2K18 Member Spotlight: Caryn Lix
BOOK TITLE: Sanctuary
PUBLISHER: Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster
RELEASE DATE: July 24, 2018
Alien meets Alexandra Bracken’s The Darkest Minds in this thrilling debut novel about prison-guard-in-training, Kenzie, who is taken hostage by the superpowered criminal teens of the Sanctuary space station—only to have to band together with them when the station is attacked by mysterious creatures.
Kenzie holds one truth above all: the company is everything.
As a citizen of Omnistellar Concepts, the most powerful corporation in the solar system, Kenzie has trained her entire life for one goal: to become an elite guard on Sanctuary, Omnistellar’s space prison for superpowered teens too dangerous for Earth. As a junior guard, she’s excited to prove herself to her company—and that means sacrificing anything that won’t propel her forward.
But then a routine drill goes sideways and Kenzie is taken hostage by rioting prisoners.
At first, she’s confident her commanding officer—who also happens to be her mother—will stop at nothing to secure her freedom. Yet it soon becomes clear that her mother is more concerned with sticking to Omnistellar protocol than she is with getting Kenzie out safely.
As Kenzie forms her own plan to escape, she doesn’t realize there’s a more sinister threat looming, something ancient and evil that has clawed its way into Sanctuary from the vacuum of space. And Kenzie might have to team up with her captors to survive—all while beginning to suspect there’s a darker side to the Omnistellar she knows.
Caryn Lix has been writing since she was a teenager and delved deep into science fiction, fantasy, and the uncanny while working on her Masters in English literature. Caryn writes novels for teens and anyone else who likes a bit of the bizarre to mess up their day. When not writing, Caryn spends her time obsessively consuming other people’s stories, plotting travel adventures, and exploring artistic endeavors. She lives with her husband and a horde of surly and entitled animals in southern Alberta.
WHAT INSPIRED YOUR BOOK?
A deep love of science fiction with an atmosphere of tension mixed with a fascination of how people treat those they perceive as threats.
BEST ADVICE FOR ASPIRING WRITERS?
Inevitably when you start writing, you’ll hit a point where things aren’t working anymore. The trick is to push on past that point. Accept that what you’re writing right now isn’t very good, and know that you’ll get back to a point where the ideas are flowing and everything works. At that time you can go back and edit the stuff you’re working on now, but if you stop and wait for a point where you feel inspired, you may never write again.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR FURRY WRITING SIDEKICK.
I have two dogs. Archer is a pitbull in a boston terrier's body who alternates his time between being incredibly adorable and losing his mind at strangers—men, mostly. He likes women, unless they get too close to Aleiah. He is EXTREMELY protective of Aleiah.
Aleiah is a three legged black lab. We think someone kicked her as a puppy and her leg grew in crooked, and by the time she was rescued it had to be amputated. She started out as the most frightened, trembling mass of puppy I'd ever seen, but now she is a happy, gentle pup who reluctantly puts up with Archer's shenanigans.
WHAT DOES FEARLESS MEAN TO YOU?
Strangely enough—being afraid and doing it anyway. A type of exposure therapy, perhaps, where you confront your fears until you stop being afraid.
WHAT WERE YOU LIKE AS A TEEN?
I had some serious self esteem issues in my teen years and I don't think there are ANY teen photos of me. So here's a university photo of me mastering the My Space selfie, which is the oldest photo I could find. I think I'm about twenty.
WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF?
Anything that can’t run faster than I can. (Snakes. Wasps. Spiders).
HOW DO YOU APPROACH FEAR IN THE WRITING PROCESS?
One thing I don’t mind sharing is that I do have an anxiety disorder, which means that fear permeates just about every risk I take. Second guessing and paralyzing nerves are part of my life. Over the years, I’ve learned to push through them. Similar to my writing advice above, I think there comes a point where you have to embrace the fear, acknowledge that you feel it, and push on regardless.