Friday, January 3, 2014

Interview and Giveaway with Becca Smith

Can you tell readers a little bit about yourself and what inspired to write in this particular genre?

I’m from Seattle, Washington, but moved to LA soon after college. I’ve been writing my whole life and can’t imagine doing anything else!

I love writing anything paranormal! 4 out of the 5 books that I’ve written are in this genre. Fantasy was the first genre I fell in love with, but as I got older I found myself reading more and more paranormal books. Not just reading, television and movies as well. Buffy is still one of my all time favorite shows!

What is it about the paranormal, in particular vampires, that fascinates you so much?

There’s something so attractive about eternal youth and immortality. Plus, super-strength is a plus as well!

What inspired you to write this book?

I’ve always been fascinated by Greek mythology. I love writing books about history or legends in a way that makes the reader think “this is what really happened.” To tackle Atlas was a challenge, but I’m really excited at the world I created. It lends itself to many more books in the series.

Please tell us about your latest release.

Atlas is an urban fantasy about a super-soldier, Kala Hicks, who finds herself thrown into a world of gods, demons and angels, and they’re all trying to kill her. It’s a mixture of technology and magic. My favorite kind of mash-up.

Do you have a special formula for creating characters' names? Do you try to match a name with a certain meaning to attributes of the character or do you search for names popular in certain time periods or regions?

In this book I named the gods, angels and demons from actual mythology. I usually stick to common, relatable names for every character except my main character. I want the main character to have a little bit of a uniqueness, so I usually just try to make it up.

Is there a character that you enjoyed writing more than any of the others?

I loved writing Asmodeus. He’s the King of the Demons and a total a-hole, but completely charming at the same time. I can’t wait to start the sequel so I can get back to writing him!

Can you tell readers a little bit about the world building in the book/series? How does this world differ from our normal world?

World building is my favorite part of writing books. Though Atlas is technically not a prequel, it is in the same world as my other book series The Riser Saga, so there are some familiar characters that pop up. The Atlas series is set in present day, but the main character quickly finds out that what she has always known as mythology or legend is actually real. What I liked most about building this world was the fact that I was able to make it ALL real, not just specific legends or mythologies. From Grigorian angels to Greek gods, it’s a mish-mash of everything.

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? How do you deal with it?

I think every writer suffers from writer’s block from time to time. The best way to deal with it, for me, is to start a new short project. Just for a few days or even a week. I call it a palate cleanser. It’s how I wrote my Vampire Diaries fan fiction for KindleWorlds! It was enough to get my juices going and get back to my book.

Do you write in different genres?

I mainly write in the fantasy/sci-fi/paranormal genre, but I have another series called The Alexis Tappendorf Adventures that is straight up adventure. It’s a kids book in the lines of The Goonies, where two girls have to break codes, run from bad guys and find the lost treasure of Thomas J. Beale.

Where is your favorite place to read? Do you have a cozy corner or special reading spot?

I’ve created a mini-library in my condo. It started out as a simple nook in-between two bedrooms, but after I put in two book shelves and a comfy chair with side table, it has become my favorite spot. For my birthday my family all chipped in and bought me a full size lamppost to put in my library. A nod to The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. I finally found my door to Narnia!

What can readers expect next from you?

I’m currently in research mode for the sequel to my children’s book series The Alexis Tappendorf Adventures. She’s searching for Atlantis, so I’m having a lot of fun learning everything I can about the legend.

But the next book that will be released will probably be the book I’m working on now with my writer friend F. M. Sherrill. It’s going to be another series and we are having so much fun writing it. Though both of us write fantasy and paranormal books it’ll be our first vampire novel!

Where can readers find you on the web?

My Twitter is @therisersaga and I have a website:

The Atlas Series
Book 1
Becca C. Smith

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Red Frog Publishing

Date of Publication: 11/14/13

ISBN: 978-0985027667 (Ebook)
ISBN: 978-1493648375 (Print)

Number of pages: 293
Word Count: 73,000

Cover Artist: Stephan Fleet

Book Description:

Kala Hicks is part of a covert elite military team that answers directly to the President of the United States. But during an emergency mission aboard Air Force One, Kala is shocked to discover that the real threat is none other than the President himself. Defying her commanding officer, Jack Norbin, Kala takes the shot, and her life changes forever.

The moment the President is killed, a supernatural force speaks to Kala, telling her that she has to commit one act of atrocity every four days… or the world will end. Thrown into a reality she never could have imagined, Kala faces off with creatures of legend; from demons determined to make her fail and plunge the Earth into chaos, to angels who don’t trust her to do the job and are willing to kill her to claim it for themselves.

Pitted against the forces of good and evil, Kala must choose whether to save the world by doing the unthinkable, or sit back and let it burn. And four days later, she’ll have to do it again.

About the Author:

Becca C. Smith received her Film degree from Full Sail University and has worked in the Film and Television industry for most of her adult life. In 2010 Becca published her first novel, Riser followed by the sequel, Reaper, in 2011, and the finale, Ripper in 2013. In 2012 Becca wrote the children’s novel Alexis Tappendorf and the Search for Beale’s Treasure. She is also the co-author of the teen graphic novel Ghost Whisperer: The Haunted.

Becca currently lives in Los Angeles, CA with her husband, Stephan and their two cats Jack and Duke.

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