Today’s book promotion comes from Adam Alexander and his book called The Shifter’s Trail. If you like Science Fiction, take a look below. You might just find another book for your “to read” pile!
Book: The Shifter’s Trail
Author: Adam Alexander
Genre: Fiction, Science Fiction, Adventure
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Format: Paperback, ebook
Release Date: 11/25/2013
The Shifter’s Trail is a tween/teen sci-fi adventure that stems from a couple of questions. First, if you were a member of a highly advanced star-traveling species and you wanted to study the Earth, how would you go about it? Would you land a giant spaceship in the middle of Central Park, New York or do something more subtle? Second, if Einstein is right and there is no practical way to travel faster than the speed of light, star travel will always be incredibly hard. So, if, after dozens of years, you can only bring a few hundred or a few thousand aliens to the Solar System, how do you occupy and control a planet of seven billion people?
OK, so the last paragraph is sort of “grown up.” The basic premise of the book is this. Except for an unfortunate attachment to numbers, Andromeda Brown is an ordinary girl with an ordinary life at a perfectly ordinary school. Until, that is, a spaceship crash-lands near her home in Chicago, and circumstances throw her into contact with folks whose zip code is, quite literally, out of this world. Her new acquaintances are in trouble and desperately need her help. They are frantically looking for a shape-shifting alien scientist who has been hiding out and observing planet Earth for, well, ages. But hard as it is to track down someone who can change appearance at will, Andromeda’s difficulties are multiplied by the fact that she and her friends are not the only ones on the shifter’s trail. Darker forces are at work. For if the shifter’s knowledge falls into the wrong hands, humanity is in for a very bad day.
Q & A:
The best thing about writing this book?
The way the characters insisted on doing their own thing, regardless of what I had originally intended to write. They are a headstrong bunch!
Where did you get your idea for this story?
I love reading fantasy fiction – I remember getting the complete “Lord of the Rings” for my thirteenth birthday and never looked back – but I never forget that the world we live in is built by science. Without science, the Internet wouldn’t exist; without science, we would die from what we now view as minor ailments (appendicitis anyone?); and, without science, even if there were supermarkets, there’d be next to no food on the shelves: most of us would starve. Science matters.
And yet I sometimes wonder if science – and scientists – get enough credit for the world we live in. We weave marvelous tales of wizards and magic and the paranormal without stopping to think that science already performs most of these marvels for us. In a death match between wizards and “ordinary” 21st Century folk, wizards would most likely come out second. An airplane is more comfortable and far faster than a broomstick, a torch is every bit as effective as any form of witchlight, and a dark wizard’s death dealing wand is seldom better at what it does than the average handgun. As for modern medicine, what can one say? Pure magic!
So, I got to thinking: could you write a story with all the twists and turns of a magical fairy tale with science instead of magic? Aren’t science and mathematics every bit as challenging (and life changing) as the most difficult spell? Aren’t wizards, when all is said and done, just scientists with an old fashioned name? Well… maybe. I had a blast trying to find out!
What would you tell aspiring writers out there?
Treat it like a job. Aim to write a certain number of words per day and then write them, regardless of how you feel. You’re going to have to rewrite anyway, so don’t worry too much if you’re not happy with it the first time around. It’s better to have a novel that needs editing than no novel at all.
What is your favorite book?
Masters of the Vortex by EE Doc Smith – because it was my first “grown-up” book. I was 10!
Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate?
I’m a Brit by birth, so tea: hot, not iced (ick!)
Anything else that you would like to add?
I hope to publish another book towards the middle of 2014 – a YA dystopian with the working title of Saviors’ Spring. I’m also mulling over a sequel to The Shifter’s Trail: I have some ideas but I would like them to be really, REALLY good before I launch Andromeda and her friends on another adventure.
I want to thank Adam Alexander for allowing me to promote his book on my blog. I hope this post has inspired you to go out and read The Shifter’s Trail!