In this interview, we are made to understand that tkRayford, author of Abstrus, has a good understanding of why people like science fiction. It does seem to me that Abstrus will appeal to its intended market of young adults. Enjoy the following interview and see if you agree.
Thomas D. Taylor
1.) Author’s name:
2.) Most recent novel:
Young Adult Science Fiction
4.) What’s the approximate page count and word count?
376 pages, 104,000 words
5.) Is this part of a series?
6.) If this is part of a series, how many books in the series so far and how many more in the series do you plan to write?
This is the first book in the series. It is planned at this point to be a trilogy. The second book will be out soon.
7.) Give us a brief summary of the novel.
When 17 year old Lexi Lee’s mother disappeared six months ago, her world fell apart. She is finally coming to terms with her new life when she meets Farah, Ferdinand, and Liza. They bring with them revelations that cause her world to crumble even more. She finds out that she is much more than human and that the truths she thought she knew are not really truths at all. Things are never what they seem on the surface. She better figure out who to trust… and fast.
Could Earth really handle the truth?
8.) What motivated you to write this book?
I had a dream one night during a period when I was trying to figure out what to write next. I knew that I was ready to write my first full-length book, but couldn’t commit to a story line. In the dream, there was a young girl standing in the middle of red cliffs with things coming after her from all sides. I call them “things” because at the time I didn’t know what to call them, but knew they weren’t human although some appeared to be. I only figured out what they were when I sat down to write her story.
9.) What are some of the major themes that are explored in this book?
Some of the themes include betrayal, discovery of the new, trust, the beginnings of young love, and self discovery
10.) What is your opinion about the genre in general?
I love science fiction. The modern world was built on the shoulders of those who have imaginations that far exceed the real and the tangible. In order to invent a device that would allow a man to talk to someone who wasn’t even there with him, he had to first imagine it and wonder “what if he could do it.” Thus the telephone was born. That’s what science fiction does. It’s imagining the “what ifs” and stretching the limit on the real. After all, if someone wrote a story long enough ago about man flying to the moon or even further back, Earth being round, that would have probably been considered to be science fiction.
11.) What do you think makes your book something that other people will like to read?
I think that the main character, Lexi is someone that readers will be able to relate to. They are thrown into the midst of a turbulent time in her life and go through with her as her entire world is reshaped before her very eyes.
12.) Anything else you’d like to add?
Check out my blog: tkrayford.blogspot.com
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