Paperback Writer invites you to join J.B.B. Winner and Brittany and Brianna Winner, authors of the young adult fiction novel, The Strand Prophecy (Missile Rider Publishing), as they virtually tour the blogosphere in August and September on their first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion!
About the Book:
Stand, a reluctant superhero delivers evidence of an ominous scientific discovery to the president and the world… The very nature of life on earth is about to change and humanities fate hangs in the balance.
Strand must protect the innocent and warn the world about the rapidly evolving predatory creatures, before its too late.
FYI J.B.B. Winner is a father, daughter, daughter team consisting of Jeff, Brittany and Brianna Winner. The girls are 12 year old twins.
Welcome to Paperback Writer
Will you share with us how you came up with the idea for this book?
Brittany: We loved comics, superhero’s and science fiction, so when our dad said we should write a book, we decided to combine all our favorite things into one story
Do you plan your stories first with an outline or does it come to you as write it?
Jeff: We are situational writers, we know the start and we kind of know the end, then let the characters tell us the story.
Brianna: Each character has its own personality and responds to the situation their own way.
Brittany: The story emerges as we write.
Do you know the end of the story at the beginning?
Brianna: Kind of…
Brittany: We know how we want it to end.
Jeff: Right, so we know we want it to come out good for humanity
Brianna: So, we won’t destroy the planet
Brittany: Although it could be fun.
You guys are too fun… Do you have a process for developing your characters?
Brianna: We study natural science, paleontology, dinosaurs and ancient civilizations to develop our characters.
Brittany: There are a lot of unbelievable things that exist, that people just don’t know about. For example, millions of worms that invade a town, although they don’t kill anyone… it is real.
Brianna: We take it up a notch… so in the Strand universe. The worms would be carnivorous and it would get ugly.
Brittany: Like some kind of repayment for all those worms used to catch fish!
Jeff: We write together and want to learn as much as we can along the way. There are so many amazing things in the world to learn about and they become even more amazing when you are writing a novel that incorporates them.
It is said that authors write themselves into their characters. Is there any part of you in your characters and what they would be?
Brianna: There are identical twins in our book, their names are Rose and Trib. My middle name is Rose.
Brittany: Trib is Brit backwards.
Jeff: We put a piece of us in our characters, their reactions and their values.
What is your most favorite part about this book?
Jeff: We have creatures, technologies, the military, explosions and lots of robots. But for me the best part is the overall story of Steve wanting to protect Anna. She is like his daughter and so in that respect I relate to it.
Brittany: I like the technologies and the idea that you can have strands inserted directly into your brain which would give you the ability to directly control machines, robots, missiles and so on. Scientists are now experimenting with these kinds of technologies and when they figure it out a lot of people with disabilities will be freed, in a manner of speaking
Brianna: I like the interaction with Dr. E COTAR Prime and Strand. COTAR Prime is his logical side, Dr. E is his emotional side and Strand is…well… troubled by his past. He has to constantly weigh his commitment to protect the innocent. Especially when things are not always clear, perhaps it is a lose-lose situation and it is a question of the lesser of the two evils.
What struggles have you had on the road to being published?
Jeff: The reality of being published it that unless the books sell in 90 days…you get them all back and they become “backlist”. It’s an emotional rollercoaster.
What has been the best part about being published?
Brianna: Walking into any Barnes and Noble and seeing our books on the shelf. It’s incredible.
What do you want readers to remember and carry with them after reading your novel?
Brittany: I want them to say… when is the next one coming out?
Brianna: The most important thing is your family.
Jeff: I agree with what the girls said and would also hope the readers think “This is a great book; I am going to tell my friends.”
Do you have plans to write another book?
Brianna: This is the first of a five book series, plus a prequel. So six total.
Brittany: The second book Extinctions Embrace is done now completing final edit and art work. We are about 20,000 words into our third book as well.
Would you care to share with us how the virtual book tour experience with Pump Up Your Book Promotion has been for you?
Where can readers find a copy of your book?
Brianna: All Barnes and Nobles stores as well as on Amazon and our web site.
Do you have a website for readers to go to?
Yes www.StrandTheBook.com … Strand The Book dot com
Thank you, J.B.B. for sharing your book and characters with us today. It has been a pleasure and I hope you have had a successful virtual book tour.
THE STRAND PROPHECY VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR ’08 will officially begin on August 18 – September 12. You can visit the Winners’ tour stops at www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com in August and September to find out more about them and their book!
As a special promotion for all our authors, Pump Up Your Book Promotion is giving away a FREE virtual book tour to a published author with a recent release or a $50 Amazon gift certificate to those not published who comments on our authors’ blog stops. More prizes will be announced as they come available. The winners will be announced on this blog on August 31!