Nanowrimo Spotlight: Hope Christine

Good morning again! Quick progress update from me, I’m at 7k after the write-in last night, and about to switch projects for the first time and kick off Hypermappers! And I’ve got a great interview for you. Here’s Hope:

My name is Hope Christine, I’m a published author and eighth year NaNo participant! My username has changed a few times over the years but it’s currently Avent-Garde. My 2012 NaNoWriMo novel, Arcadia, will be published November 7th on Amazon and Smashwords. It’s a science-fiction novel with a dash of steampunk. Think Captain Picard on the Serenity.

Some of my best NaNoWriMo memories stem from the regional write-ins, and brainstorming with others about plot twists and character development for Arcadia. But the absolute best write-in is when a group of about five of us put our brains together and figured out how to put wood elves in space since the poor race never seems to make it out of the mid-evil time period. Surely if they live forever they’d be the most innovated and should be making space rockets while humans are inventing fire. It turned into an all-night discussion complete with napkin maps, main characters, elven jokes, and an oxygen shield that would allow them to bring the forest with them as well.

I’m convinced the producers for Thor: The Dark World over heard that conversation and stole it.

Each new November brings new memories and stranger topics. I would highly encourage everyone to attend at least one regional write-in. They may be silly sometimes, but they really do help, and it’s fun meeting with others who are enduring the same pressing deadline.

What are you writing about this year?
This year I am writing a partner novel to Arcadia that will still be science fiction but based about ten years later and will focus on Earth. It’s called When Gideon Came Knocking and it’s about an Alternate Earth that has run out of food after a huge battle with an alien race called Imladian’s, unlike Original Earth (our Earth) they were not able to recover from it. The planet turns post-apocalyptic and ends up running out of food, so they pull all their remaining scientists and find a way to send someone to another reality in an attempt to basically beg for food. Gideon is chosen as the traveler and endures all of these painful surgeries to put conductor rods in his flesh, and port connectors in his skin in order for the device to transport his whole body at once.

One thing leads to another (I’m a bit of a Pantser) and *spoilers* the Arcadian army reconnects with Original Earth just as they agree to help Gideon.

It plays heavily off of the events in Arcadia and it’s difficult to explain without giving away some spoilers. But I’m really looking forward to writing it and playing on some social/religious reactions to the discovery of another reality.

What is your favorite book – you have to pick just one!
That’s almost like asking me to pick a favorite child! I love all sorts of books, The Lord of the Rings, The Night Angel Trilogy, Enders Game, Pride and Prejudice, etc. If I have to pick just one then it would be Victoria Schwab’s The Archived. It was such an original story, I adored the characters, and it pulled together all the best elements from all my favorite genres.

What advice would you give to all your fellow Wrimos?
Don’t worry about what you’re writing, NaNoWriMo is a first draft. If it isn’t perfect, that’s okay. Books take several months to prepare for publication. Just writing a first draft in a month is a great achievement, so don’t be a stressed perfectionist.

I remember reading some writing advice when I was editing my first book that said to take out all the adverbs in my manuscript to make it sound professional. So for my first published book Splintered (fantasy) I spent days going back and taking out the adverbs and essentially rewording the whole story. Then, the day I finish, the same freaking day, I started reading Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind. That book is riddled with adverbs, it’s an adverb party on every page, but it is considered one of the best fantasy books.

The lesson to be learned? Your writing is unique, so don’t change it to please the English Nazi’s of the world. How boring would it be if we all sound like Tolkien or Fitzgerald? If you want adverbs, throw in adverbs. Not all advice is golden.

Sneaky Ninja question! What’s your hobby horse?
The original wood one! If it’s not broke don’t fix it. 🙂

image001Ever since Sky Captain Lemise Holdif was a boy, he’s been faced with the End of Days. For decades an unknown enemy has been systematically wiping out life in the galaxy, starting with the most advanced societies. Now Arcadia, a world built from the trash of an entire galaxy, is the only planet left capable of distant space travel, and the next target. Lemise is desperate to save his home world, but his plans are interrupted when an alien visitor transports onto his ship.
Lead Specialist Paelae Madison is the last of her kind. The only survivor of the First Attack, and bent on revenge for the destruction of her people. In desperation, she teleports onto an Arcadian ship and offers aid in the coming war. Arcadia sees her as a hero, but Lemise is weary to trust a stranger who’s survived over five hundred previous battles.
Together the two fight to defeat an enemy far more advanced, and far more cunning than Arcadia has ever known. But extinction lurks around every corner, and The Enemy isn’t the only one threatening to destroy the world.


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