August 23, 2016
Querry and the members of Survival Colony 9 have defeated a whole nest of the creatures called Skaldi, who can impersonate humans even as they destroy them. But now the colony is dangerously low in numbers and supplies. Querry’s mother is in command, and is definitely taking them somewhere—but where? Some secret from her past seems to be driving her relentlessly forward.
When they do finally reach their destination, Querry is amazed to discover a whole compound of humans—organized, with plenty of food and equipment. But the colonists are not welcomed. Everything about them is questioned, especially by Mercy, the granddaughter of the compound’s leader. Mercy is as tough a fighter as Querry has ever seen—and a girl as impetuous as Querry is careful. But the more Querry learns about Mercy and the others, the more he realizes that nothing around him is as it seems. There are gruesome secrets haunting this place and its people. And it’s up to Querry to unearth the past and try to save the future in this gripping conclusion to the Survival Colony novels.
Thanks so much for taking the time and spending time with us here at Chapter by Chapter!
Thanks for having me! I’m really excited about the publication of Scavenger of Souls, the second book in the Survival Colony series, and I’m thrilled to be on Chapter by Chapter!
Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)
In a world scarred by war, 15-year-old Querry Genn fights to save his colony, recover his past, and defeat the monsters called Skaldi.
What was your inspiration for writing this book? Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?
Believe it or not, it was in a dream! Usually when I wake up from dreams, they seem like really cool ideas until I realize ten seconds later that they’re completely incoherent. But in this case, I woke up from a very vivid dream showing a desert landscape, a boy, and some mysterious threat lurking in the shadows, and that was the basis for the book’s setting, main character, and monsters.
Tell us about the main character(s).
Querry is a member of Survival Colony 9, one of the small, mobile groups that formed after war devastated the planet. An accident has caused him to lose his memory, which is a particular problem given how urgently the survivors need to remember all the skills and drills that keep them alive. At the same time, Querry possesses the ability to fight off the Skaldi, which makes him valuable to his colony—even if no one, including himself, knows where his power comes from. In Scavenger of Souls, he discovers secrets about his past that change everything he believed about himself, his people, and the monsters they’re fighting.
Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?
I love all of the scenes that include the character Mercy, a feisty 18-year-old girl who forms a prickly partnership with Querry. (She’s featured on the book’s cover.) Mercy is a member of another survival colony that comes into contact—and conflict—with Querry’s, so there was immediate tension between her and him. Plus, she was a really fun character to write: strong, intelligent, and brave—but also impulsive, sarcastic, and angry. Great mix of qualities, and a great complement to Querry, who’s pretty laid back and cautious.
Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing? If so, why?
I labored for a long time to craft the first chapter. Since this is the second book in a two-part series, I had to decide how much to fill readers in and how much to let readers figure out on their own. My initial version of the chapter went much too far in terms of providing background information from the first book, so I had to scale it way back to keep the mystery and tension going.
What sort of projects do you have going on right now. Any new books coming out?
I’ve got a new YA science fiction novel scheduled for release in 2017, a deep-space action/romance titled Freefall. And I’m currently working on something completely different, a YA historical horror novel titled Polar, which is about the North Pole expeditions of the early 20th century.
It was great having you on the blog today! We hope you’ll decide to stop by again someday, and we wish you much success!!
Thanks again for having me! I’d love to come back, and I’d love to hear from your readers if they have any questions or comments about Scavenger of Souls!