Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Blog Tour: All Of Us Were Sophie by Resa Nelson Guest Post



What “All Of Us Were Sophie” is Really About
By Resa Nelson

My newest novel, All Of Us Were Sophie, it is inspired by something my father always told me: the most difficult person to get to know is yourself.  He said this all his life, but I remember it making a big impression on me when I was a little girl.  It seemed like such a strange idea, but I know what he meant.  It’s easy to know your own intentions, but it’s hard to know how other people see you, how you appear to the rest of the world.  In addition, sometimes the things you assume about yourself – the things you think you know to be true –turn out not to be true at all.

Also, when I was a little girl, my father discovered the “7 Up” movie series, which were aired on PBS.  These are documentaries about the class system in England and begins with a group of seven-year-old children.  Every seven years a new movie is made about the same group of people to see how they progress in life.  The movies are named “7 Up,” “14 Up,” “21 Up,” and so on to indicate the age of the people at the time the movie was made.  When we watched “7 Up”, my father became excited.  He explained that he could see how each child’s personality and beliefs were already so fixed in place that he easily could imagine what they’d be like as adults.  Throughout my father’s life, we shared a love of the 7 Up movies.

These are the things that shaped the theme of All Of Us Were Sophie, a murder mystery with a science fiction idea.  Like many people, I wish I had two or three of me to make it easier to manage my life.  I talked to a friend who’s a scientist and was surprised when he told me how he thinks people really could be duplicated today.  (Not cloning, which boils down to creating an infant who has your genes.  Duplication means making precise copies of yourself exactly the way you are at this moment, including your memories and life experience.  Kind of like making a living, breathing photocopy of yourself.)
My novel begins with Sophie, who knows someone is trying to kill her.  She and her husband have created a machine that duplicates sophisticated and expensive machinery.  She thinks his duplicating machine will work on people.  However, the duplication process destroys the original.  Sophie knows if she duplicates herself, she’ll die but the copies she creates will live.  She takes the leap of faith and creates three duplicates of herself, leaving behind clues about who she thinks is trying to kill her.

When the Sophies are together, they have the unique opportunity to see for themselves how Sophie appears to others just by observing each other.  But the story also unravels an incident from Sophie’s past and reveals how each duplicate’s memory and perception of that incident and who she really is turns out to be false.

Like my father always said, the most difficult person to get to know is yourself.


Synopsis for All Of Us Were Sophie
What if the only way you could save your own life was to kill yourself?
Someone is trying to kill Sophie Rippetoe, and she has no place to hide.  But Sophie has a unique option.  Her husband designed and built a duplicator machine to make exact copies of complicated and sophisticated machine parts.  She knows how the duplicator works. 
Will it work for people?  No one knows.
There’s just one problem:  the duplication process destroys the original.  The only thing Sophie knows for sure is that trying to make copies of herself will end up killing her.
Sophie isn’t sure who’s trying to kill her or why – but she has her suspicions and has gathered some evidence.  Before she takes the leap of faith to use the duplicator on herself, she creates a trail of clues, hopeful that at least one of the Sophies she creates will figure it out in time to save herself.

 And now about Resa



 
 Resa Nelson’s first novel, The Dragonslayer’s Sword, was nominated for the Nebula Award and was also a Finalist for the EPPIE Award. This medieval fantasy novel is based on a short story first published in the premiere issue of Science Fiction Age magazine and ranked 2nd in that magazine's first Readers Top Ten Poll. The Dragonslayer's Sword is Book 1 in her 4-book Dragonslayer series, which also includes The Iron Maiden (Book 2), The Stone of Darkness (Book 3), and The Dragon’s Egg (Book 4).

Resa's standalone novel, Our Lady of the Absolute, is a fantasy/mystery/thriller about a modern-day society based on ancient Egypt. Midwest Book Review gave this book a 5-star review, calling it "a riveting fantasy, very highly recommended."
She has been selling fiction professionally since 1988. She is a longtime member of SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America) and is a graduate of the Clarion SF Workshop.  Resa was also the TV/Movie Columnist for Realms of Fantasy magazine for 13 years and was a contributor to SCI FI magazine. She has sold over 200 articles to magazines in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Resa lives in Massachusetts.  Visit her website at http://www.resanelson.com and follow her on Twitter @ResaNelson.


Resa Nelson’s links:
Resa’s website:  http://www.resanelson.com                                                                       
GoodReads giveaway (10 signed copies, U.S. only):  https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/77022-all-of-us-were-sophie
Twitter:  @ResaNelson
Ebook ($4.99) and trade paperback ($12.95) are available directly from Mundania Press at:   http://mundania.com/book.php?title=All of Us Were Sophie
(get a 10% discount at checkout with the coupon code MP10)
Paperbacks and ebooks are available also from Amazon, and Barnes&Noble:

 

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