Monday, 19 September 2016

Audio book Giveaway and interview: SC Flynn

Today I have a short interview with author SC Flynn, and you can win his book Children of the Different that I reviewed two weeks ago.

Tell me about yourself.
I was born and brought up in Australia, but for many years I have lived in Europe: first London, then Milan and now Dublin. My second language is Italian and my wife is Italian. You are a bit of a traveller as well, I guess, ending up in Finland! 
Like most of your readers, I suppose, I am a great book lover. Followers of mine will have just seen that my library has expanded even more, with a whole new level added on top!
I am a lifetime jazz musician (trumpet). I grew up playing in my parents’ band and kept on going.

Tell me about your new book.
CHILDREN OF THE DIFFERENT is a Young Adult post-apocalyptic fantasy novel set in Western Australia, where I am from. Nineteen years before the story starts, most of the world’s population died from a brain disease known as the Great Madness; the survivors all had something different about their minds that saved them. Now, as a secondary effect of the Madness, at the beginning of adolescence, their children enter a coma, during which they travel through a dream-like world called the Changeland. Depending on what happens in the Changeland, the kids emerge either with special powers, or as permanently damaged Ferals.
The main characters are psychic twins: Arika (a girl) and Narrah (a boy). Separately, they have many adventures and face many dangers both in the Changeland and in the outside world. Their new powers turn out to be crucial for the future of humanity.

What was the inspiration behind it?
The landscape and creatures of Western Australia, above all. The state is so big that it varies from huge temperate forests in the south to tropics in the north, with a lot of desert in between. Like the rest of Australia, it is full of weird animals that lend themselves very well to fantasy. 
Arika and Narrah have lived all their lives in a small non-industrial community in the great forests of South West Western Australia, near where I come from. Their adventures take them to the city of Perth, the Indian Ocean and the desert.
All of these things are seen from the twins’ viewpoint. They can read and write, but their language and range of references is necessarily limited by their background. The simple, clear style of the novel reflects that, I think, and also suits the Young Adult age group.

Thank you so much!


Audio Book Giveaway
1 copy of Children of the Different (from audible.com so you have to have that)

1. Enter by commenting
2. Open to all (if you can download from audible.com that is)
3. Ends Sep 25th

And as always, remember that if I can not find your email then I can not find you.


14 comments:

  1. Thanks for hosting me! The audiobook is wonderfully narrated by Stephen Briggs and has been very well received so far.

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  2. Well this sounds incredibly unique. I am very curious about this mind disease, and interested to see the world building.

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  3. That sounds like an interesting story.

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  4. I do enjoy a good dystopian. Sounds like an interesting world as well. Oh and love the animation of the cover. :D

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  5. I'm so excited to read this one! I love the sound of a landscape and characters inspired by Western Australia.

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  6. How neat to have lived and traveled so many places. Totally jealous!

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  7. Cool, I hope to be checking this one out soon! I got an audiobook code so I was glad to hear you had enjoyed the audio edition.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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  8. I have always been fascinated with Australia and love the setting for this one. Its definitely different.

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  9. I would actually love to check this out. It sounds heavily inspired by Aboriginal Dreamland lore.

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  10. lol for a second I tried to think if I was imagining the cover moving. THis one looks quite interesting and different. thanks for the interview!

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  11. This sounds good, and I love the setting. I am off to listen to a sample on audio :)

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