The Sunday Spotlight
Genre: YA sci-fi romance
Sixteen year old, Joe Kendrick, thinks he’s got problems. The farm he’s looked after since his father’s suicide is failing and his brother wants to sell it, his girlfriend has dumped him and his normally down-to-earth Nan starts muttering about seeing UFO’s. And all Joe wants is to live a ‘normal’ life.
Then he saves suicidal stranger Sarah from drowning. What Joe doesn’t know is that Sarah is a human/alien hybrid, sent to test viability of life on Earth, and, as she’s survived, hostile aliens are already planning their attack.
Ninety-five percent Human is the first in a two book, sci-fi adventure set amongst the Welsh mountains.
Ninety-five percent Human is available in paperback and ebook.
Welcome back to my blog Suzanna, it's so great you could join us again!
Firstly, a big thank you to Bella for featuring me on her blog-spot. [She’s come up with some really interesting interview questions.] So without further ado ...
1. What are you reading at the moment & would you recommend it to us?
I’m almost through Cinder by Marissa Meyer. It’s a really interesting take on the traditional fairy story set in a futurist Bejing and involves handsome princes, evil queens, a wicked stepmother, deadly secrets, an unstoppable virus, an android sidekick and a heroine who’s a cyborg. Yeah, I’d recommend it.
2. Which type of book do you prefer to read?
d. Non – I listen to audiobooks!
In order of my preference:
Paperback: lovely curl up in a chair and cuddle the pages.
Hardback: not so much cuddling.
Ebook: portable and great for long plane journeys.
Audiobooks: no, kill them, kill them with fire! They read too slowly and I forget to listen and think about other things.
3. Are you a morning person or a night owl or an inbetweener?
Morning. I get up to write before everyone else is awake. Drives my husband mad.
4. Do you have a day job, other than writing – if so can you share?
Currently, I have only two jobs. I work in a shop and teach piano. These are both great for people-watching research and talking to my YA target audience. But not so great for getting actual words on the page.
Previous occupations have included registrar (anyone for getting married?), club singer, school lab technician and imputing data from all those forms you fill in on the back of cereal packets to receive useless offers. As you can see, my employment record follows no discernible pattern.
5. How many hours a day do you dedicate to your writing?
6. What’s your least favourite part of the writing process?
The actual writing! I’m a very slow writer, so slow I irritate myself. I get very impatient to finish and read the story but I enjoy the plotting part.
7. What is the one book you can’t live without?
8. How long does it typically take for you to write a novel?
My first novel took 6 weeks to write and another 3 years editing and ironing out all the anomalies in the plot! After that I spent more time planning so the writing part took longer but the editing time was months not years. Now I make such a detailed storyboard before I start, my first draft is almost print ready.
9. Are there any little tips or tricks you use to get to know your characters better?
I write the story from the perspective of all my major characters. This is very time consuming (you see why I’m such a slow writer now) but it means I understand every characters motivations and sorts out the major plot holes before I start the actual manuscript.
10. Are you working on anything new right now and can you tell us more?
I have a prequel to Ninety-five percent Human which is with my editor right this minute. It’s a short story about the last hours of Sarah’s life on her home planet before she was sent to Earth and I’ve had a blast world-building.
I’m also working on the sequel to ShockWaves which should be available later in the year. Check out the video I made whilst doing research for the next installment. It involved climbing a hill, visiting a closed down, top secret, Ministry of Defence site and surveillance on a quarry. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gt2TDKJo1os
11. If you had a choice – a dream come true - which would be your preference: Your books serialised - a weekly show or made into movies?
I’d love my books to be serialised. A weekly show allows the audience to get to know the characters so much better and affords the writer so much more development of characters rather than trying to squeeze everything into ninety minutes of movie time.
12. Which of the following suits you best?
a. Thrill Seeker
b. Mildly Meek
c. Totally Chilled
d. All of the above
In literary terms, I’m a thrill seeker: the more action in a book, the better I like it. In real life, I’m totally chilled. What’s the point in stressing?
13. If you were stranded on a faraway island, which of your characters would you like to be marooned with and why?
I would pick Jake from Ninety-five percent Human. Jake is an evolving computer Life Form with a love of bad jokes so he’d be great protection from the random animals and passing pirates, his jokes would keep my spirits up and, as he is the owner of an alien stealth ship, we probably wouldn’t be stranded anyhow J
Thanks again, Bella.
Get your mittens on a FREE copy of either Ninety-Five Percent Human or ShockWaves
Who knew that sheep farming in the Welsh mountains could be so exciting and dangerous?
Welcome to Joe’s world, which has fallen apart with the untimely loss of his father and now an older brother who wants to cash everything up as soon as possible because he’s hiding a big secret. His Nan, is a bit of a feisty old bird, just how a good Nan should be and luckily for him, she’s on his side.
Sarah, appears in his life just when he needs her, and he appears in hers at the perfect moment.
Ninety-Five Percent Human is a page turning YA sci-fi adventure set in rural Wales, there’s UFO’s galore, hybrid-beings, robots that look like humans and robots that look, well, rather unpleasant. There’s spaceships too, night manoeuvres and not forgetting fires, car chases, secret government agencies, jealous ex-girlfriends, a nice mix of romance and a good party with plenty of cider. What more could you ask for all rolled into one perfectly formed novel!
If you like any of the above mentioned things, you are going to love this. I devoured it in one afternoon and was sorry to read the last word, but then I read the author, is writing a sequel immediately after that and I felt so much better especially since apparently, it is due out this year – oh joy and happiness as I hate having to wait eons for the next novel in a series to be published J
Thank you Suzanna Williams for writing another fabulous novel
Fabulous Gripping Read - Brilliant!
[My review will be featuring on Amazon UK - Amazon.com & Goodreads ASAP]
Many thanks to Suzanna Williams for joining us for the last 2 days ~ it's been great fun and sadly that's me done for the weekend, I'm now going back to bed as I have the flu.