If you haven’t heard of the Rock Star that is J.A. Souders – you are MISSING OUT. But don’t worry, I am here to make sure you are no longer being left out in the cold. A good blogger friend of mine – Christen from Goldilox and the Three Weres – was the one that introduced me to J.A.’s work, and boy am I glad she did! Her book, Renegade, is fantastically creepy and wonderfully disturbing. It is YA – but doesn’t shy away from things like death and terror. Brainwashing and control. It is pretty much my worst nightmare come true – AND I LOVED IT. So, when I found out I was hosting the Rock Star that wrote that amazing book, I wondered – why write sci fi? What influences her? She was kind enough to answer – and offer a fantastic giveaway for you! Can I enter pretty pretty please? 😉
I would have to say most of my influences for what I write are video games and animes. There’s almost one playing all. the. time. at my house. If The Husband and/or The Son aren’t playing video games, they’re watching animes. Since I’m usually taking care of The Daughter or reading/writing while they’re doing all that and I only get half or, most of time, only a quarter of the picture, my mind tends to fill in the blanks and a story is born.
I have to say though that the inspiration behind RENEGADE was a mix of a bunch of different things. My fascination for all things ocean related. My love for the 1990’s science fiction television show SeaQuest and my son’s favorite video game BioShock. You’ll see a common thread, I’m sure. They all involve the ocean!
I’ve always been fascinated with living in a colony on the ocean floor. In fact, I used to tell my mom when I was rich and famous marine biologist (ha!) living on the ocean floor, I’d buy my parents a house right next to mine.
When SeaQuest came on I was just becoming a teenager and I was like, “wow that’s not that far in the future. I could totally see all that happening!”
I started writing stories about people living in sea colonies, read as much as I could about Atlantis, even started taking more science and math classes in the hopes of learning the science behind the sea colonies, but it was my perfect vision and a perfect society is boring.
It wasn’t until years later that I was reading a news article about people’s obsession about being perfect, while listening to my son play Bioshock that it hit me. A perfect society is only boring if it really IS perfect. Not if it’s only the ILLUSION of being perfect.
So, I was able to write a story incorporating almost all of my favorite things. If only I could find a way to incorporate a horse in there somewhere. 😀
Too bad horses are messy and Mother doesn’t like messy things…
(P.S. I finally got to write about that horse in book 2, REVELATIONS.)
J.A. Souders was born in the heartland with an overactive imagination and an over abundance of curiosity that was always getting her into trouble.
Because she never grew up, she decided she’d put her imaginary friends to work and started writing. She now lives in the land of sunshine and palm trees with her husband and their two children and is an active member of the RWA, SFWA, YARWA and SCBWI.
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