FRIDAY SF & FANTASY – Passage
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Passage (The Akasha Series #1)
by Indie Gantz
Genre: YA Scifi Fantasy
Release Date: March 2018
Uncover a Lifetime of Lies in this Fantasy Adventure!
On day one, Charlie Damuzi and her mute twin brother Tirigan are blissfully unaware of the dangerous world they live in. They may be aliens living on Earth after the extinction of humans, but to Charlie, life is pretty mundane.
On day two, the Damuzi family is ripped apart by a family secret that forces the twins to flee the only home they’ve ever known.
Determined to find a way to reunite their family, Charlie and Tirigan travel to uncharted territory in search of their salvation.
But that’s just Charlie’s side of the story.
In the future, forty days from when we first meet the Damuzi twins, Tirigan is on the move. His destination is unknown, as are the people he’s surrounded himself with, but his mission is still the same. Keep his sister safe and reunite their family.
However, as Tirigan attempts to navigate the complex bonds he’s formed with his companions, he’s forced to confront the one thing in life he has yet to fully understand.
Family. Deception. Power. Destruction.
It all begins on day one.
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If you’ve recently finished Passage, the first book in The Akasha Series, chances are you’re desperate to start the second book! Picking up right where Passage left off, Kindred: Book II of The Akasha Series will see Charlie and Tirigan’s timelines merge. By the end of the second book, a burning mystery will be solved and more than one relationship begins to unravel.
Friendship. Trust. Dependency. Lies.
The Damuzi Twin’s Story Continues
Interview with the Author:
What initially got you interested in writing?
I’ve always enjoyed writing, but in the last ten years I’ve found that writing became a form of therapy. I started out blogging, and still blog about hot topics, but I transitioned into fiction when I got tired of reading the same stories over and over.
What genres do you write in?
My series is a Sci-Fantasy crossover, but I’ve written horror short stories, comedy, and essays on current events.
What drew you to writing these specific genres?
I just like to tell stories. This Akasha Series is a behemoth of a story, but it’s still just a story. The genre is something to play with as I work out the characters and plot.
How did you break into the field?
As an introvert who struggles to self-promote, I had hoped to publish traditionally at first. However, the publishing world has changed a lot, and it became apparent that it would be difficult to land an agent/publisher as someone with no connections and little social influence. So I decided to self-publish and work twice as hard.
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
It’s important to me that my readers connect with the characters, as they are the heart of the story. I present a lot of different ideas in this series too, and I’d hope my readers would challenge their perceptions and embrace what’s being presented to them.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
I love the escape of writing, leaving my troubles behind and creating a world where life is what I make it. It’s a kind of freedom you can’t find elsewhere.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
Editing. I hate it. That’s why I hired a professional!
What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?
Write what you’re passionate about, but write it in a way no one else can. It’s too easy to regurgitate what you’ve already consumed. Take the tropes, use them, but make them work for you in a way that is different than what is currently out there.
What type of books do you enjoy reading?
I’m a big fan of horror and suspense. I also really enjoy fantasy, science fiction, and YA, although there is a lot of bad YA genre novels out there that lose the plot and focus on romance. For me, romance is the icing on the cake for any genre not labeled as Romance. I like depicting realistic romantic relationships and do so in my series often, but I think a lot of YA stories are lost in love triangle melodrama.
Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?
I hold a psychology degree and plan to continue my education by pursuing my PhD as soon as my youngest is in school all day. I like to sing, and perform regularly in my community. I also enjoy painting, but I can’t boast any serious talent there.
What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?
I have a website, www.thisisindieg.com, and I’m also on most forms of social media.
About the Author:
Indie Gantz grew up in Northern Virginia and received her Psychology degree at George Mason University. Despite her passion and curiosity for the human mind, Indie left her chosen field of study to finally give voice to the many imagined minds she has created.
Indie lives with her family in North Carolina. She spends her days drinking tea and clacking keys.
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