Today, I'm lucky enough to have Becca C. Smith guest posting on the blog about her young adult sci-fi paranormal novel, Riser. Funny little tidbit, I hadn't realized that she was the author who had written one of my favorite teen graphic novels for Ghost Whisperer (which, was totally one of my FAVORITE shows on television) Ghost Whisperer: The Haunted. I think I actually have that one on my shelf along with another one and just didn't know I'd already had one of her books. Awesome!
But, I really hope you enjoy the guest post and the excerpt today!
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.
* Summary taken from The Riser Saga.
by: Becca C. Smith
My favorite part of writing is creating new worlds. I admit, my weakness is fantasy and sci-fi because of the endless possibilities. There’s nothing like sitting down with a cup of tea or coffee, maybe a few pastries, and completely escaping into another world, whether it be writing one or reading one.
In my book Riser I had a lot of fun creating a surface level Utopia, but in actuality it is Dystopian to the core. The book takes place three hundred years in the future and people can live forever as long as they take a pill called Age-pro. Of course, the pill only stops the aging process, you can still die accidentally, but as long as you stay away from sharp objects you should be safe, lol.
And with immortality I thought that death was the perfect contrast, so I gave my main character the ability to control dead things.
But by having something as simple as Age-pro in the future, it gave me all the material I needed to have a ball creating a truly crazy future.
Just something as simple as what I call “elf-immortality,” can stir up all sorts of ideas. I say that being a complete and total nerd, lol. The meaning refers to Lord of the Rings where the elves live forever, but they can still be killed by weapons. If humans had this kind of immortality they’d never want to leave the house. Crime and murder would go down because no one would want to run the risk of dying pre-maturely. Population would get out of hand. Crazies would want to keep their kids kids forever and they could by giving them Age-pro. People would question religion since they aren’t going to die. Some would refuse to take the drug whereas some would drop religion altogether.
Each book I write in the series goes deeper and deeper into the consequences of an ageless society.
But, by far, coming up with the world is always the most fun!
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ABOUT BECCA C. RISER
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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.
Author information taken from her The Riser Saga.