Hello blog of mine! It’s my first post for the new decade, so, like everybody…
With us today is S.M. Anderson, who’s stopping by on her blog tour for a short Q&A about her book, Copied, and a digital giveaway!
Here’s the book blurb about Copied:
Adopted off the black market, Alexander Mitchell, has no idea his DNA is copyrighted and property of military weapons giant Texacom Defense. Nor that his DNA is being used to develop an army of clones. When the company discovers he was not properly disposed of 17 years ago, they send an assassin copy, BETA23, to terminate Xan and cover it up.
After he narrowly escapes BETA23’s first attempt, Xan teams up with Lacey, a genetically engineered genius he’s surprised to find common ground with— only they’re awkward together. Half of the time she stares at Xan like the science project he is and the other half…let’s just say Xan can’t keep his eyes off her lips.
When they manage to capture a company copy by luck and sheer stupidity on Xan’s part, Lacey is determined to see the good in their prisoner to the point she believes BETA23 can be persuaded to give them the intelligence they need to keep the company forever off Xan’s back. Xan’s not sure if he can trust the darker version of himself, not when it means gambling with the lives of his family and the possibility of losing Lacey.
To enter in the giveaway, post a comment below. The giveaway begins on Monday, Dec. 16th and closes 12 pm EST on Sunday, Dec. 22nd. I will use a random number generator–the corresponding blog commenter will be the winner of the digital copy. (If the email you use to comment is not how you want me to contact you, make sure you leave another way!)
Congratulations to Jill, our winner!
Now onto the Q&A with Anderson:What inspired Copied?
I had sort of a Doc. Brown flux-capacitor moment. I was sitting in the passenger seat of my car on that open stretch of highway between Las Vegas and LA, when I had this scene play out in my mind of a scientist saying his last farewells to his cloned son, before representatives from a company arrived to exploit the scientist’s creation.
This scene was the premise behind Copied and at one point was part of a prologue. The prologue was eventually axed, but I hope reconstruct it as a novella length prequel sometime in the future.
What was your favorite scene to write?
The awkward kissing scene. This is a little embarrassing to admit, but some of it was based off of personal experience. I also enjoyed the final fight scene after I took the time to act it out. Before then it was just a headache.
If you could have lunch with any author or character, who would it be and where would you go?
Hmm this is a rather difficult one. I think I would prefer a character over an author, just because I’d be afraid of falling into total fan mode, my normal self is awkward enough. I’d probably want to meet Harimad sol from the Blue Sword, eat traditional Damarian food at the palace, and go for a ride on a bridle-less horse. And for course since this is fantasy, I’d be awesome at it.
What book most influenced your life?
My intention is not to go into religion here, but the book that has most influenced my life is the Book of Mormon. I struggle with dyslexia and when I was in elementary school reading was very difficult for me—almost physically painful. Now I want to pause and thank all my elementary teachers who took the time to read to me. I was so starved for stories that I savored every minute they read out loud. I would even borrow my mom’s audio books and listen to them alone in my room just to satisfy my need for stories.
In Junior high I decided to read the Book of Mormon, a severe undertaking for a kid who had never finished a book (aside from the picture ones) on her own. I was probably at a 3rd grade reading level when I started, maybe a 4th. I was that kid who would refuse to read aloud because if I did the other kids would make fun of me as I stumbled over every other word.
Anyway, it took two years and when I was finished I could read anything. Even adult books. I was like a person who hikes a hill after climbing a mountain. The first book I read after that was the Blue Sword. I went on to read books by; Robert Heinlein, Anne McCaffrey, Louis L’amour, and many more.
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Ha, no way. In college I actually avoided English like it was the plague and if I found out that professor tested via essays and another via multiple choice, I would drop the first class and switch to the second.
Plus, my first draft of Copied looks like it was written by an eighth grader and that’s being generous.
How long did it take to write Copied?
Four years to contract.
What does it take to become an author?