Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Book Spotlight: Sojourn: The Wildlands by B.D. Messick (Author Interview)

Title: Sojourn: The Wildlands
Author: B.D. Messick
Publisher: Fire and Ice
Publication Date: July 30, 2015

Synopsis: In a dark future, follow seventeen year old Rayn Mirago as she leaves everything she knows behind, and embarks on a journey that will either prove her worth, or take her life.

Rayn Mirago's seventeenth birthday is tomorrow, but there will be no party, no gifts, and no celebration. Like every other child in this world where humanity is on the brink of extinction and resources are at a premium, she must make her Sojourn across the former United States to prove her worth. The human race has nearly been wiped due to overpopulation, global warming, and our own ignorance and conceit. The coastal cities of the U.S. have been reclaimed by the ocean and the Midwest is now a vast desert wasteland known as the Deadlands. The remaining fifty thousand or so survivors in the old United States now live in one of five walled cities, called Enclaves where they eek out a meager existence.

Rayn's Sojourn begins when she steps through the gates of the Vegas Enclave and into the vast wilderness between the old city and Deadlands, an area known as the Wildlands. She will face many struggles and dangers that will challenge her, make her doubt herself, and force her to realize that she is stronger than she ever imagined.

But first, she must overcome the burden of leaving her old life, everything and everyone she has ever known and loved behind.

About the Author: Been writing for a few years, Sojourn - The Wildlands is the first book I've published and it has been picked up by Fire & Ice Publishing. The second volume: Sojourn - The Deadlands is set for release later in 2015. The third volume is being edited at the moment. I have a new book, EVE, in the final editing stages. If I'm not writing...which is almost never, I love hiking and movies. I am also a board game designer, and my new game, Dodge Dice, is now available from Gamewright Games.

Author Interview:

First off, I'd like to thank you for joining me on the blog today! 

Of course...thanks for inviting me.

1. Describe Sojourn: The Wildlands as a tweet (140 characters or less)! 

Hmmm... ”In a dark future, join 17 year old Rayn Mirago as she embarks on a journey that will prove her worth or end her life." I am so bad at this tweeting stuff...lol.

2. What inspired you to start writing?

It's really always been something I have enjoyed doing, although it's only been during the last few years that I decided to see if someone else might enjoy reading what I put down on paper. I will add that when I saw James Cameron's Avatar, I came home that evening and started working on a book that had been languishing for some time, but I find inspiration in music, other books, the news...pretty much everywhere.

3. What kind of research, if any, did you do for Sojourn: The Wildlands

I did quite a bit of reading about global warming and it's long term effects on the planet, as well as some basic survival techniques.

4. Do you think you could survive taking your own Sojourn in your book?

Um...I would probably have to say no. And I would hope that no one would take my book as some sort of guide to survive an apocalyptic event...it's just a story after all.

5. Do you have a specific place where you write? 

Usually in my office, but I also get quite a bit done at the local park. The peace and quiet can be quite useful in getting the creative juices flowing.

6. What are you reading right now? 

At the moment...nothing...although I have been meaning to finish reading Prodigy, Marie Lu's wonderful follow-up to Legend. I don't tend to read a lot when I am writing.

This or That... 

Ebook or Real book? 


Twitter or Facebook?

Facebook (although I am terrible at both)

Chocolate or Vanilla? 


Past or Future? 


And just for fun- What is the strangest thing on your desk right now? 

A figure of Aragorn.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! 

My pleasure and thanks for taking the time to chat.

-Kristen ♥

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