Happy Sunday, everyone! I hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend!
Today I have such a fun post for you all! I recently was able to interview author Caryn Lix about her upcoming novel, Sanctuary! It’s an epic science fiction novel that I’m sure you’re all going to love.
Keep reading to the end of the Q&A for an awesome giveaway!
What was your inspiration for this novel?
I started writing SANCTUARY to get out of a bit of a writing slump. I started with the image of Kenzie on a space prison, built up the prisoners, and went from there. But in a more realistic sense, SANCTUARY is an homage to a lot of things I love. It’s heavily influenced by all the sci-fi I adore, from Sanctuary to Alien to the Expanse, and by Marvel comics, and by survival horror video games, and then with a lot of my own personal fears and neuroses tacked on to make it even scarier … at least for me!
Why did you choose to write a science fiction novel for young adults?
I love science fiction, and I love writing for young adults. No one is as enthusiastic about the literature they love as a young adult audience. I work with middle school students, and I love the way teens whole-heartedly embrace the things that appeal to them. There was never any question for me that I wanted to write for young people! As for sci fi, it’s most of what I read and watch, and most of what I love, so that was an easy choice too!
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Fair warning: I get asked this question a lot, and my answer changes based on my mood! Today the answer is flight. I really want to soar through the sky. But I also want some sort of shield or buffer. It gets really windy here, and I don’t want bugs in my teeth.
What are your favourite recommendations for young readers getting into the science fiction genre?
There is so much AMAZING young adult sci fi out there. If you’re just discovering it then I’m so excited for you, because you have so much great reading to do. The Darkest Minds is a fantastic series. I really enjoyed Avalon, and all of Marie Lu’s work is incredible.
Besides writing and reading, what are your hobbies?
I am always super busy. I keep trying to limit myself by giving up activities, and then I get involved in something else! I do pottery a few times a month, and I like to draw and paint when I have time. I spend a lot of time with my dogs! I knit, and I also enjoy bellydance and Bollywood.
When did you realize that you wanted to become a writer? Was it a lifelong dream? Or one realized later on?
When I was 14, we had a specific “creative writing” class in school. At that point I was feeling pretty lonely and isolated, and writing gave me a way to create my own worlds, my own friends, my own dreams. That was when I realized the power of the written word, and I think I wanted to be a writer from that moment on.
Any advice for readers interested in writing their own novel?
It’s not exactly original, but write. Read and write. Particularly read in the genre you want to write in, but read other things too, everything you can get your hands on. Make friends with other writers and critique each other’s work – kindly, but not gently. You need someone you can trust to help you become your best. And don’t get discouraged. It took me twenty five years to get published, but I kept writing because I loved every minute of it.
Thank you so much to Caryn Lix for answering all my questions! I hope you all pick up Sanctuary when it’s released on Tuesday (in Canada) and already have a copy if you’re in the United States – it’ll be an epic science fiction read, I can assure you of that! And stay tuned in the next couple of weeks for my official review of the book!
About Caryn Lix
Caryn Lix has been writing since she was a teenager and delved deep into science fiction, fantasy, and the uncanny while working on her Masters in English literature. Caryn writes novels for teens and anyone else who likes a bit of the bizarre to mess up their day. When not writing, Caryn spends her time obsessively consuming other people’s stories, plotting travel adventures, and exploring artistic endeavors. She lives with her husband and a horde of surly and entitled animals in southern Alberta.
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For this giveaway, there is a copy of Sanctuary up for grabs! It’s open to US residents only. Giveaway ends on August 1st.
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