ABOUT BOOK 1: LIFER
The Bourne Identity meets Under the Never Sky in this intergalactic tale of love and deception from debut novelist Beck Nicholas.
Asher is a Lifer, a slave aboard the spaceship Pelican. A member of the lowest rung of society, she must serve the ship’s Officials and Astronauts as punishment for her grandparents' crimes back on Earth. The one thing that made life bearable was her illicit relationship with Samuai, a Fishie boy, but he died alongside her brother in a freak training accident.
Still grieving for the loss of her loved ones, Asher is summoned to the upper levels to wait on Lady, the head Official’s wife and Samuai’s mother. It is the perfect opportunity to gather intel for the Lifer’s brewing rebellion. There’s just one problem—the last girl who went to the upper levels never came back.
On the other side of the universe, an alien attack has left Earth in shambles and a group called The Company has taken control. Blank wakes up in a pond completely naked and with no memory, not even his real name. So when a hot girl named Megs invites him to a black-market gaming warehouse where winning means information, he doesn’t think twice about playing.
But sometimes the past is better left buried. As Asher and Blank’s worlds collide, the truth comes out—everyone has been lied to...
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Lifer (Book 1):
Temper (Book 2):
FREEDOM COMES WITH A PRICE.
Free from the spaceship and reunited with Samuai, Asher should be happy. But thoughts of her dead family weigh heavily on her mind.
Things worsen when temper problems in camp lead to a murder. When Asher volunteers to get the drug need to calm people down, tension ignites.
Loyalties are questioned.
Jealousy rears its head. Sparks fly.
And when rumor of a second ship hits close to home, all bets are off.
Have the aliens returned? Is this the end of everything Asher has ever known?
Thank you for having me here today!
What inspired you to write your first book?
I’ve always had stories in my head. My first full book was written when I couldn’t satisfy the characters with jotting down a scene or an event. Lifer was inspired by imagining convicts in space and a girl, Asher, who wouldn’t leave me alone.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I think style is hard to see from this close. I try to write with lots of tension, emotion and pace.
How did you come up with the title?
The title for TEMPER came easily for this story. The ability to control one’s temper is integral to the story and runs through the whole book.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Rtaher than a message, I want Temper to make readers think about the nature of control – of your temper and your actions. I’d rather start a conversation than deliver a message.
How much of the book is realistic?
Temper is fiction certainly with playing at science. Although I’ve studied a lot of science I used my imagination liberally.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
When one of the characters loses their hearing I asked someone who knows a lot more on the subject than I do, to make sure his actions and feelings make sense.
What books have most influenced your life most?
I would struggle to pick a few books that have influenced me most. My first sci-fi was Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card and it will always be a favourite but I have read so many and they’ve all contributed.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I have writing friends and critique partners rather than a mentor but when I was starting out those who gave of their time in RWAus really gave me a lot of advice.
What book are you reading now?
Right now I’m lucky enough to be reading an ARC of Melanie Mcfarlane’s THERE ONCE WERE STARS.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I’m loving Melanie’s book so far. Look for it to be out from Month9 books in April.
What are your current projects?
I’m working on a sequel for Temper (Fighter) as well as a few contemporary Young Adult stories.. In sci-fi I’m working on a story about a refugee and her silent twin and the pilot who helps them flee their home planet. There are secrets and lies and mad kings as well as mobsters in space and a swoony love story. It’s fun.
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
My publisher and agent have been wonderful in helping me get Temper out into the world and I’m incredibly grateful for them.
Do you see writing as a career?
Yes. And as a passion. I can’t not write. It’s who I am.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No. I love it and am very proud of how it’s turned out.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
My mother was a reader and I remember as a child lying next to her on lazy nights, reading. Then I began to tell her my own stories and she always, always listened.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
This is the opening of my current sci-fi:
It was possible that not everyone crammed into the hold area on starship Ghost were lying, thieving murderers on the run for their lives, but by the eleventh night trapped with them, Isela had lost the ability to tell the difference.
Or the energy to care.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I enjoy writing but sometimes it’s hard to write characters which show the darker side of humanity. The most challenging often ends up being the most rewarding.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I love too many to name just one. I’m always drawn to great characters first and most.
Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Not so far but I hope to in the future to meet more readers.
Who designed the covers?
The wonderful people at Month9 Books do the covers and I have been truly lucky with them so far.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest part of writing Temper was the torture scene. I had to leave it mid scene a few times but always came back.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
This was my first ever sequel and it presented different challenges to writing Lifer.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Read! Surround yourself with good people who will encourage and give you real feedback.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you. I am so honoured to write for you.
What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing it to life?
I had to research biology for this story which was interesting and challenging. I’ve always focused on the physical sciences.
What books/authors have influenced your writing?
There are too many to list.
What genre do you consider your book(s)?
This book is sci-fi but with some dashes of romance and adventure.
Do you ever experience writer's block?
Not usually. I find some exercise helps if I feel a bit stuck.
Do you write an outline before every book you write?
My process varies. This book had an outline but some I know only the start and end.
Have you ever hated something you wrote?
No. However I’d like to think I’m improving with every book I write.
What is your favourite theme/genre to write about?
I don’t have a particular favourite. I write across themes and genres. It keeps life interesting.
While you were writing, did you ever feel as if you were one of the characters?
I always try to live the scene as the character in my mind which can get uncomfortable at times.
What are your expectations for the book?
I try not to have expectations but I do hope readers enjoy this story as much as I emjoyed writing it.
Thank you to Beck Nicholas for answering some questions for us :) Good luck with the new book!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I always wanted to write. I’ve worked as a lab assistant, a pizza delivery driver and a high
school teacher but I always pursued my first dream of creating stories. Now, I live with my family near Adelaide, halfway between the city and the sea, and am lucky to spend my days (and nights) writing young adult fiction.
Giveaway Information: Contest ends March 11, 2016
- Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Temper by Beck Nicholas (INT)