The Retreat (The After Trilogy, #1)
by Kelly St. Clare
Publication Date: August 30, 2016
Earth is ruined. Humankind destroyed. And it’s old news.
Romy’s life is simple—for a genetically enhanced space soldier; pick up space junk with her four friends, and stave off the invaders fixated on stealing Planet Earth.
It isn’t much. But it’s temporary—only another 850 years to go, give or take.
When her crew tangles with a gulp-worthy alien mothership, Romy’s return to Earth is brought forwards at hurtling pace.
Strength comes from the unlikeliest of quarters.
As does leadership.
…As does betrayal.
About the Author
When Kelly St Clare is not reading or writing, she is lost in her latest reverie. She can, quite literally, drift past a car accident while in the midst of her day dreams, despite the various police sirens and chaos.
Books have always been magical and mysterious to her. One day she decided to start unravelling this mystery and began writing. Her aim: To write stories she would want to read. As it turns out, this failed miserably. Do you know what it is like to read something you've written? Impossible, that's what. Not to mention, the ending is ruined before you've begun. Never-the-less, Kelly loves it and wishes she had more time to squeeze it in between her day job as a physiotherapist.
Fantasy of Frost, the first title in The Tainted Accords, is her debut novel. It's sequel, Fantasy of Flight released May 2015. Fantasy of Fire is now available!
A New Zealander in origin and in heart, Kelly currently resides in Australia with her soon-to-be husband, a great group of friends, and some huntsman spiders who love to come inside when it rains. Their love is not returned.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Sure! I am a New Zealander living in Melbourne, Australia. I write young adult fantasy and science fiction. I published my first book two years ago, and love writing a bit more each day! Meeting other authors, bloggers and readers is so much fun.
Hobbies, pets, fun facts? Tea or coffee?
I love music. I play the guitar and piano, and sing at the top of my lungs—even though I’m not that good (hehe). I like doing craft every so often. I just went through a phase where I became obsessed with making everything out of crates. And I have a pet rabbit, Alfie, who is unbearably cute and keeps me company during the day.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
There is a highly awkward puberty scene in The Retreat, and it was one of the most enjoyable scenes I’ve ever written. Just so cringe-worthy—though funny because it’s not you going through it.
Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or is it purely all imagination?
I don’t consciously add in life experiences. But I think a lot of the messages, and dialogue between characters must be based on my own experiences, and comes through naturally when I write. When I read back over a draft there are scenes and sentences that stir memories.
What inspired you to write this book?
The story itself. An idea comes to me out of the blue and if it’s good enough, it sticks around and pesters me. I was writing another series when the idea first came to me. I never jotted it down on paper, yet it stuck around in my mind, nagging. Two years later, when I finally had space to begin another story, the idea was still there as intriguing as the first day it arrived.
Is there a particular author or book that influenced you in any way either as a child or an adult?
As a teen, I read a lot of Emily Rhodda, John Marsden, Julie Campbell Tatham, J.K. Rowling, Tamora Pierce, and Anthony Horowitz. The messages in these great books helped to shape the way I see life.
Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Write your first draft as though no one will ever see it.
Is there anything you would like to say to your fans or readers?
I make a sound only dogs can hear when you guys message me saying how much you love my books. *group hug*