Sunday, 14 January 2018

ZENITH BLOG TOUR | 5 Minutes With... Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

Hey guys, and happy Sunday! Today I am soooo excited to be hosting a 5 Minutes With post - not only have I not done one in a while, but also I am interviewing none other than dynamic author duo Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings, authors of Zenith, which was released on Thursday! So if you haven't picked up your copy yet, I don't know what you're waiting for?!

If you need any more encouragement that this book is out of this world, check out the blurb here...

There is darkness sweeping across the stars. 

Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness: a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her fearsome glass starship the Maurader, she’s just Andi, their captain and protector. 

When a routine mission goes awry, the all-girl crew’s resilience is tested as they find themselves in a most unfamiliar place: at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter connected to Andi’s past and a harrowing betrayal. 

Meanwhile, on the far side of the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The final pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two. 

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their ship—or just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles towards the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only thing certain is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted. 

From internet sensation Sasha Alsberg and author Lindsay Cummings comes a new serialized space opera, full of action, fantastical intrigue, and steamy star-crossed romance.  

For fans of popular sci-fi books and fantasy books for teens such as Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, Wool by Hugh Howey, Truthwitch by Susan Dennard, and A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.

And without further ado, here are Sasha and Lindsay to chat with us all about Zenith, exploring outer space, and how they make their co-writing work...

What is the inspiration behind Zenith?

Zenith was inspired by our love of classic scifi like Firefly and Star Wars, with a little bit of Game of Thrones’ fantasy elements thrown in. 

Tell us a bit more about the main character, Andi. Do either of you have anything in common with her?

Andi is the captain of the crew. She’s a very strong character, but she’s got a really dark past. She’s done things she’s not proud of, but she’s also had strong reasons for why she does what she does. We love how loyal Andi is to her crew, but we also love how she learns how to lean on others over the course of the novel. There’s a lot of elements of both of us in each member of the crew! It’s fun to weave in things like that with our characters. For Andi, we’re both a bit stubborn like she is!

What made you want to write a novel about an all-girl space crew set in space? 

Because we’re young women who grew up fantasizing about exploring outer space! Now we’re able to do it through the pages of our own book!

What was your writing process like?

Scattered and messy but fun! We write on google docs, a live document that can be accessed by both of us at the same time. Our creative meetings on Facetime are a lot of chatting and then at the end we start to plan out Zenith stuff. It’s mostly just a big hangout with some work thrown in at the end (okay, a LOT of work, but it’s still fun!)

Why is YA literature so special?

It really meant something to both of us, growing up, and it will continue to mean something because it’s got a special place in both of our hearts. YA helped us both when we were in the midst of sadness and sickness and everything else under the sun, and now we hope Zenith helps others in their own ways.

What advice would you give to a young, aspiring writer?

Write! Write! Write! Write some more.

Sum up Zenith in three words.

Bloody. Sarcastic. Intergalactic! 

Thank you so much, Sasha and Lindsay, for appearing on my blog!

Make sure you guys check out the rest of the spots on the blog tour <3

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Until next time :)

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