Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Shifters of 2040 by Ami Blackwelder

Ami is kicking off her blog tour today, and we get to be the first on the list. Since Ami has been on our blog a few times, I thought it would be fun to do an interview with her. As always, we enjoy having her here. Thanks Ami.

Breakout Books: Shifters is the prequel to The Hunted of 2060. That being said, do you think people can read it without reading Hunted first?

Ami: Definitely. The books are written to make sense individually, much like Star Wars. The first two books, Invasion and SCM go together and the next two go together, Shifters and Hybrids and then the last two go together, Hunted and Revolution. So, i would advise to read them in sets if anything. But you can choose whatever order you like.

Breakout Books: Is it more difficult to write a prequel?

Ami: No, I found the writing cathartic. Delving into the characters gave me so much more to work with for other prequels and the final sequel.

Breakout Books: Are there any characters that we will recognize from Hunted? Do we get a better look at who they are and why?

Ami: Definitely, we drop into Melissa Marn and Bruce's life and get to know them quite well as well as touch on Melissa's father (Colonel Marn) and their relationship. We also get a better look at Unseen and Diamond and their relationship. We meet April and Arquet's shifter father too!

Breakout Books: I know from experience that working on a series really pulls you into the world of your characters. Will you be sad when this series if finished?

Ami: YES:) I have fallen in love with so many of my characters!

Breakout Books: What was your favorite part of working on this book?

Ami: I love so many parts. Getting to know Arken, Melissa, Bruce, even the General Raul in SCM comes to life as a more softer character that you care for....Of course, April and Arquet I will miss terribly, but I will dive into their relationship more in Revolution, or should I say feud.

Breakout Books: Do you have any new projects in the works? If so, what can you tell us?

Ami: I am working on SCM of 2030 and than Invasion of 2020 and then the final book Revolution of 2060. After that series I will finish Inquisition of Innocence for my Elfin Romance saga. In 2012 I have a few projects in mind, but i will save those for later. Think...time travel, romance, angels, DNA, get the picture....I am all about the Science Fiction and Fantasy. But there will be one contemporary cultural novel: Glass Tears based in Tibet. I do one historical/cultural/
contemporary maybe once a year.

Breakout Books: Tell us something interesting about yourself that we don't already know!

Ami: I have a cat named Lotus whom I bought while in Thailand teaching. So, now in America I have a real Siam cat:) Siamese.

Ami's new book, The Shifters of 2040 can be purchase on Amazon Kindle for $2.99.

Product Description

America 2040.
Three Species. Divided Lovers. The Race is on for Planet Earth.

Summary: Set in Alaska in 2040, Melissa Marn and Bruce Wilder must work under the iron fist of the SCM, while still trying to maintain humanity. Discovering a world of shifters and hybrids, the scientists must struggle with human prejudice and betrayal. With the original ancestors, dubbed shifters, still living on earth, humans are in the midst of a fifteen year old war. As the eldest hybrids, Unseen and Diamond, learn about humans the hard way, with the loss of loved ones and sacrifices, love on planet earth proves challenging.

With underlining themes of how prejudice breaks human connections and animal/wildlife conservation, this novel which has received rave reviews will leave the reader flipping through the pages.

About the Author

I am a forbidden romance writer in the paranormal and historical romance genre. My unique experiences allow me an original perspective and a plethora of ideas to entertain readers. I grew up in Florida and went to UCf. In 1997 I received my BA in English and teaching credentials. I decided to travel overseas and teach and have worked in Thailand, Nepal, Tibet, China and Korea. Thailand is considered my second home now. I have always loved writing and wrote poems and short stores since childhood; however, my novels began when I was in Thailand.


"Writing is my Drug. A fixed Addiction." said...

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"Writing is my Drug. A fixed Addiction." said...

to learn more!!

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