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.
– When and where do you prefer to write?
I write at any opportunity I get! I write in my car at my lunch break at work, in a café on my laptop, curled up on the sofa at night! If I get a really good idea or a few lines suddenly come into my head, I jot it down on my phone and develop it later. I am always thinking about writing or lost in my imagination, so it bleeds through to lots of different parts of my life!
– Do you have a certain ritual?
My favourite ritual is to sit at my desk and put relaxing music on while I write. It’s nice in the evening when the world is quiet. I pass the hours by in a world I have invented.
– Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?
I’m a sucker for chocolate! Any excuse for a big bar of galaxy and I’m there!
– What is your favourite book?
A very hard question! But it’s a toss up between ‘Rebecca’ by Daphne Du Maurier and ‘The Great Gatsby’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
Yes, absolutely! I am currently finishing off an alternate history novel with a feminist twist. I’d love to try my hand at different things as I develop as a writer.
– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
I base the relationship dynamics between characters on things I have experienced! That is where I draw a lot of my emotional stuff from. My characters tend to develop within the narrative. Sometimes, I feel like they’re more in control of the story than I am.
– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
Yes! I love having a notebook to hand. It’s great writing passages in a notebook and then typing it up later. It’s like being on the second draft already!
– Which genre do you not like at all?
I’m not sure there is a genre I actively dislike. I haven’t read much erotica, but maybe that is something I need to explore.
– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
I love this question! It would have to be Daphne Du Maurier. I just adore the feminism that’s woven into her stories, and the mystery and suspense that she builds so masterfully. She was such an interesting woman.
– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
It would definitely be Italy! I love the Romans and the Italian culture. Call Me By Your Name is my favourite film, and I think the setting in Northern Italy is just beautiful. I am yet to read the book, though. I’m not sure if my heart can’t handle it!
Thank you, Hannah Hopkins and Rachel’s Random Resources
About the author
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.