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THE APOLLO ACADEMY:As the heiress to Titon Technologies, eighteen-year-old Aurora Titon can have whatever she wants—clothes, expensive gadgets, anything money can buy. All she really wants is to escape her pampered, paparazzi-prone life for the stars. Becoming the first female pilot to train as an astronaut for the Apollo Academy is exactly the chance for which she has been waiting. Everything would be perfect if it weren't for her unreciprocated crush on a fellow student, the sexy astronaut bent on making her life hell, and the fact that someone keeps trying to kill her.
The first in a four book new adult science fiction series, The Apollo Academy, is an action packedstory of love, discovery, and survival.
About the author:
Kimberly P. Chase holds a Bachelor's Degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, which basically means she's kind of a geek and loves flying airplanes. Naturally, her books tend to include aviation, hot flight instructors, aviator glasses, and—let's not forget—kissing! When Kimberly's not writing or reading, she's hanging out with her husband, four-year-old son, and two dogs.
Find Kimberly here:
Chandra: Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
Kimberly: I'm an avid reader, so there are a TON of authors I look up to! Cinda Williams Chima, Kimberly Derting, Cassandra Clare, Cora Carmack, Marisa Meyer, Colleen Houck, Hugh Howey, the list goes on....Though I do think Ben Bova was the first author to get me really excited about realistic science fiction novels.
Chandra: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Kimberly: Believing that I could write the story in the first place. When I began writing The Apollo Academy, I had zero experience with writing or with the publishing industry. There was a lot to learn! It wasn't until I was about half way through the book that I truly began to believe I could do it.
Chandra: What was your favorite chapter or part of the book to write and why?
Kimberly: Oh goodness. This is like making a mother choose her favorite baby. :) My favorite scenes to write were definitely the flight scenes. Chapter 18 is Aurora's flight from hell and I had a ton of fun writing it. To this day, the thought of having something like her experience happening to me in the cockpit gives me chills.
Chandra: Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Kimberly: Write. Write. Then write some more. And don't let anyone tell you that you cannot do it!
Chandra: Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
Kimberly: Thank you! If you loved it, tell your friends.
Now time for some This or That questions:
Morning or Night? Morning.
Harry Potter or Lord of The Rings? Harry Potter.
Chocolate or Vanilla? Ice Cream? Vanilla. BUT I'd prefer chocolate over ice cream!
Summer or Winter? Summer.
Coffee or Soda? Soda.
Thank you to Kimberly for answering all my questions!
Make sure you let her know what you think in the comments.