Interview with YA author Becca C. Smith

Today’s guest is YA author Becca C. Smith. She writes young adult novels, and is here to talk about her newest book, Riser.

Bio: 
Becca C. Smith received her Film degree from Full Sail University and has worked in the
Film and Television industry for most of her adult life.


Becca is the author of the teen horror/sci-fi novel, Riser. She is also the
co-author of the teen graphic novel Ghost Whisperer: The Haunted and also
wrote and illustrated Little Family Secrets, a graphic novel based on the true
story of her great aunt who was famous for murdering her husband.



She currently lives in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and two cats Jack and
Duke.



Welcome, Becca. Please
tell us about your current release.
Black
swirling holes churning madly in the center of every corpse.This is how
eighteen-year-old Chelsan Derée sees the deceased.Her ability to connect to the
black spinning holes allows her to control every dead thing within a four-mile
radius.
But
that’s the least of her problems. It’s 2320 and Chelsan Derée has to survive
another year of high school, which for her is pure and utter torture,
mainly due to the fact that her schoolmate Jill Forester’s
favorite activity is making Chelsan’s life a living hell. If that isn’t
enough, Chelsan’s impossible crush on Ryan Vaughn makes her brain do
somersaults on a regular basis, especially since she is positive he doesn’t
know she exists. And being eighteen Chelsan has to deal with the pressure
of whether or not she should take a little pill called Age-pro, which cures
aging, making the world eighteen forever and highly over-populated.
When
Chelsan’s mother, Janet, is brutally killed, along with everyone else in her
trailer park, Chelsan finds out that she was the intended target.
Chelsan
must use her power to raise and control the dead to save herself, protect her
friends and take down the man responsible for murdering her mother.
What
inspired you to write this book?
I
really started getting into YA books. I couldn’t seem to read enough of them
and it inspired me to write my own. Riser was actually based on a TV pilot I
wrote years before and I thought it would work nicely as a teen sci-fi novel
What
exciting story are you working on next?
I’ve
actually written two books in the Riser series and I’m currently working on the
third. I hope to have it released by August or September this year. It’ll be
the end of the first trilogy. Now that I’ve created a “world” I can write other
trilogies within that universe. I’ve already thought of the first book of the
trilogy revolving around a three-hundred-year-old assassin, so that should be a
lot of fun!
When
did you first consider yourself a writer?
I
started writing at age 5. It’s something I’ve always done and honestly, I can’t
imagine doing anything else. Writing is a complete joy and escape for me. I
love creating new and interesting worlds that others can escape into as well.
I’m a Hungry Hippo when it comes to writing and reading! I just can’t get
enough!
Do
you write full-time? If so, what’s your work day like?  If not, what do you do other than write and
how do you find time to write?
I
always write. I often equate writing to breathing for me, lol. Even when I have
full time jobs, I write at least a 1,000 words a day. When I have free time,
I’ll sometimes write all day. I also like to draw. I wrote and illustrated a
graphic novel, Little Family Secrets
based on a true story.
What
would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I’m
not sure if I have any quirks per se, but I do love writing outdoors, if that
counts. At parks, the front yard, the balcony, as long as I have my iced mocha
and something to write on I’m happy!
As
a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I
only ever wanted to be two things: a writer, or an astronaut. And I’m not an
astronaut, lol.
Anything
additional you want to share with the readers?
I’m
also a sucker for younger YA books as well! I actually have just published a YA
book for younger audiences called, Alexis
Tappendorf and the Search for Beale’s Treasure.
It was a lot of fun writing
it. It’s full of code-breaking, hunting for treasure and adventure!

Thanks for stopping by today, Becca.



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