Saturday, August 27, 2016

0 Joshua David Bellin, author of SCAVENGER OF SOULS, on focusing on what you can control

SCAVENGER OF SOULS is the sequel to SURVIVAL COLONY 9, and we're thrilled to have Joshua David Bellin here to tell us more about it.

Joshua, what was your inspiration for writing SCAVENGER OF SOULS?

Since SCAVENGER OF SOULS is a sequel, the best way to answer that is to say that I really wanted to continue the story I began in SURVIVAL COLONY 9. There were some mysteries left only partially resolved at the end of the first book: Querry’s forgotten past, the history of the survival colonies, the origin of the monstrous Skaldi. I was very happy with how SURVIVAL COLONY 9 wrapped up, but I wanted to bring Querry’s story to a close, and the sequel gave me an opportunity to do that.

How long or hard was your road to publication? How many books did you write before this one, and how many never got published?

I wrote a blog post earlier this year on that very question, so I’ll refer readers to it here. But the short answer is: I’ve been writing for my entire adult life, and during that time, I’ve written or partially written far more novels than I’ve published. That’s just the reality for many, maybe most, maybe all writers.

What advice would you most like to pass along to other writers?

Focus on what you can control, not on what you can’t. The reality is that authors have far less control over how well our books sell than we’d like to think. Sure, you should do some marketing that makes sense to you, but you shouldn’t necessarily expect marketing to translate into sales. Focus on the one thing you can control: the writing itself. Presumably, you became a writer because you love writing. So write, and don’t let the other stuff get in the way of that.

What are you working on now?

I just completed revising a YA novel that I’m super-excited about, a deep-space action/romance titled FREEFALL, which is due out next year. (It’s already up on Goodreads if you want to check it out.) After that, I’ve got a couple of manuscripts partially written, one of them YA science fiction, the other YA historical. I’ll work with my agent to figure out which one to focus on, and that’ll be my writing project for next year!


Scavenger of Souls
by Joshua David Bellin
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Released 8/23/2016

Querry Genn must face the truth about the past and fight to save humanity and the future in this stunning sequel to Survival Colony 9, which New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry called “a terrific novel.”

Querry and the members of Survival Colony 9 have defeated a whole nest of the creatures called Skaldi, who can impersonate humans even as they destroy them. But now the colony is dangerously low in numbers and supplies. Querry’s mother is in command, and is definitely taking them somewhere—but where? Some secret from her past seems to be driving her relentlessly forward.

When they do finally reach their destination, Querry is amazed to discover a whole compound of humans—organized, with plenty of food and equipment. But the colonists are not welcomed. Everything about them is questioned, especially by Mercy, the granddaughter of the compound’s leader. Mercy is as tough a fighter as Querry has ever seen—and a girl as impetuous as Querry is careful. But the more Querry learns about Mercy and the others, the more he realizes that nothing around him is as it seems. There are gruesome secrets haunting this place and its people. And it’s up to Querry to unearth the past and try to save the future in this gripping conclusion to the Survival Colony novels.

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Launch party portraitI've been writing novels since I was eight years old (though admittedly, the first few were very, very short). I taught college for twenty years, wrote a bunch of books for college students, then decided to return to writing fiction. SURVIVAL COLONY 9 is my first novel, and the sequel, SCAVENGER OF SOULS, is due out in August 2016!

I love to read (mostly YA fantasy and science fiction), watch movies (again, mostly fantasy and sci-fi), and spend time in Nature (mostly catching frogs and toads). I'm the world's worst singer, but I play a pretty mean air guitar.

Oh, yeah, and I like monsters. Really scary monsters.


Have you had a chance to read SCAVENGER OF SOULS yet? Have you written a sequel to a book because you wanted to wrap up more of a character's story? Are you able to focus on the writing rather than things you can't control? Share your thoughts about the interview in the comments!

Happy reading,

Jocelyn, Shelly, Martina, Anisaa, Sam, Erin, Susan, Michelle, Laura, and Kristin

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