She's constantly lost in one fictional universe or another and is a self-proclaimed "fangirl" who loves being sucked in to new books or TV shows. Theresa originally wanted to write horror novels as an ode to her childhood passion for Stephen King novels, but between her internal Muse's ramblings and the constant praise for her sci-fi pieces from her writer's group - The Rebel Writers - she knew she should stick with what was working.
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I wrote the first draft of Broken Skies during a Camp NaNoWriMo session in the summer of 2013. From July through December, I ripped it to shreds and completely rewrote it. As creative processes can be, it was frustrating. There were many times I wanted to give up and throw the whole thing out the window. It took the support and encouragement of my crit partner and my writing group to keep me going and I finally had a revision ready manuscript ready right before Christmas. I did my revisions, sent it off to be edited and when the time came, I hit the publish button on KDP.
Yes, I hit the publish button. Even though Broken Skies is now with Amazon Publishing’s traditional YA imprint Skyscape, it was originally self-published.
As an avid reader, I’ve had every version of the Kindle since the second generation. It was through ebooks that I first discovered indie authors and through watching and talking to them that I developed the confidence to publish on my own. Broken Skies would not have been published and may never even have been written without Amazon and KDP and I’m absolutely thrilled that it will continue its journey on the traditional publishing side through Skyscape.
Broken Skies is YA post-apocalyptic sci-fi and the idea for the story simply started with the name Jax and the idea that I wanted to write about aliens. At the time, Jax was the alien, but, as I started brainstorming, the story changed A LOT.
I think the biggest surprise I ran into when writing Broken Skies was Jax herself. First of all, Jax is not typically a name for a female character but she wouldn't let me change it. She's very moody and she was totally running the show while I was writing. I learned that if I didn't go where she wanted me to, she'd stop talking to me so even my vague outline was quickly discarded. She's not a typical heroine. She's immature, impulsive and guarded, but also fiercely loyal to those she deems worthy and her somewhat conflicting personality traits make her a lot of fun to write.
For all her difficulties, creating Jax was also one of my favorite parts about creating the book and I hope you enjoy reading her story as much as I enjoyed writing it.
~ Theresa Kay
Thirty years ago, civilization collapsed. Few survived.
Ten years ago, the aliens arrived…and stayed.
One year ago, I killed two men and went a little crazy.
Today, the aliens took my brother and I will do anything to get him back.
In seventeen-year-old Jax Mitchell's world, humans are nearly extinct and alien settlers have arrived.
Until recently, the E’rikon have remained segregated in their city and ignored the few humans who have tried to engage them… but now they have taken Jax’s brother. To rescue him, she forms an uneasy alliance with a teenage E’rikon left stranded in the woods. She agrees to guide him to the city if he sneaks her past the human-proof barrier. Too bad it’s not that simple.
Jax, who cannot stand to be touched, finds that she’s drawn to the alien boy with bright green hair and jewel-like scales down his back. And he’s equally affected by her, the courageous redhead with haunted eyes. But she doesn’t know the alien’s true motives and he has no idea that she is much more than she seems.
In this world where alien and human are at odds, the connection forming between the two has consequences. What started off as a rescue mission sets a chain of events in motion which threatens not only the remaining humans and the growing alien society, but Earth itself.
Read Chapter One HERE.