Welcome to my tour stop for The Burned Bridges Protocol by Abigail Borders. This is a YA science fiction published by Giant Squid Books.
The tour runs March 2nd-13th with reviews, author interviews, guest posts and excerpts. Check out the tour page for the full schedule.
About the Book...
BBP on Giant Squid Books | Goodreads | Amazon | Indiebound
Interview with Abigail Borders...
1. Did you always want to be a writer?
Well, I was always the storyteller in the family. I’d make up stories that my brothers and I could act out when we were children. I’d scribble stories in class when I was bored (after I’ve finished all the assigned work, mind you). I suppose it’s not too large a leap to deduce that I’d become a writer at some point in my life
2. What inspires you to write?
My high school teacher once asked me what compels me to write. I told her that I write when I have something to say. To answer your question: life inspires me. Random scraps of conversation I overhear or am fortunate enough to be part of, things I see in the media things that make me think about my role in society and the universe overall - these inspire me to write.
So my prose will usually echo my thoughts at the time of writing, along with some phrases that I tend to use. In BBP, it was “one crisis at a time.” At this point of writing SINS OF OUR FATHERS, sequel to BBP, it’s “psychic is not in my job description.”
3. Do you have a daily writing routine/schedule?
It’s probably really bad form, but no, I don’t have a writing routine. I write when the mood strikes. Other times I edit what I’ve already written, and listen hard to what my characters are saying. Or not saying, as is sometimes the case with Lemon and Hecuba. Those two are notoriously tight-lipped. Cleo, on the other hand, sometimes really need to shush. Lol
4. Any favorite authors and/or books that have inspired you in your career?
My major influences include Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman and Mary Doria Russell. Hecuba’s first major scene (Chapter 12: Echoes) is an homage to THE BONDMAID, a novel by Catherine Lim. She is one of my major influences when I was a child. I admire Ms. Lim’s ability to blend the surreal and spiritual with actual, physical reality. She blurs the line between subjective and objective reality in her prose - subjective reality as the character sees it, versus observable, detached reality that other characters can see. As people, we can only really perceive reality from inside our own heads, from our perspectives. As readers, we are capable of seeing both.
5. Any advice for up and coming authors?
LOL. Am I included in this list?
But seriously, my first piece of advice is for folks to finish their manuscripts. I was told that 90% of people who start writing something never finish it. By completing their story, they’re already beating a huge chunk of the odds.
Second, read the ‘rules’ as stated in the Turkey City Lexicon, then do a first round of edits.
Third, submit your ‘cleaned’ manuscript for critiques, either by joining a writing group or by getting some trusted critique partners. My mentor told me that 90% of people who finish their manuscripts fail to edit or submit their work for objective feedback. Beat the odds, guys
6. And… because I am a total fan girl… what was it like working on BBP?
It was fun, sometimes infuriating (Becca only came out to me in chapter 14: Gunfire of my first draft. Explains so much. And Lemon keeps ducking questions) but always highly rewarding.
About the Book
1. What is the current Book you are promoting?
The Burned Bridges Protocol, and my middle grade fantasy novel, CYRION – anticipated to be
released by MuseItUp publishing in Spring 2015.
2. I LOVE that you wrote for the middle grade audience. That transition between children’s and teens is very important. What made you choose this category for writing?
BBP is written for the YA audience. CYRION, my first novel, is written for the MG audience. It was El Kiddo's summer vacation, he was bored out of his mind, and driving me up the wall. There was nothing good on tv, we've watched every movie and read every book in the house. I even resorted to reading the backs of our cereal boxes. I had to write a story to amuse him. Cyrion was initially structured like a choose-your-own-adventure type book. My original first draft had the MCs prematurely dying in number of increasingly amusing ways. But there was one story thread that kept on going and going, and this eventually became the novel.
All of which is really just a long-winded way of saying: I write the genre I do by default because I initially wrote for an audience of one - my son.
That is the BEST audience all around! ;)
3. I LOVED your characters. They are so unique. What might surprise some readers about them?
The New Edinburgh characters in BBP are what we would consider gifted - they never would have been accepted into the Institute otherwise. Readers of this genre might also be surprised that the lead characters are female, not male. Lemon is an AI, and so technically, asexual.
Quick Fire Questions & Favorites
1. Favorite Book? GOOD OMENS by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.
2. Favorite Author? At the moment: Stephen King.
3. Favorite Food? At the moment: curry puffs. Ingredients: half an onion, peeled and finely diced Two garlic cloves, peeled and finely diced. One potato - the biggest you can find, peeled, boiled and cubed. Meat from one rotisserie chicken. 3 tubes of crescent rolls - the kind you buy, roll out and bake. Curry powder, salt a pinch of sugar.
1) Sautee onions and garlic until fragrant. Add curry powder
2) Add cooked, cubed potatoes, season with salt and the pinch of sugar. If you can taste the sugar, you’ve added too much.
3) Add chicken meat. Sautee until well-mixed with seasoning. Set aside to cool
4) Prep the crescent rolls dough. Wrap the chicken/potato filling inside dough
5) Bake until golden brown. Then, you eat
OMG... I am so hungry now!
4. Favorite Sport? Hiking
5. Favorite Quote? Some like it hot?
6. Favorite Car/Truck? I’m afraid of big automobiles. So the smaller, the better.
7. Card Game or Board Game? Monopoly.
8. Beach or Mountains? Mountains.
9. Hot or Cold? cold
10. Book or Kindle? book
11. Shoes or Sandals? sandals
12. Walk or Ride? Walk.
13. Early Bird or Night Owl? Night owl.
Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
I am from Singapore, and English is my second language. I suppose that is one reason why I
incorporate different languages in to my books. There is some mandarin hanyu pinyin used in BBP. In Cyrion, I borrowed extensively from Indonesian and Malay when I picked names for my secondary characters.
I am terrible at choosing names. I routinely ask El Kiddo to give me a name, any name. So many of my characters end up named after El Kiddo’s friends.
Where can people find you on social media?
I’m usually on FB: https://www.facebook.com/abigail.borders.9
A side note: if I see publications/writing competition leads, I tend to share them on my FB page. Hey, we writers have to stick together, no?
I also respond to tweets: @AbigailBorders
I have a blog where I sometimes hang out: https://thewritingbean.wordpress.com/
and here's my Goodreads page.
And where can people buy this AWESOME book?
You can purchase my books via Amazon or Barnes and Noble
Folks in Singapore, BBP is also available in Kinokunia, although I’m not sure which branch. Sorry.