Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Blog Tour: Eden Chip by @cramer_scott #interview #giveaway #scifi

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Science Fiction
Date Published: July 1, 2018

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Thanks to nanochips implanted in human brains, the world is at peace in 2055. But not everyone likes having their emotions controlled, or their religion suppressed.

Eighteen-year-old Raissa embarks upon a perilous mission to free the world, just days before the release of nanochip Version 7, which will broadcast every citizen's thoughts to the Collective.

The countdown has started, and Raissa must make choices that jeopardize the lives of billions, including the only boy she has ever loved.

Note: Some discussion of technology, some “techno-speak”; clean, no sex or swearing; some non-graphic violence, a tiny bit of graphic violence.


Is There a Message in Your Novel That You Want Readers to Grasp?

This may not apply to all writers, but it does to me: the minute I try to incorporate a message in my writing, it comes out stilted. Humor is similar. If I try to make something funny, it never is.

However, I do try to explore a theme. In Eden Chip, I examine love from different angles. What makes two people fall in love? Is there such a thing as ‘love at first sight?’ What will people risk for love?

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Writers are often asked, “Are you a planner or a pantster?” Do you outline your novel before writing it? Or do you write by the seat-of-your-pants?

I am the latter, but I wish I were the former. I would love to develop a comprehensive outline. Knowing the story’s plot would spare me hundreds, perhaps thousands of tortured, wasted hours.    

But I long ago reached the conclusion that my brain does not work that way. If I try to write an outline, it always sounds like a mediocre TV drama. My destiny, alas, is to sit down and bang away.

How many books have you written and which is your favorite?

I have written four dystopian novels.

  • The Toucan Trilogy (Night of the Purple Moon, Colony East, and Generation M.
  • Eden Chip

They are very different. Eden Chip tilts more to science fiction, and the plot is complex with lots of twists and turns. The Toucan Trilogy is about a life-and-death family journey.

But I love all my characters. They are proactive; they have flaws to overcome, and they face incredibly challenging obstacles.

If you had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?

Unknown actors!  Raissa in Eden Chip is 18 years old; Abby in The Toucan Trilogy starts out as 13. Both are fearsome, strong protagonists who have vulnerabilities.

When did you begin writing?

 I started writing haiku in college. Then longer poems. Out of college, I worked at jobs that gave me time to write poetry and short stories. I was working on an offshore drilling rig (2 weeks on, 2 weeks off), and the rig’s lights attracted thousands of migrating birds. I wrote about that for a magazine. I went on to write hundreds of magazine articles. Novels and screenplays came later.

How long did it take to complete your first book?

I wrote Night of the Purple Moon in a few months. It took me a few more months to realize it wasn’t very good. After two years of rewriting—time well spent—I delivered a high-quality finished product.

Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?

I love the imagination of Jules Verne. I love the beautiful sentences of Lois Lowry and Scott O’Dell. I admire first-time author Norman Maclean who wrote the remarkable ‘A River Runs Through It’ when he was in his eighties.

What is your favorite part of the writing process?

The mad dash to the finish line is a creative highlight. But I also love what happens after that: I connect with readers around the world, and many of these relationships grow as my writing career evolves.

Describe your latest book in 4 words.

A twisty, dystopian romp

Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?

I’m taking a third pass at a screenplay I first wrote ten years ago. PRESSURE DROP takes place on the New Hampshire seacoast. An annual surfing contest is held at ‘The Point,’ but only if the waves reach a certain size. A big storm is approaching. Joe, who surfs, is a high school senior who plans to study meteorology in college. His mom died of cancer two years earlier. She had always been a buffer between Joe and his father, Elio, a lobsterman. Elio cannot let go of his grief, and Joe refuses to face his. As the barometric pressure drops, a bigger storm brews between father and son.

About the Author

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Scott Cramer has optioned two screenplays, written for national magazines, and authored four novels: EDEN CHIP and the TOUCAN TRILOGY (Night of the Purple Moon, Colony East & Generation M). Scott and his wife reside outside Lowell, Massachusetts.

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