Tuesday, November 15, 2016

{Blog Tour} FLASHFALL by Jenny Moyer—Guest Post + Giveaway

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Flashfall
by Jenny Moyer


Orion is a Subpar, expected to mine the tunnels of Outpost Five, near the deadly flash curtain. For generations, her people have chased cirium—the only element that can shield humanity from the curtain’s radioactive particles. She and her caving partner, Dram work the most treacherous tunnel, fighting past flash bats and tunnel gulls, in hopes of mining enough cirium to earn their way into the protected city.

But when newcomers arrive at Outpost Five, Orion uncovers disturbing revelations that make her question everything she thought she knew about life on both sides of the cirium shield. As conditions at the outpost grow increasingly dangerous, it’s up to Orion to forge a way past the flashfall, beyond all boundaries, beyond the world as she knows it.


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Age Group/Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia
 Publisher: Henry Holt & Co (BYR)
Purchase: Amazon • B&N • KoboiBooks • IndieBound

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by Jenny Moyer

SETTING FLASHFALL

I love to escape to new worlds when I read. The same goes for my writing. There is just something so thrilling about creating whole worlds—and creatures, and governments, and bending rules of science. I love that there are no limitations to what my characters can do, and that I can surprise readers with settings they haven’t encountered before.

To get a feel for FLASHFALL and its settings, check out the book trailer:


In FLASHFALL, the settings directly impact Orion and the choices she makes. The flash curtain in really like another main character of the story. I drew inspiration for it from the Aurora Borealis (which has always been so awe-inspiring to me.) I imagined if something existed like it, that came all the way to the ground, and could be seen in daylight. And if it was deadly . . . Orion and her caving partner, Dram, have to live in the deadly, particle-filled “fallout” from this solar anomaly. They call it the flashfall, and they are desperate to get past it.
I crafted the setting of  FLASHFALL’s tunnels and caverns from my own fears (I’m extremely claustrophobic), and the cordons were inspired by my experiences growing up in the Arizona desert.
Researching for FLASHFALL was a blast! There’s a lot you can learn about caving and climbing online, but I decided to go and experience those things personally, so I could write about them from a more authentic place. I pushed past my fears in order to squeeze through cavern tunnels and wade through cave water.
I worked one-on-one with climbing experts, and learned to rappel and ascend. Scary and exhilarating moments—but I loved being able to layer real experiences over the make believe ones in the book.
Still, even in my scariest moments climbing and caving, I never had to face the kinds of creatures Orion and Dram have to battle down Tunnel Nine. Flash bats, tunnel gulls, and carnivorous bacteria. As caving partners, they’ve got each other’s backs, and as the best miners at Outpost Five, they’re assigned the deepest, deadliest tunnel. It’s where the most cirium is buried—past boundary markers that Subpars are forbidden to cross.
I would likely not survive the setting of FLASHFALL. Not as a Subpar. I wish I was as badass as Orion and the cavers of Outpost Five, but if I managed to overcome my  claustrophobia (doubtful) and make it down a tunnel, (unlikely) I would freak out if I encountered a flash bat or tunnel gull. (I freak out when I encounter large spiders.) Then, when they are punished and sent to the cordons (where things get so much worse)--I would have a really tough time surviving the things they face there.
However, there are other characters in FLASHFALL—Conjurors who can manipulate matter. I might survive as one of them (though they encounter some horrendous challenges, too!) They live in a completely different setting, and I’m having fun developing that further for the sequel.

I’m very visual, and I create huge boards filled with images that inspire me as I’m writing and revising. To see what these look like, (and get a sneak peek at some of the things going on in Book Two), you can check out my Pinterest boards:
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Jenny is the author of YA sci-fi/fantasy FLASHFALL, coming from Macmillan/Holt 11-15-16. She lives with her filmmaker husband and their three boys in Des Moines.

Find out more at http://www.jennymoyer.com and connect with Jenny on Twitter and Facebook.

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Huge thanks to Jenny Moyer for sharing with us today!

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Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Reading!

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