I had hoped to have an interview here with Grace, but it seems time worked against me. In any event I would like to close out the tour with this post on Legendary Space Pilgrims, by Grace Bridges.
I am basically a mystery/suspense writer, although I find myself getting carried away by some of the great authors we tour at the Christian Fiction Review Blog. Grace Bridges is one of those exceptional writers. I do like the sci-fi genre, although my own work in that area began a long time ago, consisted of 3 stories, and had to be re-typed several times, just to save the rough draft due to computer crashes. As a result what I have is a work in great need of editorial work just to make in consistent throughout, not to mention all the problems I'd have to work on through the needed re-writes. So it sits, stored on a disk, untouched for over a year now, only getting through half of it with any kind of editing. I haven't really given up, but I haven't seriously considered going back to it either.
Unlike my work, Grace Bridges pressed on, edited, polished and did a great job. Not only did she persevere, but she came out with a work that is, in my opinion, one of the best I've read. Also unlike my work, she doesn't stick to a single planet, but travels through the solar system, giving the readers a view of the vastly different planets our pilgrims come upon. The 2 that receive the most intricate attention are the planets Monday and Viva. We know there is a 7th planet, Sancta, but we know little about it as of yet. I suppose we will find out much about this planet in her sequel. The reason that the planets between Monday and Viva do not receive as much attention is not that she doesn't describe them but because they are mostly devoid of people, and people are what makes our surroundings something to connect with. On Monday we have everyone being pushed into a single mold, while on Viva there are many different types of peoples, and it is Viva where the book really begins to rachet up the pace. Do yourself a favor, buy this wonderful book and after reading it share with others or better yet, donate to your local library so others can read it.
Grace is the owner and editor of Splashdown Books. She's a Kiwi of Irish descent living in beautiful New Zealand, and a chocaholic cat-lovin' Trekkie, Jesus freak, web designer, and all-round DIY gal who also takes care of the Lost Genre Guild Blog. Visit Grace's Blog for links to all her interests.
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