Spotlight on Earthweeds by Rod Little, Plus Interview & Book Trailer Reveal!
Today we're excited to spotlight Earthweeds by Rod Little, plus an author chat, and book trailer reveal!
Meet Rod Little!
Two students return from a summer camping trip to find an empty city. All human life has vanished, and a new post-apocalyptic world is upon them. Soon giant lizards the size of komodo dragons start flooding into town, attacking the remaining humans. Eventually other species of mutations, giant spiders, begin to fight against the lizards. A war breaks out between the genetically-altered creatures, and the last humans are caught in the middle.-A high school student born with a gift to generate electricity from his hands.-A college student who can communicate with animals.-A scientist with a secret, and a motorcycle gang using him for their ends.The last young survivors form separate camps in the race to find clues to the world's end, while caught between hordes of giant lizards and spiders battling for the remaining food supply.Soon they discover it's not just the end of the world. It's the start of something new, and its origins may be alien in nature!You can purchase Earthweeds HERE!
1. What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
Multiple sources inspired me to write Earthweeds. Ironically, it was other shows and books not directly related to this field or idea. Reading many post-apocalyptic books, I thought “What if Earth can't be saved? Has anyone ever gone the other way, where we can't win in an alien invasion?” Watching The Walking Dead, I thought how much I dislike zombies and yet I'm glued to the screen because of the characters and story. Similarly, I love shows like Blake's 7, despite poor special effects. I thought, “Let's put strong characters into a better setting.” It made me realize how important the story is, and the love or hatred for each character, and not the surroundings. I wanted to create a story strong enough to surpass its genre.
2. Who is your favorite character in the book?
I like Bohai, the kid who can hear the spiders and communicate with birds. His character is the most dynamic, and he's the most likable. Obviously Sam is also interesting, with his sparking abilities to create lightning. Those two are my favorite.
3. Which came first, the title or the novel?
The first two novels in the series were completed before I had a title, and the title changed many times. Finally I settled on Earthweeds for the first book, and Revenge of the Spiders for the Second. However, the overall series was always going to be Sons of Neptune – that title I had from the start of the concept.
4. What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
I like the attack on the hotel where the kids are hiding. It came off pretty well, and I thought the surprise twist came off as planned. I am also fond of the two opening scenes I the book.
5. Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
I've learned not to over-edit. I can get carried away. After a few edits, just let it rest, let the story stick.
6. What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I love the ephemeral look of the distant city in its post-apocalyptic state.
7. What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2017? Call to Vengeance by Timothy Zahn (although that's rumored to be pushed to 2018), and The Outsider by Stephen King.
8. What was your favorite book in 2016?
I think perhaps The Fever Code by James Dashner (Maze Runner).
9. What’s up next for you?
This week, Revenge of the Spiders has just been released. Next I am writing The Last Starbase (Book 3), but first: a short novella for The 100 TV series (Kindle Worlds Sci-Fi). I am hoping to get a collection of my short stories together by mid 2018 (sci-fi, fantasy and horror). These would be previously published magazine pieces, but I intend to write a new story just for the collection.
10. Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising? I like the first draft the best. I write as if I am telling a story to friend sitting next to me. I love that. Later, the revision process can be grueling.