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Today I’m on the blog tour for The Salvation Project by Stuart Ross. Stuart has kindly written a guest post for me to share with all of you.
First let me share with you a little bit about the book..
Humanity’s hope of salvation lies within a single laptop…
A mutation in human DNA means no one lives beyond nineteen. Scientists working to reverse this pandemic died before their Salvation Project was complete, leaving behind the results of their research in a sealed vault – the Soterion.
122 years have passed. The civilisation of the ‘Long Dead’ is almost forgotten, the Soterion has been burned to ashes, and communities of Constants are tormented by brutal tribes of Zeds. Cyrus, Miouda and Sammy flee their burning city with a laptop rescued from the inferno. They believe it contains the key to the Salvation Project. But its batteries are dead, there is no electricity to power it, and murderous Zeds will stop at nothing to get it back…
Thanks to Stuart for sharing this post with us.
Top Ten Things about being an author
- Being your own boss. I set my own timetable, working when (and if) I want to. There’s always that deadline sitting on a rock in the distance, but as long as I get there by sundown, it doesn’t matter what route I take or whether I choose sit in the shade of a coolibah tree all day and then get up and sprint to the end in the late afternoon.
- Being able to work anywhere, any time. On a recent holiday, each morning I sat with my laptop and wrote a few hundred words (for the series of Sherlock Holmes stories I’m currently working on) before spending the rest of the day exploring and mucking about. Good life, eh? (But it is important to do a little bit each day: the longer the gap, the more difficult it is to get back into the flow.)
- Creating something that might, just might, be around after I’ve gone. We all have a creative instinct, a desire to make something out of nothing; it’s part of being a human being. My books are my paper children.
- Linked to the last point – and are all writers 100% honest about this? – one gets a heck of a kick seeing a book in a bookshop with one’s name on it. You can’t help saying quietly to yourself, ‘Wow! That’s me! I did that!’ There’s the other side, of course. Writing a book is like standing in the High Street with no clothes on: some people laugh, some throw up, some run away screaming, and there’s no guarantee whatsoever that anyone will clap.
- Meeting people. Writing a book is just the beginning. Once it’s out, one has to tell the world about it, and that usually involves a good deal of travel and meeting new people. Luckily, I’m not one of those who find this impossibly painful, and I’m fascinated by everyone, in all their shapes and sizes, with all their quirks and warts, faults and foibles. One can always recreate them – even the indescribably boring or terrifyingly aggressive ones – in a story.
- Visiting schools and colleges. As I write a good number of books for young people, I go to a lot of schools all over the UK and abroad. There I meet the future, and I love its enthusiasm, insight and honesty.
- Never having to retire. This is, I suppose, because writing is not a really a job. It’s not like driving a lorry or being a banker, something one has to do to make a living. Writing is a way of life. I don’t have a life outside my job because my life and my job are one and the same thing, inseparable. So until I go completely ga-ga, I can happily go on and on and on…
- Prizes. I have won some – no, not the mega big ones, yet – and it is so genuinely exhilarating and heart-warming to learn that others genuinely like what I have created.
- Being one of the ‘others’ on an internet tick-your-employment form.
- Living a life that’s a dream come true. When young, specifically when I read Treasure Island (which has one of the best openings of any book I know) for the first time, I dreamed that one day I would be a writer. It was many years before I had the courage to take the full-time plunge, but I did it. And there are moments when I still can’t believe it. I am so lucky.
Here are the other wonderful bloggers on the tour for The Salvation Project, so why not pop over and check them out!
There is a giveaway over on Goodreads for a chance to win a copy – Good Luck!
Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you have enjoyed this post.