Today, I have the honor of hosting one of my favorite authors and a fellow friend on my blog! Tonya Kuper just released the second book in the Schrodinger’s Consortium series, Enigma! We are celebrating with a fun Q&A session and a giveaway! You will find out a lot of cool stuff about Tonya’s series, her writing process, writing advice, and much more. Keep reading to find out more about this thrilling Sci-Fi series!
Worst. Road Trip. Ever.
Escaping with Reid Wentworth should have been fun, but how can I enjoy it when I just (accidentally) killed someone, my mom and brother are in danger, and the Consortium is trying to enslave humanity? (Yeah, they aren’t fooling around.) So feeling something for Reid Wentworth was not part of the plan. Trying to help unite the Resistance against the Consortium means I can’t be distracted by hot boys.
The Resistance secret hideout isn’t exactly the rebel base of my dreams. A traitor there wants me dead, but we have no idea who it is. And with both the Resistance and the Consortium trying to control me, the only one I can trust is Reid. If we’re going to have any chance of protecting my family, controlling my unstable powers, and surviving the clash between the Oculi factions, I’m going to have to catch this traitor. By using myself as bait.
You can check out my review of Anomaly, the first book in the series, here !
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1. What inspired this story? It involves a lot of Sci-Fi elements to explain what Josie and Reid are capable of and I was wonder what made you want to write such a story?
T: I was actually approached by my agent about writing a YA dual point-of-view somehow dealing with Schrodinger’s Cat Experiment theory (quantum physics) for an editor at Entangled Teen. Being a huge scifi fan, I said yes. I was to write a synopsis and the first chapter in a few days. Before I could do that though, I had to learn about the quantum physics theory, so the next day I read for over six hours. I came up with the Pushing, Retracting, Anomalies, as well as the characters.
2. How did you come up with all the proper name and powers in the story as well as the explanations for them? The story is full of sci-fi elements and in-depth explanations for Reid and Josie’s power so how did you come up with that and as well as names for everything?
T: *see above, haha! For me, I had to put it all in laymen’s terms. I thought about creating reality and the energy it would take to think, blink, manipulate reality, and visualized Josie having to almost physically push reality into existence. Then I needed a name for taking that reality away – retracting. I came across a LOT of quantum physics terms as I was reading/researching. Some terms were: anomaly, enigma, and entropy. Originally, Anomaly was titled Entropy.
3. What was your writing process like with these books? Did you plot everything first and hash out all the technicalities or did you just start writing and plan as you went along?
T: Well, the process was slightly different for each book. I didn’t plan nearly as much for the first book. I kind of dove right in, following my synopsis. About mid-way through edits of Anomaly, I found a screenwriter’s beat sheet that many authors use and began referencing that. By the time I got to Enigma, I was a plotter, using the Blake Snyder Save the Cat Beat Sheet and kind of tweaking it to my liking. It allowed me to plan, hitting the important beats, but yet left me enough flexibility that I could still be creative within chapters.
4. What was one of your favorite scenes to write and why?
T: My favorite scene to write was Josie and Reid in Reid’s “secret” place. They both are in a vulnerable place and have admitted their feelings to one another. It’s intimate, touching, and sweet.
5. Who is your favorite character? What makes them special to you?
T: Josie is my fave because she’s a nerd and she totally owns it. She is strong and intelligent, but she also has flaws and doesn’t always make the best decisions.
6. What is the best piece of writing advice someone has ever given you and what would you tell aspiring authors or authors struggling to write?
T: One piece of advice from my friend author Lynne Matson is “follow your writer’s compass.” Listen to your gut. You know your characters and your vision better than anyone else, trust yourself.
7. What is your favorite genre to read when you want to de-stress and what is your favorite book from that genre?
T: I love everything scifi, fantasy, and paranormal, so I want to get lost in another world to distress. Favorite? There’s no way I can choose just one.
8. Why do you like to write and how does it feel to have two published books now?
T: I like writing because I get to create something that others can use to escape, learn, relate to, and feel. Having two traditionally published books out now feels freaking awesome! What’s better though, is Enigma’s reception from fans. Sharing the world and characters that live in my brain with others is the most incredible feeling.
Thank you so much! xo t
Wow, quantum physics? Wayyyyy over my head, but I am so happy this series came out of it! Now you can have the chance to experience it for yourself. Look no further for the giveaway below and may the odds be ever in your favor!
Tonya Kuper is the author of ANOMALY, the first in the Schrodinger's Consortium Series, a young adult science fiction trilogy, released November 4, 2014 by Entangled Teen. She fell for Young Adult lit while earning her Masters degree in Reading Education. She's a mom to two awesome boys, an alt music junkie, a Star Wars nerd, and in love with Sherlock.
She sounds awesome, right? She is. Check out her social media and website below. She is super nice and won't bite.
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