Thursday, December 18, 2014

Lifer by Beck Nicholas Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop in the LIFER by Beck Nicholas Blog Tour hosted by Chapter By Chapter. Today on my stop we have an Guest Post + an awesome Tour-Wide Giveaway!!



Beck Nicholas
Published: December 16th, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Asher is a Lifer, a slave aboard the spaceship Pelican. A member of the lowest rung of society, she must serve the ship’s Officials and Astronauts as punishment for her grandparents' crimes back on Earth. The one thing that made life bearable was her illicit relationship with Samuai, a Fishie boy, but he died alongside her brother in a freak training accident.

Still grieving for the loss of her loved ones, Asher is summoned to the upper levels to wait on Lady, the head Official’s wife and Samuai’s mother. It is the perfect opportunity to gather intel for the Lifer’s brewing rebellion. There’s just one problem—the last girl who went to the upper levels never came back.

On the other side of the universe, an alien attack has left Earth in shambles and a group called The Company has taken control. Blank wakes up in a pond completely naked and with no memory, not even his real name. So when a hot girl named Megs invites him to a black-market gaming warehouse where winning means information, he doesn’t think twice about playing. But sometimes the past is better left buried.

As Asher and Blank’s worlds collide, the truth comes out—everyone has been lied to. Bourne Identity meets Under the Never Sky in this intergalactic tale of love and deception from debut novelist
My Path Of Becoming An Author...

I’m pleased to be here today to talk about my path to become an author. Lifer is truly a book of my heart and like any story it begins a long, long time before page one.

I’ve always written stories. From the moment I made my mom cry with a short story in high school, I became addicted to sharing stories and emotions through words. However as I grew older, my love of science as well seemed to make a more logical career path. I loved the science degree I studied at university and completed honours and a PhD but I always wrote. Mostly short fiction back then including a short story about a boy waking naked in a garden – he’d later become Blank in Lifer.

It wasn’t until I left university that a friend and I ‘decided we’d write a whole book’. Yes, we thought it would be easy. It wasn’t at all.

But then I was hooked.

And I wrote another book. I did craft courses online and at the local writers’ center. I went to conferences. Most importantly I made friends who were on the same path. Some of those became crit partners and they helped me with my stories and with keeping going in the face of rejection. That learning time was important – I learned to treasure the people in the business, to keep learning and studying and then finally I returned to that short story and wrote a book in a genre I loved and that I would want to read.

Some days the words don’t come as I’d like but I know that I’m writing something I love, and it makes it easier to turn up and put my fingers on the keyboard and keep writing. It makes taking my crit partners and agents and publishers suggestions as ingredients to make the book stronger rather than criticisms.

The other important thing for me is to never stop reading, and reading widely.

Thank you for having me today.

Beck-Nicholas-head-shot-248x300I always wanted to write. I’ve worked as a lab assistant, a pizza delivery driver and a high school teacher but I always pursued my first dream of creating stories. Now, I live with my family near Adelaide, halfway between the city and the sea, and am lucky to spend my days (and nights) writing young adult fiction.

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