Day 2 of the indie giveaway promotional sprint (see details about the giveaway, how you can get 11 free ebooks and a $20 gift card to Amazon, here. Deadline is March 11 11:59 GMT), and I’ve got the lovely Sharon Sant on my blog. Did you know this is my second interview? I’ve never done these before the giveaway, and I have to admit it’s been nice connecting with other writers this way.
Anyway, on to the main event!
Sky Song Summary
(How’s that for a lot of sssss in your morning? :P)
Genre: YA fantasy
What the man told him was too incredible to believe, yet Jacob did believe it. On some deep unconscious level he had always known it to be true. He was an invention, a fictional character. Jacob Lightfoot didn’t exist.
A strange-eyed boy with no memory of his true identity or real parents, Jacob could have no idea of the mortal danger he has been in every day of his fifteen years. Now that danger has found him and suddenly he doesn’t know who he can trust and what is real anymore. All he knows is that his new identity is almost as terrifying as the peril unleashing it has brought. Caught in the universal power struggle of an ancient race of beings and a destiny demanded of him that he does not want, he must fight to protect his own life and everyone he holds dear.
But when the time comes, will he be strong enough to make the sacrifices that saving them will demand?
What inspired you to write this book?
Sky Song started off as a younger children’s tale about a girl whose dad watched the skies every night for something. I don’t even remember now what sparked off the initial idea. Sometimes it can be a throwaway comment, a song lyric, a seemingly innocuous thing. Only the other day an idea came to me from a random comment made on Twitter!
(sidenote: I KNOW EXACTLY HOW THAT FEELS. Random tidbits like that spark my best ideas every time, without fail. Ahem, anyway. *poof*)
The little girl in my story didn’t know what her father watched for, but it soon became clear to her that whatever it was, it didn’t belong to the world she was familiar with. As I thought about it, though, the idea seemed to morph independently, into something completely different. I started to think about what could come from the starry heavens.
My first answer was aliens, but, for me, that was too obvious. Then I got to thinking about all the various belief systems that have stuck with humanity over the years of its evolution, and the one recurring theme was that the stars are linked with our destinies. But what sort of destiny could come from the sky? Cue aliens again! And what would you do if your destiny called but you didn’t want it? That’s the story at the heart of Sky Song.
As I worked the story out in my head, the little girl became a fifteen-year-old boy named Jacob. Then came his friends and family. They had to be awesome, ties so strong that there would have to be a really compelling reason for him to accept his new life. So I built him a near-idyllic childhood and a perfect school record with amazing friends and devoted family. Then I made him fall in love before I dropped the bombshell. When you see a story begin to show its shape like this, it’s so exciting, and the story of Sky Song from there almost told itself. It’s at times like these when being an author rocks!
How long did it take to write it?
Honestly, it was written so long ago I can’t remember! I wrote two novels back to back during the summer break of my first year at university in 2006/7 and this was one of them. So, I guess you could take the eight weeks or so I was out of classes and divide that roughly by two, although that would only be a first draft, it took a lot longer to turn it into something complete. Six years, apparently!
Describe your favorite character or place in the book
My favourite character has to be Jacob, because he’s the main man. I love his complexity, his vulnerability, his stubbornness, but most of all his loyalty. He’ll move heaven and earth to look out for the people he loves and he does. I do have rather a soft spot for his best friend, Luca, though. Luca is a joker, someone who hides his insecurities behind humour and false bravado, and I think he’s a little like me in that respect.
Name a funny and/or dramatic moment during the writing of this book. Any hilarious goof-ups or suddenly missing chapters from your files?
Oh dear, boringly, I don’t actually think I can recall any! Unless you consider my laptop dying a goof-up. I couldn’t afford to buy another one, either; the two novels I wrote that summer were all done on borrowed computers at the university library so I spent a lot of time there.
What real life factors are incorporated into this story? Is one of the forest scenes an exact replication of a nearby park, etc.?
The story is set in and around Dorset (the place where I was born) (sidenote: in the UK. Wasn’t obvious to me at first because I’m a derp). I use the locations there as the basis for the locations in the novel, although, sometimes I alter them to fit the story better. For example, the boating lake where Jacob hangs out is a real place, but I added lots of extra buildings and sections to the park. I’m not telling where the park is, but there are clues in the book for those who know it!
More promotion! Any plans for a sequel or other stories in this world?
Yes, they’re already written! The Young Moon, the second book of the series, is out March 8th. The third book, Not of Our Sky, is due out in May 2013 when I’ve done the final few bits of tweaking and a decent edit.
Thanks to Sharon for coming over here!
About Sharon Sant
Sharon Sant was born in Dorset but now lives in Stoke-on-Trent. She graduated from Staffordshire University in 2009 with a degree in English and creative writing. She currently works part time as a freelance editor and continues to write her own stories. An avid reader with eclectic tastes across many genres, when not busy trying in vain to be a domestic goddess, she can often be found lurking in local coffee shops with her head in a book. Sometimes she pretends to be clever but really loves nothing more than watching geeky TV and eating Pringles. Sky Song is her debut young adult novel. The second book of the Sky Song trilogy, The Young Moon, is due for release March 8th 2013.