Hello fellow book lovers! I have an exciting new segment for my blog to share with you, it’s called ProMo (Promotional Monday’s). I often receive emails from authors asking me to review their books, and although their book does sound incredibly interesting I’m just too busy to read them at that moment. I always feel horrible when this happens because I love finding new books and authors and sharing my opinions with all of you lovely people. Fortunately, I’ve come up with an idea to solve this issue (sort of). ProMo is a place where I get to share with you some of these books which I don’t have time to read but would still like to give a little spotlight on my blog incase you think it sounds good and would like to pick it up. These posts are going to include the book’s details and an author interview, I hope you enjoy!
Title: Star Racers: Win The Race. Save Your Planet.
Author: Martin Felando
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi, Romance
Published: 18th February 2016
Publisher: McBarron Books
Synopsis from Goodreads
In the year 3834, Maelae and other ruthless killers threaten Earth and thousands of planets. Earth’s only hope is to win a dangerous race called Grand Battle.
Everyone thinks Sashi Oon is unqualified to guide any battlejet pilot through the massive obstacles of Grand Battle, and when Sashi chooses the kid from Earth, rookie pilot Rev Arden, no one gives them a chance.
Join Rev, Sashi, rockstars Stepp and Krissy, hundreds of lifelike warrior princess dolls, Scrap Meat, Eyeball, Betsy’s Lover, Little Blue, Pinky & Dux, and Imani from Intelligent Sources on a wildly exciting, fun adventure. Don’t miss the Pinky & Dux Show.
First book in a series of epic adventures.
About The Author (from Goodreads)
Martin Felando is the author of the award-winning novel Star Racers and thirty feature-length screenplays.
His play True, based on two years of working on skid row, was performed at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Theater Institute and the Wine Cellar Theater in Los Angeles.
He lives in NYC where he reads, bikes, and brews an unusually potent cup of coffee. He is currently writing the second novel in the Star Racers saga.
To learn about his latest releases or be notified about signings and events, please sign up for his newsletter at www.martinfelando.com. Star Racers related videos and art can be found at www.star-racers.com and on Instagram (@starracersnovel).
Star Racers won the 2016 National Medal for Best Science Fiction at the IPPY Book Awards.
Q1. Let’s get to know you better, what’s a random fact about yourself?
A. To decorate my room I created a number of wax paintings (I melt down wax, add color, and drip them on the canvas in creative ways). After seeing photos of my paintings online, Gallery Gora in Montreal invited me to do a solo exhibition. I made 12 wax paintings, shipped them to the gallery, and received an excellent review.
Q2. What made you want to become a writer?
A. I really wanted to tell a story, the idea of creating characters and another world seemed to be inside me from birth. For me, creativity or idea generation is kind of like toast popping up. There has to be a toaster – the mind and body where the stuff of life heats up. Eventually it’ll pop up and the form (novel/novella/screenplay/poem/music depends on what kind of toaster and bread you put in. I have a toaster and a constant supply of bread.
Q3. For all of us non-writers, where do you find your inspiration from?
A. The quality and quantity of what goes into your mind will determine the quality and quantity of what goes out. I read a lot and I watched a lot of movies growing up and wrote a lot of screenplays. I continued to read instructional books on how to write screenplays even after four years learning about screenwriting at LMU. I loved movies and books growing up. I think if you want to make something significant there has to be a love there somewhere. A part of me really wants people to enjoy my stories; making sure the reader is entertained with something original, thoughtful, or emotional is very important to me.
Q4. What’s the thing you most love and hate about writing?
A. I love imagining in my mind something new that I hadn’t thought of before. It’s important for me to create worlds and characters that people aren’t tired of experiencing. I hate that I go through a chapter I wrote and find a lot of dull thinking and lines that would put you dear reader to sleep.
Q5. Who is your all-time favourite author and why?
A. I really like Ray Bradbury because I read a lot of his stories when I was away from home for the first time. Having his stories became very important to me. I also like Robert Heinlein because of the number of great novels and his style is unlike any other writer.
Q6. How many books, novellas, short stories etc have you written? Tell us a little bit about them and where we can find them.
A. I have written over 30 feature-length screenplays. I am the person who told Wesley Snipes that he should play a good vampire who uses martial arts to defeat bad vampires – that was in 1987 so if you haven’t seen the movie Blade know that it wouldn’t have happened without me.
Star Racers is my debut novel and it started as three feature-length screenplays. It took me five years to write the novel, and I hired four concept artists to fill the book with so much art that it would almost be like a graphic novel. It has over 130 pages of full-page art because I wanted the reader to have a unique, one of a kind reading experience. Gordon Studer created over twenty cool sci-fi symbols, and the New York Times recently featured his work just last week. You can see a lot of book art, including Gordon’s NYTimes art, at my Instagram account: @starracersnovel
J.C. Park created the front book cover art. J.C. has over 1 million views on his ArtStation page. Zheng Wei Gu is only 19 years old and she created art for Sashi, Pinky, and one of the lifelike warrior princess dolls. Pietr Foksowicz is extremely talented; he created the back cover illustration and dozens of inbook art. His lava creature Maelae illustration repeatedly gets the most likes when I post his art online.
You can find Star Racers on Amazon.
Q7. What are you currently working on? What’s it about?
A. I am working on the second book of the Star Racers saga. Star Racers: Servant of the Truth takes place on a planet filled with ancient castles, fantastic creatures, and modern weaponry. Two orphans must save their planet from a corrupt king and an invasion.
Q8. And finally, what is your favourite genre to write about and why?
A. I love science fiction, it offers me an opportunity to create a whole new universe.
Get in touch with Martin at…
- Email – email@example.com
- Website – www.martinfelando.com
- Instagram – @starracersnovel
- Twitter – @starracersnovel
If you are an author and would like to be considered for ProMo, visit the segment’s official page for more details!
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