02 September, 2016

Impact Winter by S.M.Freedman Interview and Giveaway! @SMFreedman

Celticlady's Reviews is pleased to feature S.M.Freedman, author of The Faithful and Impact Winter today!

1. Both The Faithful and its new sequel, Impact Winter, are books in a science fiction series about a group of psychic children abducted by a tribe of priests who conspire to use them as weapons against humanity. What inspired you to write a series that explores the themes of kidnapping, mind control, and psychic power?

“I’m only just beginning to realize how much I write what I fear: Losing a child, things that go bump in the night, the ‘end of days.’ Eventually, I grabbed a bunch of those fears and forced them to join together by asking my favorite question, what if? That’s how I Fidele was born, an international organization run by a group of ‘priests’ who believe they have evolved into a superior breed of human, and that in order for them to thrive, the rest of humanity needs to be destroyed.”

2. Like The Faithful, Impact Winter features former missing child, Ryanne Jervis, who has been living as meteorite hunter, Rowan Wilson, before FBI agent Josh Metcalf locates her. What’s special about Ryanne and how did you come to choose her as the star of your sci fi series?

“In February of 2013 a meteorite exploded above Russia, and it caught my imagination. I started digging, and became fascinated with the profession of meteorite hunting. I thought it was the coolest of the cool that people actually work as space data analysts, searching the night sky for threats to life on Earth, and decided I needed to write about it. Hours and hours of research later, Ryanne came to life. She’s sassy, addicted to junk food, haunted by a past she can’t remember, and in denial about certain ‘abilities’ that make her unusual. As a meteorite hunter, Ryanne works at the Spaceguard facility on the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. And yes, it’s a real place and a real job, but if you try to sneak a peek you’ll find yourself facing some big guns. Trust me on that one!”

3. There are strong elements of feminism and motherhood, especially with regard to Ryanne and her mother, Sherry, and Neema and her abducted daughter, Leora, in both of your novels. What made you decide to pursue these thematic issues in the series and, especially, Impact Winter?

“It actually came as a bit of a surprise to me! It wasn’t my intention to delve so deeply into the bond between parent and child, but as a mother of two that topic is obviously close to my heart. In Impact
Winter several characters are trying to repair broken parent-child bonds after a lengthy absence, whether
the absence is due to kidnapping, isolation, or alcohol abuse. The uncertainty, yearning, and heartache of parenthood became the backdrop for everything else.”

4. Impact Winter has a much darker feel to it than The Faithful. What makes it so different from the first book and in what ways will readers see the returning characters develop and grow?

Impact Winter is definitely the dark middle child of the series. Ryanne is haunted by visions of the second phase in I Fidele’s new world order: the round-up and brutal internment of all survivors. And while most of the main characters return, not all of them will survive. I’ve also added one new character, Neema. In The Faithful, Ryanne was run over trying to stop the abduction of Neema’s daughter, and then inadvertently responsible for the murder of Neema’s mother. But Neema remained nameless, hovering in the background. I kept thinking about her. This poor woman was trying to deal with her daughter’s disappearance and her mother’s death, and then she was thrust into global chaos. How would she survive? How would she keep her two remaining children alive? She became a key player in Impact Winter’s storyline. Through Neema’s eyes, we see the aftermath of I Fidele’s destruction. We see the great warrior mama unleashed as she fights to survive and find her lost daughter—and through her we witness the next step in I Fidele’s plan for world domination.”

5. What would you like readers to remember most about your books?

“That they are great stories, hopefully! If my words take readers out of their own lives for awhile and touch them in some small way, then I’m happy.”

6. Are you working on the sequel to Impact Winter and, if so, what can you tell us about it?

“Definitely! I took a little break to work on a detective mystery, but Ryanne has been demanding my attention. I don’t want to give too much away, but I will say that I Fidele is far from finished. We’ll also see a lot more of young Jack, as he grows into his role as the protector of the White.”

Read about the book
Award-winning author S.M. Freedman announces the release of her apocalyptic science-fiction novel, Impact Winter (ISBN 978-0-9975427-0-7), the sequel to Freedman’s debut mystery, The Faithful (ISBN 978-1503948044), which is published under Amazon's mystery/thriller imprint, Thomas & Mercer. An international Amazon bestseller, The Faithful was a Quarter Finalist in the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award and was chosen by Suspense Magazine as one of the Best Books of 2015 in the Debut Author category.

Impact Winter continues the dramatic story established in The Faithful, where FBI agent Josh Metcalf locates Ryanne Jervis decades after she has been abducted as a child. When Josh finds her, he discovers that
Ryanne is being haunted by repressed memories of kidnappings and mind control on an isolated mountain ranch. With the help of Josh and another abductee, Sumner Macey, Ryanne uncovers her past as a victim of the alien group, I Fidele, whose soulless leaders kidnap psychic children and use them as weapons to reshape humanity. Josh, Sumner, and Ryanne learn the truth too late to stop I Fidele from implementing the first part of its plan: Global destruction and the incineration of millions of innocent people.

Months after Josh and a small band of Ryanne’s fellow victims escape from I Fidele, the impact winter has come, cloaking the earth in smoke, cold, and silence. Isolated on a compound in the mountains of Colorado with her fellow escapees, Ryanne is haunted by visions of the second phase of I Fidele’s new world order: The round-up and brutal internment of the survivors. Seeking absolution for their part in the fall of humanity and determined to save those who remain, Ryanne’s small group of former I Fidele members must discover a way to turn the I Fidele leaders’ most prized weapon—their own children—against them.

An apocalyptic tale of extraordinary power, loyalty, and revenge, Impact Winter captures the mystery, suspense, and unusual characters that readers have come to expect in this compelling futuristic mystery series.

Impact Winter is a darker tale than The Faithful because the children taken by I Fidele have solved the mystery of their abduction and now have to try to save their fellow victims,” said Freedman. “The novel is a more apocalyptic story – there are issues of survival as well as attempts by the older victims of the organization to right the wrongs in which they have unwittingly played a part. Their story is one of revenge, but also loyalty and love, as they work together to take down I Fidele’s leaders before they destroy the rest of humanity.” 

S.M. Freedman is a top-ranked Amazon author in the mystery, thriller, and suspense categories, and is a member of the WorldWiseWriters group. A graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, Freedman spent many years as a private investigator and business owner. She lives in Vancouver and Palm Springs with her husband, two children, and a giant orange cat.

For more information on S.M. Freedman or Impact Winter, please visit: www.smfreedman.com.

About the author
S.M. Freedman is a top-ranked Amazon author in the Mystery, Thriller and Suspense categories, and a member of the WorldWiseWriters group. She lives in Vancouver with her husband, two children, and a giant orange cat.

She studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and spent years as a private investigator and business owner.

Inspired by authors of many different genres (favorites include Sue Grafton, Diana Gabaldon, Jodi Picoult, Stephen King, Justin Cronin, Suzanne Collins and Lawrence Hill, to name a few) she eventually turned back to her first love: writing.

The Faithful, a paperback and kindle Amazon Bestseller in both the US and the UK, and a Quarter-Finalist in the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award is her debut novel. The sequel will be published July 1st, 2016.


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indah nuria Savitri said...

looks like an interesting read. Thanks for sharing it to #OMHGWW :)

Kathleen Kelly said...

It does sound good doesn't it? Thanks for stopping by!

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