Today I’d like to introduce you to fellow CIR author Annie Douglass Lima. Here’s Annie’s bio.
Annie spent most of her childhood in Kenya and later graduated from Biola University in Southern California. She and her husband Floyd currently live in Taiwan, where she teaches fifth grade at Morrison Academy. She has been writing poetry, short stories, and novels since her childhood, and to date has published eighteen books in a wide variety of genres (science fiction, fantasy, YA action and adventure novels, a puppet script, anthologies of her students’ poetry, and a Bible verse coloring and activity book). Besides writing, her hobbies include reading (especially fantasy and science fiction), scrapbooking, and international travel.
Welcome to my blog, Annie! That’s some portfolio of books you’ve got! And you’ve got a new release too. But before we hear about the new release, I’ve got three questions for you. Firstly, what inspired you to become an author, and how old were you at the time?
I’ve been writing for as long as I can recall. When I was seven years old, I had a sudden inspiration for what I thought was an amazing story and decided then and there that I was going to write a book and be the world’s youngest published author. I ran to my room in great excitement, found an old notebook and a pencil, and started in. Well, that first little science fiction novel was never actually finished, let alone published, but it got me started. After that, I can’t remember a time that I wasn’t working on at least one book. Prince of Alasia, which I began in college, was the first one I finished that I thought was worth trying to get published. I looked into traditional publishing and spent a long time trying to get an agent, but to no avail. Finally I learned about Kindle Direct Publishing and did it myself the indie way, eleven years after I first started writing the book. A few months later I added the paperback edition. It was quite a thrill for me to finally fulfil my childhood dream! Now I’ve published a total of eighteen books, and with Heartsong being my first science fiction novel, I’ve come full circle!
I read a lot of science fiction when I was young, with Ray Bradbury being one of my favourites! So, what was the inspiration for Heartsong?
I had a dream a few years ago in which I was the only human living on an alien world, with one particular alien in charge of my education and integration into their culture. I played with the idea in my mind for quite a while, adjusting and developing it, until eventually it was substantial enough to be the basis for a plot. And thus Heartsong was born!
Sounds interesting! I’ll have to check it out. Now, one last question. If you could trade places with any one of your characters, who would it be and why?
You couldn’t pay me enough to trade places with any of my main characters from Heartsong! No spoilers, but they all go through great difficulties, either during the course of the story or before it starts. I do like the idea of starting a new life at the other end of the galaxy (I’ve always loved travel and adventure!). But let’s just say that starting a colony on a distant moon ends up being even more challenging than the characters expect …
Fair enough! So, let’s hear about this book, and where we can find it!
Two alien worlds.
One teen emissary.
No reality she can trust.
Get it on Amazon, along with all of Annie’s other books, by clicking here.
🌟🌟🌟🌟 And on July 1st and 2nd, 2018 only, the ebook is available for free!🌟🌟🌟🌟 (Just check the price before you click due to time differences between Australia and the US)
Note: Heartsong is a clean read, with no sex or profanity and limited violence.
You can also follow Annie’s blog by clicking here. This will take you to her site on a new page.