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Today I’m honored to host Cedar Sanderson who has generously giving away four ecopies of Vulcan’s Kittens. All you have to do is answer one teeny tiny question and this exiting book can be yours!
Cedar Sanderson is a writer, blogger, and businesswoman who can be found in her office pounding the keyboard when she isn’t out walking the dog. Her work has been published by Stonycroft Publishing, Naked Reader Press, and Something Wicked. She is the author of the young adult novel Vulcan’s Kittens, and her second novel, Pixie Noir, will be released Dec. 1, 2013. She write regular blog columns at Amazing Stories Magazine, in addition to her own writing blog, where she posts almost daily. She prefers science fiction, mostly writes fantasy, and dabbles in non-fiction when her passion is stirred.
Cedar, Why do you think Teen Read Week is important?
I think it’s a great way to put a spotlight on reading, and encouraging teens, who are often so busy they feel pressured to do everything else but read, except what is assigned in class. This week gives them an excuse to be seen reading and not be called out for geekiness, and maybe that will lead to more reading as they are encouraged in it.
How do you think we could encourage youngsters to read more?
I think that if we write great books, with less message and more characters, plot, and action that they can see as fun first not “making me learn something” we can re-introduce them to a world where reading is an enjoyable past time that takes them away from this everyday world into realms of imagination.
When you were a teenager what books did you like to read and did you have an all-time favourite character?
I read everything I could get my hands on. I was living in the Alaska Bush when I became a teenager, and in order to get books i had to sometimes bike five miles into town to the library. I loved ER Burroughs, and thought Dejah Thoris was terrific. I wanted to be that scientist, explorer, warrior princess that she was. I also discovered Tintin and Asterix, both comic books originally written in French, and went on to Heinlein, George McDonald, and by my later teens, I was reading MM Kaye, Kipling, and falling in love with Colonial India.
Were you writing as a teenager? If so, what were you writing and what inspired you? Did a person inspire you to write?
I started writing about the age of fourteen. I started by writing essays, stories from my childhood early years, and the land I loved, Alaska. I had a teacher who really encouraged me to keep writing, and although I didn’t start writing fiction until later on, I really was starting to use the descriptive language and big vocabulary I had built up while reading so heavily for the years leading up to this.
Do you think today’s teens are in a better position if they want to be a writer than you were all those years ago (hee hee)?
Yes, I do. With the rise of Indie Publishing, and small presses who can offer more options to new writers than the limited slots a traditional press has available, a gifted young writer need not wait years or even decades to “break in” the way they once would have.
What advice would you give a youngster who enjoys writing?
Finish what you are working on. Don’t go back over it and stress about what you are doing, if you are breaking writing rules, or using the right words, until you are finished. And then, don’t try to judge if it’s any good on your own. Find someone you trust to show it too, and even then, three people are better. See how they react, and try to learn from what they liked or didn’t, but also don’t allow them to crush your spirit if they didn’t like it. Write lots, and you will grow better.
What is your latest book about? My last Young Adult novel, Vulcan’s Kittens, is about a young lady who finds out that she is related to a god, but that’s just the beginning. She has to work hard to protect other children of gods, and learns a lot about her own abilities in the process. Lots of adventure, kittens, and horses, I am finding that kids of all ages enjoy this story.
Are you working on anything new at the moment? I am working on the sequel to Vulcan’s Kittens, The God’s Wolfling. Linnea is back, and the big cat, Blackie. But this time she is going on a quest for something that might not exist, and if she and her new wolf-boy friend find it and use it, the world might cease to exist as we know it.
What do you love about being an author? I love being able to justify the time to write. I’m very busy, with going back to college full time, a family, a business I run, but the writing feeds my soul, and being able to publish my books means I can pay for that time I take away from other things.
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Cedar-Sanderson/e/B006WFPHO6/
Linnea Vulkane is looking forward to a long, lazy summer on Grandpa Heph’s farm, watching newborn kittens grow up and helping out with chores. That all goes out the window the night Mars, god of war, demands her grandfather abandon her and return to Olympus for the brewing war.
Now Old Vulcan is racing around the world and across higher planes with Sehkmet to gather allies, leaving Linn and an old immortal friend to protect the farm and the very special litter. But even the best wards won’t last forever, and when the farm goes up in flames, she is on the run with a daypack, a strange horse, a sword, and an armful of kittens. Linn needs to grow up fast and master her powers, before the war finds the unlikely refugees…
If you want to win an copy of Vulcan’s Kittens tell us what is the name of the mother of the kittens in Vulcan’s Kittens? Leave your answer on the comments and be sure to come back on the blog after 1-2 days to check if you won!