Interview on The Author’s Show

HostPodcastHey, I was fortunate enough to be interviewed by Linda Thompson over at The Author’s Show.  The broadcast is ONLY going to be up for 24 hours on Wednesday January 10!  Please tune in for it!

 

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Interview for Recombinant Love

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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  The original working title was outdated and too closely referenced a series I admired, and I didn’t want that for this stand-alone book.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.

Malice 2nd editions

As promised in previous blogs, I’m going through my backlog of books and getting them edited, sometimes re-edited.  So, I am pleased to present to you, Malice Masterpieces 2, second edition, as well the books contained therein.

Malice Masterpieces 2 Books Six through Ten

The cool thing is, all these novellas that are in the Masterpieces book (btw, you DO know that is tongue-in-cheek…masterpieces?) are now available as pocket paperbacks AND as regular sized paperbacks, all under $10!  The Masterpieces book is a wee bit more, because, ya know, it has five books in it!

Check it all out on my website by clicking on the picture below!

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Thank you all for your patience as we slowly clear out the backlog of books and get them reissued as they are edited! ~K’Anne

Contest! Name that book!

CONTEST for SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL:

I have a confession…I am a secret Trekkie.  No, I don’t go around wearing pointy ears or talking Klingon.  No, I have never been to any of the comic-con’s or conventions where you dress up as your favorite character(s).  No, I am not a furry either (gross).  I have, however, been a fan since the 1970’s of the original Star Trek show, with all of its overly dramatic, overly acted, kitschy kind of ambiance.  I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to see The Star Trek Movie come out back on December 6, 1979.  It was one of the few things my father and I had in common that we could share, our love of Star Trek, and later our love of Star Wars.  Okay, okay, I know there are those who think you shouldn’t mix the two and I’ve committed heresy by mentioning them in the same sentence, however, they all have their good points.

I am also a cinephilia, before you all get excited about that word, it means: A person with a passionate interest in cinema is called a cinephile, cinemaphile, or, informally, a moviebuff.  I do collect movies and have the complete, original, tv series on VHS.  I also collect other movies, including GalaxyQuest, Terminator, ET (of COURSE!), The Martian, The Arrival, The Abyss, Signs, and a host of other quaint and not-so-well-known science fiction movies.  I collect a lot of other movies as well, I love romance (no surprise there), but westerns (and I mean REAL ones with John Wayne, Gary Cooper, Jimmy Stewart, Maureen O’Hara, Katherine Hepburn, and other great actors), as well as quirky and out of circulation movies.  I have in my collection over 1000 movies, and, as this picture shows you, quite a display of them.  Since I took this picture, I have run out of room on these shelves for all my movies, even turning them sideways.  About one-third of them now are DVD’s.

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I never thought I could write a science fiction story.  I mean, I write romance.  I write murder-mystery.  I write action-adventure.  I usually write a lot of drama within those genre’s.  In 2011, I started a science fiction novel, I thought it would be a novella, but no, there was more to that story than even I anticipated.  It would plague me for years as I watched the movies, again and again.  Recently I decided to finish it.  I won’t tell you what I named it, or even show you the cover I made back then, because, it would defeat the purpose of this blog, and predispose you to the point of the contest.  After publishing many Prudence MacLeod novels for Shadoe Publishing, it made me realize, that yes, I CAN write a science-fiction novel, with lesbian characters, and I can make the story believable…thank you Pru for the inspiration!

And, that’s what we get to now.  The point of the contest is your HELP in NAMING my science-fiction debut novel.  I have the meat of the story.  I have the two lovers who fall in love in space.  I have the drama.  I even have my synopsis, which reads: While hiking the mountains and deserts of Arizona with her best friend, D.O.G., Ryley Graham hears a whirring noise.  Thinking he has cornered a rattlesnake, she rushes to protect him only to be blinded by a light seemingly coming from nowhere and everywhere simultaneously.

Waking up 510 years later, she is confused by the technology 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 her she isn’t in a government-owned facility and isn’t part of some huge experiment or conspiracy.

Adjusting to the odd lifeforms that coexist on the ship, Ryley begins to accept that she can never go back to Earth 2015, and 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 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 a huge challenge 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?

Now, I need YOUR help in NAMING the book!  I have found the artwork that will help me when we are ready to go with this book in say 6-8 weeks, but…I thought I’d ask for help from the readers of fan-fiction who happen to enjoy science-fiction.

The winner of my last contest, Mercedes Lewis (first name only and full inflections of her name) got named in this book, so, I offer not only the possibility of the winner of NAMING this new book a chance to be named in my next book, but, I will send a paperback copy of THIS book ANYWHERE in the world (this world only, all other worlds, galaxies, and planets are excluded from this contest and if you ARE entering from any other worlds, galaxies, and planets please let me know so we can have another conversation, possibly a book deal), and, if you know anything about shipping a book out of this country, that gets expensive…so, put on your thinking caps and come up with a name for my yet, as unnamed, novel and you get to have a signed copy!9eeb1f10132195f3c7ee1e2e24f93f39--gifted-students-first-day-of-school

Something I would like to mention is yes, one of the main characters Mercédès is half human and half android.  No, don’t think Data from The Next Generation or even Seven of Nine from Voyager and certainly not Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator, think Vanessa Williams with machine parts in her beautiful body.  (If you don’t know who Vanessa Williams is, um, what planet are you from?) With THAT in your fertile imaginations, please help me to get a title for my yet as unnamed novel!Screen-Shot-2016-12-23-at-9.02.09-AM

This is how it works:

1) you go to MY blog and SIGN UP (it’s okay if you’re already a follower, you can qualify by signing up with the other participating blogs).

2) you go to the other blogs where you read this and SIGN UP (it’s okay if you’re already a follower, we won’t use our stun guns on you).  Please, if you aren’t followers of these other blogs, sign up anyway!

http://www.prudencemacleod.com/

https://womenwords.org/

https://sapphicreviews.wordpress.com/

http://www.Joannadarrell.com/

https://kittykatwordpresscom.wordpress.com/

https://iheartlesfic.com/

3) you put in your two-cents about what YOU think the book should be named, based on the synopsis as well as what you would like to see on this cover.  (Don’t worry, we won’t be reading your minds, you have to type out a response for us to consider).  Just COMMENT in the comment section at the bottom of my blog!

4) Winner will be informed on the blog, all over social media, and, be named in my next book by being named a character (first name, or both…no financial compensation in any galaxy will be forthcoming for this honor).

5) Here is the cover for your inspiration:

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  • Good luck!
  • ~K’Anne