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Title: The Silvers
Author: J.A. Rock
Cover Artist: Simoné
Genre: Alternate Universe/Alternate World, Gay, Gay Fiction, Science Fiction
Release Date: 07/11/2016
What humans want from the Silver Planet is water. What they find is a race of humanoids who are sentient, but as emotionless and serene as the plants and placid lakes they tend.
B, captain of the mission, doesn’t believe that the “Silvers” are intelligent, and lets his crew experiment on them. But then he bonds with Imms, who seems different from the others—interested in learning, intrigued by human feelings. And B realizes that capturing, studying, and killing this planet’s natives has done incalculable damage.
When a fire aboard B’s ship kills most of the crew and endangers Imms, B decides to take him back to Earth. But the simplicity of the Silver Planet doesn’t follow them. Imms learns the full spectrum of human emotions, including a love B is frightened to return, and a mistrust of the bureaucracy that wants to treat Imms like a test subject, even if they have to eliminate B to do it.
NaNoWriMo-ing The Silvers
Prior to writing The Silvers, I’d never been able to finish writing a novel. I felt more suited to novels than short stories, because I’m longwinded and I like having bajillions of subplots, but I just…every time I started a novel, I got distracted by all the shinies. I also had a problem where anytime I started to write, I’d go back and pick at the few paragraphs I’d written, tinkering and tinkering without ever moving beyond an opening chapter.
I’d tried NaNoWriMo in 2008 and 2009 to no avail. In 2010, I was in grad school, living in an apartment full of frolicking cockroaches and weird stains, and writing mostly short fiction about…well, cockroaches. People whose pants were aquariums. Women who disappeared into Land’s End catalogues and never came out. Grad school was a very experimental time for me, okay?
I wasn’t planning to try NaNoWriMo that year, but on November 1st, I woke up with this image in my head that wouldn’t go away: a planet where the light comes from the ground, and this gray, humanish-looking alien who’s trapped inside the earth. So I started writing, assuming I’d give up after a couple of days. But I kept going.
The only way I could make myself move forward was to deny myself any opportunity to look at what I’d previously written. So for one month, I kept that document open on my computer. And I kept it scrolled to where I couldn’t see anything more than the last sentence I’d written. I didn’t let myself go back and check details, so characters’ hair colors and professions changed, plot elements conflicted, and chapters were uneven and misnumbered—but I didn’t let myself stop, and I didn’t let myself look at what I’d done until I’d finished.
Since 2010, I’ve finished a lot of novels. And it’s gotten way easier to finish what I start. But I’ll never forget the experience I had writing The Silvers. It was so freeing to write without stopping to doubt myself or ridicule what I’d previously written and use it as an excuse not to continue. I also finally felt like a real writer, because I ended November with a mountain of dishes in my sink, and takeout boxes and empty hummus containers littering my counter. The cockroaches had a glorious month.
Writing that way meant I had to do a ton of revising afterward, but it was totally worth it. I’ve never quite been able to recreate that experience, but even now when I get stuck on a project, I remind myself that I can always just scroll up until I can’t see what came before, and make myself move forward.
To celebrate the release of The Silvers, J.A. Rock is giving away $15 in Riptide Publishing credit. Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on July 16, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!
About the Author
J.A. Rock is the author of queer romance and suspense novels, including By His Rules, Take the Long Way Home, and, with Lisa Henry, The Good Boy and When All The World Sleeps. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Alabama and a BA in theater from Case Western Reserve University. J.A. also writes queer fiction and essays under the name Jill Smith. Raised in Ohio and West Virginia, she now lives in Chicago with her dog, Professor Anne Studebaker.
• Website: www.jarockauthor.com
• Blog: http://jarockauthor.blogspot.com
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