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! Continue reading