Interview with the Author:
1. The concept of your new book, The Apollo Academy, is very interesting and unique. <–Thank you! How did you think of it? I feel like I’ve been collecting pieces of The Apollo Academy my entire life. From nights spent looking through a telescope, Space Camp, flying lessons, to reading science fiction books. Little pieces of this story were collecting in my mind until one day I finally decided it was time to write it all down. It wasn’t until I finished writing TAA that I realized this was the book I’d been wanting to find in my own reading pile. A book about a young woman who loved to fly. One that wasn’t historical. One that was fun and sexy….The Apollo Academy stemmed from this idea. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book about astronaut training that’s been done in a fun, young way.
2. What was one of the challenges you faced while writing your book? Believing that I could write the story in the first place. When I began writing The Apollo Academy, I had zero experience with writing or with the publishing industry. There was a lot to learn! It wasn’t until I was about half way through the book that I truly began to believe I could do it.
3. What was the best part of writing your book? Being able to pour my knowledge and love of space exploration and aviation into the story.
4. What do you think your readers will enjoy most about your book? The flying scenes!
5. How can this book be accessed? Physcial copy? eBook? Both? Both. You can purchase The Apollo Academy at Amazonand Barnes & Noble.
6. Is there any book or author that inspired you to write? I’m an avid reader, so there are a ton of authors I look up to. Cinda Williams Chima, Kimberly Derting, Cassandra Clare, Cora Carmack, Marisa Meyer, Colleen Houck, the list goes on….Though I do think Ben Bova was the first author to get me really excited about realistic science fiction novels.
7. Most everybody has a book that got them into reading. What was yours? That’s a tough one! I’ll go with Mars by Ben Bova, which I read for the first time in ninth grade!
8. Currently, what’s your top three favorite books? Throne of Glass, Poison Princess, and the Tiger’s Curse series.
9. Young adult, new adult, or adult novels? Which do you prefer? Right now, YA. And that’s only because there’s so much to offer–Fantasy/Contemp/SciFi/etc. But as New Adult continues to grow and we see authors move outside of the NA contemp genre, I think my favorite will eventually switch to NA. It’s such a fun age to read.