Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Grace Bridges' "Legendary Space Pilgrims"

We're happy to have Grace Bridges with us today talking about her book, Legendary Space Pilgrims. To learn more about Grace and her book, read on!

1) How did this story come to you?
One night I was reading Flashpoint, a great book by Frank Creed, and then when I went to sleep, I dreamed all the main elements of this story. Characters, settings, even a couple of major scenes. It was pretty freaky! And interrupted my plans to work on the sequel to my first book, which wasn’t even published at the time.
2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
Well, it really was a journey in many, many ways. I began it in Germany, finished it in Ireland, edited it in the USA, and published it here at home in New Zealand. Interestingly enough it’s also about a journey itself, so I hope the grit and reality of my own travels comes through – even though one can’t really compare a Greyhound or a Learjet to a spaceship, I imagine there are certain similarities in the conditions of using one!

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
I came up blank, so I asked my online friends. Apparently my age is surprising – doesn’t feel young to me...Anyways it seems incongruous for some people that at 31 I’m running a publishing company and several related websites. I suppose other interesting facts might include that I’m a rat fancier (currently without rats – but I still fancy them!) and I play the bodhran, a large Irish hand drum, that I picked up last year in Dublin.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
Ooh, lots of things. I write poetry reasonably regularly to flex my wordsmithing muscles. Also writing a monthly serial called Comet Born for the Digital Dragon Magazine, available free online at www.digitaldragonmagazine.net. Then I’m redrafting my completed third book CyberDublin, and progressing on Godspeed, which is the sequel to my first, Faith Awakened.

5) Parting comments?
Parting? Noooo, don’t go away! I’m not done yet! Haha. Let me tell you about the book, hey?
If Pilgrim’s Progress happened in space, this is what it might look like...
On a planet that has never seen the sun, a harvester hears a Voice from beyond. It's time to leave the oatfield. Mario and Caitlin escape the mind control of Planet Monday, following the Voice to unknown worlds where wonders and challenges await. Have you got what it takes...to be a legend?
Christina Berry, a Christy Award Finalist for 2010, said of Legendary Space Pilgrims: "A powerfully imaginative space epic. I couldn’t put it down!"

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
My publishing site: http://www.splashdownbooks.com/
Personal blog: http://www.gracebridges.blogspot.com/
Personal author site: http://www.gracebridges.com/

Book page for Legendary Space Pilgrims: www.splashdownbooks.com/legendaryspacepilgrims.html


  1. Grace, your book, Legendary Space Pilgrims, sounds fascinating, and I would like to win it. Please include me in your drawing.
    Kaye Whitney

  2. Hi Grace, I really enjoyed your posting, its been a long time since I read a book about space...it looks good, so I can't wait to read it..

  3. This looks like an interesting book. Please include me. I'm an email subscriber.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  4. This book sounds interesting. Love sci-fi. :O)

    estrella8888 at roadrunner dot com

  5. sounds like a fun book...thanks for the chance to read it :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  6. A powerfully imaginative space epic sounds
    fabulous to me. Thanks for the delightful

  7. Wow, I am definitely interested in a space epic. Sounds intruiging.


  8. Cindi won! Thanks everyone for your interest, and thanks K for having me!

  9. Please include me thanks.
    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com