#BookTour: The Ark, by @LauraLLNolen #SciFi #YA

TheArkTourBanner1The Ark by Laura Liddell Nolen 
Published by: HarperVoyager
Publication date: March 26th 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult


There’s a meteor headed for Earth, and there is only one way to survive.

With her criminal record, sixteen-year-old Char is never going to get a place on an Ark, one of the five massive bioships designed to protect Earth’s survivors. The Arks are reserved for the real goody-goodies, like Char’s mom, dad, and brother, all of whom have long since turned their backs on her.

With Earth on the brink of destruction, Char must use all her tricks of the trade to swindle her way into outer space, where she hopes to reunite with her family, regardless of whether they want to see her or not.

Once she arrives on the North American Ark, Char discovers that the remnants of humanity haven’t achieved the egalitarian utopia they’d planned for. For starters, the “Officers of the Peace” are anything but peaceful, especially since stealing a spot on an Ark is a crime punishable by death…


Guest Post: A genie grants you three writing-related wishes: what are they and why?

What a fun idea for a post! Thank you for having me. Let’s see, three writing wishes.

First, I wish for more TIME! Time to write, edit, and edit again, and time to properly promote the book, all while maintaining a full life outside of the publishing world. Thanks, genie!

For my second wish, I’d love to find the perfect coffee shop in which to write. Someplace designed to allow patrons to linger.

This magical coffee shop needs magical customers, too. I love the energy of being in a room with lots of people around, especially if they’re either silently working on their own literary masterpieces or engaged in face-to-face conversations. Cell phones are awesome- a piece of magic unto themselves- but hearing one side of the conversation is too distracting. So in my magic coffee shop, no one’s participating in a conference call unless they put it on speaker, and also provide some context for those of us not working on their sales team. On second thought, maybe no cell phones at all. (Hey, my genie, my rules.)

This magical coffee shop also sells an assortment of delightful foods, especially chocolate, and especially chocolate without calories. I know I’m asking a lot, but I’m assuming that if a genie can bend space and time, this’ll be no big thing.

For my final wish, I’d like to collaborate with one of my author heroes, like Robin Hobb, Orson Scott Card, or George RR Martin. There’s so much I could learn. George RR Martin could teach me how to subvert reader expectations, for example, and I could provide the coffee!

The truth is that writing books is a fantastic field even without a genie to grant your wishes. For one thing, the opportunities really are out there. Unlike in some other super-competitive jobs, as a writer, it’s no big deal if you don’t have an “in” to the industry. Everybody gets a shot! Agents and editors read their slush. Maybe not right away, but they do read it. Plus, you get to be friends with other writers, because the writing community is full of fun, supportive people. And of course, you get to tell your stories. No genie needed!

Laura grew up in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where she spent an excellent childhood playing make-believe with her two younger brothers. The Ark is the direct result of those stories and a lifelong devotion to space-themed television. It received a Work in Progress Grant from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Laura has a degree in French and a license to practice law, but both are frozen in carbonite at present. She lives in Texas with her family.
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