Today I am interviewing Amy S. Foster, author of the new science-ficyion novel, The Rift Coda, final book in the Rift Uprising trilogy.
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DJ: Hi Amy! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Amy S. Foster: Hi! I am an author and a songwriter. The Rift Coda will be my fourth published book. I am a frequent moderator of panels at various Comic Cons (Go Intersectional Feminism!). I am married to a lovely man I met in High School. I have three kids and I live in Portland, Oregon. I’m an avid knitter and I probably watch way too much TV
DJ: What is The Rift Coda and then the Rift Uprising trilogy about?
Amy: The Rift Trilogy follows Ryn Whittaker who is one of many enhanced teenage soldiers that guard a doorway to the multiverse. That’s the macro story. The micro story is about a girl learning how to lead like a girl and what that looks like up close day to day.
DJ: What were some of your influences for the Rift Uprising trilogy?
Amy: I’m a consumer of pop culture so everything from Twilight to the Hunger Games to X-men, Buffy the Vampire slayer and that whole slew of late nineties early 00’s WB/CW shows.
DJ: What was your favorite part about writing The Rift Coda?
Amy: It was definitely creating all the different versions of Earths and the species and human societies that evolved on those versions. A modern day L.A. if the Roman Empire never fell? Now that was fun.
DJ: What do you think readers will be talking about most once they finish it?
Amy: Well, my hope is they will be talking about Ryn as a girl who, like I said, leads like a girl. She is an amazing fighter but, she isn’t Jason Bourne. I want people to be like okay, here is this soldier. She kills when she has to but, she also wants to do normal teenage girl stuff. I think society in general is very much about wanting women to choose between love and power. It’s not a choice we expect men to make. We expect men to have both. Now it’s time for us to see women being given this same latitude.
DJ: Did you have a goal when you began writing THE RIFT UPRISING trilogy? Was there a particular message or meaning you are hoping to get across when readers finish it? Or is there perhaps a certain theme to the story?
Amy: Immigration was always a really fundamental part of this story. This idea of what we as a society do with ‘the other’. We expect conformity but then we celebrate uniqueness and rarity. Ryn has this very healthy perspective of wanting to belong but not needing to fit in. There is a difference. Belonging somewhere means that you are in a place where you want to be and the people around you also care a lot about your presence. Fitting in- as so many of us tried to do as teens-is about a yearning to be somewhere but, the people around you are pretty indifferent about whether or not you’re there. We jump through a bunch of hoops to try and get them to shake their ambivalence and that can be heartbreaking. Ryn just doesn’t care. She’s so awesome that way. I hope everyone who reads the Rift is inspired by her attitude.
DJ: I’m always curious when authors finish a series, how close to the original course they stayed when it is finally completed or if it ended up evolving and changing. Did the plot stay the same as you had first imagined it? How about the ending? The evolution of your characters?
Amy: I don’t think I really understood what I was stepping into by creating a female warrior. We throw the term bad ass around but, the real truth is, us we have very few female warriors who embrace their femininity and are still effective and lethal combatants. As the reviews started to come in for The Rift Uprising, I was so shocked by the women who were appalled that Ryn wanted to fight and also get laid. Why though? Why do we have such a problem with this? We have to shift the paradigm and start seeing women as both creators and destroyers. As I got further into the series, I also realized that I needed to highlight what Ryn brought to the table as a female warrior who had only really ever seen (like us) what hierarchical leadership and combat looked like. What does she, as a girl, bring to the collective table? And so I had to show her learning how there was strength in vulnerability and empathy. I had to show her being secure enough to listen to others opinions without simply saying ‘I run the show, shut up and follow orders.’ That’s been really exciting for me.
DJ: Now that The Rift Coda is released, what is next for you?
Amy: Ryn has opened a lot of doors for me in terms of the female warrior so I’ll be writing Red Sonja’s first full length novel. I’m also working on a non fiction project with a friend of mine who is a life coach called You Are Here. I’m using my world building skills to help people to build a living map of the city that is them. We’re calling this Emotional Geography and it is so cool! It’s like, what does your Anger neighborhood look like? What buildings are in Expression and Celebration? Who is walking around your Fear neighborhood. It’s really cool.
DJ: Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to answer my questions!
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The exciting, action-packed finale to The Rift Uprising trilogy that rivals the thrills and action of The Hunger Games and Red Rising.
Ryn Whittaker started an uprising. Now she has to end it.
Not long ago, Ryn knew what her future would be—as a Citadel, a genetically enhanced super-soldier, it was her job to protect her version of Earth among an infinite number of other versions in the vast Multiverse at any cost. But when Ezra Massad arrived on Ryn’s Earth, her life changed in an instant, and he pushed her to start asking why she was turned into a Citadel in the first place.
What began as merely an investigation into her origins ended up hurling Ryn, Ezra, and Ryn’s teammate Levi through the Multiverse and headlong into a conspiracy so vast and complex that Ryn can no longer merely be a soldier . . . she must now be a general. And in becoming a true leader, she must forge alliances with unpredictable species, make impossible decisions, and face deep sacrifices. She must lead not thousands, but hundreds of thousands of troops under her command and in doing so, leave any trace of her childhood behind.
Ryn always knew that she was created to fight. But now she must step forward and lead.
About the Author:
Amy S. Foster was born in Victoria, Canada to singer B.J. Cook and legendary record producer David Foster. But Amy opted out of a career in music and chose international business instead. While going to American University in Washington DC, she took a course in creative writing with renowned poet Ann Darr that would change the direction of her life. After graduating, Amy moved to London to hone her literary skills, determined to get a collection of her own poetry published. It was there that she met producer Martin Terefe (Mike Posner, Shawn Mendes, James Morrison) who asked her if she wanted him to put some music to her poetry. The two made a ground breaking spoken word record which turned Amy’s focus entirely to music and from there, the progression to becoming a lyricist was natural. Since then, artists have sought out Amy’s easy, conversational style of writing and her uncanny ability to help them tell their own stories. She has penned four number one hits with Michael Buble (Home, Everything and Haven’t Met You Yet, Beautiful Day). “Home” has also been covered by Westlife and Blake Shelton which gave Amy her first country Number One. She has worked with artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Destiny’s Child, Solange Knowles, Eric Benet, Diana Krall, Josh Groban, One Flew South, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, John Paul White of The Civil Wars, RyanDan, Who is Fancy, Chris Mann, and most recently a collaboration with Michah Wilshire of the band Wilshire. The two have formed their own group called QOINS .