Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Blog Tour and Interview: Persistence of Vision by Liesel K Hill

Title: Persistence of Vision
Series: Interchron Series #1
Author: Liesel K Hill
Published Date: Jan 29, 2012
Publisher: Tate Publishing
Format: ebook
Pages: 386
ISBN: 1620247968
Copy provided by: author
Genre: adult dystopian
Add to: Goodreads
Purchase: Amazon / Tate Publishing
Rating: 4 stars

Goodreads synopsisIn a world where collective hives are enslaving the population and individuals have been hunted to the verge of extinction, Maggie Harper, and independent 21st Century woman, must find the strength to preserve the freedom of the future, but without the aid of her memories.
After experiencing a traumatic time loss, Maggie is plagued by a barrage of images she can't explain. When she's attacked by a creep with a spider's web tattoo, she is saved by Marcus, a man she's never met, but somehow remembers. He tells her that both he and her creepy attacker are from a future in which individuals are being murdered by collectives, and Marcus is part of the rebellion. The collectives have acquired time travel and they plan to enslave the human race throughout all of history. The flashes Maggie has been seeing are echoes of lost memories, and the information buried deep within them is instrumental in defeating the collective hives.
In order to preserve the individuality of mankind, Maggie must try to re-discover stolen memories, re-kindle friendships she has no recollection of, and wade through her feelings for the mysterious Marcus, all while dodging the tattooed assassins the collectives keep sending her way.
If Maggie can't fill the holes in her memory and find the answers to stop the collectives, the world both in her time and in all ages past and future will be doomed to enslavement in the grey, mediocre collectives. As the danger swirls around her and the collectives close in, Maggie realizes she must make a choice: stand out or fade away...

My review: I'd like to thank the author for sharing this book with me for an honest review. 
At first, the book was a little slow and hard to get into, which was why I gave it 4 stars instead of 4 1/2 stars. Once you got into it though, it was amazing. 
The characters were believable and I could really connect with them. I felt badly for Marcus with Maggie not remembering him. That's just got to be heart-wrenching. I didn't find Maggie to be too whiny, considering that she'd just been transported forward into a time where everything is done with your mind, and the equivalent of the Borg now exist. I think I'd either laugh myself into a loony house or be a puddle of tears if I were put in her shoes. 
There were a few glitches in the editing. I'm trying to remember one off the top of my head, but I can't right now. However, it wasn't detrimental to the reading pace. 
I can't wait for the sequel!

And now for the interview!!!!

1.   1. What inspired you to write your first book?

Persistence of Vision was actually not the first book I’d ever written. For a long time I was going to go into health science. Once I realized that wasn't my calling, and that I wanted to write, I realized I needed a subject. I looked into a few different things, but then I took a Russian History class in college and fell in love with it. The first book I ever wrote is a historical fiction set in medieval Russia. It’s scheduled for release later this year. After I had one novel under my belt, I branched out to sci-fi and fantasy. That’s more what I read and soon enough, Persistence of Vision was born.

2.   2.  How did you come up with the title?

I struggled with a title for this book. I finished the writing and still didn’t have one. The story was written, with one of the major themes being that Maggie remembered Marcus on some level, even after her memories had been erased. With that in mind, I started going through my old notes. I’m a big believer keeping a mini-notepad around to write down ideas as they come. I did this in college and actually the concept of the Remembrancer came from it. When I went back through my notes, I found a notation for persistence of vision, which is a real physics concept. I realized it fit perfectly.

3.     3.  Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

It’s a bit early in the series for overall messages, but I wrote Maggie in such a way that she’s positive, forward-thinking, willing to help, and believes in the greater good, which is in large part why she has and will continue to succeed to the extent that she does.

4.      4. Are any of the characters based on people you know?

Nope. There’s an inevitable amount of me in Maggie, but other than that these characters aren't based on anyone specific.

5.    5.  What books have most influenced your life most?

Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series is always my answer for this. I’ve learned more from that series than most other things I’ve read combined. It’s simply amazing! Incidentally, the final book just came out. It was great!

6.    6.   If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

Assuming I don’t have to have met them in person, I’d have to go with Robert Jordan again. Of course, the writers in my writer’s group are always mentoring me, especially the wonderful Brianna Kent and Jernae Kowallis.

7.  7.  What book are you reading now?

I’m reading One Boy No Water by Lehua Parker. I’m usually not big on middle grade but my friend and fellow JFP author wrote it and I wanted to review it for her on my blog.

8.     8.  Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Sure! I’m always looking for new authors to read. I’m very excited about Megan Shepherd’s The Madman’s Daughter. Some other recent or up-and-coming authors you might want to follow are Chris Loke, Jennifer Stewart Griffin, and Adrienne Monson.

Thank you so much Liesel, for the interview and for allowing me to review your book, it was incredible! If any of you want to contact the author, she can be found at the following links:

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