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Thursday, 1 September 2016

NBTM & #GIVEAWAY - The Heaviness of Knowing by Sharolyn G. Brown

GENRE

Science Fiction

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BLURB:

Roxal has spent her life using her Dream Traveler ability in service to Trebor’s gods, The Keepers. Even after she learns they aren’t all powerful like she was taught, she dutifully continues to manipulate an Earth woman named Lauren to do their bidding. Roxal’s content pretending to be a loyal follower, until her mate’s activities with a rebel faction put both of their lives in jeopardy.

Meanwhile on Earth, Lauren is struggling to find balance at work and at home. To make matters worse, she develops an acute case of insomnia which disrupts her life. While trying to cure her condition, Lauren discovers that not only do aliens exist, but that she’s been in contact with one for most of her life. And that’s just for starters.

Now Lauren’s world is turned upside down. And Roxal has to figure out if she can harness the survival instincts which before told her to hide and use it to now fight for her survival.

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“What are you doing back here? I told you it was dangerous for them to find you here. How did you get to this place? I did not initiate this link.”

The voice sounded the same as the one from her dream-like meditation from two nights before. Lauren wondered why the presence spoke to her like she knew her. Also, what she was saying didn’t make any sense to Lauren.

“I’m here because I was guided here. Why is it dangerous to be here?”

“No one can guide you here but me,” Lauren heard the presence say, while at the same time, Estella was asking, “Lauren, are you talking to someone?”

“Yes, Estella. There’s a woman here and she’s telling me I should go because it’s dangerous for me. And she wants to know how I got here in the first place. I told her you guided me here, but she says you can’t do that.”

“Who are you talking to?” The woman now sounded as if she were confused.

“I’m talking to my therapist, Dr. Estella Olivier.”

“A therapist?” The voice was quiet for several moments. “Are you awake, Lauren?”

This woman was asking the strangest questions. And though she didn’t want to answer, there was just something about her that Lauren sensed she could trust.

“Yes, I’m awake. I’m at a session with my doctor to determine why I can’t sleep. She led me to this room to figure out the answer and then you started talking.”

Both the woman and Estella were silent.

The woman’s voice broke the silence. “Lauren, we have never spoken before while you were awake.”


Personal
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
My life is pretty simple. I live in Texas, I’m married, and I work as an engineer in the oil & gas industry. I’ve been a reader my whole life. In fact my Mom tells the story of how she was reading a bedtime story to me once, when I was about five, and she dozed off for a bit. When she woke up I was reading the story to myself.

What do you do when you’re not writing?
If I’m not writing, I’m either hanging out with my husband or my friends. Or I’m eating, reading, or watching TV or a movie. And if I can combine those activities, it’s even better.

Do you have a day job as well?
Yes, for now, I write part-time. I’m a full-time engineer for an oil company. I try to set aside about two hours a day during the week, and as many hours as I can find on the weekend to write. Occasionally, I’ll have all-day writing sessions on Saturday. However, I try to avoid the all-day writing sessions because I have a life outside of writing (husband, friends, TV) that I enjoy very much.

When was that point in your life that you realized that being an author was no longer going to be just a dream but a career you were going to turn into reality?
I’ve had the idea for The Heaviness of Knowing, in my head, for over ten years. I’ve even written the novel twice before from start to finish. But with those previous versions, I knew they just weren’t ready. Then last year I finally decided: either I would write the best novel I could and try to get it published or I’d forget about this story, and the many others stories and characters in my head.

I enlisted the help of friends who are readers and who I knew would give me an honest opinion about the novel and started writing. I would write and give them 1-2 chapters each week to read. About half-way through writing the novel, I knew this was the story I wanted to tell and that I would self-publish it.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years I see myself as a full-time writer with at least 10-15 books published. My current novel, The Heaviness of Knowing, is Book 1 of a trilogy. In addition to this series, I have ideas for another seven multiple-book series.

Writing
When did you start writing and when did you finish your first book?
I started writing the version of The Heaviness of Knowing that is published in early 2015 and finished in November 2015. Then I started the review and editing part of the process that, along with creating the cover and formatting, took another seven months. Now that I’ve actually written and published a novel, I can publish Book 2 faster. My goal is to have it written, edited, and published within the next nine months.

How did you choose the genre you write in?
It’s kind of like my genre chose me. I’ve always been a fan of sci-fi. I love stories about space exploration, aliens, time travel, and parallel worlds. So, when I started thinking of ideas for my story, science fiction elements are what came to me. Whenever I use my imagination to play around with an idea, sci-fi theme are where my mind goes.

Are you a planner or a pantser?
I am a planner who is willing to follow where my story leads. I generally always start with a fairly good idea of who I’m writing about, what I want to have happen, and how the story will end. Then as I start to write, if the characters start to take the story in another direction, I let them. As long as it makes sense.

I don’t think I could ever be a total pantser. Without having some idea of where the story is going to go would make it hard for me to even start writing it.

Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
I’m working on Book 2 of the Conscious Dream Series. Roxal and Lauren had to make tough decisions in Book 1. Book 2 will show what happens as a result of the decisions each woman made. I’ve enjoyed staying with these characters and seeing how they have changed since the beginning of The Heaviness of Knowing and how they are still developing in Book 2.

Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?
Right now, I’m working on a short story about my main character’s, Roxal’s, mate Edo. It will be a prequel that shows how he came to be the person we meet in The Heaviness of Knowing. I’ll be giving that away to my newsletter subscribers when it’s finished.

Which character speaks the loudest, to you? Do any of them clamour to be heard over the others?
Right now, Lauren, Roxal’s Earth Connection in The Heaviness of Knowing, is speaking to me the loudest. In Book 1, she was a somewhat secondary character to Roxal, though she was very important. Still, we only saw Lauren’s life in bits and pieces. Book 2 does the opposite; Lauren is the main character and we see Roxal in bits and pieces.

What sort of writing environment do you create? I.e. music or not? Pen and paper or laptop/PC?
I have to write in complete silence. I can’t have a TV or music on in the background. When I write, it’s like I’m seeing the scenes play out in my brain, and my job as the author is simply to get the scenes down in a coherent form. So having any sound on while I write interferes with my process.


Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
I just want your readers to know that I thank them for checking out my interview and excerpt, and I hope they’ve enjoyed reading them. Also, I’d love to connect with them on Facebook, Goodreads, or Twitter.

How important are the names in your book?
Names are very important. Every name I choose, except for very minor characters, is chosen either as an homage to someone or it’s chosen because of what it means. For example, my alien planet, Trebor, is my dad’s name backwards. Robert = Trebor. And the therapist, Estella , is named for my mom, Stella.

What is your least favourite part of the writing or publishing process?
My least favorite part of writing and publishing, without a doubt, is editing. Though I do know it is one of the most essential parts. Once the novel is finished it feels like such an accomplishment. Then you have to spend several months (in my case) re-reading, and re-writing, and changing almost every word.

And heaven forbid if you have to make a major change to the story or a character during editing. Now you have to comb back through this story and find every mention or reference to what has been changed and make sure it still works. And if it doesn’t, that has to be deleted or re-written.

I could go on, and on, and on complaining about the editing process. And, after a while, the process itself feels like it will never end. But when you are finally finished, and you see your end result, it does make you feel good. And, you know the reader will have a better experience because of it.

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Sharolyn G. Brown is a lifelong science fiction and fantasy fan who decided the best way to deal with all of the characters in her head was to give them stories and put them in a book. She lives with her husband in Houston, Texas where she divides her time between working, writing, and spending time with him.



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11 comments:

  1. congrats on the blog tour and thanks for the chance to win

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  2. Thank you Archaeolibrarians for hosting me today.

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  3. Thank you, Lisa. And thank you for following the tour.

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  4. Who are some of your favorite authors; what strikes you about their work?

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  5. Hi, Peggy. Some of my favorite authors are Octavia Butler, Suzanne Collins, and J. K. Rowling. What I love about them is how they do such a great job describing the worlds their characters inhabit. It's like a movie plays in your mind as you read their stories.

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  6. Thank you, Rita. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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  7. I love the cover, it's very eye-catching and would be something I would pick up if I saw it on a shelf. Thanks for sharing :)

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  8. Thank you, Victoria. I also think the graphic designer did a great job on cover. I'll definitely be using him again for book 2.

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  9. Thank you everyone for your questions and comments. And thank you, Archaeolibrarians, for hosting me today.

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