While I write YA horror, I still love reading (and would love to try writing) science-fiction (Yes, I know, technically HENRY FRANKS is sci-fi as well as horror…). So it’s always a great pleasure and joy to be introduced to new sci-fi authors!
Leah Petersen’s new series, THE PHYSICS OF FALLING, which includes FIGHTING GRAVITY and the just released CASCADE EFFECT, definitely deserve to be introduced to a much wider audience:
When Jacob Dawes is selected for the Imperial Intellectual Complex as a child, he’s catapulted from the poverty-stricken slums of his birth into a world where his status as an unclass is something no one can forget, or forgive. His growing scientific renown draws the attention of the emperor, a young man Jacob’s own age, and they find themselves drawn to each other in an unlikely and ill-advised relationship.
Jacob may have won the emperor’s heart, but it’s no protection when he’s accused of treason. And fighting his own execution would mean betraying the man he loves.
To celebrate the release of CASCADE EFFECT, Leah was kind enough to stop in for some questions AND to offer a free ecopy of Book 1 (FIGHTING GRAVITY) to one luck winner, details at the end of the post:
PAS: What did you want to be when you grew up? Are you there yet?
LP: I wanted to be a princess. After that I wanted to be a lawyer. I am neither of those things, and I’m not sorry a bit. I never planned to be a writer, it was my dirty little secret. The things I imagined for myself were too weird, no one else would like them.
Turns out I’m not the only weird person in the world.
PAS: If you could talk to the 15-year-old Leah for five minutes, what would you tell yourself?
LP: Gah! That’s a harder question than you know, because fifteen was an insane year for me. Not only because I was fifteen, and by definition insane, but because just about every crisis of my young life happened in that year.
If I could talk to her, I’d tell that Leah that she can’t control what other people do, and that their decisions are never her fault.
PAS: What is your favorite word?
That’s like asking which one is my favorite child! I couldn’t possibly choose. I’ve always been fascinated with words and language. I collect words the way an old granny collects snow globes. Every one has its own unique features, just below the swirling chaos of smashing them together into sentences and context.
PAS: Finally, I have to ask, what’s next for Jake (and Pete, great name, by the way…)?
LP: I am tentatively planning a sequel that gives Jake and Pete a breather for a few years before I rain down trials and tragedy on them again. And that’s all I’m going to say without spoiling either Cascade Effect or the final book.
For more on Leah, check out her website or Facebook or Twitter or Goodreads.
For more on her sci-fi series, THE PHYSICS OF FALLING (FIGHTING GRAVITY and CASCADE EFFECT): Amazon, Dragon Moon Press, Goodreads, and Barnes & Noble.
Finally, be sure to enter the contest to win a free ecopy of FIGHTING GRAVITY!!!
CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE CONTEST!