Published by Uninvited Black Cat on 9/6/2013
Genres: Dystopia, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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What do you do when your magic makes you a target? Run. Fight. Die.
14-year-old Kai Koson had nothing to do with the apocalypse, thank you very much. He was just a baby the day a coven of blood witches ripped a hole in the universe and the demons fell screaming from the sky. Earth and its magic perished. Witchkind was hunted and annihilated.
Now, because he was born a witch, Kai must spend his life running and fighting for survival. Even his own uncle seems determined to abandon him.
With nothing left to lose, Kai runs away and joins a team of galactic bounty hunters. But instead of providing an escape, it sets Kai on a path that will destroy everything he believes about himself and the apocalypse, transforming him into the most wanted teenager in the galaxy.
Written with humour, imagination and darkness, Bounty Hunter and its protagonist Kai Koson stand confidently beside Percy Jackson, Artemis Fowl, Alex Rider, Young Bond, Mortal Engines and Harry Potter.
Today on the Bounty Hunter tour stop I have an interview with Bounty Hunter author S.J. Hollis. See below the interview for your chance to win a copy.
Interview with S.J. Hollis
Can you briefly talk about what Bounty Hunter is about?
On the surface, Bounty Hunter is about a young boy who gets blamed for the apocalypse. Kai is a witch, and because witches brought the demons to Earth, he’s a good hate target. It all gets on top of him so he decides to join a team of bounty hunters to escape his crappy life. That’s the basis of the story, but there’s much more to it. Yes, it science fiction. Yes, it’s fantasy. But it’s more than spaceships and magic. It’s about growing up, responsibilities, friendships and harsh truths. It’s also full of humour, first page to last. I lack the ability to be a hundred percent serious about anything. I’m the type of girl of who giggles at a funeral, and that is very much reflected in the way I write.
Where did you get the idea for the book?
I saw an episode of Dog the Bounty Hunter and thought teenage bounty hunters would be a fun concept. I also watched Star Wars and Harry Potter the same week. It did weird things to my brain!
How long did it take to write the book?
The first draft took 25 days. It was awful, so I spent the next five years re-writing, re-drafting and polishing. There’s not a sentence in that book that hasn’t been re-written seven or eight times.
Can you talk about your writing process? Do you outline extensively?
I write differently depending on the project and my state of mind. I’ve written both with extensive outlines and by winging it. Actually, a combination of the two works best for me. I like using a cork board and several packets of record cards. I write notes, draw maps, scribble sudden thoughts onto post-its, receipts and, once, my mortgage contract. Then, I just go for it. I have my plan as a guide but I would never put money on me sticking to it. I’m more likely to grow an extra head and have it gargle God Save the Queen.
If you could go back and change anything about the book, what would it be?
I’d make it longer. I was so concerned with the correct length for a young adult book, I never even thought about the possibility of extending it. It’s a fast and furious book and there are some scenes that I had in my head that never made it into the book that I could have included without affecting the pace. I didn’t put them in because I was worried about length. I think that was a mistake.
Which character was the most fun to write?
Cassius. He’s the 12-year-old genius pilot of The Derkomai. He’s a snarky and sarcastic agoraphobic worry-pot. I had a wonderful time writing his arguments with the main character Kai. The two of them have such a wonderfully antagonistic chemistry.
What are your favorite books and authors?
I don’t have a favourite author in the same way that I don’t have a favourite singer or actor. I might like one book from a particular author but not another. I read lots of different genres so my favourite books probably seem rather random. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver, Life of Pie by Yann Martel. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne. I judge my favourite books by which ones I set my alarm at 4 a.m for so I can finish them before I have to go out! I am currently obsessed with The Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare – Clockwork Princess made me cry so much that my nose ran for three and a half hours and I am no longer on speaking terms with my Kindle.
What are you working on next?
Bounty Hunter Book 2! I have a few side projects, but I’m trying not to get too involved with them while I’m still in the drafting process. I don’t want to get too distracted!