Saturday, February 16, 2013

Author Interview: R. E. Palmer & Giveaway

Hey Y'all!

Today I am super excited to have R. E. Palmer, author of the YA Sci-fi Sky, on the blog to do an interview & giveaway! Hope you enjoy the interview as much as I did and be sure to enter to win a copy of his book!


Tell us something interesting about your book that we should know before reading it that we won’t get from the description.

Good question! How about, it's a cracking good read :0) But seriously, I've really struggled to write a blurb for the book that fully gets across the story, so thanks for the opportunity. The main theme of the story is devotion. Tomas has never met Sky other than in his dreams, in fact, he doesn't really know whether she's real or just a creation of his over-active imagination. But he’s still prepared to risk his life (not to mention his sanity) to find her, and rescue her from the ancient, dark force that's possessed her.
What can we expect from you next? Are you working on something now?

'm currently working on Stargazers, the sequel to Sky. I'd originally intended Sky to be a one-off, but all my volunteer readers said I had to continue the story - so I have. I've also got plans for a dystopian story - Noah's Ark, and an urban fantasy - PsirenSong. I hope to have Stargazers out by June 2013, and the other two over the next year or so.

Is there a moment that you can pinpoint and say, “that’s why I decided I wanted to be a writer?” If so, when was that moment? What happened?

I've wanted to be a writer since my late teens, but after several failed attempts, I unfortunately gave up. But two years ago, when walking the dog with my daughter, we were talking about ideas for stories when I suddenly had that eureka moment when I thought - "this is it!" Come rain or shine, I was going to write the story in my head and not stop until I'd done it. And the funny thing is, once I'd got the first one finished, the ideas for others just keep coming. Now I just need more hours in the day to work on them.

If being a writer wasn’t an option, what would your dream job be?

Movie director. To take a story and bring it to life for the screen would be a dream come true - not to mention a huge responsibility. Readers are the toughest audience in the world to impress because we already have the movie in our head. The anticipation surrounding the releases of Harry Potter, Lord of The Rings, The Hunger Games and Twilight, to name a few, must prey on the mind of the director and actors. But it must be immensely rewarding to get it right.

Avid readers’ favorite books seem to change week to week based on what they’ve read recently or what kind of mood they are in (at least that’s how I am) What’s your favorite book right now?

Tough question, and yes you’re right, it does depend on mood and where you are right now in your life. I love to go back and read favourites from my teens and see what I make of them - now that I'm older and wiser (well hopefully). But right now, I'd have to say it's Divergent by Veronica Roth. In fact, it's just too good and I have to force myself to put it down, otherwise I'd never get anything written myself! I love the concept of making a choice at sixteen about which Faction to join - she really knows how to write a page-turner. Life is about making decisions, and most are ones you don't always realise at the time, just how important they can be!

I believe that all good writers have something they want readers to take away from their books. What do you want readers to take away from yours?

Never give up. Life can throw some pretty nasty things your way at times, but it's how we react to these situations that make us who we are. My Grandmother's favourite saying was 'what doesn't kill you makes you stronger.'  Keep that in mind and everything will work out fine :0)

This or that:

Coke or Pepsi  - Coke (but only when it's gone flat - can't stand anything fizzy)
Chocolate or Vanilla - Chocolate (every time!)
Early Bird or Night Owl - Night owl
Harry Potter or Twilight - Harry Potter
Answer to Previous or The Hunger Games - The Hunger Games
Vampires or Werewolves - neither
Zombies or Unicorns - Unicorns
Twitter or Facebook - Twitter
MAC or PC - PC
Ebook or print - Print (although I do love my Kindle, I still prefer paperback)

About the Book


Tomas Moone has a secret - he’s terrified if anyone finds out, he’ll lose the girl of his dreams he’s so desperate to meet.
Selene has a secret - she fears if Tomas discovers the truth, he’ll reject her, and the last of her race will be lost forever.
Carly has no secrets – she’s in a coma. If Tomas fails to rescue her, she will suffer an eternity of horror and torment.
For the first time in her career, Shelley has a killer story, but she dare not tell it… no one would ever believe her.


In the timeless space between consciousness and sleep, Tomas Moone met the girl he would love for the rest of his short time on Earth. It happened during one of those perfect summer days you don’t want to end. He lay on the grass, gazing up at the sky, trying to look at those strange, squiggly things you get in your eye. But as soon as he caught a glimpse of one, it darted away. As Tomas drifted off to sleep, he saw her face and named her Sky. She seemed just as surprised as Tomas, but then the small, blonde girl with the pretty face smiled and disappeared.

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