Please give special guest Kimberly P Chase a warm welcome this morning. She’s here to chat about her new release The Apollo Academy.
[Magna Maniac Café] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Kimberly P. Chase] Shy. Cookie Monster. Pilot. Mother. Writer. Reader. Shoeaholic.
[Magna Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about The Apollo Academy?
[Kimberly P. Chase] Sure! The Apollo Academy is the first of a four book new adult science fiction series. It’s an action packed story of love, discovery, and survival. I’ve had people say it’s Top Gun meets Gattaca meets New Adult. You can watch the book trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ECvGBdJBAsg
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Kimberly P. Chase] I feel like I’ve been collecting pieces of The Apollo Academy my entire life. From nights spent looking through a telescope, Space Camp, flying lessons, to reading science fiction books. Little pieces of this story were collecting in my mind until one day I finally decided it was time to write it all down. It wasn’t until I finished writing TAA that I realized this was the book I’d been wanting to find in my own reading pile. A book about a young woman who loved to fly. One that wasn’t historical. One that was fun and sexy….The Apollo Academy stemmed from this idea. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book about astronaut training that’s been done in a fun, young way.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Aurora?
[Kimberly P. Chase] Determined. Petite. Pilot.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Aurora is never without.
[Kimberly P. Chase] The airplane necklace her father gave her the day she was accepted into The Apollo Academy.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things would you find in Aurora’s bedroom?
[Kimberly P. Chase] Lots of shoes! Old books. Flight gear.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Kimberly P. Chase] I find inspiration everywhere! Magazines, documentaries, music, books, art, people, movies etc.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Kimberly P. Chase] My computer, pretzel M&M’s (if I have them), and a red bull.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on The Apollo Academy?
[Kimberly P. Chase] The internet! It’s evil, I say! Twitter, Facebook, Etsy, DeviantArt, Blogs, and the list goes on. So many things to distract you!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Kimberly P. Chase] Throne of Glass by S.J. Mass. It’s a YA Fantasy that I just can’t stop thinking about!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Kimberly P. Chase] Oh, that’s a tough one. But if I had to choose, I’d go with Mars by Ben Bova. It’s the first book that really got me into science fiction.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Kimberly P. Chase] Hanging out with my family, reading, eating, flying, and watching movies.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Kimberly P. Chase] You can find me here:
Thank you so much for having me!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
THE APOLLO ACADEMY:
As the heiress to Titon Technologies, eighteen-year-old Aurora Titon can have whatever she wants—clothes, expensive gadgets, anything money can buy. All she really wants is to escape her pampered, paparazzi-prone life for the stars. Becoming the first female pilot to train as an astronaut for the Apollo Academy is exactly the chance for which she has been waiting. Everything would be perfect if it weren’t for her unreciprocated crush on a fellow student, the sexy astronaut bent on making her life hell, and the fact that someone keeps trying to kill her.
The first in a four book new adult science fiction series, The Apollo Academy, is an action packed story of love, discovery, and survival.
"I am obsessed with this book! Suspenseful, sexy, and just a great read!" – Cora Carmack, New York Times Bestselling author of LOSING IT.
“Exquisite worldbuilding, thrilling suspense, and a sexy flight instructor! Chase’s exciting debut novel is one you don’t want to miss.” – K.A.Tucker, Author of Ten Tiny Breaths and One Tiny Lie
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About the author:
Kimberly P. Chase holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, which basically means she’s kind of a geek and loves flying airplanes. Naturally, her books tend to include aviation, hot flight instructors, aviator glasses, and—let’s not forget—kissing! When Kimberly’s not writing or reading, she’s hanging out with her husband, four-year-old son, and two dogs.
Find Kimberly here: