Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Virtual Book Tour: The Seas of Distant Stars by Francesca G. Varela @WriterFGV #interview #giveaway #sciencefiction @RABTBookTours

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Literary Science-Fiction
Date Published:  August 7th, 2018
Publisher: Owl House Books

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Agapanthus was kidnapped when she was only two years old, but she doesn’t remember it. In fact, she doesn’t remember her home planet at all. All she knows is Deeyae, the land of two suns; the land of great, red waters. Her foster-family cares for her, and at first that’s enough. But, as she grows older, Agapanthus is bothered by the differences between them. As an Exchanger, she’s frail and tall, not short and strong. And, even though she was raised Deeyan, she certainly isn’t treated like one. One day, an Exchanger boy completes the Deeyan rite-of-passage, and Agapanthus is inspired to try the same. But, when she teams up with him, her quest to become Deeyan transforms into her quest to find the truth―of who she is, and of which star she belongs to.


• What is the hardest part of writing your books?

The hardest part is the first page. It's always difficult to jump into a new world with new characters. It takes a while to get into the rhythm of a novel! 

• What songs are most played on your Ipod?

 Four Out of Five by Arctic Monkeys, Youth by Glass Animals, and Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major!

• Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

Not exactly, but I do have friends and family read my manuscripts. 

• What book are you reading now?

"The Left Hand of Darkness" by my favorite author, Ursula Le Guin.

• How did you start your writing career?

I've wanted to be a published author since I was in third grade! My first time writing a novel was in a high school creative writing class, and even though that didn't come out too well, my next novel attempt did, and I had my first book, "Call of the Sun Child," published while still in college. 

• Tell us about your next release.

My newest novel, "The Seas of Distant Stars," was just released in August! I also have another manuscript in the works that I hope to get published eventually, with themes focusing on climate change, plastic pollution, and industrial agriculture. 

About the Author

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Francesca G. Varela was raised in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. In 2015 she graduated from the University of Oregon with degrees in Environmental Studies and Creative Writing, and she then went on to receive her master’s degree in Environmental Humanities from the University of Utah.

Francesca’s dream of becoming an author began in third grade, and her writing career had an early start; she wrote her award-winning first novel, Call of the Sun Child, when she was only 18 years old, and she wrote her second novel, Listen, when she was only 20.

When not writing or reading, Francesca enjoys playing piano, figure skating, hiking, identifying wild birds, plants, and constellations, and travelling to warm, sunny places whenever she can.

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