Today I am interviewing Amanda Carlson, author of the new science-fiction novel, Danger’s Halo, first book in the Holly Danger series.
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DJ: Hey Amanda! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Amanda Carlson: Hi there, so happy to be here! For those who don’t know me, I’ve been writing Fantasy for about seven years now. I’m the author of the Jessica McClain series, which is urban fantasy, and the newer Phoebe Meadows series, which is contemporary fantasy based in Norse Mythology. My favorite part of writing is the world building, which drew me to fantasy in the first place. Before I started writing fiction, I wrote humorous essays about my three kids. Not quite sure how that morphed into writing about futuristic worlds, but here I am! I live in the Midwest with a husband and three kids, who are all very supportive.
DJ: What is Danger’s Halo about?
Amanda: In a nutshell, Danger’s Halo is a futuristic premise, still set in this world, with a kickass lead. As with all my books, Danger’s Halo started out with a scene playing out in my mind. And, honestly, if it goes on for long enough my brain knows I’ll write it. I’m predictable like that. That scene became the opening scene in the book. I felt the world, saw what it was like, knew the character. It was Earth 153 years into the future, but with a twist. A major event happened at the 93 year mark that changed things forever. Danger’s Halo picks up that world and explores it 62 years after disaster struck. It was so fun to navigate the characters and the scenery of this place.
DJ: What were some of your influences for Danger’s Halo and the Holly Danger series?
Amanda: Before writhing Danger’s Halo, I’d mostly read and written fantasy, as stated above. Sci-fi was something brand new—a different place under the wide umbrella of Sci-fi/fantasy. I think the state of the world we’re in right now was my biggest influence. How would people react in a world so unforgiving? Would they give up? Or keep going? The human nature aspect was completely intriguing. In the end, I was happy that my sci-fi background had been relegated to movies. I wanted this story to be fresh and new. I think I achieved that!
DJ: Could you briefly tell us a little about your main characters? Do they have any cool quirks or habits, or any reason why readers with sympathize with them? \
Amanda: Most of the characters have grown up in this unforgiving world. So they each bring their struggle to the table, but it’s what makes them strong. It’s what makes them endure. It’s what makes them want to continue to make the world a better, more livable place. They are all street fighters, banded together for a common purpose: To stay alive. With that said, they each have their interesting quirks, and the lead is humorous in her own way. They have their favorite weapons, sarcasm, and humor. I’m a fan of humor, especially in dark situations.
DJ: What is the world and setting of the Holly Danger series like?
Amanda: The Holly Danger series is set on Earth, 153 years into the future. The weather is rain all the time, the government is thin and unorganized, full of corruption. The city is falling down and folks are just trying to survive. Sounds too bleak? But it’s not. It’s structured in a way to focus on events that the characters are going through, what kind of tech they’ve adapted, how they get around, and what chain of events begin to happen that change Holly’s life forever. The very first scene of the book is Holly saving a kid from jumping off a cliff. It’s exciting!
DJ: What was your favorite part about writing Danger’s Halo?
Amanda: The world building. Definitely! I took a futuristic setting, put in a cataclysmic event, and picked the storyline up sixty years after that. So, there was all this advanced tech, but none of it worked. That was the best part. How would the characters have adapted this super tech for their current environment? How does this world look and feel? All my favorite parts.
DJ: What do you think readers will be talking about most once they finish it?
Amanda: What a badass Holly is, lol.
DJ: Now that Danger’s Halo is released, what is next for you?
Amanda: Danger’s Vice (10/23) and Danger’s Race (12/4) are next in line. I’m hoping to follow with three more installments fairly quickly. I love this world, and I hope readers do too!
DJ: Where can readers find out more about you?
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Amanda-Carlson/e/B005DZ4HCE/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
Author Newsletter: http://www.amandacarlson.com/newsletter-sign-up
DJ: Before we go, what is that one thing you’d like readers to know about Danger’s Halo and the Holly Danger series that we haven’t talked about yet?
Amanda: Each book is a standalone event, but the story arc continues with each book. There will be a minimum of six books in this series.
DJ: Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to answer my questions!
Amanda: Thanks so much for having me! Hope everyone enjoys the book!
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*** Danger’s Halo is available TODAY!!! ***
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153 years in the future, Earth doesn’t look much like it used to.
Holly Danger’s current assignment, gleaned from a set of foggy instructions and a handful of coin stuffed into a slot, is to pick up a street kid who’s about to terminate himself off a cliff. And, as a rule, she doesn’t turn down currency. Her job as a salvager keeps her fed and clothed above the norm, which isn’t saying much.
The norm in this city is a scrape-by existence in a post-apocalyptic world, where the rain never stops, food is always scarce, and the elite have deserted the ranks in search of something better. Picking up this urchin won’t take much time, even if he’s located outside city limits. Her craft is fast, her weapons deadly, and her tech has been optimized as well as it can be for a climate clogged with iron dust.
But things take a big turn when she decides to become the boy’s guardian instead of hand him over. Outskirts have descended on the city, and their plans don’t include playing nice. When her crew is backed against a graphene wall, it’s a good thing her Gem is primed and ready to go. It’s almost as deadly as she is…
Amanda is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, with a BA in both Speech and Hearing Science & Child Development. She went on to get an A.A.S in Sign Language Interpreting and worked as an interpreter until her first child was born. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and three kids.\