We had a bit of a mix up, so here is Writer Wednesday on a Thursday, featuring Misa Buckley’s new book, Tin Cat! Let’s interview her main characters and see what this book’s about.
What are your names? And tell us a little about yourselves?
A: Amber Gerald, comic store owner. A year ago I was hit by a taxi cab and broke my back. Now I’m in a wheelchair, but that hasn’t changed who I am.
H: Hunter Gray, though Amber calls me Gray.
How did you meet? Was it love at first sight?
H: I was in pursuit of a dangerous criminal, part of paying a debt to society. My investigations led me to Amber’s shop and yes, it was.
A: What Gray said, though I think it was more lust at first sight than love.
H: I beg to differ.
A: You would. I think what changed for me was realising that Gray really cared for me. A lot of guys don’t look past the chair, but he did.
What do you believe is your worst or most frustrating quality? What about his/hers?
H: I don’t have any bad qualities.
A: *giggles* Yeah, right! He’s stubborn, irretractable, impossible – I swear, the list doesn’t end.
H: While she is overly talkative and terrible with secrets, obviously.
What is your best quality? What about his/hers?
A: Being talkative *laughs* Hey, it’s true enough for someone running any kind of store and I’ve always loved chatting to people, especially when we’re chatting about anything sci fi.
H: She is very good with people. Mine is not giving up at winning her over.
If you could have one wish come true, what would it be and why?
H: There are days I wish Amber could walk, not because she’s incapable, but I hate that an idiot stole that part of her life. I don’t think she’s wish that for herself, though.
A: Any more than you’d wish your past changed. There’s nothing more I want than Gray, and I have him. *looks a little smug*
Tell us a little about yourself!
I grew up watching Doctor Who and Star Trek, and reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, so it’s probably not that surprising that when I started writing NaNoWriMo in 2007, it was sci fi that I chose to write. I find writing a much-needed haven from the crazy of raising five children and a Land Rover-obsessed husband.
I can be found on Twitter (@MisaBuckley) or at her website (www.misabuckley.com)
What was the hardest part of writing this book?
I had to do a lot of research into spinal injuries and the results, as well as listening to many people living with a similar level of disability to Amber’s. There’s still a lot of misunderstanding and even discrimination suffered by disabled people, and that was hard to stomach. However, it made me more determined to present TIN CAT as a story about a woman who just happens to be in a wheelchair, rather than one centred on that disability.
What’s next for you?
BAYNE releases May 6th.
Malia dreams of a life less ordinary but when her planet is visited by the Bayne, Destroyer of Worlds, she surrenders herself to him in order to give her people time to collect the tribute that the Overlord demands.
Despite Bayne being as much machine as man and having a violent temper, he rescues her from the unwanted attentions of his second-in-command and gives Malia a glimpse at the battered heart lying beneath the steel and scars.
As they start their relationship over, Malia discovers a man very different to the reputation that precedes him and probes deeper. However, her investigation uncovers a dark truth: a truth that someone wants to remain hidden no matter what the cost.
TIN CAT ~ A year after the accident that put her in a wheelchair, Amber Gerald has more or less gotten used to living with her impairment. It doesn’t make a difference to running a comic book store anyway, and the customers have been the best support group she could have wished for.
When she rescues an abandoned cat, Amber has no idea that she’s interfering in the mad scheme of a time travelling bank robber. Or that the man that walks into her store dressed like Blade is about to become her bodyguard.
Between being an unwitting owner of an android cat and falling for a cybernetic bounty hunter, Amber finds her life a whole new level of weird as science fiction becomes a very real factual threat.