Saturday, May 4, 2019

Interview with Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings for Nexus

Nexus (The Androma Saga #2)

by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
Release Date: May 7th 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy
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#1 New York Times bestselling authors Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings deliver the dazzling finale to the acclaimed Androma Saga, where stunning betrayals and devastating secrets send an embattled galaxy spiraling into the ultimate nightmare.

Her ship is gone, her crew is captured and notorious mercenary Androma Racella is no longer the powerful Bloody Baroness, but a fugitive ruthlessly hunted across the Mirabel Galaxy. The bloodthirsty Queen Nor now rules most of the galaxy through a mind-control toxin and she’ll stop at nothing to destroy her most hated adversary.

Andi will risk anything, even her precious freedom, to find a cure. Stranded with her unlikely ally, Dex, on the unforgiving ice planet of Solera, their plan to infiltrate a black-market city proves dangerously irresistible.

Back in Arcardius, Nor’s actions have opened Mirabel to invasion. As Andi’s crew fights to regain their freedom, Andi and Dex discover a threat far greater than anything they’ve faced before.

Only by saving their mortal enemy can the crew of the Maraudermake one last desperate strike to save the galaxy—unaware that a shattering, centuries-old secret may demand the most wrenching sacrifice of all.

Can you briefly describe NEXUS and their main characters?

Nexus picks up not long after ZENITH left off. If you’ve read book one, it ends on a pretty big cliff-hanger, so we had a blast getting to tie up all the loose ends that we left our space pirates with at the end of book one. This one is all about redemption, and “getting the band back together” so to speak…it’s also about new alliances forming, and a darker force at work than the Marauders had to face in book one.

Who would you say is your favourite character from the story and why?

Lindsay- I love Valen in this one. His story is heart-breaking and dark, and I had an absolute blast digging into the corners of his mind that people never got to explore in book one! 

Sasha – I love Nor, she is seen as the “villain” but I loved dissecting her character and figuring out WHY she does what she does. 

How did the story occur to you? Did you find inspiration anywhere?

Lindsay- Sasha and I always have a blast coming up with scene ideas, and we’re super inspired by art, music, basically anything creative. I remember specifically a time when we were on tour last year for Zenith, where Sasha got a really fun idea for an ice dragon scene, and we fleshed that out together on one of our flights! 

Sasha- We find inspiration in everything, from people to landscapes to really, whatever! I loved our brainstorming sessions when we would throw crazy ideas at each other until one of them sticks!

If you could choose one song to describe your book, which one would it be?

Lindsay – Wrecking Ball.

Sasha - The Sound of Silence: HELLO DARKNESS MY OLD FRIEND…

What would you say it is the best thing about writing a book with another author? What was the process of writing this series?

Lindsay- It’s just fun to get two minds together…it almost feels like the creative possibilities are endless! We wrote a lot of this series on Google Docs, where we’d sort of plot out scene-by scene, and then tackle them at random. It’s messy, but fun!

Sasha – I find collaborating with people the BEST THING EVER. I am such a people person so I feed off of others. Getting to create this world with Lindsay was a DREAM. We wrote online together and in person. Zenith and Nexus both had different creature processes, which was so interesting to see once the series was complete.

Between Zenith & Nexus:

Which book has your favourite cover? We can’t decide!! They both are *heart eyes* to us!

Which one was more fun to write? Zenith, because it was all so new and exciting!

If your book was going to be made into a movie, who would play your characters?

Andi: Iskra Lawrence 

Dex: Marlon Teixeria

Nor: Naomi Scott

Valen: Francisco Lachowski

Since it is still cold outside, what hot drink do you think will go with your book to have a perfect book date?

Lindsay - Peppermint mocha 

Sasha – Extra caramel latte or macchiato 

Can you recommend your readers any other books in case they are left hungry for more once they finish NEXUS?

What’s next for you?

Lindsay- I have a new single title coming up in 2020 called BLOOD, METAL, BONE…it’s sort of a space western fantasy mashup with alien horses! 

Sasha – I am working on an urban folklore fantasy book set in Scotland! Its code name is PROJECT RED ;)

Sasha Alsberg is the #1 NYT Bestselling Co-Author of ZENITH: The Androma Saga.

When Sasha is not writing or obsessing over Scotland she is making YouTube videos on her channel Abookutopia. She lives in Massachusetts with her dogs, Fraser and Fiona

For her writing, she is represented by Joanna Volpe at New Leaf Literary.

Lindsay Cummings is the #1 NYT Bestselling co-author of ZENITH, along with her duology, THE MURDER COMPLEX from Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins, and the MG trilogy THE BALANCE KEEPERS, from Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins. She is represented by Pete Knapp at Park Literary in NYC.

Lindsay deals with chronic fatigue, writes full time from her home in the deep woods in North Texas, and loves to chat with fellow book nerds. Lindsay created the #booknerdigans hashtag.

She's still waiting on her letter from Hogwarts--it was probably just lost in the mail. You can follow Lindsay on twitter @authorlindsayc or on instagram @authorlindsaycummings.

1 comment:

  1. This book went immediately on my must read list as it promises to keep me turning the pages with all the action and suspense. I love to read fantasy and science fiction.