Spotlight: Gissel Brito Visits to Talk About YA Dystopian Sci-Fi Thriller, THE UNIVERSE BETWEEN US!
Today, fellow author Gissel Brito is stopping by to talk about her latest book!
Hello! Thank you for having me here.
Of course! So, let me ask a few questions since you're here...
Can you tell us a little about your latest book? When did it come out and where can we get it?
The Universe Between Us is a gripping, dystopian Sci-Fi thriller weaving together aliens, conspiracies, power struggles, sibling love, and romance. It brings together two conflicting yet inseparable characters as they both struggle to survive. My main lead, Eliza, a witty and sharp-tongued nineteen-year-old girl, serves as a harrowing alien experiment's raw material. Locked underground on an alien planet, Eliza lives through a tragic event that marks her for life and leaves her traumatized.
Anzu, my second lead, on the other hand, is a young and charismatic space cadet with a secret that could cost him his life. Manipulated and threatened with death by the evil Commander, he is forced into a dark conspiracy that impacts Eliza directly. And when Eliza discovers his secret and coerces him into helping her escape and save Earth, he must choose to betray his people, or die.My book was published on April 2, 2016, and it can be purchased on Amazon as a Kindle or paperback edition.
Wow! It sounds quite intriguing.
So, what inspired you to write this book? And how did you get into writing science fiction?
Definitely my love for dystopias, space, and aliens. One of my dearest wishes is to have a conversation with an alien, even if they look like reptiles or big-eyed gooey beings. I don't care, take me out on a date around the universe, please!Science Fiction and Fantasy have always been my favorite genres. I fell in love with sci-fi when I picked up Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea at my school's library. It took me one weekend to read it. I was nine. I'm also a big fan, in the dystopia arena, of Lois Lowry's The Giver. These were the novels that have ignited my passion for the genre. So the moment I decided to write a book, I knew without a doubt that it would be either Sci-Fi or Fantasy.
So, tell us...what, do you feel, sets your book apart from other books in the genre?
Most alien invasion stories are told from a human perspective. In my book, I gave the aliens, mostly the leaders, a point of view and showed that while their motives were indeed cruel, they weren't all that bad. Furthermore, in my story, the aliens in power are mostly female (the world leader is an ambitious woman with a vision to lead three universes; the Space Commander is a powerful and influential leader, a hell of a strategist too). In fact, it's a female dominated novel replete with tough, determined women. And by tough I don't mean the classic male version of a female--irrational, unintelligent, and emotional. I wanted to create a world where there was no prejudice against women and their capacity to lead. I made sure it wasn't even considered an honor to be a woman and in power; on their world it's as natural as seeing a man in power here on Earth. Nobody is saying, wow, the president of the United States of America is a man, right?
Please give us a teaser or two of the book if you can.
Let's try another question, okay?
I'm sure readers are curious about your next writing project. Can you tell us what you've got cooking up now or is that a secret?
Absolutely. I'm currently half-way through The Universe Between Us's sequel. There's going to be a lot of action and, as my fans have requested, much more romance (which is making me nervous!).
Great! Sounds like it's right up my alley! ;)
Thanks so much for stopping by to tell us about The Universe Between Us, Gissel!
Sounds like an interesting read!
About the Author:
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Gissel-Brito/e/B01DFTSZ36/