Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Feautred Author: Amy Bartelloni

Welcome Today's Featured Author 
Amy Bartelloni!!

Gen One
Generations after robots conquered Earth, the remaining population survives in the ash of their defeat. Within their walls in Authority City, bots test and develop super soldiers. Rumors of horrible experiments are enough to keep humans in line. At least, most humans.

Eighteen-year-old Delilah O’Connor scavenges the ruins with her friend Zane, and Gen, a generation one bot they repaired off the grid. Gen’s curiosity gives Delilah hope for the future, but not enough hope to go against the Authority. She finds Zane’s dreams of a human resistance pointless, and it’s enough to keep their on-and-off relationship mostly off.

When they discover two dead guards in a shady trading stop known as the Banks, everything changes. Framed for the murders and pursued by Authority bots, Zane takes Delilah to the only safe space he knows—the headquarters for the Human Coalition. Even there Zane isn’t safe. When he’s captured, Delilah and Gen must join an unlikely alliance of bot and human to go in to Authority City and save him before he becomes another casualty. Things in Authority City aren’t as they seem, they’re worse. And Delilah might lose more than her friend within its walls.

Gen One excerpt: Brute shook his head.  “Zane told us you were stubborn,” he said with a grin.  “But he led us to believe you were fragile.”  He tipped his head.  “I’m not sure he was right about that.  From where I stand, you’re pure steel.  And we could have used you a long time ago.”
“I plan to have a talk with him about that,” she said, absently.  What Brute didn’t know what how fragile she was inside.  How Zane had seen her the day her father died.  How he held her when her Aunt ran off and left them and she thought she’d die in the streets.  How he helped her get a job and earn her own living.  If she was steel, he’d forged her, and it was time to pay him back.

About Amy Bartelloni:
Amy Bartelloni is the author of the 3 book Andromeda series and her newest work Gen One, an upper YA science fiction. She's contributed stories in Prep for Doom, Tricks, Treats, & Zombies, and 13: Resurrected.  A reader, writer, & coffee addict who lives with her husband, 3 children, and various animals in the northeast US. When she's not playing mom-taxi, you can find her with her nose in a book or her head in the clouds. A people watcher and science fiction junkie, she still believes dreams can come true. Some of her favorite authors include Neil Gaiman, Jasper Fforde, Paulo Coelho, and Stephen King.

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 Interview With Amy Bartelloni:
1.     Can you tell us a little about your books?
I have a three book YA dystopian series that I published through Limitless Publishing, called Andromeda.  The series follows four orphaned teens as they attempt to find a free camp after a pandemic has swept the world.  What I love about these books is that while each book follows the characters through different hardships, (and boy, do they run into hardships!) they’re not exactly cliffhangers.  Each book wraps up the individual story while leaving some open ends. I think you’ll find those kind of endings with all my books.  I like to wrap up the main storylines, while leaving room for more magic J
I’m so excited about my new book/series!  It’s called Gen One, and it’s about the aftermath of a robot/human war.  The possibilities of technology are terrifying to me, and I attempted to sift through the repercussions of AI through some of the characters.  The lines in a human/bot war aren’t as solid as you’d think, and when my main characters fight to free the human zones from bot control, they have some unusual allies.  There’s a little romance, but it takes a back seat to the action and deeper questions of what it means to be human.  I’ve been told it’s an exciting ride.  I hope so!  I sure had fun writing it!
I’ve also been featured in three anthologies with some great groups of writers. The facebook Band of Dystopian group published Prep for Doom.  It was a fun project because some of our characters overlap stores, and I made some great friends in the process. Tricks, Treats, and Zombies is a product of All Things Zombie on facebook, another amazing group, and 13: Resurrected is through Limitless Publishing.

2.     What inspires you to write?
Everything! I’m such a dreamer.  I can find the what-if in any situation.  I tend to write fantasy and sci/fi because my imagination immediately goes to the most remote possible scenario J  Also, I think those worlds are completely open to the imagination, and you can build them any way you can imagine.  You’re not limited to the laws of this world or even this universe. What an exciting thing to imagine and build!  There’s nothing better.

3.     How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
The book that I’m currently writing is usually my favorite, because I’m most invested in it J  That being said, I’m currently working on a sequel for Gen One called Gen Two, and it’s thrown me some curve balls!  I also have a YA sci/fi novel out with an agent, and I’m crossing my fingers she can sell it because I think it’s a great story, too.  Prison Ship is about teens in a space prison fighting the government that put them there.

4.     Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
It seems unusual in the creative world, but I’m more of a morning person than a night one.  I get most of my writing done when my kids go off to school.  It hasn’t been a very productive summer, but I’m learning to give myself a break. 

5.     Do you have a favorite food or drink you must have nearby when writing?
Coffee!  I can’t live without it!

6.     Do you have a favorite spot to write?
I can write anywhere at any time, but as time went on and I became more serious about my books I transitioned into a little office in my home.  I love it because I’m surrounded by important photos of my family and friends, my favorite books (especially those by my author friends), artwork, and vibrant colors.  It’s my writing cave.

7.     If you had a superpower, what would it be?
What would it be or what would I want it to be? Lol.  I’m empathetic to a fault, and it’s a double-edged sword. I can read people easier than I’d like to sometimes, so to take that one step further I’d probably be able to read minds, which I do not want, lol!  What would I want it to be?  I love to travel so I’d like to be able to teleport or run really fast J

8.     What are writing projects are you currently working on?
I have so much going on!  I’m working on the sequel to Gen One right now.  It’s called Gen Two, and though the characters are the same, they’re surprising me in the direction they’re going.  I have about 25% done, and I’m planning to dig in when the kids go back to school.  I’m hoping to have it finished by Christmas.  I have plans for Gen One to be a three book series, with some potential spin-off’s.  In the meantime I’m trying to sell Prison Ship through my agent, and an adult suspense/thriller that I worked hard on.  A lot of projects going on at once, but I like it that way! 

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