Tomorrow, September 14th, marks a very special date for Serial Box: Bookburners reaches is Season Two finale and ReMade finds its official launch! To celebrate we are delighted to have Andrea Phillips - an author with the special distinction of being on both writing teams - sit down for some tasty Q+A!You live. You love. You die. Now RUN. ReMade.Every minute, 108 people die. On October 14th, 2016, from 9:31-9:32 p.m. EDT, 23 of those deaths will be teenagers. Now they are humanity’s last hope for survival. Awakened in a post-apocalyptic world and hunted by mechanical horrors, these teens search for answers amidst the ruins of civilization. Fate, love, and loyalty face off in this adrenaline -pumping YA adventure.Released in weekly episodes, ReMade will premier on Wednesday, September 14th. It is written collaboratively by Matthew Cody, Gwenda Bond, Carrie Harris, Kiersten White, E. C. Myers, and Andrea Phillips.Read it or learn more at SerialBox.com!
What comes to mind when you hear, “Serial Box”?Amazing collaboration!Favorite quote or line?It’s corny, but the Litany Against Fear from Dune has really helped me: “I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me,” etc. etc. It’s a pep talk that says the things you’re feeling are what they are, but they don’t have to control your life or decisions. Acknowledging that something is terrifying, but going ahead and doing it anyway, is something you have to learn to do if you’re going to seize the reins of your own life.Who is your favorite writer outside your genre?Jennifer Crusie! Crusie is a romance writer who produces witty, funny, action-packed novels that will fill your life with joy. And her blog is amazing, too, especially if you’re a writer. She writes quite a lot about story, both her own process as she goes through it and analysis of TV shows like Arrow and Person of Interest. I’ve learned so much from her. So much.First Love: Book edition. What was it and when? (i.e. what book made you love reading?) I have to be honest, I read voraciously from the moment I learned how. I can’t remember not loving reading! So I suppose we’d have to look deep back in time to Richard Scarry word books and Green Eggs and Ham.You now have a time machine – to where and when do you go?I’d skip through the future, checking in every five years or so for the next century to get an idea of the shape of history, technology, and culture. And then I’d come back and write incredibly prescient science fiction about the futures I saw, without all of the hard work of making up the future your own self!If you could have one magic spell up your sleeve, what would it be?“Refresh.” If I could have a magic spell that made me feel awake, alert, and energized so I didn’t have to sleep or stop for pesky meals, sky’s the limit. I would get so much done! Though at least half of what I “got done” would probably be video games and K-drama.Where is your happy place?Having recently been there, I now know it is on a beach with a warm breeze, an enormous umbrella for shade, a fruity drink with a ridiculous garnish, and all the libraries of the world available on the Kindle at my fingertips. It is also important that there is no email and no social media in this happy place. Heaven. Last thing you read that made you think, “Well damn, that was cool…”Illuminae, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff! And I specifically mean the print edition, because the writing is incredible to begin with, and then the graphic design elevates the whole into a kind of art you rarely see in print publishing media these days. I am actively jealous I didn’t get to make that book first.
Andrea Phillips is a transmedia writer, game designer and author. She is on the writing team for season 2 of the urban fantasy serial Bookburners as well as ReMade. Her debut novel is Revision, an SF thriller about a wiki where your edits come true. She has also worked on iOS fitness games Zombies, Run! and The Walk; The Maester's Path for HBO's Game of Thrones; human rights game America 2049; and the independent commercial ARG Perplex City. She also writes an ongoing column about video games called Metagames for Strange Horizons. Her nonfiction book A Creator's Guide to Transmedia Storytelling is used to teach digital storytelling at universities around the world. AndreaPhillips.com. @Andrhia.