If you had to describe your book Twitter style (140 characters or less), what would you say?
Love triangle between a parapsychologist, FBI agent & energy vampire from a parallel Earth. Black ops,
quantum physics & dimensional travel!
Maybe that should be “among.” Oh well, you get the idea!
What books have influenced your writing?
Probably the book that influenced me the most is A Wrinkle in Time. I read it more than a dozen times as a kid, and here I am still writing sci-fi romance mashups. (Though the romance in WiT was light, and suitable for a middle grade reader.)
The book that comes in second (read more than HALF a dozen times) is Watership Down. Lots of adventure, and the author (Richard Adams) is great at writing about communities with dark secrets and political gunk simmering beneath the surface (both of which you’ll find in my own stories). He also wrote a sort of fantasy erotic adventure called Maia that I really enjoyed.
What’s your favourite part of writing a book?
I’m only sort of joking. There’s a lot of pressure and stress and mood swings involved in birthing a book. I always really enjoy the setup — the first 50 pages, when anything can happen. And it’s such a huge relief to find it all comes together at the end. (I never fail to be amazed that it does.) All of that bit in the middle is dicey, and requires lots of support from family and beta readers. (And chocolate. And sometimes wine.)
Do you have a writing routine?
Like a lot of authors, my writing routine consists of “whenever I have the time.” I have a day job (editorial director of SilkWords, an interactive romance/erotica site), a daughter, a stepdaughter, and I spend a ton of time on promotion. That’s become the reality for authors these days — we’re all basically business managers and marketers in addition to being artists (and moms, and employees, etc.). I’ve been struggling with that balance over the last year, and it’s one of my resolutions to carve out more time for actual writing!
Is there any specific message you hope readers take away from your story?
As a genre writer, I write more to entertain than anything. I really want readers of Echo 8 to enjoy the ride. With that said, I learn a lot while researching and writing a book, and I do try to pass some of that on to readers. In this case, for example, I learned a lot about parallel universes and parapsychology.
Beyond that, I do have some oft-repeated themes in my writing that I enjoy exploring — in particular, what it means to be human.
Echo 8 by Sharon Lynn Fisher
Published by Tor on Feb 3, 2015
Genres: Adult, Romance, Science Fiction
Format: ARC from Publisher
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Three lives. Two worlds. One chance to save them all.
As a parapsychologist working for Seattle Psi, Tess has devoted her life to studying psychic phenomena. But when doppelgangers begin appearing from a parallel world that's been struck by an asteroid, nothing in her training will help her survive what's to come.
After dislocating to Seattle Psi from the other Earth, Jake is confined by a special task force for study. But when he drains life energy from Tess, almost killing her, it causes a ripple effect across two worlds — and creates a bond neither of them expected.
Ross is an FBI agent ordered to protect Tess while she studies Jake. His assignment is not random — he and Tess have a history, and a connection the Bureau hopes to use to its own advantage. By the time Ross realizes his mission could be compromised, it's already too late — he'll have to choose between his love for Tess and his duty to protect the people of his own Earth.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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