Author Interview: Caryn Lix
Today I am lucky enough to be joined by Caryn Lix, the author of Sanctuary, a sci-fi adventure set in a prison in space.
Published by Simon Pulse on 10th July 2018.
Don’t miss my review (coming up on Tuesday) and the other stops on this blog tour!
Alien meets Alexandra Bracken’s The Darkest Minds in this thrilling debut novel about prison-guard-in-training, Kenzie, who is taken hostage by the superpowered criminal teens of the Sanctuary space station—only to have to band together with them when the station is attacked by mysterious creatures.
Kenzie holds one truth above all: the company is everything.
As a citizen of Omnistellar Concepts, the most powerful corporation in the solar system, Kenzie has trained her entire life for one goal: to become an elite guard on Sanctuary, Omnistellar’s space prison for superpowered teens too dangerous for Earth. As a junior guard, she’s excited to prove herself to her company—and that means sacrificing anything that won’t propel her forward.
But then a routine drill goes sideways and Kenzie is taken hostage by rioting prisoners.
At first, she’s confident her commanding officer—who also happens to be her mother—will stop at nothing to secure her freedom. Yet it soon becomes clear that her mother is more concerned with sticking to Omnistellar protocol than she is with getting Kenzie out safely.
As Kenzie forms her own plan to escape, she doesn’t realize there’s a more sinister threat looming, something ancient and evil that has clawed its way into Sanctuary from the vacuum of space. And Kenzie might have to team up with her captors to survive—all while beginning to suspect there’s a darker side to the Omnistellar she knows.
About the Author:
Caryn Lix has been writing since she was a teenager and delved deep into science fiction, fantasy, and the uncanny while working on her Masters in English literature. Caryn writes novels for teens and anyone else who likes a bit of the bizarre to mess up their day. When not writing, Caryn spends her time obsessively consuming other people’s stories, plotting travel adventures, and exploring artistic endeavors. She lives with her husband and a horde of surly and entitled animals in southern Alberta.
1) Can you tell me about your journey to becoming an author?
I started writing when I was fourteen. We had just moved, I was going through a lot, I was dealing with undiagnosed anxiety and depression, and I felt alone a lot of the time. Writing gave me a way to hang out with “people” in my mind, to create my own worlds. And fortunately for me, it turned out that I loved it. That was when I first realized that my goal in life was to become an author. Unfortunately, I didn’t have that miracle overnight success story… it took me another quarter century of writing, hard work, and alternating enjoyment and frustration to get there.
2) What was the initial inspiration for Sanctuary?
I started with an image: Kenzie on Sanctuary, staring out the window at Earth, with the prison spiraling below her. Actually, the initial story was just going to be about the prisoners, but the more I thought about it, the more I didn’t just want to write another dystopian YA. But then I thought, what if the real threat didn’t come from inside the station?
3) How did the story change from first draft to published book?
Oh, so much! I was blessed with an amazing agent in Caitie Flum and a fantastic editor in Sarah McCabe and Simon & Schuster, and they helped me find all the weak spots in the book and iron them out. The biggest change was probably Kenzie’s mother. She was a much flatter, less interesting character. We really put a lot of work into her and considering how and why she does the things she does throughout the story.
4) What does your writing process look like? (e.g. storyboards, post-it notes, place you like to write, etc)
I always make a plan, and then I usually throw it in the garbage and wing it until I get stuck, and then I go back to the plan and think well, what can I salvage from this? I think it comes from being a teacher. There’s always a plan for teaching but it does go out the window at a moment’s notice! I can write anywhere, but I usually write in my office at home with a couple of dogs irritating me in the background. I do seem to need a caffeinated beverage. I’m not sure why.
5) What’s next for you?
I am currently working on the sequel to Sanctuary, which should be out some time next summer, and on moving to Tokyo! Between that I’m pretty busy for a while, but hopefully there are more books in my future.
Drink: Chai latte
Book: Changes on a daily basis, but right now probably the Kingkiller Chronicles
Film: See above, but right now probably Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 1
Thank you so much for answering my questions Caryn! I will be looking out for the next book!
(Thank you to Fantastic Flying Blog Tours and Simon Teen for setting up the interview)
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