Thursday, March 10, 2016

#BookTour #GiveAway Star Host by @ftlukens #SciFi #MMRom #AuthorInterview $25GC


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Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing F.T. Lukens of The Star Host. I'm currently reading Star Host and am enjoying it very much.

Welcome, F.T., thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.

Hi, everyone. This is F.T. and I’m here to talk about The Star Host, which is a science-fiction adventure novel. It features a bisexual main character, and a diverse cast of characters. The novel follows, Ren and Asher, as they navigate political intrigue, Ren’s growing power, and their own relationship as they journey across planets, spaceships, and drifts.

Tell us something no one else knows about your characters.

I’m going to answer this question by telling you how I came up with the name for the character, Asher. I am a huge fan of the Evil Dead movies and Bruce Campbell. The third movie, Army of Darkness, begins with the line “My name is Ash, and I am a slave.” So when I was developing the plot line for my second main character, I knew he would be starting out as a captive in a citadel. That line came to me, and I knew I had to name the character Ash. While in the movies, Ash is Ashley, I decided to go with Asher. It’s definitely an homage to the character in those movies. But the resemblance stops with the name. They are nothing alike otherwise.

Have you ever had writer’s block? How did you overcome it?

The dreaded writer’s block. Yes, I’ve had it before. I find that trying to force it makes it worse and the anxiety of not being able to produce work exacerbates everything. When I’ve experienced it before, I’ve stepped away from the project. And when I come back to it, I celebrate the little things. I finished a line. Yay! I wrote a paragraph. I’ll have some chocolate. And after a while, I can get myself back into a rhythm where I’m making progress. Other strategies I’ve done before is to leave notes about the next scene right in the manuscript so if I’m having trouble with a scene, I can skip it and go to the next notes. Or I can write little blurbs of what is happening as markers and come back to it when I’m ready.

What book you’ve written would you like to see made into a movie?

I would love to see The Star Host made into a movie. I think it would be amazing to watch on screen, especially with the special effects available to film makers right now.

Do you work on an outline or plot or just let the story takes you where it wants to go?

I am a plotter through and through. I outline stories down to scenes. It helps me to keep going when I’m struggling with writing. With an outline, I can skip a scene and come back to it without interrupting the plot progression. That doesn’t mean, though, that I always stick to the outline I’ve created. There are times when I’m writing and how the characters are reacting to a situation doesn’t mesh well with the outline. When that happens, I adjust accordingly.

Rapid fire questions

Favorite Meal
1 – Steak, mashed potatoes, broccoli and cheese casserole
Favorite Color
2 – Blue
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor
3 – Mint Chocolate Chip


Blurb

Ren grew up listening to his mother tell stories about the Star Hosts – a mythical group of people possessed by the power of the stars. The stories were the most exciting part of Ren’s life, and he often dreamed about leaving his backwater planet and finding his place among the neighboring drifts. When Ren is captured by soldiers and taken from his home, his dream slips further out of his grasp. Now a slave of a despotic Baron, Ren must remain inconspicuous while plotting his escape. It’s a challenge since the general of the Baron’s army is convinced Ren is something out of one of his mother’s stories.


Ren finds companionship in the occupant of the cell next to his, a drifter named Asher. A member of the Phoenix Corps, Asher is mysterious, charming, and exactly the person Ren needs to anchor him as his sudden technopathic ability threatens to consume him. Ren doesn’t mean to become attached, but after a daring escape, a trek across the planet, and an eventful ride on a merchant ship, Asher is the only thing that reminds Ren of home. Together, they must warn the drifts of the Baron’s plans, master Ren’s growing power, and try to save their friends while navigating the growing attraction between them.

About the Author

F.T. wrote her first short story when she was in third grade and her love of writing continued from there. After placing in the top five out of ten thousand entries in a writing contest, she knew it was time to dive in and try her hand at writing a novel.
A wife and mother of three, F.T. holds degrees in psychology and English literature, and is a long-time member of her college’s science-fiction club. F.T. has a love of cheesy television shows, superhero movies, and science-fiction novels—especially anything by Douglas Adams.
Connect with F.T. at authorftlukens.wordpress.com on Twitter @ftlukens, on Tumblr at ftlukens.tumblr.com and on Goodreads at goodreads.com/ftlukens.

258 pages
Expected publication: March 3rd 2016 by Duet, a Young Adult imprint of Interlude Press
Original Title The Star Host
ISBN 1941530729 (ISBN13: 9781941530726)
Edition Language English


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