Tell us a bit about your latest novel? I think the synopsis tells just enough without giving it all away: While hiking the mountains and deserts of Arizona with her best friend, D.O.G., Ryley Graham hears a whirring noise. Thinking D.O.G. has cornered a rattlesnake, she rushes to protect him and is blinded by a light seemingly coming from nowhere and everywhere simultaneously.
Waking up 510 years later, she is confused by the unfamiliar machinery and ‘people’ that surround her. Skeptical when she is informed she is aboard a spaceship that explores wormholes, it takes a great deal of effort to finally convince Ryley she isn’t in a government-owned facility and part of some huge experiment or conspiracy.
Adjusting to the odd life forms that coexist on the ship, Ryley begins to accept that she can never go back to Earth 2015, and she begins to contribute her own unique knowledge and skills to their survival. As Ryley makes new friends, one of them begins to stand out…
Mercédès is a woman…half human and half android. She is struggling to understand her human side and the odd feelings she is developing for this Earthwoman.
Learning about love, and learning to love will be huge challenges as Ryley and Mercédès begin to forge a future. What impact will it have when they discover the real reason Ryley was taken in the first place?
Why the name Recombinant Love? I ran a contest because I couldn’t THINK of a title for this book. The original working title was outdated and too closely referenced a series I admired, and I didn’t want that for this stand-alone book. This story was a unique idea, and I loved the notion of involving my fans with my first science-fiction novel. There were a lot of entries, so I threw them into a contest generator tool that was available free on the internet, and Recombinant Love was the name it chose. When I asked the winner, Ashley MacDonald why she had chosen that title, she told me recombinant means bringing together DNA sequences that would not normally be found in nature. That is PERFECT for the book, as you will see when you read it.
In addition to naming my book, Ashley, who lives in South Africa will also receive a signed copy and she will be named in a future book. Ashley asked to be described as a kick-ass kind of gal. No problem there! Now, we just need to decide if she’s good or evil. Lol.
What made you decide to write a science-fiction novel? I originally started this novel in 2011. I made notes for years and dabbled at it, but I FINALLY got the urge to finish it this fall, and getting the fans involved helped me finish it.
Mercédès is a unique character with those inflections and her description. Can you tell us about her? Well, in a previous contest another Facebook friend and fellow author won the opportunity to be named in my upcoming novel. In fact, deciding to use her name in this novel helped me finish writing it. I’ve met Mercedes Lewis in person, and I hope she’s going to love her namesake. She explained that everyone mispronounces her name, and I decided to look for different ways of pronouncing the name, so it wouldn’t sound like the car. I came across Mercedes of Orléans, the Queen of Spain that my friend, Mercedes had mentioned, and I decided to use the inflections in her name to give the reader a different taste of the woman I wrote about.
At first, I thought the android woman sounded a lot like Seven of Nine from Star Trek Voyager. How is Mercédès different? Well, I wanted to steer away from anything Star Trek. I am a fan, but I wanted my story to be unique; however, I realized from my research that it was inevitable there would be similarities. After all, the Star Trek series, in various forms, has been around for 50 years, so they’ve covered a lot of technology and storylines. Firstly, my android, my Mercédès, is multi-racial. Secondly, I had an image of Vanessa Williams with her brilliant blue eyes and occasional blonde hair in my mind when writing Mercédès, and I hope I conveyed that through my writing.
Why science fiction? You are primarily known as a romance writer and murder mystery writer. I’d always wanted to try my hand at science fiction. As I mentioned earlier, I started writing this story in 2011, but I didn’t have the confidence to finish it until this year. The story was always there, but just wouldn’t come out. I read all of Prudence MacLeod’s science-fiction novels and they gave me the confidence I had been lacking; I knew I could do it.
Are you worried about comparisons to Star Trek or Star Wars? Comparisons are inevitable. Those franchises are the most prevalent in our society. I’m a fan of both, but don’t ask me which I like better. I worried about duplicating the shows that I admired, even subconsciously, so I was relieved when my beta readers said there were similarities, but this story was distinctly different. I look forward to feedback from my readers and fans on this new genre I have plunged into. I have about four other science-fiction stories in the works, and I hope it doesn’t take me six years to get them out too.
Why did you choose the artwork that you ultimately ended up using on your cover? I saw that picture and said, “That’s it!” Originally, I was just going to use a picture of the universe…you know, stars. Then, I played with androids in the artwork, but none of the covers I mocked up spoke to me like this one. I liked it even more after I made a few alterations. A friend said it reminded her of the movie E.T., but I think it symbolizes the spark between the two main characters, who I hope everyone will fall in love with. It’s a modern-day romance—maybe I should say a future-day romance with a bit of drama—that happens to be science fiction.
Coming soon…this week, I PROMISE! Meanwhile, go check out my website for other great titles.