Friday, December 3, 2010

My Friend Grace - Interview & Giveaway

Today I'm pleased to welcome Grace Bridges to my blog to talk about her latest speculative fiction, Legendary Space Pilgrims. A fun deviation from most of the books I've featured, and I hope you like it, because Grace is kicking off a slew of interviews with her fellow spec-fic writers from Splashdown books. =)
Grace is offering a copy of her book to one lucky reader, so as usual, leave your comment below with an email address for a chance to win!

About Legendary Space Pilgrims

If Pilgrim's Progress happened in space, this is what it might look like...
On a planet that has never seen the sun, a harvester hears a Voice from beyond. It's time to leave the oatfield. Mario and Caitlin escape the mind control of Planet Monday, following the Voice to unknown worlds where wonders and challenges await. Have you got what it be a legend?


About Grace

Often found staring into trees in search of a tui. Mystic wordnerd. Independent friend. Urbanite hermit. Beachwalker. Head in clouds. Literary. Likes to sleep.


Hi, Grace! Good to have you here. What's your latest book?

Legendary Space Pilgrims  from Splashdown Books. It released in July 2010.

What's your favorite part of the story?

I have lots of favourite parts, but one of the most intense takes place between the two main characters in a glade of blood-red flowers on the fifth planet they visit on their journey. They had believed it was their final destination, but this incident makes it clear that it's not: they must go on to find their true calling.

Ah, the unexpected. That's always fun. (And y'all, note her way of spelling "favourite." Grace is visiting us all the way from New Zealand, so she gets extra points for coolness;-) What was the hardest part to write?

All of it? LOL. Writing is mostly like pulling teeth for me.

=) Hopefully you didn't end up toothless. ;-) What do you hope your readers will get out of the story?

A sense of wonder at the world around us, perhaps seen through the eyes of someone totally unfamiliar with the variety and freedom we enjoy.

Oh, neat.  Is there a theme to this book?

It's a journey from oppression to freedom, with all the inherent emotional tangles and cultural shocks—and more: to then be chosen for a unique task.

What's your favorite genre to write? To read?

Science fiction on both counts. There's nothing like it for expanding the imagination.

Very true. My hubby's favorite author has always been Orson Scott Card, and so I had to expand my horizons and read a bunch of sci-fi just to keep up with him. =) What are you reading right now—and what do you want to read next?

Some older stuff by Timothy Zahn that I picked up at the library. After that, I have a whole stack, including Jeffrey Overstreet, Randy Ingermanson, and Karen Hancock.

Nice stack! Okay, let's move on to one of my fun, frivolous questions. ;-) If someone were to give you $5,000 to spend on anything you wanted, what would you buy? (No saving or gifts to charities allowed!)

A stereo, and some furniture—most of mine is borrowed. And probably a road trip holiday around New Zealand. It's my backyard, and my car drinks diesel, so that'd be pretty cheap!

I would so love to visit New Zealand sometime. From what I've seen it's just breathtaking. Ahhhh. Anyway.  What are you writing right now?

Comet Born, a superhero serial appearing monthly at Digital Dragon magazine. Lots of fun!
And still slogging away on Godspeed, which is the sequel or companion volume to Faith Awakened, my first release.

Oh, a serial does sound like fun! Any upcoming releases we should keep our eye out for?

CyberDublin is finished but still very much a first draft. Perhaps it might be ready by next year. It's a near-future tale of what might happen in Ireland if everything ran on the Internet—and then crashed. Complete with plenty of Irish humour. I actually got to write it in Ireland.

Well, can't beat that! Is there another author who has greatly influenced your writing?

Lots! Stephen Lawhead, with his amazing emotion-wrenching descriptions; Frank Creed and Jeremy Robinson with their movie-like visual action styles; and of course C.S. Lewis, especially his imaginative Space Trilogy.


Thanks for visiting, Grace! Readers, you can check out her website at Look for her book at Splashdown Books--or get signed copies from CrossPurposes!

Void where prohibited. Entry into the contest is considered verification of eligibility based on your local laws. Chance of winning depends on number of entries. Contest ends 12/9/10. Winner will have two weeks to claim prize.


  1. OH JOY...I would absolutely love to win a copy
    of anything Grace writes...just love my New Zealand friend, she is so way cool. Thanks for entering me in the drawing to WIN.

  2. Hey, I'm first! ;o) Pick me, pick me!

  3. Love these contests! I hope to win. ;)

  4. You don't have to enter me in the drawing. I've already read Legendary Space Pilgrims, and it's a GREAT story. Highly Recommended.

  5. Please enter me! :)

  6. New dream vacation :)
    Please enter me.


  7. Pilgrim's Progress in space? What a great idea! Thank you for entering me in the drawing.

    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

  8. Another book giveaway:)
    I get so blessed when I win a copy, especially an autographed copy!
    chakasa58 at gmail dot com

  9. Sounds like a great book! I would love to win it!