Saturday, February 7, 2015

Celebrate 2015: Siobhan Davis (Day Seven) (Interview + Top 10 List + Giveaway)

TRUE CALLING BOOK DESCRIPTION:


Planet Novo, nestled in space twelve hundred miles above the surface of the Earth, is the new home of 17-year-old Cadet Ariana Skyee. Confused by the government-sanctioned memory erase and distressed at her impending forced marriage and motherhood, Ariana’s plans for the future are thrown into complete disarray.

As the traumatic events within her family life enfold, Ariana grows increasingly alarmed at the authorities’ apparent pre-occupation with her and feels progressively more isolated and alone.

Her growing feelings for fellow Cadet Cal Remus intensify as the recently announced pageant, ‘The Calling’, gets underway. Struggling to comprehend the continuous, inexplicable dreams of the mysterious Zane, discovering the past helps shape her future, with devastating personal consequences.

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True Calling e-book is currently available at a discounted price of 1.99.

Beyond Reach, Book 2 in the series, will shortly be available to pre-order from Amazon, B&N, Kobo, iBooks and Scribd. The book will officially release on 30th April 2015.
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I am participating in the Cover Reveal of Beyond Reach! Find the cover here at 1:00 AM EST on 12th Feb: 

Interview:

  1. Did you always know that you wanted to write a Sci-Fi book?


No! When I first started writing fiction, in my early thirties, I wrote lots of chicklit/romance, and I secretly harbored an ambition to write crime/thrillers. Mostly because those were the genre’s I was reading back then. Around this time, I started working for an Irish-owned IT company and my interest in technology piqued. Then I got sucked into the YA genre, and I’ve read lots of dystopian science fiction and for me, and my writing, it was organic from that point. I’ve always loved sci-fi movies and TV series, and I am a massive Star Wars fan, so it feels most natural for me to write science fiction now. Though it has to be said, I am not into reading or writing hardcore sci-fi, and I veer more towards soft science fiction.

2. About the love triangle - do you feel there isn’t really a triangle? Are you Team Zane or Team Cal?
While it appears as if there’s a love triangle in this series, it will become apparent in Book 2 that there actually isn’t. Athough it’s not as straightforward as saying Ariana will simply choose one boy and that’s it. It’s a lot more complex than that! When I started writing this series I thought at the outset that I would be Team Zane but the more I got to know Cal the more I rooted for him, so it’s now virtually impossible to choose a side.
3. How did you pick the names of your characters?

I have a huge list of names that I like, that I add to all the time, and I’m constantly on the lookout for more. For example, one morning I was chatting to one of the other soccer moms at the football field and she told me her daughter’s name was Isla, and I loved it immediately and felt it was perfect for one of my characters. In choosing names for True Calling I wanted to choose names that weren’t too futuristic as the setting isn’t that far into the future so I wanted to try and keep the names as relatable as possible, without them being too traditional, in most cases.
4. Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I read every day, and I don’t think you can be an author unless you are constantly reading yourself. My favourite authors are Emily Bronte, Suzanne Collins, Tess Gerritsen, Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reichs.

5. Were any of the characters in the book based on people you know?


Not consciously! I didn’t base any of the characters on people I knew but if I reflect on it now Ariana could be my alter ego – I was quite introverted and shy at aged 17 and I remember wishing I was more out-spoken, just like she is.

Top 10 List: FICTIONAL WORLDS I’D LIKE TO VISIT
I had great fun coming up with this list, and now I have a real bad case of travel-lust. Reading back over my answers, I realize that in many cases my sole reason for wanting to visit these places is purely for the men that inhabit these fictional worlds. Gosh, I am so shallow! I just hope my husband never reads this!!

10. Asgard – The visual depiction of Marvel-Universe-created Asgard in the Thor movies is stunning, and I’d like to say I want to visit for the scenery. But, really it is just so I can fit my hands around Thor’s bulging biceps.
9. Neverland – Who doesn’t want to go flying with Peter Pan and drop-kick some mean ole nasty pirates?
8. Jurassic Park – I’d love to see a dinosaur up close and personal. Once I lived to tell the tale that is!
7. Middle Earth – My youngest son is obsessed with the ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ movies, so I’d lose major brownie points if I didn’t include Middle Earth in my list of fictional places to visit. Callum would have to come with me of course.
6. Forks – Okay, so I know it’s actually a real place (somewhere in northwest Washington) but I want to visit the fictional Twilight world so that I can dispense with Bella, and Edward can turn me into a vampire instead.
5. Avatar – I’ve always wondered what my Na’vi avatar would look like, and I totally want to have a hippy-60’s style-singing session under the Tree of Light.
4. Planet Novo – Getting to hang out with my own fictional characters, in the fictional world I created, would be seriously awesome.
3. Narnia – These books were some of my favorites when I was a kid, and it was great being able to read them to my children. Narnia is a classic fantasy land, and I want to hang out with talking animals, warrior rats and Mr. Tumnus. Plus Prince Caspian is hot.
2. Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry – I visited Harry Potter World in Universal Orlando with my family, and I’ve also seen the Harry Potter Tour in New York. I just can’t get enough of this fantastic world that J.K Rowling has created. Getting a chance to properly visit Hogwarts Castle, and to play Quidditch with Harry Potter is the stuff dreams are made of.
1. Star Wars Universe – I am a massive Star Wars fan, and I love all the worlds George Lucas created in this universe. My trip would have to include a spin in the Millenium Falcon and a major make-out session with Luke Skywalker. Then my life would be complete.


Author website: www.siobhandavis.com
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Twitter: @siobhandavis
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