Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Atlas by Becca C. Smith


Becca C. Smith received her Film degree from Full Sail University and has worked in the Film and Television industry for most of her adult life. In 2010 Becca published her first novel, Riser followed by the sequel, Reaper, in 2011, and the finale, Ripper in 2013. In 2012 Becca wrote the children’s novel Alexis Tappendorf and the Search for Beale’s Treasure. She is also the co-author of the teen graphic novel Ghost Whisperer: The Haunted.

Becca currently lives in Los Angeles, CA with her husband, Stephan and their two cats Jack and Duke.

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Kala Hicks is part of a covert elite military team that answers directly to the President of the United States. But during an emergency mission aboard Air Force One, Kala is shocked to discover that the real threat is none other than the President himself. Defying her commanding officer, Jack Norbin, Kala takes the shot, and her life changes forever.

The moment the President is killed, a supernatural force speaks to Kala, telling her that she has to commit one act of atrocity every four days… or the world will end. Thrown into a reality she never could have imagined, Kala faces off with creatures of legend; from demons determined to make her fail and plunge the Earth into chaos, to angels who don’t trust her to do the job and are willing to kill her to claim it for themselves.

Pitted against the forces of good and evil, Kala must choose whether to save the world by doing the unthinkable, or sit back and let it burn. And four days later, she’ll have to do it again.


Q) What inspired you to write this story?
This was a story that initially was a TV show idea my husband and I came up with. I ended up just using the concept: Committing an act of atrocity every four days. Then I combined that concept with Greek mythology and voila! Atlas was born!

Q) How long did it take you to write?
Seven months. Three months to write it and four months to edit it.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
I love the way it makes me feel. I feel like all is right with the world when I write. There’s nothing else like it for me!

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
How long it takes to finish a book. I’m an impatient person by nature so as soon as I have an idea I want it instantly on paper. It’s one of the reasons I started with television and feature writing first. I could write it much faster! But books take a lot more time, as they should!

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
George Lucas, so I could destroy all evidence of the Star Wars prequels and re-release the original movies in HD the way they were originally released!

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Easy. A bottle of champagne, unopened. It’s been there for at least five years!

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
I’m working on a novella right now to be released in February. Also, I’m working on a joint novel with my friend F.M. Sherrill author of Ivory. It’s a vampire novel and we’re really excited about it!

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