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#Interview with Hannah Hopkins, author of Space Academy #SciFi #Mystery #BlogTour




I am very pleased to welcome Hannah Hopkins here today and to share with you the answers she gave to my questions! Read on to discover her replies along with more information about her and her book, Space Academy.




Where did you get the inspiration for the book/series?

The inspiration from the book came from a combination of factors, but the main driving force behind it was the need for an escape fantasy. It wasn’t long after I had my son, and I was totally overwhelmed by all the things going on in the world at that time. I was grappling with feelings of helplessness and anxiety about the sort of future he might have.  I started to imagine what might happen if a small portion of humanity was given the chance to leave the Earth and start again. As I had just had a baby, I focussed on the idea of what it would be like to grow up on the spacecraft that is transporting humans to a new world. That’s when most of the story came to me!

What is your writing process?

I usually plan out each chapter first but end up changing it multiple times once I start writing. The story and characters start to develop themselves once I get into the flow, and the narrative grows authentically. I try and get a first draft done before I go back and edit, and then it’s a case of going through it as many times as possible to continue improving the manuscript.

Do you write using pen and paper or on a computer?

I use both! If I’m out and I get an idea, I like to have a notebook to hand so I can scribble in there. When I then type it up, it’s like being on the second draft already, so it can speed up the process. There is something to be said about a good old-fashioned pen and a piece of paper!

Who is your favourite character out of your stories and why?

I would have to say my favourite character is Finley. He lives on Floor Seven of The Mayflower, and is therefore considered a lower-class citizen. Despite the adversity he faces, he manages to get into the prestigious Space Academy, and is the first pupil from his background to do so. He is resilient, and continues fighting on despite his challenges and fears,

If you were a character in your story, which would you like to be?

Aside from who I’ve mentioned above, I would quite like to be Kurt Krecher the ‘Alien Studies’ teacher. He is a fascinating character with lots of layers to him. I also wouldn’t mind having his expertise on extra-terrestrials. They certainly make interesting pets for him!

How and why did you choose the names for your main characters?

Some of the names are old family names. I have a copy of my family tree that dates back a couple of hundred years. I loved looking at the names and picking out my favourites. I really enjoy traditional names and it was nice to revive some of them in a book set in the future. Some of the characters names have to do with their character traits. For example, the formidable ‘Miss Fortem’, and the strong ‘Helen Dido’, named after two strong women in antiquity!

Thank you so much for answering my questions, I enjoyed reading your replies!

Read on to find out more about both Hannah Hopkins and her novel, 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.

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Space-Academy-Hannah-Hopkins-ebook/dp/B0883G654X

US – https://www.amazon.com/Space-Academy-Hannah-Hopkins-ebook/dp/B0883G654X

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.




Social Media Links – https://www.facebook.com/hannahhopkinsauthor




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Many thanks to Hannah Hopkins for answering my questions and to Rachel’s Random Resources for both providing materials for this post and organising the tour it is part of.

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