Author Chat with Michael Moreci (Black Star Renegades), Plus Giveaway!
Today we're excited to chat with Michael Moreci, author of Black Star Renegades. Read on for more about Michael and his book, plus a giveaway!
Meet Michael Moreci!
Michael Moreci is a bestselling author who’s the creator of numerous original comics series and has written and collaborated on multiple established properties. His sci-fi trilogy, Roche Limit(Image Comics), was recognized by many publications as being among the best comics of 2015. It’s been called the “sci-fi comic you need to read” by Nerdist and io9, and Paste Magazine named it one of the “50 best sci-fi comics” of all time. In the comics world, Moreci has also written stories for iconic characters such as Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, and Conan the Barbarian.
In 2018, Moreci's debut novel, Black Star Renegades, was released with St. Martin's Press. Drawing inspiration from the space operatics of Star Wars and the swagger of Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Star Renegades is a galaxy-hopping adventure that blasts its way from seedy spacer bars to sacred temples guarded by strange creatures--all with a cast of misfit characters charged with saving the world. A sequel to Black Star Renegades will be released in 2019.
He lives outside Chicago with his wife, two children, and his dog.
In the tradition of Star Wars, a galaxy-hopping space adventure about a galactic kingdom bent on control and the young misfit who must find the power within before it’s too late.
Cade Sura holds the future of the galaxy in his hands: the ultimate weapon that will bring total peace. He didn’t ask for it, he doesn’t want it, and there’s no worse choice to wield it in all of space, but if he doesn’t, everyone’s totally screwed. The evil Praxis kingdom is on the cusp of having every star system under its control, and if that happens, there’ll be no contesting their cruel reign. Especially if its fanatical overlord, Ga Halle, manages to capture Cade and snag the all-powerful weapon for herself.
Cade can’t hide from Praxis, and he can’t run from the destiny that’s been shoved into his hands. So he only has one option:
He has to fight.
Cade’s not going to let destiny send him on a suicide run, though. With some help from his friends―rebels and scoundrels alike―Cade’s going to use this weapon to chart a new destiny for the galaxy, and for himself.
He just has to do so before everyone around him discovers that he’s a complete and total fraud.
Blending the space operatics of Star Wars and the swagger of Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Star Renegades is a galaxy-hopping adventure that blasts its way from seedy spacer bars to sacred temples guarded by deadly creatures―all with a cast of misfit characters who have nowhere to go and nothing to lose.
A Chat with Michael Moreci:
1. What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
Well, it's a weird story. I'm a huge, huuuuuuge Star Wars fan. Anyone who knows me knows that. I'd been pitching an editor at St. Martin's fro years, but with no luck. Then one day, he called me up and said "Mike, you love Star Wars, write me something like Star Wars." Everything that became Black Star Renegades went from there. So, I guess you can say that instead of looking for inspiration to write the book, what inspires me--Star Wars--found me.
2. Who is your favorite character in the book?
Kira, for sure. She's so real to me, so smart and strong and just plain cool (plus, it doesn't hurt that she reminds me of my wife). I had the best time writing her--so much so, that she steps up to the center stage in the second book of the series.
3. Which came first, the title or the novel?
Definitely the book. I'm so terrible at titles. The book had about a half dozen different titles before we settled on Black Star Renegades. And I'm glad we kept pushing to make the titles better. I love where we ended up, particularly because the first couple attempts weren't so good.
4. Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
I think the best thing I learned is to know myself as a writer. The first couple drafts, I admit, were quite bad. And they were bad because I wasn't writing in a way that wasn't natural to me. I realized that the book was always at its worst when characters were standing around, thinking about stuff. They weren't doing. I'm a doer, I've always been, and I discovered that I write best when the characters are in the midst of some kind of action, some kind of propulsion. I need dynamics, and I need everything that comes from a good story--strong characters, clear themes, a coherent plot--to come from that. One of the best compliments people give me about the book is how fast it moves; I love hearing that, because it's meant to move. It's meant to have an upbeat pace that keeps things going. But the only way I was able to learn that was by writing. Over and over and over, you have to keep making mistakes to get things right. I tell that to writers all the time, and it's so true.
5. What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2018?
Children of Blood and Bone. Everything around it--the story, the author--sounds so amazing, and everyone I know who's read an advance copy says it's fantastic. I can't wait to get my hands on it.
6. What’s up next for you?
Right now I'm finishing up the last (ish) draft of the second book in the Black Star Renegades series, then I'm going to wrap up my pitch for my next book, a middle grade fantasy series about a young girl who goes on an adventure/quest to draw a new map of her broken world.
7. Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
Oh, no contest. Drafting. Like I said before, I'm a doer; I just want to go go go. And writing is that, it's putting words down, moving forward, making progress. Revising is wading through all the mistakes I made while I was having all that fun. And it's cool--I totally expect to make mistakes. But the revising process is so tough for me. It's hard for me to sit there and, in a way, go back when I want to be going forward. But, it's a vital part of the process, and while I don't like it all that much, I do put in the necessary time (and as much as I don't like revising, it's still way better than any job I had prior to becoming a full-time writer).
8. What would you say is your superpower?
Hitting deadlines! For real, I'm crazy about getting my work done. I can't stand things being left waiting.
9. Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
My local children's hospital, Lurie's, for sure.
Black Star Renegades
By: Michael Moreci
Release Date: January 2, 2018