I am here to tell you about this amazing Sci-Fi novel called ‘2929’ by my friend ‘Lauren Scott’
I am very pleased to have gotten the chance to interview Lauren and share this stuff about her book with you 😀
“After an unknown alien species has invaded planet Earth, the human race has gone almost extinct. The few that are left are captured and forced into prisons to work and obey the aliens in command over them. After a young orphaned teen girl realizes what this life has in store for her, and how much more there really is to life than living inside a gated prison, she decides to rebel. With the help of her friend, and one daring other alien, the three set out to help the dying earth and the remaining humans.”
Hello, Lauren, Could you tell us a bit about yourself?
Well, first of all, I’m a homeschool graduate. I’m 18 years old, so I guess I fit into the category of an adult. I certainly don’t act like it at times though. I absolutely love animals and people. I’m one of those writers who are an extrovert, and not an introvert. I’ve been writing since the 8th grade, ever since I started doing short stories for role-play characters. After that I began experimenting with poems and more short stories, and then finally my novella. I love writing. It’s an escape for me.
What about your Novel? Can you tell us a bit about that (is it self published? or traditional? etc. etc.)?
2929 is the name of my novel. Technically it fits more into the category of a novella, since it’s less than 50,000 words long, but it can be called either one.
It was originally self-published on iTunes, but I realized it needed more editing, so that’s what I’m having my family and friends currently do for me. It will be self-published on Amazon.com and kindle devices soon.
What inspired you to write this novel?
To be honest, I absolutely love Sci-fi! I don’t read many Sci-fi books, but I do watch a lot of Sci-fi movies. One of the main things that inspired me to write this book was a problem I see in a lot of science fiction movies: they all seem the same. Either that, or they are sequels or prequels of another movie. There are way too many movies coming out nowadays that are just series of movies, instead of one good movie. (Which to my understanding, means Hollywood is running out of ideas for good movies) I guess my point is that I wrote this novel thinking, that in case the movie industry ever decides to pick it up, it would be different than the rest of what they’re doing. That was what inspired me. To be more specific, the actual idea for the book came from a role-play idea that I came up with, but never used, and never explained fully to anyone.
So, Lauren, Is this book a standalone or is there going to be a series?
It is indeed a series. I’m working on the sequel, but I’m not sure about a third book.
What are your expectations for the novel?
Honestly, I’m really hoping to get it to reach the point where it would be popular enough to be made into a movie. Hey, every author can dream, right? If not that, I’d just like for it to be popular enough so that people recognize it.
What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing this novel to life?
Because the story was set in a different time frame, (the future), it made it more difficult to write. Plus the fact that the future really didn’t seem like the future at all after the aliens invaded. It seemed more like the past. So that was interesting to write. Honestly, there weren’t too many challenges, besides that one. However, I did have to do some thinking about the aliens and what they would be like. I can’t give too much away here because of spoilers of course.
Are experiences based on someone you know or events in your own life?
No, they are not.
What is one way you relate to your main character?
I’m glad you asked this question! Most people probably wouldn’t guess that my main character was actually created so that she looks (similar to) and acts more like me. I relate in a lot of ways with Ilene, but I’ll just give you a few examples. First off, Ilene can be very stubborn. She won’t give up or take “no” for an answer. I can come across this way as well, it just depends what the situation is, but most of the time I’m that person who just won’t give up. Finally, Ilene and I both have a huge heart. We are both very compassionate people, looking to help those who are hurting.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Definitely focusing. For me, I get distracted so easily. This was a huge accomplishment.
Do you have any advice for other writers out there who are looking into publishing or just writing a story in general?
Of course! Don’t give up! I felt like giving up so many times with this novel. Don’t’! It’s so worth it in the end to feel like you’ve accomplished something! As for publishing, whether you’re looking into getting an agent/editor to publish, or just self-publishing, same thing goes for that. Don’t get discouraged. I’ve never gone through the actual publishing experience, but people will tell you your book’s not good enough, and might not take it to be published. Don’t listen to them if you’re taking that route. The most important thing is to have confidence and know that you’re worth it, and so is your novel.
Okay, last thing. Where can we (as readers) stalk you? (links to: Pinterest (for story boards), FB author page, blog, link to buy book, twitter etc. etc.)
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/2929Book
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You can now buy 2929 on Amazon and IBooks
Here is the link to Amazon:http://www.amazon.com/2929-Lauren-Scott/dp/1495259137
and it is $2.99 on ITunes 😀
Until next time blogging buddies!