Today I am interviewing Sam York, author of the new science-fiction novel, The Viridian Convict.
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DJ: Hi Sam! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
Sam: Hi DJ! I am excited to be here!
DJ: For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Sam York: Well, like most readers, I fell in love with books at a young age and read voraciously. Everything I could get my hands on. I especially enjoyed reading the encyclopedia and scientific books, which spurred my imagination! Scifi and fantasy were my go-tos (especially Piers Anthony and Douglas Adams!), but I loved reading everything.
As you can imagine, it wasn’t long before I tried my hand at writing. My first book (which remains unpublished!) was a story about a dyslexic dragon. I wrote it to try to explain what it was like to be dyslexic and to help other kids learn to cope with this challenge. My mother told me that this was not a learning disability, but an opportunity. And I believed her.
Though my teachers told her I would probably never learn to read, and certainly not to write, naturally we had to prove them wrong. I’ve always been a rebel like that.
I went on to write over 40 books under another pen name, many of them best sellers and award winners.
To all the haters? So there!
DJ: What is The Viridian Convict about?
Sam: The Viridian Convict is the first of three books about the Blue Dominion. In a universe where everything is run by the Fed, also called the Blues, everyone is under their thumb. The series arc follows the efforts of the rebellion to wrest back control of their lives.
This story takes place on a prison moon called Viridian–not so much a prison as a waste dump for everyone who stood up to the Fed. Our hero, Tig, is the ONLY human to survive intake. And he survived by a series of flukes. We find him eking out an existence as an enforcer for Granny, the mob boss who runs the settlement.
When Tig is given a mission by Granny, he has no intention of doing anything other than obeying, because Granny is God. He holds fast to this philosophy even when he’s given orders by his Blue nemesis, a Fed agent named Mia, to do the exact opposite. Continue reading