Author: Vicki L. Weavil
Pub. Date: March 8, 2016
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
THEY ARE NOT ALONE.
For a ticket to Earth, seventeen-year-old Ann-Maria Solano is ready to jettison her birth planet, best friend, and the boy who loves her.
Her mission is easy: Escort Dace Keeling, a young naturalist, through the wilderness of the partially terraformed planet Eco.
Ann's determination to escape the limitations of her small, frontier colony never falters, until Dace’s expeditions uncover three secrets. One offers riches, one shatters Ann’s perceptions of herself, and one reveals that the humans stranded on Eco are not its only inhabitants.
FACSIMILE is the story of a girl who must choose between fulfilling the dream that’s always sustained her, or save the planet she’s never considered home.
Now on to the interview!
Hi Vicki! First I want to say welcome to back to Two Chicks on Books! FACSIMILE was absolutely fantastic and am so happy that you could stop by for a visit!
For the readers: can you tell us a little bit about FACSIMILE and the characters?
The main character in FACSIMILE is seventeen-year-old Anna-Maria “Ann” Solano, who was born and raised on the barren, isolated, planet Eco. Her Peruvian grandparents, who still live with her and her parents, were terraformers sent to transform Eco into a facsimile of Earth’s most beautiful locales. Unfortunately, the corporation sponsoring the terraforming went bankrupt and stranded the colony. Now, with no spaceships – and little money to buy passage on transport ships – the settlers are stuck on Eco, scraping out a subsistence living using their science and engineering skills.
Ann’s greatest desire is to escape Eco and travel to Earth, where she believes she can fulfill her ambition for a more exciting life. She is willing to abandon her boyfriend, the hot and charming Raid, and her best friend, the brilliant and sweet Emie, to achieve her goal. But when she is chosen to escort young naturalist Dace Keeling around Eco in exchange for a berth on his uncle’s spaceship, she finds that she doesn’t actually know as much as she thought about her birth planet, or herself. The discovery of an unknown species makes her question her plans and compels her to fight for something bigger than herself.
What about book 2? Is there a title yet?
Yes, the title is DERIVATION. I am in the process of writing it now, and it should release in 2017. (By the way, a one word teaser for that book is: Atlantis).
If you had to evacuate earth on a spaceship right now what is the one thing that you MUST take with you?
My family and my cats!
Were any of the characters in the book inspired by people from your real life?
No, not really, although the reason I chose Peru as the birthplace of Ann’s grandparents is because my sister-in-law is from Peru. So, like Ann, my niece and nephew are half-Peruvian (and half Virginia mountain folk).
I will say that Ann’s grandmother, Paloma, has more than a touch of my maternal grandmother about her. Like Paloma, my grandmother was a strong, no nonsense woman with principles – tough but loving.
Who was your favorite character to write? What about your least favorite?
I enjoyed writing all of the characters, but felt the most invested in Ann, since the book is told in first person from her point-of-view. I also loved writing Ann’s interactions with her mother, her grandmother, and the two young men in her life, Raid and Dace.
I suppose Kameron Frye, another one of the young people on Eco, was my least favorite. Mainly because he is a jerk, LOL.
What is your favorite passage/scene in FACSIMILE?
It might be spoilery… Let’s just say it involves two characters, water creatures, and a strange sculpture.
What kind of research did you have to do for the story?
I researched several things, including solar powered bikes (they do exist!), hydroponic gardening, caverns, and spaceflight. I also did background research on the legend of Atlantis and the volcanic eruption on Santorini. This research will primarily show up in DERIVATION, but I needed to know where I was taking the story after FACSIMILE.
What are you working on right now?
I am finishing up revisions on SCEPTER OF FIRE, a companion book to my debut novel, CROWN OF ICE. It is the second book in the Snow Queen Saga, which will ultimately be a trilogy. Like CROWN OF ICE, which is a retelling of “The Snow Queen,” SCEPTER OF FIRE is inspired by H.C. Andersen’s fairy tales. In this case it is a mash-up of the “Steadfast Tin Soldier” and “The Ugly Duckling.” SCEPTER will be published by Month9Books in the fall.
I am also writing DERIVATION, the sequel to FACSIMILE.
Who is your ultimate book boyfriend?
To be honest, I think he is one of my creations – Mark Hallam from my (as yet unpublished) adult science fiction trilogy. Hopefully you will get to meet him someday!
What inspired you to write YA?
I liked the idea of writing about characters discovering the world (or the universe!) and their place in it. YA characters can grow and change so much and I love writing character arcs like that.
Lightening Round Questions
What are you reading right now? Or what do you have on your TBR that you’re dying to read?
Leigh Bardugo’s SIX OF CROWS
What Hogwarts House would the Sorting Hat place you in?
Twitter or Facebook?
No preference – I use both.
Tie between Wonder Woman and Supergirl
Favorite TV show?
My favorite show of all time is Fringe.
Current favorite: a tie between Orphan Black and Twelve Monkeys
Sweet or Salty?
Both -- I like to alternate! (and eat, obviously)
I am a bit claustrophobic.
Song you can’t get enough of right now?
Queen of Peace (Florence + The Machine)
Spring Movie you’re most looking forward to?
The Huntsman: Winter’s War
Thanks so much Vicki for answering my questions! I can’t wait for everyone to read FACSIMILE and I can’t wait for book 2!
Vicki L. Weavil was raised in a farming community in Virginia, where her life was shaped by a wonderful family, the culture of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and an obsession with reading. She holds a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Virginia, a Masters in Library Science from Indiana University, and a Masters in Liberal Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. After working as a librarian at the NY Public Library at Lincoln Center, and the Museum of Television & Radio (now the Paley Center for Media) in NYC, she is currently the Director for Library Services at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
Vicki loves good writing in any genre, and has been known to read seven books in as many days. She enjoys travel, gardening, and the arts. Vicki lives in North Carolina with her husband and some very spoiled cats. A member of SCBWI, Vicki is represented by Fran Black at Literary Counsel, NY, NY.
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