Sunday, July 26, 2015

Lisa Acerbo ~ an interview and her novel ~ Remote

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Lisa Acerbo


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Lisa Acerbo is a high school teacher and holds an EdD in Educational Leadership. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, daughters, three cats, and horse. She is the author of Apocalipstick and has contributed to local newspapers, news and travel blogs including The Patch and Hollywood

Q: Are you a morning person, or a midnight candle burner?
A: I’m a morning person. I usually get up at five because most of the year I teach high school. In the summer I sleep in until six. I try and write in the morning, but I am often distracted. My writing process lacks most kinds of organizational structure, and I’m not good with routines or outlines, kind of like my mornings in general.

Q: Tell me something you would like your readers (fans) to know about you.
A: I like writing science fiction because it seems to click with my brain. Remote, my first science fiction novel, took me three months to write. My other books took much longer. In Remote the main characters, Yara and Joshua, came to life quickly. I knew their quirks and characteristics from the start. The storyline was also well formulated from the moment I began. With other books, it’s often a struggle and I am figuring everything out as I write.

Q: Coffee or Tea?
A: My five favorite drinks: Coffee, latte, cappuccino, espresso, and wine. No doubt it is coffee, but I lived in Ireland for a year and it was easy to switch to tea when I was there. The tea in Ireland is nothing like tea in the United States. Now if you asked me Starbucks or Dunkin, we could get into a long debate about the different types of coffee and which company has better ice coffee.

Q: How do you feel about exercise?
A: Meh!


Q: When did you start writing and why?
A: I always loved creative writing and tried to make it part of my life since college. Most days, writing is relaxing and therapeutic. On rare occasions, it’s a challenge to add any words to paper, but I still enjoy it more than most other activities. I majored in English during college, thinking that I wanted to become a journalist, but instead became an English teacher. Even though I teach full time, I continue to write, mostly in the summer. Before turning to fiction, my articles appeared in the local newspapers and online magazines.

Q: Where do you get your ideas?
A: After reading “The Pedestrian” and “The Veldt” by Ray Bradbury with my science fiction class at the high school, I began to think about the consequences of technology in our lives. I had also read Fahrenheit 451 previously. I love science fiction and hoped Remote, a 71,000 word, futuristic novel, will open a discussion on the topic of technology use in our lives today. Written with a strong female protagonist, I wanted to appeal to fans of the Legend, Hunger Games, and Divergent series.

Q: What do you think is the hardest part of writing a book?
A: The title is the last thing I think about and coming up with a creative one is impossible for me. I rely on my family. I have a friend, also an author, who told me I had to have the title before stating the project, but that never worked for me and stressed me out. Instead, I wait until the book is done and then think about the symbols and themes that evolved. The title of my first book Apocalipstick came from my daughter and so did Remote. For Apocalipstick, I was telling her about a scene in the book where the main character, Jenna, puts on her mother’s lipstick for the first time after the zombie apocalypse. She is finally out of harm's way and has the luxury of remembering the past and looking forward to a possible future. My daughter joked, you should call the book Apocalipstick and the title stuck.


Q: How can we find you? Do you have a web page, FaceBook page or any buy links?
A: I do:
Author Links

Q: Are you currently participating in a blog tour? If you are let’s tell everyone where you’re going to be so they can catch up with you again. A: Yes, I am.
The rest of my tour dates are:

July 27th
The Reader Haven

July 30th
Boom Baby Reviews

Book Description: 

When technology fulfills every dream, reality becomes a nightmare.

Below the streets of New State, the undergrounders fight to remain free of the technological control of the world above. Every night, Yara risks her life fighting New State’s deadliest weapons, the drones. Half human and half machine, their living half tortured until everything human is gone, the drones have only one objective. Kill. And they do it with exacting precision.

Yara is good at her job and committed to her raids on New State. Until one of those raids brings her face-to-face with Joshua, a New State citizen who doesn’t quite fit her preconceived expectations. After a couple of awkward encounters, he shows her the meaning of hooking up—a computer simulation that allows people to live out their fantasies—without the complication of emotional entanglements or physical reality. But what Yara feels for Joshua is very real. And it’s punishable by law.

As she and Joshua grow closer, she convinces him to leave New State for her underground cause. But as the unrest between New State and the underground escalates, and the drones move in to destroy her world, nothing goes as planned. Families are arrested, loyalties are strained, and Yara’s forced to choose between her people and her feelings. The wrong choice could mean the end of her people, and reality could slip away—forever...


“Hi,” he called out.

Yara’s heart hammered, and adrenaline coursed through her limbs. She turned to run.

“Wait,” the stranger whispered. “I won’t turn you in. I’m out here too.” He obviously didn’t realize that Yara was a rebel. He might not know it yet, but he would soon. Still, he didn’t sound dangerous. Maybe Yara could take care of him. She had never had to kill anyone totally human, but she had trained to do so. At this point, she didn’t think she would need to. The skinny boy didn’t look like a real threat, either.

She turned back toward him and attempted what she hoped was a look of death and destruction.

Instead of being scared, he smiled at her and brushed the hair out of his eyes. Even in the shadowy street, Yara could see the color was a beautiful emerald green. She had a hard time looking away, until his voice jarred her back to reality.

“I’m Joshua15111,” he said robotically. “What are you doing out here?”

“I could ask you the same thing.”

“Enjoying the night sky,” he replied, each word clipped and succinct. Unable to make prolonged eye contact, he looked toward the stars.

“Aren’t you supposed to be hooked up to an alternate universe, enjoying battle, boobs, or whatever perverted fantasy you want to conquer tonight?” Yara asked, and then instantly regretted her words.

“Hey, it’s not like that. You know how it is.” For the first time, his voice took on a more humanistic quality. He sounded peeved.

She grunted in response. She didn’t know anything of the sort.

Joshua15111 looked at her briefly, quizzically. “Wait, do you know that? Are you one of them? The rebels?”

Oh no. “What rebels?”

“Are you for real? Everyone knows about the rebels. You must be one. Are you a rebel? That’s so cool.”

Me and my big mouth. Fear finally overtook her. Vague ideas about running away from or fighting the stranger flitted by, but Yara’s feet felt like concrete blocks. She wasn’t even sure she’d be able to form a coherent sentence if he asked her something about the underground.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for being part of my book tour.


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