Tuesday, May 10, 2011

with Grace Bridges

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, Grace!
What started you on your writing journey?

When I was nine, my Nana gave me a blank hardback notebook. It looked so much like a real book that I decided to write one in it. Even then it was sci-fi - all about space travel and planetary colonisation. I still have that book and write in it to this day.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?
The Internet and tasks around my house. Because I work at home, it’s hard to escape these things! So I’ve taken to writing elsewhere and it works great.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
Pretty much the same type I write. They constantly inspire me to do better. I particularly love Chris Walley’s Lamb among the Stars trilogy, and anything by Stephen Lawhead, Frank Creed, Kerry Nietz, Sharon Hinck, Jeremy Robinson. You can find my reviews for all these at www.reviews.splashdownbooks.com - just look for them in the tag list at the very bottom of the page. They cover the genre from space colonies to time travel to cyberpunk and fantasy.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote?
In Legendary Space Pilgrims, for most of the story there are only the two main characters, so they are both very important - more so than if there had been others with them as they journeyed through space. Mario and Caitlin are escaping from total oppression and it was fascinating to develop them and their journey to freedom - a spiritual journey just as much as a physical one.

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
Electronica, hands down :)

What is your strangest habit?
Writing in church, maybe? It’s a very inspirational place, and often something from the sermon will flow straight into a story, giving a hands-on illustration of the concept.

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Taxes? Lol.

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?
If we’re being really fancy we’ll do a lamb roast - and it’s so easy to make. A leg of lamb goes in a deep oven tray along with pieces of potato, sweet potato, pumpkin, and quartered onions, and we cook it slowly for about three hours at a low temperature. Then we make brown gravy with the meat juices, add some greens, and that’s it!

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
Freedom. The unveiling of truth; the surprise people experience when they realize all is not as they have always been told. Presenting something familiar as unknown, so as to experience it through fresh eyes, such as when Caitlin encounters the concept of language: something she’d never heard of before.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
John 10:16 - I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.
I like to consider what Jesus may have meant by this, and I don’t think we can define it for certain. What if he was talking about life on other planets or in other dimensions? Yes, so I’m a science fiction nut, but this verse certainly leaves that option open.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I have a few in the pipeline, but none are anywhere near ready. The next book I will be working on with a direct contribution is going to be an anthology with short stories from all of the authors whose novels I publish at Splashdown Books. So there will be a few of my own in there as well. Look for that in July or August.
I’m also writing a monthly superhero serial at Digital Dragon Magazine, and you can follow that here:
www.grace.splashdownbooks.com/p/comet-born



Purchase Legendary Space Pilgrims from Amazon.

Grace is giving away a copy of Legendary Space Pilgrims. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

3 comments:

Anne Payne said...

I have a couple of teenagers who would enjoy reading this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

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apple blossom said...

sounds like a good book thanks

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splashesofjoy said...

Sounds like an interesting book!
Blessings.....Joy
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