It's release day for GYRE by Jessica Gunn, the first book in the Atlas Link Series! Jessica Gunn's debut novel is a new adult fantasy from Curiosity Quills Press.
Chelsea didn’t try to teleport. All she wanted was to play the Battle of the Bands show. But after accidentally teleporting onto classified Navy vessel SeaSatellite5, all she’s rocking is the boat. Once it’s sorted out that Chelsea’s not a threat, SeaSat5’s top scientist offers Chelsea a position on the crew as an archaeology intern. Dr. Saint studies people with powers, believing them to be descendants of Atlantean refugees, except Chelsea’s powers are beyond anything on previous record.
While great for everyone else onboard, the miracle of Chelsea is Trevor’s worst nightmare. The same girl who’d given him a brief lifeline to sanity three months ago literally fell from the sky, under a mile of ocean, and onto the very station where he’s employed. Making matters worse, Trevor’s family are Lemurians, Atlantis’s enemy, and Chelsea’s presence is unpredicted—a wrench in an already unstable situation. But Trevor wants no part of his family’s war. The only thing he wants is Chelsea, Atlantean or not.
Days into Chelsea’s sudden appearance, SeaSatellite5 uncovers Atlantean ruins and a massive artifact cache, placing its entire, hundred-man crew in the crosshairs of an ancient war. There are those who want the Atlantean relics inside the ruins destroyed, and only Trevor knows the treasures for what they really are: Link Pieces, tools used by the ancient civilizations for their time-travel war.
With lies and shifting alliances abound, Chelsea and Trevor will have to think fast in order to save the station. If they don’t, the Lemurians will seize the artifacts and Atlantis will be destroyed forever.
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About the Author:
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1. Do you own a cat?
Nope! I wish. I do have a rabbit, though :)
2. Worst life advice you ever received.
I honestly can’t think of anything.
3. Best life advice you ever received.
Follow your heart. Cheesy but there it is.
4. Please share a picture of your favorite shoes.
5. List some of your favorite movies. Do any of them remind you of your book (and in what way-characters, setting, plotline?)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the movie) – I think the Buffyverse, movie and TV show alike, will always inform my writing. It was such a part of my childhood and I learned so many storytelling lessons from the TV show.
6. What’s your favorite writing rule (or rules) that you live by? What rule (or rules) do you hate?
My favorite writing rule is more of a piece of advice for character building and character arcs: Everybody has a reason to live. If you figure out what that reason is, you can figure the rest out, and you must find that reason for every single character in each scene.
I think the only writing rule I “hate” is the whole no prologues thing. I mean, I get where agents, editors, and readers are coming from, but sometimes prologues really are not only engaging and useful, but they’re important. I think my favorite example of a well-done prologue is from the first of the new reboot Star Trek movies, where we see Kirk born and his father save the ship. We need that prologue to inform Kirk’s character right off the bat—especially if the viewer doesn’t already know who Kirk is.
7. What event would you call your breakthrough as an author?
I’ve written since I was 12, but I think going to RT in New Orleans in 2014 really changed everything for me—my determination to be published, my want to see NA Spec Fic take off.
8. What do you know now that you wish you knew much earlier on as an author?
Stop comparing your journey to everyone else’s. It is a journey, and it’s yours.
9. What’s the best marketing advice you can give other authors?
Join and participate in an author community or group. Seriously. The amount of enthusiasm and support is worth everything.
10. Name books you wish you’d written (and not just for the money and fame).
· Ender’s Game
· The Alchemist
11. List books you loved as a child.
· Rainbow Fish
· Flight of the Dragon Kyn
12. What event/s or idea/s inspired you to write GYRE?
I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of Atlantis, both as an allegory presented by Plato and by the romantic idea of this lost civilization sitting beneath the ocean, just waiting to be rediscovered. Consequently, I’ve also always found Lemuria and other stories like them interesting, and I thought, “How cool would it be to throw them all together?” So I did :) Ancient mysteries are fun!
13. If you were to be executed tomorrow, what would you choose as a meal for your last supper?
Oh man, I don’t know. Probably pasta made with my Grandma’s sauce and a Friendly’s Fribble Shake to top it off.