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Description of The Sunrisers
After years of adventures, professional thief and amateur noodle critic Yael is invited to join The Order of the Banshee, a collection of the greatest female thieves in the universe, despite being decades younger than any of them.
Yael’s childhood best friend, Molina, has lived the opposite life: a stern and serious member of The Sunrisers, the universe’s premiere peacekeeping organization, she’s just been promoted to Captain, serving under her father. Her first assignment of her new command: Bring down The Order of the Banshee.
Yael and Molina now find themselves on opposite sides of a conflict neither of them will escape unscathed. The love they have for each other is the same as when they were young, but either their personal values or their love will break.
In this game of cat and mouse, both women must use all their wits and tricks to stay ahead of their new enemy. Will order triumph, or will chaos? No matter what, Yael and Molina will both lose.
Read an Excerpt of The Sunrisers
Outside the cave, ground troops were being deployed, the sound of their combat boots stomping on the moon’s surface echoing. And inside the cave, eleven of the smartest and most dangerous women in the universe were staring daggers straight into my eyes.
“I knew we couldn’t trust a whippersnapper,” Athena York said.
“How very disappointing,” Beatriz Nunez snarled.
“I have a granddaughter in the Sunrisers,” Lilith hummed. “If you tipped her off, I’ll at least respect you for going for the heart.”
I shook my head and swung my arms around, sweating from every pore. “I swear I didn’t call them. This is all just a big misunderstanding. You have my complete loyalty.”
Madame N’gwa cocked her head to the side and grinned. “You wanted to be a Sunriser when you were even more of a baby than you are now. Perhaps you made a deal to make your dream finally come true.”
A shocking pain surrounded my heart. Those Sunriser bastards had stolen all the trust I’d earned from my idols through years of deceit. Whichever captain was in charge of this operation was going to pay.
Lioness stepped forward, crushing her glass in her hand and sending small shards flying all over the place. “Thank you for sharing your story with me. But I don’t think we’ll be hearing anymore of them. Rather, I don’t think you’ll be living any more of them.”
Interview with Author Robyn Singer
What inspired you to come up with the idea for your book?
After my first novel failed to attract any agents, I started thinking about solid comps which would do a better job attracting them. Ultimately, I settled on “Killing Eve in Space”. After that, I took inspiration from the discrimination I’ve faced as an Autistic woman, and my longheld desire to see Autistic heroes in genre fiction, and I built everything from there.
Do you have a favorite scene? If so, what was it?
My favorite scene is one that comes about halfway through the book. The two protagonists, Yael Pavnick and Molina Langstone, have lunch together, and it’s the first time they’re able to really sit down and talk. The conversation starts peaceful enough, but as it goes on, tensions run high, emotions spill out, and the reader is finally let in on what exactly is driving these two characters, beyond their stated goals. Characters and dialogue are my specialty, and so just letting my two most complex and nuanced characters bounce off each other chapter turned out pretty excellent.
Is there a character you'd trade places with? If so, why?
I would trade places with Princess Kaybell Kose Bythora, daughter of Stephen and descendant of Leon, first emperor of Cykeb and founder of the Sunrisers, future ruler of The Holy Cykebian Empire. Yes, the full title is a mouthful, and yes, she might be a little evil, but in this economy, you can’t say no to being royalty.
Any challenges in writing this book?
As I was writing this for Nanowrimo, my personal challenge was to write the full book in a month, not just 50,000 words. I’d been confident going in as I’d completed Nanowrimo before, but this time, there was a hiccup. My word doc got corrupted, and I lost 10,000 words. To keep myself on schedule, I had to rewrite all 10K words from memory in a day. I passed out as soon as I was done.
How would you describe a perfect hero?
A perfect hero is one who people can be inspired by and/or relate to. They’re someone who provides representation for groups that haven’t historically been able to see themselves as the hero. They’re complex, they’re messy, and they make mistakes, but they’re also competent, proactive, and able to ultimately handle the hurdles in their way.
How would you describe a perfect heroine?
Same answer. There’s no difference.
When you’re not writing, what are you up to?
I practice archery, I’m a shopaholic, and I spend as much time as possible relaxing with my lovely girlfriend, Maggie.
What do you love most about writing?
Characters and dialogue. They are what I’m best at, and they’re what I most love about writing. I love fleshing out a character and truly making them their own, distinct person, and then having them bounce off everyone else I’ve brought to life. It never gets old.
Any tips to share with someone who wants to be published?
Be prepared for all the rejection in the world. You may think you know what you’re in for, but I can assure you, if your goal is to be traditionally published, you might spend years churning out novel after novel before an agent is even interested in representing you.
Do you have a favorite writing environment?
The best writing environment I’ve ever found was my college’s Starbucks. My productivity there was unmatched.
How do you go about choosing the names for your characters?
I take inspiration from a lot of sources. Sometimes I name a character after someone I know, sometimes a name just comes to me, and, like all writers, sometimes I just look up a list of names and pick some.
Do you have a favorite genre you like to read (other than the ones you write in)?
I have no genre preferences. All that matters to me are that the books have queer, POC, and/or female leads.
What other books have you written?
The Sunrisers is my first published novel, but I’ve also written books centered around superheroes, high school mean girls, high-fantasy magic, and teen MMA fighters.
Do you have a favorite book (out of the ones you’ve written)?
My favorite book series, outside of the ones I’ve written, is The Heroine Complex series by Sarah Kuhn. It’s diverse, it’s so much fun, and the writing style makes it an easy read for my
How long have you been a writer?
I’ve been writing my entire life, but I only started taking it seriously in my Junior year of high school, seven years ago.
What’s your writing routine?
I turn on a YouTube video or some music and write a few sentences at a time. With my ADHD, it’s the only way I really can write.
What’s on your “bucket list?”
I just want to become wealthy and successful enough that I can provide an amazing life for my girlfriend and our future kids, and to support the Autistic, Jewish, trans, and lesbian communities, all of which I’m a part of.
What would be a must-have for a romantic date?
I will always spoil my girl rotten.
Print or e-books–do you have a preference?
I definitely prefer print, myself.
What’s your favorite song on your playlist?
The Town Inside Me by AISHA and Daisuke Ishiwatari. A trans anthem for the 21st Century.
Favorite time of day and why?
Waking up and going to sleep next to my girlfriend.
About Author Robyn Singer
Robyn Singer is a lifelong New Yorker, and since she was a kid playing with her action figures, all she’s wanted to do is tell stories. She went to SUNY Purchase to get a degree in Playwriting & Screenwriting with a minor in Film and has produced several comic books, but she’s always had her eye on becoming a published novelist.
As an Autistic, bisexual trans woman, diversity and inclusion in stories are vitally important to her, and she seeks to represent as many groups as possible in her work. While she wants to show characters of marginalized groups experiencing joy, she also draws inspiration from real-world problems which bother her.
The Sunrisers (Cinnabar Moth Publishing, November 2022) is her debut novel. She writes novels and short stories of all genres and for all ages, and she continues to produce comic books. Her ongoing series, Final Gamble, will begin publication by Band of Bards in 2022.
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Robyn Singer will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.