Colony East (Toucan Trilogy #2) by Scott Cramer
In a terrifying world where an epidemic has killed off most of the world’s adults, fifteen-year-old Abby struggles to keep her brother and sister safe.
When a new, deadly disease spreads among the survivors, Abby must make the dangerous journey to Colony East, an enclave of hidden scientists caring for a small group of children for reasons unknown.
Abby fears that time is running short for the victims, but she’s soon to learn that time is running out for everyone outside Colony East.
Abby Leigh is looking forward to watching the moon turn purple, unaware that deadly bacteria from a passing comet will soon kill off older teens and adults. The lightning-fast epidemic sweeps across the planet when the germs attack the hormones produced during puberty.
On a small island off the coast of Maine, Abby must help her brother and baby sister survive in this new world, but all the while she has a ticking time bomb inside of her — adolescence.
Scott Cramer has written feature articles for national magazines, covered school committee meetings for a local newspaper, published haiku and poetry, optioned a screenplay, and produced customer reference accounts for a big computer company. His pursuit of a good story has put him behind the stick of an F-18, flying a Navy Blue Angels’ fighter jet, and he has trekked through the Peruvian mountains in search of an ancient Quechua festival featuring a condor. He is the author of Night of the Purple Moon and Colony East. Scott and his wife have two daughters and reside outside Lowell, Massachusetts (birthplace of Jack Kerouac) in an empty nest/zoo/suburban farm/art studio with too many surfboards in the garage.
Kim Stanley Robinson
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
What Is the What
The Wild Shore
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Favorite Literary Characters
Things That Inspire You
Things where people make sacrifices and triumph over long odds
People who show courage on a daily basis without anyone knowing
Books You Are Dying to Read
The Garlic Ballads by Mo Yan
Books That Made You Want To Become A Writer
On the Beach by Nevil Shute
Bookish Pet Peeves
I am a slow reader and I tend to like books that have simple writing styles. For example, I recognize that Salman Rushdie is a literary genius but I get dizzy reading his sentences.
Pieces of Advice you have for aspiring writers.
I read a John Updike quote that went something like this: If you ever experienced the joy that comes on a day without writing, you’ll probably never write again. Which is to say, personally speaking, 95 percent of writing is grinding away, slogging through the mud, clawing uphill, living with alternating bouts of doubt and over-confidence. So stick with it, keep chipping away, the pain is normal. You might create something that you like or that readers find special. If you don’t take the plunge and try, you’ll never know.
Places You Would Most Want to Travel To
India, South Africa, Antarctica. Rio, Istanbul, Cairo/Jerusalem.
Peanuts in the shell.
Favorite Movies/TV Shows
Star Trek (movies and series)
Life Below Zero (Nat Geo)
Fan of Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, the Coen Brothers
Things you wish you knew before you published
How to use social media.
Places you would consider paradise
Surfing in Panama, skiing in the Canadian Rockies, biking in Montreal, drinking coffee in NYC
Foods you wish you could and never gain a pound
Cheese Cake, my mother-in-law’s pasta dishes, and mocha chip ice cream.
Things that bring a smile to your face
Our two daughters.
Words you try not to use.
I don’t think there is a single curse/swear in Colony East.
Words you love.
“But.” I love it to the extreme, and I am trying to resist the urge to use it so often.
Books that inspired you in your life?
Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage
Words that describe your self?
Persistent, introverted, loyal.
Pieces of advice you would tell the “teen”you
“It’s okay you never went to the senior prom. Look how things turned out!”
Movie you watch over and over again
$35 Amazon Gift Card
10 winners of ebooks of Night of the Purple Moon and Colony East