1 AUTHOR BIO
SF Benson, a Michigan native, resides in Georgia with her husband, a human daughter, and a couple of miniature fur kids (two female short-haired guinea pigs). At one time she wrangled a household which included three Samoyeds, saltwater fish, a hamster, and three guinea pigs.
SF has always wanted to be a writer, but she’s had a variety of positions ‘feeding’ her creative brain—blogger/reviewer, customer service representative, veterinary assistant, marketing assistant, editorial assistant, receptionist, and even cashier for women’s clothing and shoes.
She’s an avid bookworm who appreciates a well-written book regardless of genre. SF prefers to write stories which allow her to answer the question “what if”. She leans towards writing strong, diverse protagonists set in dystopian, science fiction, or paranormal worlds.
2 POSSIBLE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
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What kind of books did you read as a kid? I read a little of everything from Laura Ingalls Wilder to Sylvia Plath. If it sparked my interests, which constantly changed, I read it. My longest obsession was probably with witches. I read a lot of nonfiction books on the topic.
When did you decide to become an author? It wasn’t a conscious decision. I wanted to write for years, but it never happened for me. I believe it was due to writing in the wrong genre, women’s fiction. It didn’t suit me and I gave up. It wasn’t until my husband approached me after I quit my last job that I plunged forward. I was stuck in the job search, nothing was happening. He told me to pursue my dream, but do it 110 percent. No half-attempts. So I entered NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in 2014 and completed my first rough draft.
What is your favorite thing about writing for teens? Writing for young adults is all about the possibility. There are so many things that can happen in your life depending upon what path you choose. Young adults, for the most part, make choices without restriction. New adults don’t have enough experience to challenge their choices. Everything is speculative. I love asking the ‘what if’ question, speculating the possibilities, which is what life is about for these two demographics.
What authors or books inspire you? Far too many to list, but if pressed I would start with Veronica Roth. It was her Divergent series that opened my eyes up to the genre. I’d follow up with Stacey Marie Brown, who showed me the fun which could be had with paranormal fiction.
What advice do you have for teens who want to be authors? Don’t stop writing—ever! I wish someone had told me that back in the day. I know everything happens for a reason, including all the numerous jobs I’ve had, but I feel if someone had said that to me I may have finished a manuscript before 2014.
What do you want readers to take away from your book? The Alliance Chronicles is a series about fighting for what you believe in. Tru Shepard believed in her right to make her own choices in her life. She fought, and grew up in the process, for her belief. She had to step out of her own way, put aside her fears and doubts, and embrace the possibility of greatness. Sometimes we have to do things we’re uncomfortable with in order to achieve our desires.
3 CONTACT INFORMATION
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/SFBenson/e/B01DI9Z58Q/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1
4 The Alliance Chronicles series
The Alliance Chronicles is a post-apocalyptic series, which takes place after the fall of the United States in the year 2025. The American Republic is run by scientists and technologists. Creativity is banned. A mandatory vaccine, given to only seventeen-year-olds, has weird side effects.
Tru Shepard and Zared Aoki, two teens with a shared past, team up to uncover the secrets of the New Order government. The fate of humanity depends on their success.
DATE OF PUBLICATION: MARCH 31, 2016
GENRE: YOUNG-ADULT DYSTOPIA
PAGE COUNT: 310
AVAILABLE FORMATS: PAPERBACK (ISBN: 9780692677711), EBOOK (ASIN: B01DO6QILQ)
PURCHASE LINKS: (paperback) http://amzn.to/22FZE4h
Secrets come in all shapes and sizes, but this one fits in the palm of your hand.
Tru’s seventeenth birthday is approaching, and she has a decision to make. She can receive a vaccine that will end her creativity. Or, she can help Zared, a boy from her past, expose government secrets—the ones on a SIM card she’s holding. Both choices are risky. Both choices come with consequences. Either way, she has ten days to decide.
Tru could put her faith in Zared—he’s harboring secrets of his own. But life in New Detroit requires more than hope.
Don’t miss this gripping first book in the Alliance Chronicles—a suspenseful, post-apocalyptic thriller about Tru Shepard’s fight against a corrupt government.
DATE OF PUBLICATION: AUGUST 8, 2016
GENRE: NEW-ADULT DYSTOPIA
PAGE COUNT: 242
AVAILABLE FORMATS: PAPERBACK (ISBN: 9781536817584), EBOOK (ASIN: B01IZ4F8EK)
PURCHASE LINKS: (paperback) http://amzn.to/2b5DBPH
When you forget the rules of the street, the street fights back.
Zared will admit that mistake. Those rules have kept him alive, kept him functioning in the face of fear. Placing his trust in the wrong people, however, is his worst mistake. The threat of death has him on alert.
He’s running out of time to find Tru. Nothing good can come from her being held prisoner. And now that he knows who holds her, his need to save her is more urgent.
But the New Order wants him dead. Can he save her without losing his life?
Rescue, the next installment set in the world of Alliance Chronicles, is a riveting tale about secrets of a corrupt government, and how Zared and Tru attempt to stop it.
DATE OF PUBLICATION: JANUARY 12, 2017
GENRE: NEW-ADULT DYSTOPIA
PAGE COUNT: 139
AVAILABLE FORMATS: PAPERBACK (ISBN: 9781542344098), EBOOK (ASIN: B01N5K9FP7)
PURCHASE LINKS: (paperback) http://amzn.to/2muxCW2
When a kid from the right side of the tracks veers left, how does he find his way back?
They say time dulls pain. Asher’s not buying it. Instead, he’s burying his grief with weed and booze after losing his family because of the Street Wars.
Unfortunately, his petty crimes have caught up with him. Asher understands if he gets out of this, he needs to do some serious soul-searching. He has to come to grips with his losses. Because if he stays on this path, it leads directly to jail.
Set in the world of The Alliance Chronicles, Release is Asher Jones’ poignant coming of age novella about how a good kid finds himself in the midst of a war.
5 Hearts Duology
TITLE: CURSED HEARTS
DATE OF PUBLICATION: FEBRUARY 28, 2017
GENRE: YOUNG ADULT PARANORMAL ROMANCE
PAGE COUNT: 260
AVAILABLE FORMATS: PAPERBACK (ISBN: 9781543193992), EBOOK (ASIN: B06X6CB11T)
PURCHASE LINKS: (paperback) http://amzn.to/2m2lsrU
Temptation really is irresistible…even for supernaturals.
Kelsie, a sixteen-year-old succubus looking for love, didn’t mean for it to happen. Victor, the hottest guy she’s ever met, kissed her. Well, it didn’t exactly stop there.
Victor only meant to kiss her, but he couldn’t help himself. Kelsie is beautiful, and the answer to his lonely, immortal life.
Unfortunately, his innocent action resurrected a century old curse. It’s also stirring up the other supernaturals in town.
The Fates may have put the couple together. Will the beings in the community of Falls Creek keep them apart?
Cursed Hearts, is a Young Adult Paranormal Romance between a succubus and a vampire.
6 And The World Will Burn anthology
TITLE: AND THE WORLD WILL BURN
DATE OF PUBLICATION: JULY 9, 2016
PAGE COUNT: 202
AVAILABLE FORMATS: EBOOK (ASIN: B01E1U3ERK), Paperback (ISBN: 978-1535151917)
DESCRIPTION: What will the end of the world be like? What do you envision for a world after? This is the topic of this anthology, and all proceeds go to the Amputee Coalition of America!
Foreword from Cameo Renae
Hell on Earth by A. Giacomi
A New Year’s Sacrifice by Sandra Ely
Stripped by Frank Martin
The Colonists Gave Them Blankets by John. C. Zielinski
Diaspora by Edward Antrobus
The Spine Ripper by Loraine Van Tonder
Freak Show by Mike Kobernus
The Far Side of the River by Donna Marie West
The RELIC Experiment by SF Benson
Hunter’s Fealty by Glynn Owen Barrass
Returning Lost by A.D. Johnson
Downfall by Gary Pearson
Storage Device by Eric T. Reynolds
The Gaze of Destruction by L. Bachman
Permutation by Kindra Sowder
7 The Debut Collective: Secret Identity anthology
TITLE: DEBUT COLLECTIVE ANTHOLOGIES (SECRET IDENTITY BOOK 4)
DATE OF PUBLICATION: MAY 31, 2016
PAGE COUNT: 274
AVAILABLE FORMATS: EBOOK (ASIN: B01GGN04PU), Paperback (ISBN: 978-1533539229)
“WHAT YOU SEE ISN’T ALWAYS WHAT YOU GET.”
Fourteen short stories encompassing secrets by:
Casey L. Bond
N Jane Quackenbush
Angela Bonnie Shockley
8 The Debut Collective: Against All Odds anthology
TITLE: DEBUT COLLECTIVE ANTHOLOGIES (AGAINST ALL ODDS BOOK 5)
DATE OF PUBLICATION: MAY 31, 2016
PAGE COUNT: 234
AVAILABLE FORMATS: EBOOK (ASIN: B01GGLV2HG), Paperback (ISBN: 978-1533539762)
“IMPOSSIBILITY IS TEMPORARY.”
Fourteen short stories about conquering the odds by:
Sharon Rose Mayes