Monday, November 18, 2013

Extracted (The Lost Imperials #1) by Sherry Ficklin and Tyler Jolley - Review, Interview

Extracted (The Lost Imperials #1)
by Sherry Ficklin and Tyler Jolley
Published:  11/12/13 
Publisher:  Spencer Hill Press
Welcome to the war.

The Tesla Institute is a premier academy that trains young time travelers called Rifters. Created by Nicola Tesla, the Institute seeks special individuals who can help preserve the time stream against those who try to alter it.

The Hollows is a rogue band of Rifters who tear through time with little care for the consequences. Armed with their own group of lost teens--their only desire to find Tesla and put an end to his corruption of the time stream.
Torn between them are Lex and Ember, two Rifters with no memories of their life before joining the time war.

When Lex’s girlfriend dies during a mission, the only way he can save her is to retrieve the Dox, a piece of tech which allows Rifters to re-enter their own timeline without collapsing the time stream. But the Dox is hidden deep within the Telsa Institute, which means Lex must go into the enemy camp. It’s there he meets Ember, and the past that was stolen from them both comes flooding back.

Now armed with the truth of who they are, Lex and Ember must work together to save the future before the battle for time destroys them both…again

 Authors Sherry Ficklin and Tyler Jolley

Hi Sherry and Tyler.  Thank you so much for being here today.  

Can you tell us a little bit about Extracted? 
Sherry - The publication date is 11.12.13. which is pretty epic since it’s a time travel novel. Basically, it’s the story of Lex and Ember, two teenagers stolen from history and thrust into opposing sides in a battle for control of time travel. It’s a very interesting dynamic to read because the story is told from each of their points of view, alternately, and they both truly believe that they are’ the good guys’ so to speak. 

Tyler - 11.12.13 is pretty significant because when you’re time traveling, dates are so important…especially ones that are easy to remember.  Extracted has two factions. The Hollows are the quintessential time bandits, their sole mission is to steal relics and historical artifacts and really mess up the time stream while trying to make The Telsa Institute kids really ticked.  The Tesla Institute is more structured institution.  Their sole mission is to continue to mend all the hiccups in the time stream that The Hollows create.  

Where did you get your idea for The Lost Imperials series and how many books are planned in the series?  

Sherry - We are finishing up the first draft of book two right now. As we get closer to the finish line, it looks like at least three. But there are a lot of stories and other characters we’d like to explore, so that may change.

Tyler- The initial character of Ember came from Sherry and when she said “I want to write a steampunk novel” I jumped on board.  I agree with Sherry, at least three books.

What is your favorite scene or quote from Extracted?

Sherry - Mine is probably when Stein says, “Try to touch me again and I’ll rip your arm off and beat you with your own stump.”

Tyler – Ethan to Lex: “I mean it, sticky fingers. Hands off my stuff.”

Sherry, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a full time author and mother of four. I co-host a blog radio show and engage in general nerdiness as often as possible. Extracted is my 7th full length novel. I don’t know, I guess I’m just a reader and fangirl at heart.

Tyler, how about you, what can you tell us about yourself?

I’m elbows deep in teeth all day and by night I’m have four kids gnawing at my elbows.  Lately I’ve found the lost art of manhood so now we farm.  I've taught my boys how to use all sorts of tools, now they’re very handy.  They're basically become Bear Grills.  That's on top of my love for my job, mountain biking and bird hunting.  

How did you guys end up co-authoring Extracted?

Sherry - When I came up for the concept for what became Extracted, I realized pretty early in outlining stages that it was a brother sister story and that I wanted to tell it from both sides. I also learned very quickly that I don’t write a teenage boy with any authenticity of voice. So I decided to bring in a co-author. I’d read Tyler’s first novel and I was blown away. So he was the obvious choice. He lives in the same town as me which helps, but to be honest, I’d have asked him to do it no matter where he lived. I just knew he was perfect to write Lex.

Tyler - Well after I realized Sherry was serious and wanted little ol’ me to actually help write this epic story I said YES.  The first chapter I had written I was afraid to let her read it because I didn’t feel worthy to be writing an already established author. 

What do you feel is the most rewarding aspect of coauthoring?  The biggest challenge?

Sherry - I think one nice thing is having someone who knows the story every bit as well as I do to bounce ideas off. Most of the time, you will never have someone who knows and understands your book on the same level as you, because in a sense, it’s a part of you. By creating it together, you give yourself the advantage of having just that. 
As far as challenges, I think sometimes it was hard because we’d both have very different visions for the setting in particular. Communication is key.

Tyler - One of the best ways for me to make a story as real as possible is to talk to someone about it out loud.  Doing this gets it worked out in your head. Very few people have the attention span to listen to all the cool characters and plot twists and cool characters that you have made up.  It’s been great working with Sherry because she understands what I’m trying to say even thought I might not be able to verbalize it in an eloquent way.  
Challenges would be for me would be keeping up with my part because I work 5 days a week.  I felt like I was always playing catch up with Sherry’s great ideas.

Sherry, what is something that people would be surprised to know about you?

When I was a teenager I had a debilitating fear of public speaking so my mother made me do a bunch of beauty pageants to help me get over it. I was Miss Louden Co. Volunteer Fire Department one year. It took four firemen to hoist me up the truck for the parade because my dress was so tight I couldn’t climb the ladder.

How about you Tyler, what is something that people would be surprised to know about you?

I grew up clogging and doing gymnastics for many years. My mom sold me on the idea by promising me that it would make me a better athlete. As an adult I can do a mean double-down rock step but you definitely won’t see me playing in a Sunday Night Football game anytime soon.

Can you tell us anything about what you are currently working on?

Sherry - I’m working on Prodigal, the next Lost Imperials book, and a little something new. I don’t want to say too much about it because I don’t have a publisher for it yet. 

I am also working on Prodigal and I’ve got three other young adult projects I’m working on right now.  An urban fantasy, a sci-fi novel, and book two of the Neto Lexan series.

This or That:
E-books or print copies?
Sherry: Both. E-book first, then print for anything I want to read over and over.
Tyler:  E-books because I read books like turning the channel on the tv so I read a lot of books at the same time.

Facebook or Twitter?
Sherry: Facebook
Tyler: Facebook

Coffee, tea, or Coke?
Sherry: Tea. Earl Grey Green.
Tyler: Diet coke, light ice, 44oz

Theater or DVD?
Sherry: Theater. Hard core.
Tyler: Theater

Truth or Dare?
Sherry: Dare.
Tyler: Truth.

Talk or Text?
Sherry: Talk
Tyler:  Both, but I’ in denial.  I text a lot.

Thanks so much for being her today guys.  It was great talking to you.  

My Thoughts:  Extracted is one of those novels that will leave you on the edge of your seating, turning the pages in anticipation of what wonderful things you'll find on the next page.  The book centers around time time travelers called Rifters.  The main characters are Lex and Ember and the story is told from both their points of view with Ficklin writing Ember's character and Jolley writing Lex's.  Both the authors did an excellent job in writing their characters and bringing the story together.   I loved Lex's character, he's a totally hot and swoon-worthy book boyfriend, and Ember is quite the heroine.  There are quite a few secondary characters that were fun to get to know and added so much to the story.   Lex and Ember are in the midst of, as well as part of a time war, and find themselves torn between the two rival factions that are battling it out, the Hollows and The Telsa Institute. 

Extracted is filled with nonstop heart-pounding action, adventure, danger, and a little romance.  If you are looking for something different and/or are a fan of steampunk, science fiction, and time travel, then this is just the book for you.  I found it to be a very entertaining and enjoyable read that will get your blood pumping, and I think this is something teens and adults alike would enjoy.  
Favorite Quote:
We've never formally been introduced to the students from the Tesla Institute because every time we meet, things go from zero to face punch too quickly for small talk.  

Sherry D. Ficklin is a full time writer from Colorado where she lives with her husband, four kids, two dogs, and a fluctuating number of chickens and house guests. A former military brat, she loves to travel, eat exotic food, and meet new people. She can often be found browsing her local bookstore with a large white hot chocolate in one hand and a towering stack of books in the other. That is, unless she's on deadline at which time she, like the Loch Ness monster, is often only seen in blurry photographs.

Tyler H. Jolley was born in the era of the Star Wars and the Indiana Jones sagas. He has been enamored with science fiction and adventure stories ever since. In order to support his hobby of writing he decided to pursue dentistry. He graduated from Nova Southeastern University School of Dental Medicine in 2002. He then completed a four year orthodontic and periodontic residency at the University of Pennsylvania. In June 2006, he opened a private practice, Jolley Smiles, in Grand Junction, Colorado

Snowboarding, mountain biking, road biking, fly fishing, bird hunting, camping, hiking, and backpacking are the things he enjoys doing with his family. He also enjoys lecturing internationally on temporary orthodontic implants. Some of his journal articles have also been published in the Journal of Clinical Orthodontics. However, his true passion has always been fiction writing.

When life gets stressful he escapes to unseen worlds to find relaxation. His career has been the vehicle to let  him write without worry. He finds inspiration from most of his adolescent patients. He continues to dream up fun and thrilling books to this day.


  1. Awesome interview, and as you know I totally loved Extracted and cannot wait for the next book in the Lost Imperial series. Glad you enjoyed it Ellen :)

  2. Yay! I am so glad you read this series Ellen! I really enjoyed it and that interview was great!!

  3. Thanks for interviewing us, Ellen!


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