Woo hoo! Happy Friday everyone! 😀
I’m so excited for today’s post because I recently got today’s book in the mail earlier this week and it looks (and sounds) amazing.
Not only that, it has been over a year since I have read or even shared a science fiction novel. Say what?!
I know, I know. This must be remedied immediately. Thankfully my chat with the author of Exordia, Sarah E. Ott, was more than willing to chat with me about her book to get me fired up. 😀
Hope it does the same for you (and that you want to get your copy ASAP after reading the synopsis). 😉
About the Book
Sacrifices must be made.
On a desert planet, all citizens must cooperate to survive. The scientific organization, Pallagen, protects the colony city of Exordia–whether they want it or not.
Rebels must be broken.
Ex-Pallagen researcher Lena Ward isn’t going down without a fight. Her team of Exordia rejects is ready to pierce Pallagen’s benevolent exterior and expose the truth of their horrible agenda.
Loyalty must be programmed.
Amnesiac Alex Kleric is reclaiming her life as an Enforcement officer dedicated to Exordia and Pallagen. But the records aren’t jogging her memories. Something is wrong–and all questions point to Lena Ward and her underground rebellion.
Progress must continue.
To save Exordia. At any cost.
(Our special preorder price for autographed print copies is $12.99 including shipping, vs. normal price of $14.99 plus shipping.)
– Hi Sarah! I am so excited to be chatting with you! Jumping right in, how did you come up with the idea for Exordia?
Exordia was a little like one of those plants that starts out as a weed in your garden, but you don’t notice it until it’s too big to pull out of the ground on your own, so you don’t deal with it, and then you forget about it for awhile and before you realize it you have a WHOLE NEW TREE behind your back deck. Or…maybe that’s just me. Anyway, I started out writing a story about a cryo-frozen cop in a gang-ruled future dystopian Chicago, realized I knew almost nothing about Chicago, moved the entire story to space, and somehow ended up with Exordia, which involves very few cops and almost no gangs.
– I love this analogy! Hurrah Exordia for growing into a tree! 😉 Which books or authors have influenced you the most?
I cut my science fiction teeth on Ray Bradbury and Andre Norton. It feels like cheating to say “Brandon Sanderson,” since he’s such a big name, so I’ll say that Megan Whalen Turner and the Queen’s Thief series gave me my taste for stories with twists and turns.
– Ooo! That’s fun to know! Speaking of twists and turns, what is your writing process like?
I get really excited about a new idea. I write down some initial ideas, an inspiring quote or two, and figure out the epic story arc. I figure out which The Onion headline each of my characters would be. I wear myself out figuring out the beats and scenes of the story. Then I let the idea gather dust for awhile until I read a good book, realize again how much I love words, and kick my butt back into gear. Rinse and repeat.
– That is epic! I especially love that you figure out The Onion headlines for your characters. 🙂 What gave you the most difficulty when writing Exordia?
Gah, the characters. I started out writing Alex’s story, and discovered I needed Lena’s story as well. A few hundred words in, I realized I loved writing about Team Lena more than Team Alex. It was hard to bounce back and forth between two sets of characters like that, especially once I had my plot figured out and knew how many scenes each character was going to end up in.
– Sounds like it could be challenging! I’m curious as to what Team I’ll be. I guess I better get my butt in gear and start reading! 😉 What is your favorite writing fuel?
I’ve been known to drink copious amounts of fresh-ground, French pressed, fair trade Sumatran coffee, with a dab of cream and coconut sugar, with a crushing side of fear of failure. I’ve also been known to stare at my screen at 5:30am fueled by nothing but determination to spite everyone who says you can’t make a living writing the kind of fiction you love.
– Definitely an intense writing fuel! What is one thing you hope readers take away from this book?
Exordia is about choices—the choices you make, and how they affect other people, and the choices other people make, and how they affect you. It’s about figuring out who you are in the midst of people telling you who you should be, and it’s about second chances. I hope readers see their own second chances at making choices in the story of Lena and Alex.
– I love that! What’s your next project?
I’m working on a series of novellas about some people who travel in time, and are very unhappy about it.
– LOL! Thanks so much for sharing with us Sarah and greatly looking forward to reading Exordia!
About the Author
Sarah E. Ott lives and breathes stories that involve high stakes and character-driven plots. When she’s not chasing plot bunnies or emoting over good literature, she can be found doing one of the following things: a) working as a kids ministry office administrator, b) driving her Prius to Dunkin’ Donuts, or c) curled up on a couch with a book and covered in live cats.
Celebrate the release of science fiction/action novel Exordia with author Sarah E. Ott and Uncommon Universes Press, plus guest authors A.C. Williams and Paul Regnier! Includes games, giveaways, and Q&A. Come ready for a fun night!
Blog Tour Schedule
April 7 – RJ Conte – Book Spotlight/Excerpt – https://blonderj.wordpress.
April 9 – Ono Ekeh – Book Spotlight – https://www.onoekeh.com
April 10 – Pam Halter – Author Interview – http://www.pamhalter.com/
April 11 – H.L. Burke – Random Interview – http://www.hlburkeblog.com/
April 12 – Release Day – https://uncommonuniverses.com/
April 13 – Unicorn Quester – Author Interview – https://unicornquester.com/
April 17 – Online Launch Party on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/