This month I had the chance to have a chat with Jesikah Sundin, author of the eco-dystopian series, The Biodome Chronicles.
LJ: What are your favourite genres to read and why?
JS: I absolutely love, LOVE, love earth-based science fiction (ecopunk, solarpunk, literary spec fiction) and various fantasy genres (fae fiction, epic fantasy, dystopian fantasy). Nature speaks to me and nature-heavy themes and otherworldly landscapes in books provide the perfect escape for my imagination. I especially love books where characters live like the ancients, perhaps even pagan-esque, even if they are in a contemporary or near-future society.
LJ: What is one book you think everyone should read?
JS: In modern YA SFF, two of my favorite books are The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater and Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi.
LJ: Describe yourself in five words
JS: Awkward. Goofy. Compassionate. Creative. Intelligent
LJ: When you’re not writing what could we find you doing?
JS: Hiking, gardening, editing manuscripts for other authors, playing games (tabletop and video), cooking with my Instant Pot (heart eyes), Bookstagramming, and shooting nature photography (especially forest photography).
LJ: What is your favourite quote?
JS: “There is no kingdom like the forests. It is time I went there, went in silence, went alone. And maybe there I would learn at last what no act or art or power can teach me, what I have never learned.” -The Farthest Shore, Ursula K. Le Guin
LJ: Tell us about your latest book
JS: Well, my latest book, GAMEMASTER, is set to publish on May 1st and is also the final book in my eco-dystopian series, The Biodome Chronicles. The series is about how two worlds collide when a hacker from the near-future decodes a shocking death inside a psychological game of survival. The final book, however, focuses on a corporate prince and an old-world king who wage war against the Gamemaster dictating their lives, embracing their worst nightmares to revolutionize a community they swore to protect.
LJ: What is a piece of advice you’d give to someone who is thinking about writing a book?
JS: Write. Don’t worry about if it’s good or not. Just write. Editing exists to clean up the literary spills in aisle 12. Beta readers can help you fill plot-holes and flesh out weak characters prior to publishing. Online writing communities are on standby to give virtual hugs and beautiful words of encouragement. It takes a village to create a novel, so don’t worry if it’s good or not. Just write.
LJ: Where do you write?
JS: At the kitchen table. Not the best place, but it allows me to be a part of what my children are doing and keeps me close to the coffee pot . . . which is critical, haha! One day I’ll have an office, though.
LJ: Where do you find your inspiration for your writing?
JS: Nature and books. I devour books and the soak up each word as if they’re a fine wine or rich dessert. Sometimes I’ll read a word or a way a sentence is constructed and my mind lights up with ideas. Also, whenever I hike and roam the woods, my imagination fills up story potentials.
LJ: If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go and why?
JS: I desperately wish to travel to Ireland. My family originally hailed from Ireland and the stories, music, and landscapes sings to my blood.
Thank you to Jesikah Sundin for taking the time to chat with me this month! Want to know more? You can find Jesikah Sundin and her books using the links below:
Find The Biodome Chronicles on Amazon HERE!