Today we're excited to chat with Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings,
author of Zenith.
Read on for more about Sasha & Lindsay and their books, plus a giveaway!
Meet The Androma Saga!
Meet Sasha Alsberg!
Sasha Alsberg is the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Zenith, the first book in The Androma Saga. When Sasha is not writing or obsessing over Scotland, she is making YouTube videos on her channel, Abookutopia, and studying history at university. She lives in Massachusetts with her two dogs.
Meet Lindsay Cummings!
Lindsay Cummings lives in Texas with her husband, two German shepherds, a wolf, and a draft horse named Dan the Man. She is the leader of the #booknerdigans army. The Murder Complex is her first book. Her next is the first in a middle grade trilogy, The Balance Keepers.
From #1 New York Times bestselling author duo Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings comes the first book in The Androma Saga, an action-packed thrill ride of adventure, intrigue and steamy star-crossed romance.
Known across the galaxy as the Bloody Baroness, Captain Androma Racella and her motley crew of space-bound privateers roam the Mirabel galaxy on the glass starship Marauder, taking what mercenary work they can find to stay alive.
When a routine job goes awry, the Marauder’s all-girl crew find themselves placed at the mercy of a dangerous bounty hunter from Andi’s past. Coerced into a life-threatening mission, and straight into the path of a shadowy ruler bent on revenge, Andi and her crew will either restore order to the ship—or start a war that will devour worlds.
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
Sasha and Lindsay: SO MANY THINGS! But to narrow it down, we have always been science-fiction nerds so we gained a lot of inspiration for ZENITH from Star Wars, Stargate and Firefly. We also wanted the chance to write a book that just screams “Girl Power!”
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
Sasha: It’s hard to pick since we put a little bit of ourselves in each character. Although, if I had to pick one character that I love most I would have to pick Gilly. She is the youngest of the crew and she is just so fun and wild!
Lindsay: My favorite character to write is probably Andi, the main character. She’s a girl chased by many ghosts, and I love getting the chance to dive deeper into the reasons behind that!
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
Sasha and Lindsay: The novel was already started (not finished) when we came up with the title! Thank you Thesaurus.com!
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
Sasha: I would have to say the opening chapter, “Cell 306.” It is such a powerful scene that propels the reader into the story. I loved working on it and feeling all the difficult emotions the character felt.
Lindsay: There’s a scene that revolves around “dancing with the dead.” That one, for me personally, was super emotional to write, and I hope readers will love it! It’s one of those that I hope sticks with a person for a long while.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
Sasha: The most important thing I’ve learned as a writer is making sure the dialogue in your book make sense in real life.
“Would you say this in reality?”
“Could this be said better?”
“Would this character actually say it this way?”
These are questions I ask myself now when I write that I didn’t when I first started. Dialogue has always been most difficult for me, so making sure it resonates clearly to the reader is my upmost priority as a writer.
Lindsay: I’ve been doing this a long time, so I’ve had lots of chances to dive deeper into craft and the industry as a whole…but honestly, with ZENITH, I think learning how to work with someone else, learning how to meld together two creative minds, has been a really awesome experience.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
Sasha: There is so much I love about this cover. STARS! SPACE! COLOR! But I think that the one thing that I love most is the symbol. This symbol has been carried forward from the self-published cover of the book to the published edition. It’s been on this amazing journey with us so it means a lot!
Lindsay: It has a whole new vibe to it from the self-published version, and yet it still holds on to a lot of the original tones that were on that very first cover. I love that it bridges the gap between old and new, and I am super fangirly about the holographic addition to the symbol on the cover. It’s a book that readers will immediately think, “Oh, yes, this is a book about space!"
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2018?
Sasha: I cannot wait for Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco and The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton!
Lindsay: I’m so looking forward to Susan Dennard’s next installment in her TRUTHWITCH series. AMAZING! I think Susan is an inspiration not just in her writing style, but also in her love for helping other writers!
YABC: What was your favorite book in 2017?
Sasha: Definitely Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco (can you tell I LOVE her books?!)
Lindsay: I don’t want to choose! Honestly, it was an old series called GREEN RIDER. It’s got horses…which is enough for me :)
YABC: What’s up next for you?
Sasha: Next is the second book in the Androma Saga which has been so much fun to write! It’s gigantic now and we aren’t even done yet. After that’s finished in early 2018, I plan on working on my solo book which is temporarily called Project Red!
Lindsay: Book Two in THE ANDROMA SAGA (we can’t reveal the title yet, but I think it’s a stellar title for the sequel) and then I’ve got a solo project that I’m pretty stoked about (It’s been in the works for over 3 years, and if you’ve been following me on social media, you know I’ll only refer to it as SECRET YA PROJECT).
YABC: Is there anything that you would like to add?
Sasha: If you love ZENITH, watch Firefly and thank me later ;)
Lindsay: ZENITH has a creepy but lovable alien cat :)
YABC: Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
Sasha: For me, the most difficult scene to narrate was the ending fight scene because there was so much going on physically and emotionally. It was intense!
Lindsay: The most difficult for me was the time spent on Adhira. That entire section had to be reworked many, many times, but I’m incredibly proud of what we came up with in the end!
YABC: Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
Sasha: Andi, surprisingly! She is a very cryptic character but I think Lindsay and I cracked the code.
Lindsay: For me I think it was Nor. She’s got a lot of shadows surrounding her, and as a writer, it can be difficult to balance what you personally know is happening behind the scenes vs.what you can reveal to the reader.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
Sasha: Revising!! I love picking apart my writing and sandwiching it back together in a more polished version.
Lindsay: Same as Sasha, definitely revising. Drafting is like pulling teeth for me. But revising is the fun part. I always say it’s like looking at a puzzle that’s been missing a few pieces. I love discovering said missing pieces, plugging them into place and...VICTORY! A perfect picture in the end.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
Sasha: I would love to say telekinesis but honestly, getting dogs to like me is my superpower!
Lindsay: Mine is sarcasm.
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
Sasha: Yes! I am a huge advocate for Feed My Starving Children, Bernie’s Book Bank and The Primo Home for Women and Children.
Lindsay: My husband is the lead pastor of a church in small town TX, and so I’d have to say the entire congregation there is super close to my heart. I also love Scottish Rite Hospital for Kids in Dallas. A lot of memories there growing up.
Author: Sasha Alsberg/Lindsay Cummings
Publishing Date: January 16th, 2018
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
One winner will receive a copy of Zenith (Sasha Alsberg/Lindsay Cummings) ~ (US Only)
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