About the Book
Author: Cathy McCrumb
Genre: Science Fiction
Release date: November 15, 2022
Freedom Awaits, but the Consortium is Watching
When rogue drones threaten citizens and the ship’s crew falls ill, the Recorder answers their call for help, once again drawing scrutiny from the Consortium.
With no other option and under an Elder’s overbearing watch, she returns to Pallas Station where she nearly lost her life in the hope of finding something—anything—to save her friends and countless others. Her friends are determined to keep her safe, but for the Recorder, saving others comes first, no matter the cost.
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About the Author
Cathy McCrumb graduated from Biola University with a degree in English Literature and a love for stories. She and her husband, whom she met while writing letters to soldiers, have five children and currently live within the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. While writing is one of her favorite things to do, she also enjoys reading, long hikes and long naps, gluten-free brownies and raspberries, and crocheting while watching science fiction movies with friends and family.
More from Cathy
After I finished writing Recorder, my main character was stuck.
Or, more precisely, I was.
Don’t get me wrong, I knew where she was, roughly what was going to happen, and what was going on elsewhere. But after the rush of finishing the first book and even having a great opening line for the second, I was at a standstill. Starting there didn’t make sense, didn’t set the scene. I tried again. And again.
It bothered me for months.
Then, on my way into work, a phrase popped into my head. Eyes on the stoplight, I fumbled in my bag, grabbed the first pen I could find, and scrawled the words on my left forearm in large block letters: NEED HELP WITH THE BODIES.
And like that, I knew where to begin.
(Fortunately, my coworkers were more amused than not, though I did wear long sleeves to church the next day, since I figured no one would find my Sharpie-scrawl comforting.)
While some of the story fell into place as I had expected, it turns out anticipation of a few scenes didn’t dull the edge, and I cried for those. My characters didn’t always comply, and aside from the black block letters on my arm, Aberration had other surprises that made me laugh or cringe. Two of those twists shifted the book’s trajectory, and the Recorder still must deal with the repercussions.
Life is like that. Some things trundle along like they should, but when change rears its head, everything can go sideways. A move, a sickness, a loss, a gain, a promotion… The good things—smiles, laughter, friends, song, color—don’t negate the uncomfortable things—failure, disappointment, isolation. But for those who believe in Christ, sorrow doesn’t have the final word. There is a sudden turn of joy, a grace in an unexpected twist that reminds us that there is no universal defeat awaiting us, even when it feels like all hope is lost.
Writing frequently reminds me of a difficult child who doesn’t want to cooperate. Characters show up uninvited to reshape scenes, or the plot goes exactly as I expect, but carries a completely different meaning. Sometimes I have to pause and let the story wash over me.
A lot like life.
The reversal of sorrow to joy, of catastrophe to eucatastrophe, shows us a glimpse of the home that awaits. Light pierces the shadows of story and heart, illuminating the core of who we are as we journey further up and farther in.
When you continue with the Recorder on her search for a name, for meaning, for hope, I hope that in those sudden surprise turns, you, too, hear the silver trumpets calling you home, no matter where or when you might be stuck.
Because, really, you aren’t.
Interview with Cathy
First, a quick thank you to Celebrate Lit and to Gina Holder! I appreciate the opportunity!
- What has been your favorite part of the publishing journey?
The people! I have enjoyed meeting new people in person and online. So many wonderful, talented individuals work in the industry! The bookish community is full of amazing people, from fellow authors to editors to bloggers to readers. It’s a privilege to meet them. And, to be honest, holding my books in my hands is a favorite part, too.
- Can you share with us something about the book that isn’t in the blurb?
So many things! In Aberration, you’ll find more tea, cats, and knitting, but you’ll also find new locations, like the Hall of Reclamation and a freighter in the inner belt. You’ll discover what happened to Kyleigh, Freddie, and Elliott shortly before the station went dark, and how painting murals influenced an experiment that changed the Recorder’s life. And the significance of socks.
- What were the highlight or key challenges you faced when writing this book?
One of the highlights of writing Aberration was simply the act of writing it and discovering the story itself, seeing it emerge onto the screen. I love my characters, but while I thought I knew where it was going (for the most part), the characters sometimes surprised me.
For example, I was typing away at one point when a smooth tenor voice interrupted the scene as it filtered from my head through my fingers to the document.
“Nate,” I said outloud while typing his response to someone on the page. “What are you doing?”
(Not surprisingly, Nate ignored me.)
“Nathaniel, you aren’t even supposed to be in this chapter—Stop! No. Nate, put that down! Out! Now!”
(But of course, he didn’t listen to me then, either.)
About that time, my husband opened the door to ask me something. He took one look at me, typing madly away while warning Nate to leave, and out of the corner of my eye, I saw my husband’s eyebrows soar. Very slowly and carefully, he eased out of the room and shut the door with a very quiet click.
The scene is still there, because sometimes my characters have better ideas than I do about what needs to happen, but my poor husband has never spoken of the incident.
- Any current or upcoming projects you’d like to tell us about?
At the moment, I am hammering away at the final book in the trilogy, which is a bittersweet thing to do. These characters have been part of my life for so long that I am not sure what to do without them. But, with writing, editing, and prepping for book three, I still have time left with the Recorder, Nate, and the rest, including a character who has a very special place in my heart.
- Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, November 30
Story Craft, November 30
Texas Book-aholic, December 1
Stories By Gina, December 2 (Author Interview)
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, December 2
Inklings and notions, December 3
deb’s Book Review, December 4
Locks, Hooks and Books, December 5
Library Lady’s Kid Lit, December 6
Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, December 7
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, December 9
Lily’s Book Reviews, December 10
Blogging With Carol, December 11
For Him and My Family, December 12
Through the Fire blogs, December 13
To celebrate her tour, Cathy is giving away the grand prize of a signed hardback copies of Recorder and Aberration!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.