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Reyet Trap (Torch World #2) by Dee Garretson
Release Date: April 3, 2018
No planet. No hope.
Quinn Neen and his friends have survived the uprising and the ruthless Fosaanian leader’s attempt to kill them, but the galaxy is still hurtling toward war. With just a few days before Quinn starts his mandatory military training, he plans to spend the time with Mira, the Fosaanian girl he’s in love with. When a mysterious message forces them on a journey to an isolated planet named Reyet, Quinn’s plans quickly change.
A coup on Reyet throws everything into chaos, leaving Quinn and Mira evading enemies they know, and some they don’t, including the planet itself. Now, time is running out for Earth, Fosaan, and Reyet, and there may be no place left in the galaxy that’s safe.
- What is your writing process? Do you aim for a word count daily or maybe just a scene?
On a good day, I aim for 1000 words, but that means I often have to write more than a thousand, because I often edit as I write. Some writers don’t edit until they finish a first draft. I just can’t work that way. It’s a lot easier for me to go back and forth between editing and drafting new material.
- What sort of research did you do for this book?
Since the story is science fiction but set on a planet where people don’t have much access to technology, I didn’t have to do as much research for this as I might for other stories. The research I did do broke down into two very different parts. One part was considering how people live in a hot dry climate. The most fuin part of thinking about that was getting ideas on what types of clothes people wear that would fit a futuristic society. I found some terrific work by up-and-coming fashion designers. Even when I don’t end up writing long descriptions, details like clothing help me picture the scene in my head. I made a Pinterest board for some of the things I found: https://www.pinterest.com/deegarretson/torch-world-book-2-reyet-trap/
As to more scientific research, I did a little on neurotoxins and other aspects of disease transmission to come up with ideas for the mysterious illness affecting certain people on the planet. No Pinterest board for that!
- What are you working on now? Any chance of a third book in the series?
I just finished a draft of the third book and it should be released in 2019. Like a lot of readers, I don’t want a series to end, so it was fun to continue with this one, especially when the fate of the galaxy hangs in the balance. ☺ I also have another book coming out in 2019, a historical I like to describe as a YA Downton Abbey with spies. It was also a lot of fun to write. Science Fiction and historical writing have quite a bit in common-You have to create worlds you’ve never experienced.
- How did you come up for the idea of your book?
I’ve always loved science fiction and I am also a huge STAR WARS and STAR TREK fan, so writing a science fiction series has long been a dream of mine. I wanted to explore a story that involved two people from very different cultures and very different histories who have to figure out where they belong and if they can overcome all the obstacles to be together. I have a degree in International Relations, which is largely the study of the clashes of different cultures, so the idea for the plot arose from that.
- Just for fun — what TV shows or movies have you really enjoyed (or disliked?) recently?
I love movies and some TV so this is my kind of question. I like old movies and I like adventure movies, not surprisingly. I just watched an old WW2-set movie called OPERATION CROSSBOW. I could swear George Lucas saw this movie at some point and the end scene of A NEW HOPE with the death star was influenced by the final moments of this movie. Heart-pounding! I’ve also been watching THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE. Somehow, I’ve never read anything by Philip K. Dick so once I finish watching the series, I want to read the book it was based on.
About the Author
Dee Garretson writes for many different age groups, from chapter books to middle grade to young adult to adult fiction. She lives in Ohio with her family, and in true writer fashion, has cat companions who oversee her daily word count. When she’s not writing, she loves to travel, watch old movies, and attempt various kinds of drawing, painting and other artistic pursuits.