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Space Academy by Hannah Hopkins - Book Tour

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Space Academy
It's the year 2100. Earth is dying. A young woman, Elsie, has risked everything to get her newborn son, Will, aboard 'The Mayflower' - a spaceship that will transport a select number of people to a new planet they can call home. Elsie’s luck takes a turn when she discovers the captain of 'The Mayflower' is an old friend. He allows her to board with her son, giving them a place on the luxurious Floor One, where they live amongst the most honoured of 'The Mayflower’s' passengers.
Thirteen years later, and Will is ready to start school at Space Academy, an institute specialising in subjects such as Alien Studies, Technology, and Rocket Control. While a pupil there, Will starts to uncover secrets about his father's death, becoming wrapped in a mystery that he and his friends must solve if they are to have any hope of saving humanity from the threat that lies in wait.
Lose yourself in this brilliantly addictive novel as it takes you on a journey through the stars. But be warned - you might be surprised by what you find.

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Author Q&A

1.       What would you consider to be your Kryptonite as an author?
Procrastination! It is the enemy of all progress.

2.       If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Write, write, write and don’t give up. Also, learn about the vocative comma!

3. Favorite childhood memory involving books?
 Going to get the new Harry Potter books at midnight when they came out!

4. If you could dine with any literary character, who would it be and why?
  Maybe the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland? He seems like he would be a fun dinner guest! I think we are all a bit mad deep down. He just embraces it!

5. What fantastical fictional world would you want to live in (if any) given the chance?
 I think Harry Potter is the obvious choice. Part of me wants to say Westeros because of the dragons, but the brutality puts me off.

6. Did you want to be an author when you grew up?
 Yes. It’s the longest dream I’ve ever had. I don’t think it’s possible for me to separate myself from writing. It’s definitely within the core of my being.

7. If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Patient, persistent, imaginative!

8. What’s one movie you like recommending to others?
Call Me By Your Name!! Most beautiful film ever made.
9. Have you ever met anyone famous?
 My mum grew up on the same road as Orlando Bloom and once nearly ran him over! That’s probably the closest I’ve been.

10.       What is the first book that made you cry? The ‘always’ scene in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows!
11.       How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?It varies. At least a few months!
12.       How do you select the names of your characters?Some of the characters are old family names. Sometimes I like to make their name have something to do with their characteristics. For example ‘Miss Fortem’ in ‘Space Academy’, which is taken from the Latin word for ‘strong’.
13.       What creature do you consider your "spirit animal" to be?I would have to say a dog. I consider myself very loyal. I only fight back when I have to. I enjoy napping and long walks in the countryside !
14.       What are your top 5 favorite movies?Call Me By Your Name (so many feels!)LadybirdBohemian RhapsodyJust Go With ItShrek 2
15. What fictional character would you want to be friends with in real life? Hannah Baker from 13 reasons why. Or Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice.
16. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers? Learn about the tool ‘show don’t tell’. It’s so useful. Also keep going and don’t give up! If your stories have heart, people will find them and love them.
17. What book do you wish you had written?Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier or The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
18. If you could live in any time period, what would it be and why?
 I have a fascination with the late medieval/ early renaissance period, but this was not a very good time for women!
19. What is your favorite genre to read?  Fantasy or feminist!

Author Bio –  In 2017, Hannah Hopkins released a self-published novel entitled 'The Split'; the story of four teenagers navigating life after Earth as they journey through space to a new planet. Two years later, the book was picked up by 'The Conrad Press' and re-vamped as 'Space Academy,' with a new cover, new title and new additions to the story. 'Space Academy' was released in 2020, kickstarting Hannah's career as a writer.
 Hannah is currently busy writing a historical fiction novel with a feminist twist. She spends the rest of her time working at a University and caring for her two young children in the UK.

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