Writing Thesis: THE LOST PLANET
Abstract: A thirteen-year-old wakes up with no memory of who he is and is then hunted through the galaxy with two unlikely allies after his planet is destroyed.
Department: Middle Grade/Science Fiction
Faculty Advisor: Liz Szabla, Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan
Release Date: January 28, 2014
Hometown: Venice, CA
Minor(s): Cooking, Cat Herding
Most Likely To: Start an impromptu knitting circle
Friday Night Whereabouts:
___ Missing in Action
# Books Queried Before THE LOST PLANET: 0
Quote from Thesis: “The boy opened his eyes to a sky the color of melted butter and a sense of inexplicable terror.”
What inspired THE LOST PLANET?
I wanted to write a big epic adventure about kids in space. I started one draft where everyone lived next door to each other on a foreign planet and they all hung out and played video games together, and then I realized how horrible and boring that was, so I scrapped it and restarted it as an action mystery.
What part of release were you most looking forward to?
Since my release is behind me now, I can say that I was looking forward to the launch party a lot since it was a chance to celebrate with friends and loved ones, but I had just as much fun visiting schools and sharing my story with kids.
If you could give one piece of advice to upcoming 2014 and 2015 debuts, what would it be?
Don’t stress when your reviews start coming out. No book is going to be adored by every single person—yours will find its audience.
Do you have a favorite book from your teen years?
When I was a teen I mostly read Stephen King, but since my book is MG I’ll give you my favorite MG book—A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
What is your advice to teens who have dreams of being published?
Read a lot, write a lot, and remember that most books go through a hefty revision process—so start learning how to see your own work with a critical eye. I think most authors are always working on that.
Rachel Searles grew up on the frigid shores of Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where she spent her childhood studying languages and plotting to travel around the world. She has lived abroad in Munich and Istanbul, working as a cook, a secretary, a teacher, and a reporter for the Turkish Daily News. She now lives in Los Angeles with her rocket scientist husband and two cats and spends her free time cooking her way through the Internet and plotting more travel.
THE LOST PLANET, which released on January 28, 2014, from Feiwel and Friends, is her debut novel.
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