Promo Interview and Giveaway: Ascendancy by Karri Thompson

January 7, 2016 giveaway, promo post 10

About the Book:
Ascendancy by Karri Thompson
Published by: Entangled Teen
Published on: November 30th, 2015
Genre: YA Dystopian

I’ve been lied to, deceived, and manipulated once again. I shouldn’t be surprised, but in a way I am. You’d think I’d be treated with dignity, my every desire fulfilled by those who need me the most. But instead, they plan to control me, keep me hidden, and force me to be complacent while I give birth over and over again.

Hell, I’m the one who’s supposed to save humanity, right? I’m the one with the power to re-populate this world of clones, my ancestors who were produced from harvested DNA.

Michael. He loves me. At this point, he may be my only friend. There may be others. Tension is building in the regions. A secret sect is growing. A rebellion is imminent.

My awakening into this future should have been my savior, my renaissance, my ally.

But instead, it has become my plague.

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About the Author:

Karri Thompson, a native of San Diego, California, grew up hanging out at the beach, playing sports, and eventually attending San Diego State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in English and master’s degree in education.  When she’s not nerding out at San Diego Comic-Con or watching Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings movies for the umpteenth time, she can be seen doing normal people stuff like teaching high-school English, cooking delicious meals for her family (she attributes all of her culinary skills to the Food Network), and attending her son’s football games.  In her spare time, she writes young adult and new adult fiction, her biggest passion, and loves listening to hard rock music and going to concerts.  She hopes to live long and prosper, and that you will, too.




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--> Michael was the only good thing to come out of my awakening. I didn’t know how long we’d have together, but I realized I wanted to make every second with him count. Twisting to face him, I brought my right leg to the other side of his body and kissed him gently at first, and then a little harder as he brought his hands to my back, massaging his fingers against my shoulder blades.

His lips moved to my neck, and he slid his hand through the hair at the base of my head. I lay against him, savoring his warm breath at my throat as his chest pressed against mine. “Duck!” Cradling my body, he scrambled to the floor, bringing me down with him. “What?” I whispered. “I saw something outside. A shadow. It looked like a person.” “Victoria! I need to get her.” Crawling on my hands and knees, I entered the living room and picked up my sleeping baby. “Behind the couch. Let’s go.” “Watch her,” I said, and rested her on the floor next to Michael. Drawing the laser pistol from my waist, I scooted to the edge of the couch where I could see the back door. “I locked it,” he whispered, “but any Security guard or SEC can open it.”

The door slid open. I aimed my pistol, my arms and hands trembling.  Interview:

What does your writing process look like?  Do you know the whole story when you
start?  Or do you just start writing and
go with it (seat of the pants writing)? 
If you plan it out, how do you do that? 
Outline, note cards, post-it notes, etc.?

I do know the
whole story when I start, and I write by the seat of my pants. The Van Winkle
series was a three book deal, so with ASCENDANCY, I came up with the
basic story in my head and then wrote it. I’ll do the same for book 3,
RELEGATION (working title). With new ideas that I’m not contracted for, I do
write a one- page synopsis for it, so I can get my agents opinion first before
I write it. If my agent thinks she can sell it, then I’ll write it without an
outline or notecards, etc. It may also end up quite different from the
How do you come up with your ideas for your stories? 
The idea for
the Van Winkle Project series came to me because there are so many people I
wish I could have met, but I couldn’t because they died before I was even born.
Without giving away a plot twist, I can say that I make this happen in this
J.  I have an idea for a stand-alone sci-fi. I’m
not really sure how I came up with that one. I was just thinking about a unique
place for a romance to occur. New story ideas just kind of come to me. Anything
can triggers them.
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been
writing short stories since the third grade. I used to write them down in a
spiral notebook. I’d also draw pictures to go with them. I’m not sure what
happened to that notebook. I wish I still had it. When I was in college, I took
a “writing of fiction” class, and that class helped hone my craft and develop
my passion for writing even more. In 2003, I wrote my first book, determined to
get it published, and it eventually was. I’ve been writing professionally ever
What tips do you have for aspiring writers?
Read as many
books in your genre as possible, attend writing workshops, and once you have a
first draft, join a critique group. Writers learn so much from reading and
editing each other’s work. Do your research. Query agents who are looking for
your genre, and make sure your query letter is free of mechanical errors and
typos. In addition – don’t give up!
5. When writing science fiction, do you
feel the science needs to have some real facts to be based on?  If so, how much research do you do?
The Van Winkle Project series, it was very important that my science facts
about cryogenics and DNA were accurate. If the technology is available today,
there is no reason why it can’t be described realistically in a book. I did a
lot of online research for mine. Some of the things that happen in the series I
had to just make up though, since the books take place in the future, and the
science for those things (flying cars, laser pistols, etc.), don’t exist in our
Some fun questions
of the Harry Potter books and The Lord of
the Rings
trilogy are my favs. Sci-fi/fantasy are my favorite genres. I
love Charles Dickens. Victorian literature rocks!
Movies/TV Shows:
Lord of the Rings
movies. TV shows – The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and Sherlock
Hard rock –
Korn, Seether, Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, Slipknot, Breaking Benjamin, etc.
Food/writing snack:
pizza, unsweetened black tea, almonds
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10 Responses to “Promo Interview and Giveaway: Ascendancy by Karri Thompson”

  1. Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

    I always enjoy author interviews, so thank you both for sharing! It's interesting and encouraging to see all the different approaches to writing. I'm also intrigued by the premise of this novel; you make me want to know more.

  2. Olivia-Savannah

    Loved the sound of this excerpt. It promises an exciting read! I also agree with the authors advice about reading a lot for writing. I like that she mentioned writing workshops as well – that's nothing I have done before but I would probably like to join one one day.

    • Lisa Mandina

      It definitely does sound like it will be exciting. I think a writing workshop or even a class would be something I'd like to try some day. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Diane Coto

    The excerpt was interesting and makes you want to know more. I enjoyed your interview with the author. 🙂
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal – Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

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