Flashtide by Jenny Moyer (Interview & #Giveaway)

I'm happy to be welcoming the author of the Flashfall duology to my blog today
to answer some questions. Check that out as well as a fabulous giveaway below...

(Flashfall #2)
by Jenny Moyer
YA Dystopian, SciFi, Fantasy
Hardcover & ebook, 368 Pages
November 14th 2017 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)


Orion has survived the tunnels of Outpost Five, filled with mutant creatures and dangers around every bend. She has traversed the cordons, exposed to the radiation of the flash curtain and hunted by forces that want her stopped, dead or alive. Now, with Dram by her side, she has made it to the safety of the mountain provinces, where free Conjurors live and practice their craft of manipulating matter.

But Orion's story is far from over.

With the effects of the flashfall spreading and the might of the protected city of Alara looming, Orion must travel into the hands of her enemies once again. Heart-pounding action and adventure await in this sequel to Flashfall.

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Welcome to my blog today, Jenny! I’m curious about this follow-up to FLASHFALL, so let’s jump right in to some questions I have…

Was the writing process for FLASHTIDE similar to FLASHFALL or did you have new challenges and/or surprises with this second book?

On one hand, I found writing a sequel easier because I really knew my main characters, and had established the “world” of the book. I felt like I’d had a lot of time to think through the setting (which really motivates the characters in FLASHFALL,) and work out details of the various people groups, like Conjies and Gems, as well as the government. The biggest challenge writing FLASHTIDE, was to make everything fresh and unpredictable, and to give Orion and Dram new character arcs. I found this a bit daunting at first, but it turned out being a labor of love. The characters surprised even me! They had depths (and weaknesses and vulnerabilities) and strengths I didn’t know about until I wrote FLASHTIDE.

There are always moments during the writing process when I’m stuck working on a plot problem, and wondering how I’m going to get my characters from one point to another. I came up with some pretty creative solutions for FLASHTIDE, and I think it will lead to some cool surprises for readers!

Looking forward to it!

Will we be seeing more of Orion and Dram (I loved these characters, by the way!), and could you give readers just a little background on them for those who haven’t read the first book?

FLASHFALL is the story of caving partners, Orion and Dram, who live in a futuristic mining outpost that borders a deadly anomaly called the flash curtain. Every day, they defend each other down dangerous tunnels as they search for an ore called cirium. If they can mine enough of it, they can trade it for safety in the protected city, which is shielded from the deadly particles of the flash curtain. They soon discover their people have been betrayed, and that the only way to freedom and safety is through a path they’ll have to forge themselves.

FLASHTIDE is the conclusion of their story, and I love how this reviewer puts it:

"Fans of the unique post-apocalyptic story will be riveted by the blistering pacing and unexpected twists. An intriguing follow-up." –Kirkus

I encourage readers who aren’t familiar with FLASHFALL to check out the book trailer. My husband is a filmmaker, and he did an amazing job. It gives people an exciting glimpse into the world and characters.

If we were to ask Orion and Dram one piece of advice, what would they say?

Never give up!

And they really don't, even in the first book...

What is most exciting to you about this story, or what do you love most about it?

The characters. I loved them in FLASHFALL, and I love them even more after the journeys I took them on for FLASHTIDE.

I love Dram’s empathy for others, his loyalty, his strength, and the depth of his love for Orion. But he goes to some dark places in this book, and Orion’s ability to love him when he’s at his absolute worst, makes her character so endearing to me. There is something really amazing about a person who can look past someone’s brokenness, and see who they are beneath all the hurt and pain.

Orion’s character inspired me to be brave and keep chasing my dreams when they seemed impossible. After many years trying to get published, FLASHFALL was the book that finally landed me an agent and a book deal. I’ll always feel a deep affection for Orion, and a kinship because we are both dreamers!

As I said above, I loved them in FLASHFALL too!

Do you have any hints for us for what is coming next for Orion and Dram or what you’re working on next?

I wish I could say I was working on a third book in the FLASHFALL series, but that’s not in the plans at this point. It is just a duology, so hopefully fans will find FLASHTIDE to be a satisfying conclusion. I’m currently at work on two young adult fantasies.

I actually love duologies, so I'm looking forward to seeing how things end in this one and I'm curious about what you're now working on, so hopefully we'll see some hints of those in coming months. Thanks so much for stopping by to answer my questions, Jenny!

Thank you for having me! I hope everyone enjoys reading FLASHTIDE!

Other Books in the Series

(Flashfall #1)
by Jenny Moyer

YA Dystopian, SciFi, Fantasy
Hardcover & ebook, 352 Pages
November 15th 2016 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)


Orion is a Subpar, expected to mine the tunnels of Outpost Five, near the deadly flash curtain. For generations, her people have chased cirium—the only element that can shield humanity from the curtain’s radioactive particles. She and her caving partner, Dram work the most treacherous tunnel, fighting past flash bats and tunnel gulls, in hopes of mining enough cirium to earn their way into the protected city.

But when newcomers arrive at Outpost Five, Orion uncovers disturbing revelations that make her question everything she thought she knew about life on both sides of the cirium shield. As conditions at the outpost grow increasingly dangerous, it’s up to Orion to forge a way past the flashfall, beyond all boundaries, beyond the world as she knows it.

You can read my review HERE.

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About the Author

Jenny is the author of the YA sci-fi/fantasy FLASHFALL, and its sequel, FLASHTIDE. (Holt/Macmillan 11-14-17) She lives with her filmmaker husband and their three boys in Iowa. Watch the epic, live action book trailer for the novel that Booklist calls "A cinematic page-turner."

Find out more at http://www.jennymoyer.com and connect with Jenny on Twitter and Facebook.

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