Special Guest

USA Today best-seller Micah Caida, author of the Red Moon Trilogy, is visiting today!

 MicahCaida_TimeTrap_1400pxWhat inspired you to write the Red Moon Trilogy?

It came from a single thought of “what if the next generation turning eighteen was the one that changed the world?”  That sounds simple until you look beneath it and add a sci-fi/fantasy element, then all of a sudden the story takes on a life of its own and ideas just explode from it.  I have to admit that when we started writing this, we didn’t realize it would conclude during a blood moon tetrad – a series of blood-red moons hypothesized to indicate the end of the world as we know it.



You said “we,” so who is USA Today best-seller Micah Caida?

Micah Caida is the pseudonym of USA Today bestseller Mary Buckham and New York Times bestseller Dianna Love.  We’ve worked together to brainstorm our independent stories for many years.  During a break in one of those brainstorming sessions, we started kicking around this idea.  We knew in that first hour of talking about it that the story was unlike anything out there and that it had to be young adult.   The Red Moon Trilogy journey has been one filled with a lot of surprises, good ones that have made it worth the past couple years of intense drive to reach this point.

What sort of research have you had to do for the series?

You’d think that since it’s a sci-fi/fantasy we would just make up anything we want, but this story has taken quite a bit of research.  The opening setting is a desert in Albuquerque, New Mexico where Rayen (lead character) comes awake to find a ghost of an old man talking to her and a deadly sentient creature chasing her.  Native American, especially Navajo, elements play a part in this story along with the history of the Antikythera device created two-thousand years ago and thought to be the first analog computer.

How does the Antikythera computer play a part in this trilogy?

We took truth and spun it into a mythology, much the way different races used mythology to explain truth in past times.  For example, there is a story in Indian mythology about the elephant-headed god Ganesh who was insulted by the moon god. Ganesh put a curse on the moon that caused those who viewed it on a specific day to suffer bad luck, then he made the moon disappear forever.  The moon apologized for making fun of the way Ganesh looked and begged for mercy.  Ganesh gave in, but said the moon would still disappear once a month.  There were some other terms, but basically this explained the moon’s vanishing once a month and it was the origin of an Indian festival called Ganesh Chaturthi that runs for ten days each year.   Our mythology about the computer is a bit more complex and affects today’s world as well as one far in the future.

MicahCaida_TimeReturn_1400pxWhat’s your favorite part about writing a young adult series?

Absolutely it’s the joy of spending so much time in a sci-fi/fantasy world, but after that, it has to be the response we’ve gotten.  We really had no idea how this trilogy would be received until we handed the first book – Time Trap – to a group of beta readers.  The group was made up of 15-19 year olds, some adults (all ages) and a couple of advanced 11-12 year old readers.  We were very pleasantly surprised at how this story resonated for all ages.  Instead of pushing for professional reviews early on, we asked “readers” to give us honest feedback and from that we ended up with statements like these.


Time Trap is amazingly original and unexpected…I loved every second of reading it!”

~~ Alexandra Fedor, 15, who has read The Book Thief, The Hunger Games, and Anna Karenina.

“If I had found books like this (Time Trap) when I was a teen, I would have started reading much earlier, instead of waiting until my mid twenties!” ~~ Kay Barnes, adult

Time Trap is a deliciously entrapping read you won’t want to put down and leaves you thirsting for more when you finish.” ~~Angela Catucci, young adult

 Is the trilogy completed yet?

Time Lock, the final book in the Red Moon Trilogy will be available on June 10th in print and e-book, with audio to follow.   This last book was the most fun to write. All the books are full of action and have a romance, but this one was like a full-on race to the finish.

What is THE RED MOON TEEN READING EVENT that Micah is hosting in June?

This idea grew from thinking about how teens don’t have the same advantage as adults, who can download a book on a whim because they have e-readers and credit cards.    Teens either have to depend on a parent to buy a book for them or to take them to a library.   If we want teens to read during the summer when they aren’t loaded down with schoolwork, then we should do two things – offer books they want to read for fun, and make it easy.  We hope our idea takes off and by the summer of 2015 teens will have many more books to read by only having to “click” a link, but this year—June 1-30—any teen can read all of Time Trap on a phone or any other mobile device (or home computer) by simply clicking on www.RedMoonTrilogy.com – that’s all. No sign in needed, because this is not about data mining.  This is about offering teens a read when they want it, without them having to jump through hoops.

Thanks so much for inviting me (Micah Caida) to guest blog today, CC!


MicahCaida_TimeLock_1400pxRayen wakes up in a place that is both familiar and strange, then quickly finds out she has no control over her world … until she travels through a portal and meets a young warrior who is as deadly as he is attractive, and who thinks she’s the enemy. 






QUESTION – if you could travel to another world, would it be in the future or the past, and what would you like to find there?  POST an answer, or a question you’d like answered, to be in a drawing for all three Red Moon Trilogy books (signed) (continental US only)– Time Trap, Time Return and Time Lock.  Don’t forget to stop by RedMoonTrilogy.com the entire month of June (only) to read TIME TRAP in its entirety. 

To read excerpts on all the Red Moon Trilogy books and purchase e-book or print copies, please visit www.MicahCaida.com.

91 thoughts on “Special Guest

  1. Hey Micah,
    Time Trap was a great read, wondering what will come next after the trilogy is finished. What do you have planned next?

  2. I think I’d travel to the future just to see what it’s like. I’m hoping cars can fly and there are no traffic jams. I also hope we can eat whatever we like and not gain weight. 🙂

  3. HMM I want to go to the past. I want to see what it was really like in the 1920’s, or the 50’s. Maybe even the 1800’s.

    I dont think I would want to go to the future, I dont want to know yet what happens to my family and future generations.

    xoxo I loved these books and can not wait for June 10th!

    • Hi Jennifer (say hello to your sister too!) – Thanks for reading this trilogy. I’m really happy that the final book – TIME LOCK – will be out soon. 🙂 It’s been interesting how this is pretty divided – some want to go back and some don’t. 🙂

    • That’s interesting, Amy, because so many people talk about wanting to go back and see history unfold. I want to see what’s next, too. I wonder if we’ll have vehicles without wheels in the next 20-30 years. 🙂

  4. I would like to visit the future to see what I do for a living,I hope I’m a amazing author like C.C Hunter, and to see if anything changes to the world like robots serving us and flying cars(Harry potter).

  5. If I could travel anywhere I would love to go to Ireland probably now in the summer so I could see the flowers and animals. Thanks for the giveaway!! 🙂

    • My husband and I have talked about making a driving trip around Ireland at some point, Samantha. I’d love to see the countryside and meet the locals. 🙂 You’re welcome for the giveaway!

  6. I’d like to go into the future as well. I’d like to see where we’re at in 100 yrs. You never know – it probably won’t change much! Remember when movies were coming out in the early 90’s about the 21st century (ex. set in 2020) and cars were flying around and all homes were electronic. Yeah doubt that’ll happen! We’d all be in a lot of trouble when the power went out! Thanks!!

    • I think about that too, Kathia – what this world would be like if we really did lose all the power. Silent for one thing. Glad to have it today, though. 🙂

  7. That trilogy sounds sooo cool. Would love to read it! What I would like to do would be to travle into the future to see what I would be doing and things like that. Then if anything bad hppened I would try and change it;-)

  8. Oh my gosh. When I was reading about this trilogy I knew exactly then that I have to read it. I will do whatever I can to get my hands on these books. As I read through these comments I see people saying they already know what happened in the past and that the future would be cool to see, but I have a different perspective. I don’t want to see the future. Why? Because it’s the future. It’s a surprise and if you knew what the world was going to come to you wouldn’t be as excited. I think it’d be cool and exciting to go back in time and see how everyday life was and how far we’ve come. That’s just my opinion. Thank you Micah Caida for sharing! Your books seem so intense! 🙂

    • Hi Katie B – I asked this question from time to time and get a wide mix of answers. If I had a chance to go back in time, I’d like meet Da Vinci because he was such an amazing inventor. Thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoy the series!

  9. Though the past would be cool, the future sounds like if would be so much more interesting because you don’t know what would or could happen. Then again the past would be interesting because you could learn so much about how people used to live and maybe some better ways we can improve things today if you saw how different things affect others. I guess I would be cool with either, but definitely leaning more toward future and hopefully it’s filled with adventure! ^_^

  10. This trilogy sounds really interesting! But i think i would travel to the future to see how society has changed like it is now. I would also like to go to the future to see all of my great grandchildren, to see how they are and how their life is going.

  11. If I were to travel to the future or the past, I think I would travel to the future. By then technology would have changed a lot, and I think it would be interesting to see what those changes would be.

    • Hi Karin – yep, I was not cut out for the 1800s and as much as I’d like to visit sometime in the past for a quick stop, I would be afraid of getting stuck. I’m definitely a running water and ac baby. 🙂

  12. I’d go into the future to see what happens. Like when machines take over peoples jobs (its gonna happen eventually) and when are we gonna get our first female president. And also to see how life has changed with me and my family and friends. Mostly for the all the new things to look at……and I have a feeling if I read that series it’d be my obsession for months and months

    • Hi Jaia – I have my ideas about how things would change and want to see if I’m right. I find it fascinating that we used to watch the actors on Star Trek flip open their communication devices that seemed amazing back then but we have handheld computers now. 🙂 I keep waiting for that transport to be developed so we can beamed somewhere.

  13. I would travel to the future because the past is the past and I wouldn’t change anything that I have learned or experienced. Even the hard things make me into the person I am. I think we are all travelling to the future every day and it would be fun to see what we are all working towards.

  14. I think I would go way back in the past. Maybe check out all the ancient castles, ruins, and all other kinds of cool stuff, or meet some of the fascinating people from the past. I don’t think I want to see what is coming. It would ruin the surprise. 😉

    • Hi HeatherMac – I LOVED when I was in Germany at a book event and we took a day to go up the Rhine River and visit castles. I would love to drop in and observe (as long as I could come right back *g*). 🙂

  15. I would travel to the future to see what has changed from present to future. I believe there would be a big advancement in technology, new laws/rules, and a change with Earth.

  16. If I could time travel, I would travel to the future because I’d love to see how technology has advanced and, loving the environment, see what happens to wildlife, including plants.

    • I’m really hoping that in the future we still have millions of miles of open land and clean water, Lucy, and that we’ve figured out how best to continue protecting all of it. 🙂

  17. I think I’d want to travel to the past, only because I could right the wrongs of the past and make it better. Who knows? Maybe I could’ve stopped World War I or II from being started in the first place. I’d also (perhaps *wink wink*) like to see sharper dressed men than the baggy-shorted snap back hat-wearing men of society today. The past may be in the past but who says that we can’t change it?

    • That’s one of those age-old discussions about the past, Angela – if someone went back and made some changes to prevent really bad things from happening would it cause a ripple effect of something worse? Or would it be awesome? 🙂

  18. I would love to travel to the future to see the type of houses people would build
    And whether they would have more or less trees, vegetable or flower gardens
    And how they would travel about.

    • No one has mentioned things like houses yet today, Carol, until now. That’s an interesting thought – would we be in actual “houses” like the ones we live in today or would that change drastically at some point? 🙂

  19. I believe I would rather go to the future. Nothing pisses me off more than knowing that as technology advances (and being the sci-fi & sci-future buff that I am) I only have a limited amount of time to see what is to come. As far as the state of the world, as corny as it sounds, peace between nations would be nice.

    I hope everyone has an awesome day 🙂

    • I’m totally with you on that thought of world peace, Liz. It’s joked about a lot, but wouldn’t it be nice if everyone woke up in a safe environment? I want that glimpse too. Don’t you know people in the mid 1900s would have loved to see how everyone has computers today?

  20. I would travel to the past in hopes to see my grandmother again. She was a very wise person that helped me become who I am today and I would ask her advice on a few things or just talk.

    • I hear ya, Cessley. I would love to meet my husband’s great aunt. She died right after we first got together and as I learned about her I really wished I’d had a chance to sit down and talk to her. She was a woman in business way back when few women of good breeding did such a thing, but she had a rebel spirit and I would have loved to hear her talk of her life.

  21. I think I would travel to the past, I would love to see and learn things about my family. Meet grandparents I never met, see how my parents met and fell in love, relive moments that are special to me (engagement, wedding, birth if daughter, etcetera)

    • When I think of going back to meet family, Brenda, I want to meet the Native Americans on my father’s side and my mom’s ancestors who were farmers. She talked over riding a horse to get groceries. 🙂

  22. If I could travel in time to either the future or the past, I would want to travel to the past and learn about where my family came from and history. I would want to see the life my grandparents and parents lived and how their maturation is similar or different from mine! I have always been fascinated with history so to be able to learn about my own families would be something amazing!!

  23. Thanks for this blog Christie, and Micah this series sounds just perfect for a young friend of mine. She’s an aspiring paranormal writer and devours everything she gets her hands on. Her excitement has made me start to read them myself. If I were to time travel, I think I would go back in time. Maybe I’m too afraid what the future holds. All the uncertainty.

  24. Wow Christie, I love coming to your blogs and reading about these great authors. The best way to fins new authors is following your current favorite authors. I love reading your blogs AND books!

  25. Hi Anneliese – I have so enjoyed visiting Christie’s blog and chatting with everyone. She has a beautiful blog that is so inviting I can see why so many readers enjoy stopping by during the week. 🙂

  26. Does it have to be the future OR past? Asking because I just read a book that took place in the future, but some way or another they have medicinal cultures/customs. I’d like to live durin that time. They have weapons, books (yay!), indoor pluming, good medicine (in one kingdom) and many other things. I would totally learn how to fight & stuff! But yeah, that would be the time I choose. A midieval future with kingdoms, magic (sorts), indoor pluming, good medicine & books:)

  27. If I could travel to another world, I believe it would be in the future. The world would be utopian, and it would be as if everyone were angels. Maybe this seems far fetched, but it would be have ruins from going through war and destruction leaving behind only parts of any and all buildings. Eventually we would rebuild and make everything beautiful. It would be a haven, and it would be like starting over again. Like I said, everyone would be as close to being an angel as possible, making their surroundings glow and glisten, and unbelievable to the human eye. It’d be heaven on earth.

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