Thursday, May 11, 2017

Blog Tour & Interview with Sherrie Cronin author of d4 @cinnabar01 #interview #giveaway

Speculative Fiction 
Date Published: Jan. 31, 2015
Publisher: Cinnabar Press

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A clairvoyant young woman finds her visions of the future to be a nuisance, until she discovers that she is hardly unique. An entire group of seers has learned how to profit from their knowledge in ways that Ariel has never considered. Another group is obsessed with using their talents to understand a dark future they cannot ignore.
An alliance with either crowd looks dangerous, given that they both seem a little crazy. There is no possible way to help them both. Worse yet, each group is convinced that Ariel is more than a potential asset; she’s the one thing that they must have in order to fully succeed.


Is There a Message in Your Novel That You Want Readers to Grasp?
There are a couple of them. My whole collection has the overriding message that we all are capable of doing so much more than we realize. In d4, main character Ariel has always had a mild ability to remember the future, but once she meets other seers she finds she must push her own talents to new levels. This particular book also plays with the difficult idea of how more is expected of us once our abilities grow. This realization hits Ariel hard once she uncovers some dire possible futures.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Description. I love developing my characters and writing both dialog and action, but I have to force myself to stop and describe appearances and physical surroundings. Maybe it’s because I don’t especially like to read descriptions, either.

How many books have you written and which is your favorite?
d4 is my fifth book, and I’m now finishing my sixth.  My favorite is always the one on which I’m working.

If you had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?
Now that’s a fun question. Well, Ariel is a red-head, in her twenties and she’s a tough smart lady, so it’s natural to think of Emma Stone or maybe Molly Quinn (who played the daughter on Castle, a TV series I enjoyed.)

When did you begin writing?
I’ve made up stories for as long as I can remember. I put my first science fiction short story down on paper in eighth grade and was lucky enough to have the right sort of English teacher.
How long did it take to complete your first book?
That depends on what all counts. It started as a short story decades ago, then morphed into several failed attempts at a novel over the years. But once I finally got my arms around how I was going to tell the story, the first draft only took me about six months to write. I guess I’d worked a lot of the kinks out over the years.

Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?
Not one specifically. As a child I loved Madeleine L'Engle. As a teenager I admired Ursula Le Guin. Then I read ‘V” and wanted nothing more in life than to write like Thomas Pynchon.  

What is your favorite part of the writing process?
That wonderful moment when I figure out how the story ends.

Describe your latest book in 4 words.
Premonitions: profits or paranoia?
Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?

Well, d4 is the fifth book in a collection called “46. Ascending” and I’m now finishing the sixth and last book. In fact, I hope to write the last chapter of this last book this weekend. After that, I will be starting a science fiction crime series that has also been in my head for years.

About the Author

Sherrie Roth grew up in Western Kansas thinking that there was no place in the universe more fascinating than outer space. After her mother vetoed astronaut as a career ambition, she went on to study journalism and physics in hopes of becoming a science writer.
She published her first science fiction short story long ago, and then waited a lot of tables while she looked for inspiration for the next story. When it finally came,  it declared to her that it had to be whole book, nothing less. One night, while digesting this disturbing piece of news, she drank way too many shots of ouzo with her boyfriend. She woke up thirty-one years later demanding to know what was going on.

The boyfriend, who she had apparently long since married, asked her to calm down and  explained that in a fit of practicality she had gone back to school and gotten a degree in geophysics and had spent the last 28 years interpreting seismic data in the oil industry. The good news, according to Mr. Cronin, was that she had found it at least mildly entertaining and ridiculously well-paying  The bad news was that the two of them had still managed to spend almost all of the money.

Apparently she was now Mrs. Cronin, and the further good news was that they had produced three wonderful children whom they loved dearly, even though to be honest that is where a lot of the money had gone. Even better news was that Mr. Cronin  turned out to be a warm-hearted, encouraging sort who was happy to see her awake and ready to write. "It's about time," were his exact words.

Sherrie Cronin discovered that over the ensuing decades Sally Ride had already managed to become the first woman in space and apparently had done a fine job of it. No one, however, had written the book that had been in Sherrie's head for decades. The only problem was, the book informed her sternly that it had now grown into a six book series. Sherrie decided that she better start writing it before it got any longer. She's been wide awake ever since, and writing away.

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1 comment:

Emily H said...

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