Candy makes the PonPon Bunnies sweet. Be careful if they’re angry. And watch out for traps! These are the dangers of competing in the Carnival Panic game show, a ruthless competition that tests the chosen competitors with mental and physical struggles. In order to claim the substantial monetary prize, the winner must solve a series of room puzzles and succeed in entertaining the fickle masses.
Targeted Age Group:: YA
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I was inspired to write this book after visiting the Kyari PamyuPamyu Museum in Roppongi, Tokyo, Japan.
How is writing Science Fiction different from other genres?
Writing Science Fiction is different in that the author has to create the world themselves, which often involves researching innovative technology and futurology.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I decided that the characters should be from all parts of the world so that differing cultural and ideological perspectives could be explored.
Facing the main floor, some of the entrances are already closed, signaling that they are in use. At any other time, the designs might be amusing, now they are menacing. She jogs through an archway decorated with several hundred plush animals of varying sizes tacked to the moldings. Their black eyes stare down at her, lights reflecting in them, seeming to watch her as she enters.
Once through, a vertical door closes behind her as the room brightens, revealing a giant map on the floor. The walls are all a vibrant green, blank, except for a large white metal board with rows of curved indentations in the center of one. An orb sticks out from the wall shaped like a scoop of ice cream with a triangular waffle cone under it, all a hollow plastic. In the center of the orb is a hole about two fingers wide and above it are raised puffy letters saying, “Get the Marbles”.
She peeks but it is too dark to see inside. With nothing else in the room to insert into the hole, she eases her finger in. It is pleasantly cool. As it seemed to do nothing, she tries to pull it out and when she does a tight pressure squeezes all around the digit, so it is impossible to remove. She pulls, even placing a foot against the wall for leverage and cannot loosen it without ripping her bone from the joint. She began to panic. Just then, the sound of a latch opening draws her attention to the top of the orb. Rising from the top is a large pair of red and white polka dot handled shears. A fast-paced carnival song plays, and a projection appears on the blank wall of three dancing unicorns and above them the words “Choice time” in colors that flash pink and orange and a timer counting down from thirty.
Cut her finger off and continue or push the button on her wristband. Or do nothing and fail. Quit or not.
“Choice time! Choice time!” it screams at her.
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About the Author:
After growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Catori Sarmiento’s travels while being a military spouse have often inspired her unique writing style. Although she began writing at an early age, it was not until she began writing poetry during her time as a University of Maryland student that she decided to seriously pursue professional writing. She went on to study writing in a graduate program at National University of San Diego while also living in Tokyo, Japan. Upon graduation, she began writing what would become a first place Cygnus Award winning novel, The Fortune Follies. A year later, her next novel, Carnival Panic was published.
She hopes that readers will find intrigue and entertainment in her stories!