Today we are excited to have ReMade author E.C. Myers on the blog to answer our burning questions! In addition to being a genuine delight of a person and one of the writers behind our post-apocalyptic sci-fi adventure, Myers is also the author of Fair Coin and The Silence of Six, amongst other exciting novels and short fiction. If you haven’t read any of his work – get going! You’re missing out.
In one moment the lives of twenty-three teenagers are forever changed, and it’s not just because they all happen to die. Remade in a world they barely recognize – one with robots, space elevators, and unchecked jungle – they must work together to solve the mystery and stay alive. They came from different places, backgrounds, and families, and now they are our only hope. Lost meets The Maze Runner in this thrilling serial that combines contemporary YA with classic Science Fiction to fling you headfirst into adventure.
I always recommend Philip Reeve and his Mortal Engines series, which is phenomenal and not as widely known as it should be—though perhaps that will change now that Peter Jackson is producing a film version of it. But look, here’s the opening line of the first book, perhaps the best I’ve ever read: “It was a dark, blustery afternoon in spring, and the city of London was chasing a small mining town across the dried-out bed of the old North Sea.”
Favorite quote or line?
I recently, finally saw (and loved) Hamilton. Since then this line from the final number has been bouncing around in my head, and I think it always will be with me now: “And when my time is up, have I done enough? Will they tell my story?”
Who is your favorite writer outside your genre?
Arguably, the only genre in which I don’t write that I’m unlikely to try any time soon is “literary fiction.” I really like John Irving, though I’ve only read a few of his books so far. Reading The World According to Garp shortly after my son was born affected me strongly.
First Love: Book edition. What was it and when? (i.e. what book made you love reading?)
Reading has always been in my life, even though no one read books to me regularly as a child; in fact, I hadn’t read many of the classic picture books until I had a kid of my own. So I can’t point to a single book that made me love reading, but I can identify one that pulled me deeply into the experience: The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More by Roald Dahl.
If you could have one magic spell up your sleeve, what would it be?
The one that would come in most handy for me is probably Oculus Reparo, to fix my eyeglasses whenever they break.
Where is your happy place?
At home with my family and warm, cuddly pets and surrounded by good books.
Last thing you read that made you think, “Well damn, that was cool…”
I’m really late to the game on this one, but I’ll say A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay. It engages with and subverts the horror genre and tropes from popular culture while also telling a unique, terrifying story.
If your soul was manifested outside of your body in the form of an animal (like in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series), what would it be?
If I could cross fandoms, it would be a Night Fury like Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon. Otherwise, it would be a red panda!
E. C. Myers was assembled in the U.S. from Korean and German parts and raised by a single mother and a public library in Yonkers, New York. His latest book is Against All Silence and his novel Fair Coin won the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy. ECMyers.net. @ECMyers.