We had the great privilege of talking to Heather Ransom about her young adult sci-fi novel Going Green (and we get to hear Heather read from the opening of the book for us!).
Heather Ransom is a science fiction writer and educator. When not teaching middle school science, Heather enjoys exploring the great out of doors in Oregon. Her most recent book is Going Green. The sequel Greener will be out in mid-2018 as part of Kamila Shamsie’s challenge to make 2018 “The Year of Publishing Women”.*
- We talk about worldbuilding, starting with the “What If” that got Heather thinking about the world of Going Green.
- Heather talks about the tricky aspect of capturing the modern teen voice, especially respecting your teen characters. As a middle school teacher, Heather got lots of honest feedback from her students during the drafting of her novels.
- Heather’s work brings up many questions about how technologies we use today might evolve and how that might impact us, both positively and negatively.
While Heather broaches hot topics like GMOs and civil disobedience or even violent resistance movements, she steers clear of taking a stand:
“Trust your readers. They’re smart. They don’t want you to give them the answers.”
- How Heather develops the technology, advancing the modern devices her students use, as well as creating a vivid, futuristic dystopian setting.
- Heather’s path to published novelist: Heather met her publisher, Ben Gorman of Not A Pipe Publishing at a writers’ conference.
Heather’s Craft Advice:
- Keep it relevant to your reader.
- Be intentional but natural in each aspect of your world.
- Trust your reader to make the necessary jumps to the correct conclusions.
ON WRITING AND LIFE
- Heather prefers to write at night, but her busy schedule as a teacher, part-time restaurateur, as well as family, require she occasionally sleeps.
- Research: when, how, and how much research Heather does. As a science teacher, Heather keeps abreast of scientific developments. She also gets great ideas from her students, who are often her Alpha readers.
Congratulations are in order! Heather’s debut novel was nominated for a CYBILS (Children’s and Young Adult Blogger’s Literary Awards) award.
LEARN MORE ABOUT HEATHER RANSOM
Heather’s on Facebook as heathersransom
Heather’s on Instagram @heathersransom
Heather’s tweets @heathersransom
Learn more about Heather at heathersransom.ink
* “Not a Pipe’s resolve to participate in the Shamsie Challenge is an important one. From Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, from Ursula Le Guin’s A Wrinkle in Time to Margaret Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale, and from Alice Walker’s The Color Purple to Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games, women have opened our eyes to the world that we live in as well as to worlds that expand our imaginations. Today, more than ever, girls desperate to find their place in a society constantly changing around them need a wide variety of incredible females as role models. Strong, confident, inspiring women to show them that their future can be anything they choose, if they are willing to work for it. Writers bring hope to their readers, giving them a world they can return to over and over again. I believe it is captivating fiction that expands our compassion and creativity, and leads us to push ourselves and others in new directions. And, I believe that young women today need strong female voices to guide them on their journey not only of survival but of self-discovery, appreciation, acceptance, and love.” – Heather Ransom