Today, The Book Monsters are excited to welcome Rachel Searles, author of The Lost Planet.
– He woke up on planet Trucon, inside of a fence line he shouldn't have been able to cross.
– He has an annirad blaster would to the back of his head.
– He has no memory.
– He is now under the protection of a mysterious benefactor.
– His name is Chase Garrety.
This is what Chase Garrety knows:
– He has a message: "Guide the star."
– Time is running out.
Describe your book in five words or less.
Amnesiac boy battles space villains
How did the idea for "The Lost Planet" come to you?
No lightning strike out of the blue–I wanted to write an adventure story about kids in space, so I picked some character names, drew a little inspiration from some of my favorite heist/caper movies, and the book came out slowly from there.
What was the research process like for you?
I read some basic books on astronomy and space exploration, and visited a lot of good science websites like iO9.com and Space.com for inspiration. Also, my husband designs and builds rockets, so I tapped into his brain for advice and fact-checking.
What was the most challenging aspect of writing "The Lost Planet"?
Getting all the pieces to fit together. As nice as it would be to write a book front to back in one fell swoop, it’s more like hand-cutting a puzzle piece by piece with no pattern to follow. I rely heavily on spreadsheets and lots of revision when I’m trying to work out a tricky plot point.
What's next for you? Are you currently working on or have plans for future projects?
I’m currently working with my editor on revisions to The Lost Planet’s sequel. Sorry, can’t share the title yet!
Bio: Rachel Searles grew up on the frigid shores of Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where she spent her childhood studying languages and plotting to travel around the world. She has lived abroad in Munich and Istanbul, working as a cook, a secretary, a teacher, and a reporter for the Turkish Daily News. She now lives in Los Angeles with her rocket scientist husband and two cats, and spends her free time cooking her way through the Internet and plotting more travel.