#BlogTour — Ghosts & Ashes (Broken Moon) #2 by F.T. Lukens ...Author Interview + Giveaway
Today MM Book Escape is very lucky to be interviewing FT Lukens author of Ghosts & Ashes.
Hi FT, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
Hi! Thanks for having me. My current book, Ghosts & Ashes, is the second book in the Broken Moon series. This book continues the adventures of Ren and Asher and the rest of the Star Stream crew.
1) Tell us something no one else knows about your characters.
I’m not quite sure what to say that won’t spoil the story! I will say that Ollie is my favorite minor character. Ollie is Penelope’s sister and is the everyman on the crew. He’s family oriented and considers all the crew on the ship his family even the new members. He welcomes Ren with open arms despite Ren’s oddities. Ollie is the big brother that everyone should have. He didn’t have a major role in the first book, but he blossoms in this one and I hope everyone comes to love him as much as I have.
I also have to give a shout out to Rowan and Jakob. Two other minor characters that I love. Rowan was ‘Asher’s sister’ during the outlines for the first book and didn’t have a name until I actually had to in the narrative. Jakob was made up on the spot. When writing the opening scenes of the first book, I realized I’d need a few characters to make the journey with Ren for it to be more relatable and that I wasn’t constantly writing in Ren’s head. Jakob was created right then. Jakob’s endgame has changed a few times during plotting, but now I have a solid ending for him and everyone else.
2) Have you ever written something that made you cry?
I have! This book! There are quite a few scenes in this book that made me tear up. There is one at the end that made me cry while I was editing it.
3) Have you ever co-written with someone before?
Actually, I’m co-writing with someone right now. One of my best friends and I are working on a silly novel about mythological dating. It’s a very different process but it’s so much fun. I’m really enjoying it. The toughest part is making sure we’re both working toward the same end, but that can be solved with a solid outline. The best part is working with a friend and that your word count increases exponentially just when combining sections.
4) What is the most difficult part of writing for you?
I used to say that writing in a vacuum was the most difficult and what I mean by that is writing without the instant gratification that comes with writing for fan communities. But now, I think for me the hardest part is concentrating and getting it done. I experienced a hand injury in 2016 and it has really changed the way I approach writing. I have to take breaks when I used to be able to write in long stretches. With shorter writing times, it’s harder for me to get back into it after taking a break. I’m finding that I have to work longer times for smaller word counts. It’s an adjustment.
5) Name your four most important food groups.
Coffee, chocolate, fruit, diet Coke
ABOUT THE BOOK
GHOSTS & ASHES
Three months have passed since the events of The Star Host, and Ren is living aboard the Star Stream under the watchful eyes of the Phoenix Corps.
Plagued by vivid nightmares that ravage the ship in his sleep, he struggles to prove he isn’t a threat and fears he has traded one captor for another.
His relationship with Asher, whose efforts to balance his personal loyalty to Ren with his professional duties to the Corps are failing, fractures.
Adrift without an anchor, Ren must return to his home planet of Erden if he has any chance of reversing his dangerous descent into madness.
There, he hopes search for his missing brother and salvage his relationship with Asher. What he nds is knowledge that puts everyone’s allegiance to the test.
* * *
Ren sighed. Asher wanted to talk, and Ren’s insides ached with a fierce loneliness he hadn’t experienced since the first night in the cell of the Baron’s citadel. He didn’t want Asher’s words or his pity.
And he didn’t want to relive the details of the nightmare, which had sent him twisting in his sheets and crawling across the floor. The sense memories clung to him, like cobwebs whose phantom threads, fluttery and strange and stubborn, brushed against his skin. The strands were infinite; they touched the deep places of Ren’s consciousness and burrowed down to his marrow to pull out the things that terrified him most.
He didn’t want to share the nightmare, but Asher’s flat countenance and sure gaze couldn’t hide his worry. It flashed in his eyes and ran in shaky tremors down the length of his crossed arms, as if he hugged himself to keep in his concerns and not as a defense to reflect whatever Ren had to throw at him.
Ren bent his knees, propped his arm up, and allowed his fingertips to dangle. Sweat flattened his hair against his temples. He regarded Asher coolly as Asher sat on the edge of Ren’s bunk.
“Do you remember when we went dancing?”
Asher blinked at the non-sequitur. “On Mykonos?”
Rowan had taken them dancing in a place with loud music and rotating lights. The beat had vibrated through Ren’s boots. “I had never been dancing like that before.”
Asher raised an eyebrow. “You weren’t bad. Well, not as bad as Jakob.”
“I liked the slow dance.” Asher had grabbed Ren in his arms and pulled him to the dance floor. They’d laughed and moved and all Ren’s worries had dissolved in happiness and the rhythm of the music. “I liked being with you. With the crew. I miss that.”
“We’re here now, Ren.”
He shook his head. “No. You’re not. It’s different now.”
“It doesn’t have to be.”
Ren looked away.
“Ren, you’re not okay,” he said flatly.
“No. I’m not, but I didn’t feel like broadcasting it.”
“It’s a little late for that,” Asher said softly. Ren’s stomach twisted. Asher had all but confirmed his latest nightmare had played on the vid screens. The crew had seen what Ren couldn’t remember, didn’t want to remember. “You’re getting worse. And they know it.”
Ren twisted his lips. “I’m aware the crew already knows. Pen can’t lie for anything.”
“Not them. The Corps.”
Ren rested his head on his knees. “You told her. You threw me to the wolves.”
“I had to.”
“Why? Do you want me to leave? Be locked away?”
“Stars, Ren. You know I don’t want that.”
“I don’t know what you want, to be honest. I don’t understand why you hold allegiance to them at all.”
“Because I have to. I promised five years.”
“You and your promises,” Ren said bitterly. That was loyalty Ren couldn’t understand, not after what the Corps had done to Asher, not after having left him for a year to rot in a cell on what they called a backwater planet. But Ren was beginning to realize there were things he would never understand and maybe wasn’t meant to.
“And I promised I’d keep you safe. Any way I could. This is the only way. Don’t you understand that?”
Ren felt the slight touch of Asher’s fingertips across the back of his hand. His star sparked and sought out the mechanism in Asher’s shoulder instinctually.
“There’s a fine line between safety and captivity.”
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About the Author
F.T. Lukens is an author of Young Adult fiction who got her start by placing second out of ten thousand entries in a fan community writing contest. A sci- enthusiast, F.T. loves Star Trek and Fire y and is a longtime member of her college’s science- fiction club. She holds degrees in Psychology and English Literature and has a love of cheesy television shows, superhero movies, and writing. F.T. lives in North Carolina with her husband, three kids, and three cats.
Her first novel in the Broken Moon series, The Star Host, was published by Duet Books in 2016.
Connect with F.T. at authorftlukens.wordpress.com on Twitter @ftlukens, on Tumblr at ftlukens.tumblr.com and on Goodreads at goodreads.com/ftlukens.