When my kids were born, I just got too busy and fell out of the habit. Now, I consider that valuable writing time.

Quick-fire questions:

Chocolate or ice cream?  Chocolate, easy.
Paperback or ebook?  E-book I think.
Dogs or cats?  I have both, but at least the cats are quieter.
Go out or stay in?  Hmm, I can go either way on that one. Depends. ;)
Summer or winter? Summer, so I can garden!

About the Author

Lisa, like most writers, began scribbling silly notes, stories, and poems at a very young age. Born in North Carolina, the South proved fertile ground to her imagination with its beautiful white sand beaches and red earth. In fifth grade, she wrote, directed and starred in a play “The Queen of the Nile” at school, despite the fact that she is decidedly un-Egyptian looking. Perhaps that’s why she went on to become a real life archaeologist?

Unexpectedly transplanted to Idaho as a teenager, Lisa learned to love the desert and the wide open skies out West. This is where her interest in cultures, both ancient and living, really took root, and she became a Great Basin archaeologist. However, the itch to write never did leave for long. Her first books became the middle grade fantasy trilogy, The Storyteller Series. Her first traditionally published work, Hush Puppy, is now available from Featherweight Press.

Lisa still lives in Idaho with her family and a menagerie of furry critters that includes way too many llamas!

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