Welcome to the Friday stop on the blog tour for new release Unclaimed: The Memoirs of Jane E. Friendless Orphan by Erin McCole Cupp. I am excited to share this new release with you because I loved this book! You’ll find several other readers’ opinions at the end of the blog, but here is my endorsement:
“Science fiction readers will love the creative futuristic elements in Unclaimed by Erin McCole Cupp. At times humorous and other times heart-wrenching, this story delves into issues worth considering as society advances. Having developed a strong connection to Jane E, I found myself incredibly moved by a climactic scene where faith plays out in a natural but powerful way. Unclaimed: The Memoires of Jane E will leave you wanting more. “
Summary: Born not in a past of corsets and bonnets but into a future of cloning and bioterror, could Jane Eyre survive? This Jane is an “unclaimed embryo,” the living mistake of a reproductive rights center–or so her foster family tells her. At age ten she is sold into slavery as a data mule, and she must fight for freedom and identity in a world mired between bioscientific progress and the religions that fear it.
Q: So what made you think you could get away with rewriting Jane Eyre?
EMC: I never expected to get away with it! I think of it as more of a translation than a rewrite, anyway, and when you’re reading a translation, you must always keep in mind that it is but a pale image of the original. At any rate, way back in Y2K, I had spent the first part of the year reading a steady diet of William Gibson, Neal Stephenson and Bruce Sterling–the revered trifecta of the cyberpunk subgenre of science fiction. When our summer vacation came around, I decided I’d take a vacation from reading for professional development as an aspiring SF writer and bought a bunch of books from the literary classics bargain bin at a boardwalk bookshop. A few chapters into Jane Eyre, my mind kept throwing up these weird parallels between the character of Helen Burns as Jane’s spirit guide and the character of Molly as Case’s spirit guide in Gibson’s Neuromancer. I remember thinking, “Wow, Jane Eyre would’ve made great cyberpunk.” [beat] “Oh, crap, now I have to write it!”
Q: That was sixteen years ago, and the first edition of Jane_E dropped a decade ago. What made you decide to revisit your first novel and rerelease it electronically?
EMC: I just think (“hope” might be a better word) that the audience might be ready for it a bit more now compared to ten years ago. I’d already been thinking of re-releasing it as a single book and getting a fresh cover, having it available in hard copy as well as electronic format. However… it’s a long book when taken all in one slice! Jane’s story (mine as well as the Bronte version) also divides itself naturally into three parts: her early years, her developing relationship with her employer, and then everything that happens after that relationship catches fire, for lack of a better term (and those of you who’ve read Jane Eyre know of which I speak). I figured that by breaking it down into smaller portions, a reader could take a chance on Book 1 (Unclaimed) without the commitment to some giant tome. Of course if you want the giant tome, that’s still available.
Q: So when do the next two books come out?
EMC: I’m looking at October 7 for Nameless (Book 2) and December 6 for Runaway.
Q: Why make us wait so long?!
EMC: Because I’m mean. Ha! Actually, there’s the cover art to take care of, thanks to Fiona Jayde Media. I also wanted to give the text a little extra polish that may have gotten lost in the initial editing, which was done when I had infant twins. I’m working with Rebecca Willen over at Our Hearts are Restless, and she’s great–reasonable, thorough, no-nonsense–but I’m also letting those aforementioned twins (now 12 and homeschooled) provide an additional level of copyediting.
Q: What’s that like, letting your children correct your work?
EMC: You mean, besides the weird factor of letting them read something on the edgy side that came out of my brain before they were even born? Actually, it’s a lot less stressful than I thought it would be. It’s a good way to model humility, really. I mean, I’m the one always correcting their work, and now I’m letting them turn the tables. I think it’s good for all three of us.
Q: Any other projects in the works?
EMC: Always! Besides the Jane E series, I’m a contributor to The Catholic Mom Prayer Companion, which is available on pre-order for an August 29th release. I’m also working with Ellen Gable of Full Quiver Publishing on an anthology of Theology of the Body fiction and poetry tentatively titled Image and Likeness. That’s exciting, working with so many talented authors, and that’s scheduled for a October 22 release. Finally, I’m still pecking away at the first draft of the sequel to my murder mystery Don’t You Forget About Me.
“A riveting, heart-wrenching retelling of Charlotte Bronte’s classic novel, Unclaimed packs a punch that brings the timeless truth of the original Jane Eyre to Millenials, Generation Z, and beyond. Bravo! Bring on the next installment…” Antony Barone Kolenc, The Chronicles of Xan Trilogy
“In a style that’s engaging and unputdownable, Erin Mccole Cupp grabs readers, sucks them into her world, and makes Jane E a part of our hearts. Be warned: you’ll finish this book and demand the next one. Sarah Reinhard, Word by Word: Slowing Down with the Hail Mary
“Brilliant and inspiring with a unique blend of genres. This book is for classic and sci-fi fans alike. It will leave the reader anxiously waiting for the next installment.” Tanya Weitzel, Catholicsimplicites.com, Catholicmom.com Contributor
“Whether in Georgian England or the global community of a technocratic future, there will always be orphans who can teach the rest of us how to love, if we will only take the time to learn. This is the reason we need books like Unclaimed.” Karen Ullo, Jennifer the Damned
“What a great read! Jane E has Hollywood written all over it: strong, complex characters; rich settings, adversity, action and intrigue—it’s all here in this modern updating of Jane Eyre. I couldn’t put it down!” Rhonda Ortiz, The Virtuous Jane Austen
Learn more about the book by clicking here.
Stop by Carolyn Astfalk’s Open Book for her review.
Unclaimed is available on Amazon.
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