Today I am pleased to share this interview with Chrissy Peeble’s, author of Agartha’s Castaway! Her book is available for Kindle readers now and I hope you enjoy learning a little bit more about the book and Ms. Peeble’s herself. 🙂
To purchase Agartha’s Castaway, click HERE.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Hello DJ. I’m so thrilled to be here on your fantastic blog. Thanks for having me, and now to answer your question. Winter is coming soon and I feel the need for speed. There’s nothing like the thrill of sledding down a giant, scary hill. I slather all-weather sled wax on my fiberglass sled, go to a large steep slope, (the steeper, the better) pile on a friend or two (the more weight, the faster you’ll go…and faster is better, right?) and race my kids, friends, and family. If I go by myself down the hill, I run, leap into the air like Superman and crash down, launching off like a speeding bullet. It’s best to pick a day when there’s a slight thaw in the snow, and then go sledding later in the day when the snow has refrozen. Fresh, fluffy snow won’t work and slows down sleds big time. (Been there, done that) By following that one little rule, I FLY insanely fast with the cold air and snow hitting my face. What a blast!
Can you tell us a little bit about Agartha’s Castaway?
Sure, DJ. I wanted to create something different and unique so I crossed genres by blending fantasy with science fiction. So it’s kind of like Jurassic Park MEETS Independence Day with Twilight-like romance. Here’s the book promo:
Dinosaurs, abduction, and a hidden civilization were never part of seventeen year old Casey Smith’s vacation plans. That is, until a freak storm tossed her and two best friends, Mike and Jack, out to sea. When they wash up on what they presume to be a mysterious tropical island…they soon discover that being lost…is the least of their troubles. In a jungle that teems with impossible creatures, UFOs, and an unworldly landscape, the three friends need to team up to fight danger…without letting their emotions tear them apart. Can they find a way to survive the harsh jungle…and its deadly inhabitants?
Here’s the book trailer: YOUTUBE
Where did the idea for the book come from?
I was between writing a prehistoric fantasy or doing science fiction. I couldn’t decide. And then the idea struck me to do both. I came up with the idea of having three contemporary teenagers get shipwrecked in a strange place they couldn’t explain. I wanted to throw the teenagers out of their element. I just started brainstorming and writing like a mad woman, and my characters emerged. Mike’s a championship surfer and on MTV’s new hit reality television show, Jack’s a popular jock, and Casey is trying to find herself as she sheds her tomboy image. Idea after idea kept popping into my head and suddenly I was writing the book.
How long did it take you to write?
It took me three years to write it. And then I spent an entire year doing nothing but intensive editing. And then I ran it through a critique group and edited it some more. I thought it was perfect until my editor got her hands on it. LOL. I went through more intense rounds of editing. So it’s been a little over four years now.
What has been your favorite part about being a writer?
I can weave or spin any storyline I want, create my own fantasy world and characters, and let my imagination spill over. There’s nothing more fun than that!
What are you working on now?
I have written the sequel to Agartha’s Castaway. It’s in my editor’s hands as we speak. I hope to have it out on Amazon Kindle soon. And I am ¾ of the way through a new adventure fantasy called, The Ruby Ring. It’s about a twenty-one year old girl named Sarah Larker who returns to a cave where her sister disappeared five years earlier. She walks through a portal and is mistaken for a runaway princess on the run by a dangerous Immortal king in medieval times. Her plan is bold as well as daring—become this princess, wed the king, and slip on an ancient wedding ring that will unlock the portal. Then find her sister and run as fast as she can out of Dodge. But taking on the identity of Princess Gloria comes along with dangerous consequences; and slipping on the ruby ring comes with an even higher price.
Who or what inspired you to start writing?
It all started in third grade when my elementary school had a book writing contest. I wrote an adventure about finding buried treasure. I lost the contest but from that day on…I was hooked. I started reading like crazy, and later, writing.
What is one piece of advice that you would give to aspiring writers?
My advice would be to write the best that you can, never ever give up, and always be proud. Keep working on writing technique, character development, plot, voice, dialogue, flow, style, and point of view. I still do this! But most of all, have fun with your writing. Put on your favorite tunes, crack open a Pepsi, pop some Hershey Kisses into your mouth…and then tap away. Enjoy writing. That’s what it’s all about.
Thanks, DJ, for having me today. I’m so psyched to be here. And thanks to all of your wonderful readers who joined in. Please feel free to connect with me online.