I’m nervous and excited about my first foray into Science Fiction. I wasn’t sure if I could tackle it. This particular book was originally started in 2011. I know, because I put the date at the top of the script! I just didn’t think I could do a science fiction story justice because, after all, we are influenced by Star Wars and Star Trek. As mentioned previously, I am a fan. I didn’t want the innovations, dreams, and ideas to influence my own stories.
Then, I started reading Prudence MacLeod‘s novels. I am also her publisher over at Shadoe Publishing. Reading her wonderful Novan Series and talking to her, she pointed out there will always be coincidences, similarities, etc. Her stories don’t FEEL like those epic shows and movies so maybe I could do this too.
I remember THINKING, what would happen if a present day woman, at the time 2011, was taken by aliens and woke up 500 years later? I decided later that 2015 worked out better and that ended up in the story. The story took off from there.
My android/human in the story is plausible since we already put artificial things in human bodies and that’s what I was going for. Not that Jeri Ryan didn’t do a FANTASTIC job as 7 of 9, or Brent Spinner as Data. But…my Mercédès, pronounced Mur-said-dees looks nothing like those other two.
Mine is based on Vanessa Williams beauty, with blonde hair, and blue eyes. I wanted a woman of color for this story. I think, teaching a woman who had no idea about the human side of her sexuality, an intimate relationship, love with another woman, was a challenge for my other main character Ryley.
The book is in it’s final edits, the beta readers loved it, and I’m hoping you will too!
Watch this space for my announcement about it’s release in December! Meanwhile, check out my website for other great reads! www.kannemeinel.com