Hello guys! So today marks the release date of E.C. Myers’ second book to his Silence of Six thriller, Against All Silence.So to celebrate this anticipated release day, I’m gonna be sharing the Q&A that I had with the genius behind the SOS series, E.C. Myers! So without further a do, here it goes!
About E.C. Myers
E.C. Myers was assembled in the U.S. from Korean and German parts and raised in Yonkers, NY by his mother and the public library. He is a graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop and a member of the prolific NYC writing group Altered Fluid. In the rare moments when he isn’t writing, he blogs about Star Trek at The Viewscreen, reads constantly, plays video games, watches films and television, sleeps as little as possible, and spends far too much time on the internet. His first novel, FAIR COIN, won the 2012 Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.
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- Describe your book in ten words.
What can hackers do when they can’t trust computers anymore?
- When did you realize that you wanted to be a writer?
I was always a voracious reader, so when I was 13 I thought I could become a writer too—the youngest author ever! I was just good enough to realize that the book I was working on was terrible. I didn’t write with the goal of getting published again until I was 23, and I’ve been working hard at it ever since.
- What was the hardest part of writing Against All Silence?
The biggest challenge was coming up with a threat that could top the one from The Silence of Six. I also wanted to ramp things up for the characters personally and take them in a new direction—make it feel familiar to those who read and enjoyed the first book, but still fresh and surprising.
- How did you get yourself to write on days when you didn’t feel like it?
Deadlines! Writing isn’t just for fun, it’s also my job, and you have to turn in drafts when you say you will. These days, it’s much harder to write when I want to but I don’t have enough time; sometimes I do want to just relax and watch TV, read a book, or play a game when I have a free moment between work and parenting, but there’s always a deadline for something to keep me focused and productive.
- When you start a novel, which do you think comes first— the plot or the characters?
I imagine this is different for every writer, but for me it’s the plot—at least an interesting idea or an image that gets me thinking about the possible stories behind them. The characters usually come from that, as I think of who would fit into the story and respond to the problems in the most interesting way, and who has the most to gain and the most to lose.
- Did you ever feel any pressure on writing the SOS sequel because of the amazing reviews and high acclaims on your first book?
Ha ha! Well, I’m glad so many people have responded favorably to SOS. I’m grateful and humbled by the good reviews. The only pressure I felt was the same I would feel for any new book: to make it better than the one before it, and do something different. Sequels are tricky because readers come to them with a certain set of expectations; you don’t want to disappoint them, but you also may want to subvert those expectations a bit. You’re also somewhat limited by what you’ve written before, and you probably won’t find many new readers with the second book, so there’s maybe some pressure to make it stand on its own.
- How do you deal with negative feedback?
I don’t really have to deal with negative feedback. I like reading any reviews, “good” or “bad,” because it’s helpful to know what readers liked and where I may be able to improve next time. I’m very good at accepting criticism on my writing, and if I feel the comments don’t have any merit—because every reader’s response is personal and subjective—then I’m free to ignore it. Usually I allow myself a moment to laugh or wallow, and then I move on.
- Any advice to aspiring writers?
Read a lot. Read everything—even books different from what you write, and especially some nonfiction. Finish your stories, then revise and revise and revise. If you can, find a writing group or beta readers that you trust. As your career progresses, try not to take criticism or edits or rejections personally. Just focus on making your story as good as possible, get it out there, and write more stories.
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The Silence of Six (SOS #1)
“What is the silence of six, and what are you going to do about it?”
These are the last words uttered by 17-year-old Max Stein’s best friend, Evan: Just moments after hacking into the live-streaming Presidential debate at their high school, he kills himself.
Haunted by the image of Evan’s death, Max’s entire world turns upside down as he suddenly finds himself the target of a corporate-government witch-hunt. Fearing for his life and fighting to prove his own innocence, Max goes on the run with no one to trust and too many unanswered questions.
Max must dust off his own hacking skills and maneuver the dangerous labyrinth of underground hacktivist networks, ever-shifting alliances, and virtual identities — all while hoping to find the truth behind the “Silence of Six” before it’s too late.
Against All Silence (SOS#2)
After being a key figure in the exposing of government corruption, Max Stein has spent a quiet semester abroad in Paris, studying, staying off the Internet, and looking for his long-lost mother. But just as he is about to fly back to the United States for the holidays, trouble manages to find him once again.
Max receives a call from Penny, his on-again-off-again girlfriend who is part of the expert hacking duo DoubleThink. She wants him to meet with Ada Kiesler, a high-profile whistleblower hiding out at a foreign embassy in Berlin. Max has no interest in getting drawn into another corporate conspiracy. But when airport security suddenly detains him on suspicion of cyber-terrorism, he has little choice but to get involved. Soon Max and Penny are tangling with a new group of shadowy figures who are determined to control how the world shares its information. And some figures from Max s past resurface, including his own mother, whose life has mirrored his own in more ways than he d realized.
In this action-packed follow up to “The Silence of Six,” Max and his hacker friends must fight to expose a corrupt corporation that has been systematically taking control of the Internet.”
Thanks so much for reading guys and I hope that you also get to read the Silence of Six series and if you already did, share your thoughts in the comments and we an discuss! See you next time!