Station Fosaan (Torch World #1)
By: Dee Garretson
Publication Date: February 14th, 2017
Earth scientists and their families stationed on the remote planet of Fosaan were promised a tropical vacation-like experience. But Fosaan, devastated from an apocalyptic event nearly three-hundred years ago, is full of lethal predators and dangerous terrain.
Earthers are forbidden to go beyond the safety zone of their settlement and must not engage the small population of reclusive Fosaanians, descendants of the survivors. Sixteen-year-old Quinn Neen plans to do both of those things.
When Quinn discovers a beautiful Fosaanian girl named Mira stealing food from his family’s living unit, he soon learns Earth’s government may not be telling the whole truth about Fosaan and the cause of the past disaster.
There are some who to restore the planet to its former glory by any means necessary. Quinn finds himself caught between his loyalty to his own people and what is right for Mira and her people.
Before he can decide what to do, the scientists are taken captive, stranding the young Earthers on Fosaan.
Quinn must go from renegade to leader and convince Mira to become an ally in a fight against an enemy whose very existence threatens their lives and the future of those both on Fosaan and at home.
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- If you emptied out your purse, wallet, desk drawer, pockets, backpack, b Ch bag, saddle bag, or fanny pack, what would we find?
Lots of scraps of paper. I jot down notes when I think of ideas, and do that on anything I can find. I picked up that habit from my father, who was an inventor. He was constantly drawing on napkins, receipts, even paper bags. I’m not a very organized person. That means I carry multiple pens and pencils. I live in fear of being somewhere without the means to write something down because I’m afraid I’ll forget the thought if I don’t record it.
- What is your writing process? Are you a plotter or a panster?
Definitely a panster. I often don’t get the ideas I need until I’m actually writing. Then my brain kicks into what I call background thinking mode. It’s always turning over ideas about the story no matter what else I’m doing. I write out of order, often just bits of dialogue and go back and forth through the story until I’ve gotten the bones of it down. Then I go back and fill in the details, and then I polish.
- What is your number one writing tip?
Find what method works for you and don’t think there’s only one way to be successful. I see lots of advice about how you need to write every day, how you shouldn’t revise until the story is all the way done, how you should do this, how you shouldn’t do that, and on and on. There is no one right way. If it works to tell yourself the story out loud to your cat before you write, do that. If you write best by only writing a hundred words at a time, do that. The easier you make it for yourself, the better.
- Describe your book in five words or less.
Romantic space opera adventure.
- What are some fun facts you can share about the characters from your book or the world you created for it that may or may not have made it to the final draft of the book.
Quinn talks to animals like they are people. I think he secretly wishes they could all talk back. If Mira weren’t under such pressure all the time, she could be quite funny in a cutting sort of way. Sander’s character doesn’t have a large role in this story, but he’s actually a very interesting person. He shows up much more in book 2.
- Do you have a special story behind your inspiration for the book?
My older brother was the one who got me started reading science fiction, though at the school I attended, some kids thought it was very weird for a girl to be interested in sci fi. Most of the classic science fiction was written by men, so I suppose my inspiration was to show that I could write it too!
- Who was your favorite character to write and who gave you the most trouble?
My favorite character to write was actually Quinn’s parrot, Mags. A friend of mine used to have an African Gray parrot and that bird was remarkable. I researched details about parrot intelligence to try to determine what the bird would understand and what it could say. I may have given Mags a bird genius level of intelligence, but I don’t think it’s beyond the level of possibility.
One of the hardest character to write was Decker, Quinn’s sometimes friend and sometimes enemy. He and Quinn clash in many ways, but I wanted to write Decker as more complex than what Quinn first assumes him to be. Decker is an important character so I wanted to show some of the nuances throughout the book.
- If you could ask a character of your choice from STATION FOSAAN one question what would it be?
Mira is still somewhat of a mystery to me. I’d ask her, “How do you really feel about Quinn?”
- What scene from the book are you most proud of ( because of how you handled the atmosphere, characters, dialogue, etc.)?
It’s tough for me to get the combination of the pacing, the tension and the emotion right in action scenes, so I’m most proud of those when all the elements finally come together. I hope readers find the last few chapters in the book the most exciting of all and decide they want to read more of the story.
- Is there a scene that you had difficulty with and just had to “power through” to finish the book?
The first chapter of any story is always the most difficult for me to write, and I typically rewrite it several times. I’ll write a version, move on, and then as the story develops, come back and revise that chapter. Sometimes I even scrap it and start over. I just have to tell myself not to get stuck on it because then I’d never finish anything.
- What is next for you? What are you currently working on?
I’ve finished a draft of book 2 in this trilogy, though it needs some polishing. I’m very excited about a new character that appears at the end of book 2 and am looking forward to incorporating that character into book 3. I’m slowly easing into working on book 3, mainly just writing bits here and there to help me think though some plot elements.
Dee Garretson writes for many different age groups, from chapter books to middle grade to young adult to adult fiction. She lives in Ohio with her family, and in true writer fashion, has cat companions who oversee her daily word count. When she’s not writing, she loves to travel, watch old movies, and attempt various kinds of drawing, painting and other artistic pursuits.
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