Author Chat with Nancy Richardson Fischer (The Speed Of Falling Objects), Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
Today we're excited to chat with Nancy Richardson Fischer, author of
The Speed Of Falling Objects.
Read on for more about Nancy and her book, plus an giveaway!
Meet Nancy Richardson Fischer!
I was born on the east coast and went to Cornell University. After college I worked as a writer for Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus. It was a fun first job and I learned how to write quickly, and also that when elephants sneeze on you it's very (VERY) messy. After a year in the circus, I moved out west. I lived in Aspen, Colorado where I skied as much as possible and worked as a waitress in a Mexican restaurant. Great experience but I learned that waitressing is hard (HARD) and I'm not very good at it.
After Aspen, I moved to San Francisco, California where I worked as a writer for University of California, San Francisco and wrote freelance for LucasFilm. At UCSF I learned that sitting in a cubicle under fluorescent lights dulls my soul. LucasFilm taught me that writing freelance, especially fiction, is fun (FUN). So I headed to graduate school in Boulder, Colorado to further hone my skills.
For the first part of my freelance writing career I wrote sport autobiographies. I'd visit and travel with an athlete like Monica Seles, Bela Karolyi, Nadia Comaneci or Apolo Ohno and then write their book. It was a terrific job, but after ten years and tons of incredible experiences I got tired of writing other peoples' stories and not my own.
Today I live in the Pacific Northwest with my amazing husband, Henry, and our mostly loveable (but sometimes vorpal) Vizsla, Boone. When I'm not conjuring a story, I love to kite-board, bike, ski or plan adventures with Boone and Henry, who both make me laugh for different reasons and who are the best partners in fun a gal could ever imagine.
Meet The Speed Of Falling Objects!
Danger "Danny" Danielle Warren is no stranger to falling. After losing an eye in a childhood accident, she had to relearn her perception of movement and space. Now Danny keeps her head down, studies hard, and works to fulfill everyone else's needs. She's certain that her mom's bitterness and her TV star father's absence are her fault. If only she were more―more athletic, charismatic, attractive―life would be perfect.
When her dad calls with an offer to join him to film the next episode of his popular survivalist show, Danny jumps at the chance to prove she's not the disappointment he left behind. Being on set with the hottest teen movie idol of the moment, Gus Price, should be the cherry on top. But when their small plane crashes in the Amazon, and a terrible secret is revealed, Danny must face the truth about the parent she worships and falling for Gus, and find her own inner strength and worth to light the way home.
~ Author Chat ~
What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
I’ve always been fascinated with stories of survival—sinking sailboats and months lost at sea, climbers who help each other crawl down mountains after brutal injuries—there is no better way to figure out who people are, at their core, than to witness them struggle and see who retains their humanity, survives and thrives. Usually, it’s the person you least expect that digs deepest and surprises everyone. In The Speed of Falling Objects, my main character, Danny, must face everything that terrifies her on a journey of survival. Ultimately, she discovers who the people around her truly are, and that she has the capacity to be the hero of her own life’s journey!
Who is your favorite character in the book?
Danger Danielle “Danny” Warren is my favorite, which is a good thing as she’s the main character! Danny begins her journey as a timid teen who defines herself as defective and an embarrassment because of a childhood accident that left her with one eye, her mom’s bitterness, her parents’ divorce and her dad’s abandonment. When Danny accepts her TV survivalist father’s invitation to join him in the Amazon for an episode of his show and their plane crashes, leaving some of the crew dead and others injured, Danny is forced to dig deep, discover her unique skills and begin a journey that leads to the realization that she’s a warrior!
Which came first, the title or the novel?
Definitely the novel! I am horrible at titles. In fact, I’ve published 10 books and NEVER had my original titles chosen.
What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
I don’t want to give anything away! But I think I’m most proud of the moment when Danny sees herself, and those she loves, without blinders and must decide who to forgive.
Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
The most important thing I’ve learned is PATIENCE. It takes time to come up with a story idea. It takes time to write a first draft. And it takes a TON of time and a great team to turn that draft into a great book.
I’ve been so fortunate to work with Natashya Wilson, Editorial Director, HarperCollins/Inkyard Press, and an incredible group of copy editors, art directors, publicity, sales, and marketing folks who love books and whose goal is to make them shine.
What do you like most about the cover of the book?
The Speed of Falling Objects is an edge-of-your-seat story of survival and I think the cover conveys motion, danger, and the possibility of a life-changing experience.
What’s up next for you?
I’ve just finished a new manuscript! It’s tentatively titled, The Story Collector. My hope is that an editor will fall in love with the story and I’ll have the opportunity to share it with readers.
My favorite books of 2019
It’s so hard to pick!!
The Iron Flower (Book 2 of The Black Witch Chronicles) by Laurie Forest continues a magical, passionate saga that condemns prejudice and injustice. Plus there are dragons!! I can’t wait for the next book in this series!
Into the Jungle by Erica Ferencik transported me into the Amazon with gorgeous prose, rich descriptions and a terrifying tale of discovery.
This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura was an honest, insightful novel about mother-daughter relationships, finding courage and addressing past injustices.
Is there anything that you would like to add?
I think authors write characters we wish we could have read about when we were teenagers. I was an insecure teen. Perhaps if I’d read Danny’s story, I wouldn’t have taken childhood taunts to heart or worked so hard to fit in. Maybe I would’ve understood sooner that if you spend all your time trying to be what everyone else wants, you lose sight of all the amazing things you actually are and will never shine as bright.
My hope is that readers will recognize something of themselves in Danny and look at the fears and experiences they’ve allowed to define them; that they make the choice to follow their own north star. Despite the past, insecurities, fears and betrayals, we can all write our own narrative and be the hero of our survival story, if we’re brave enough to try.
Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’ll just say that the hardest and most emotional scene for me was when I had to kill off a character I loved…
Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
Cougar Warren in The Speed of Falling Objects, hands down! He’s such a complicated character. Creating a guy who is very flawed is always a risk. Readers tend to want to like characters and relate to them, so it’s a balancing act to create a character who might not be redeemable to some but who helps other characters find their way. That said, I love Cougar and hope he opens a door in some readers’ hearts and a path to forgiveness and kindness.
Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or revising?
I LOVE revising! That’s where the magic happens. I compare it to watching a movie that you know could’ve been great, if it had just been edited properly, but falls short. A book can only be INCREDIBLE (if the plot is compelling) if the author and their editorial team put in the time and effort!
What would you say is your superpower?
Ahhhh… I wish I could say flying! But I guess it’s being incredibly stubborn. This writing life has a lot of ups and downs, twists and turns. I’ve never given up.
Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
Yes and thank you for asking! The Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (https://www.retetielephants.org/) is incredibly important to me.
Reteti is a grassroots, community-driven elephant conservation program across northern Kenya that saves orphaned and abandoned elephant calves with an aim to release them back into the wild herds adjoining their sanctuary. Reteti’s efforts are transforming local economies, educating women to be elephant keepers, and helping to save wild elephants from extinction.
The Speed Of Falling Objects
By: Nany Richardson Fischer
Release Date: October 1st, 2019
Publisher: Inkyard Press
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