Publisher: August 5, 2014
Publication Date: Netherworld Books
Synopsis: I was a natural flier, I could take a punch, and I was smarter than most. Within five years I was a full-fledged pilot. On my last assignment, I was Master Pilot Eri Everfar, commanding pilot of a class B Federal war ship, the Seeker, and that's where I met him, Drakier Lu... Filion and his new friends have escaped Bok and are stuck in an asteroid field that isn't supposed to exist. They've almost run out of fuel, their water supply is seriously depleted, all of their food has been destroyed, and the girl they'd just risked everything to save, Ryo, is dead. Captain Eri's former lover, Drakier Lu, has been promoted to Master Commander of the entire Federal Fleet, and his assignment is to find and capture the Dark Horse. Captain Eri has been identified as a Tiori, and she and her associates have just become the Federation's most wanted. Things aren't what they seem though, and the line between good and evil blurs as the players' true motivations come to light. Filion and the crew return, traveling the galaxy and dodging the Federation and the Tioris, all the while searching for a rogue planet that may or may not be harboring the one person who can save them all...
Series: The Ryo Myths
Interview: Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?
The hardest part of writing is most certainly the editing. I hate editing more than anything. I think it is because it is very tedious and detail oriented on such a giant scale. I have a friend who is a painter, and she can do small paintings from start to finish in two days. Re-working a novel takes me months of 8 hour days. When I’m editing, I consider it a very productive day if I get 10 pages line edited in 8 hours. I’m hoping that as I grow as a writer, editing will get easier and faster, but for now it’s a labor of love. It also doesn’t help that one of the only times I ever procrastinate is when I’m editing. The Internet is a terrible/wonderful place. Cat videos are both my arch nemesis and true great love.
Q. Do you plan any subsequent books?
I do. My newest release, Tomorrow is Too Late, is the second book of the Ryo Myths trilogy. Book one, Appointment at the Edge of Forever, came out last December. The third and final book of the Ryo Myths is written, but I still need to edit it (grrr). That will be my winter project. I have a fourth book in the works, Enabled, but it has nothing to do with the Ryo Myths and will be a stand alone novel.
Q. What are you currently reading?
I’m always reading. I just finished The Last Season by Eric Blehm, and I’m currently reading The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde. I review every book I read on Goodreads.com, so if you’re interested, follow me!
Q. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
I spend a lot of time writing in coffee shops, but I tend to work on editing and re-works at home. I do this because I tend to act out what is happening in my story as I’m line editing. It helps me understand if what I am describing is an accurate response to the scene I’m trying to set. I’ll have really odd facial expressions, and I’ll move around a lot. I’ve gotten a lot of strange looks at coffee shops, so now I just go home where I can walk around and pace and yell and not weird out the general public.
Q. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
I love learning languages and new skills. I’d really like to learn to speak a non-romance language, and I wish I had more fix-it skills. It’d be cool to be able to repair a car or build a shelf and know it wouldn’t collapse on me. That being said, recently I’ve been spending my free time learning boxing and ju jitsu, so I guess I just need more time.
Q. What gives you the most joy in life?
I love to be outside, spend time with the people who mean the most to me, work out, and read.
Q. Which of your characters would you want to be and why?
I don’t know if I want to be any of my characters entirely, but I do wish to embody some of their traits. I would like to be as psychologically strong as Captain Eri, as much of a badass as Wiq, and part of me would like to live life as uncaringly as Red, but they’ve all had some pretty rough pasts. I don’t think I would like to go through what they did. That being said, they are where they are because of the obstacles they overcame, so I’d have to choose. Either I’d get it all or none of it.
Q. When did you know you would be a writer?
Ever since I was a kid, I was reading and writing little stories. I never thought I had a real chance at becoming a novelist though, so I sidelined my passion as I got out of college, thinking I was going to become a real adult and get an office job. Funnily enough, the economy crashed right as I graduated, and I ended up working at a white water raft retailer in Montana during the winter. I’m sure you can imagine how busy we were. I had hours of staring at the walls and ceilings wishing I had something meaningful to do. Finally, after months of thinking about writing, I cut my hours at the store and began to work on my first novel. It never got published, but after that I started planning my ‘real’ life around my writing schedule. Once i did that, it became clear to me that I would be writing no matter what my job. That’s when I truly became a writer - when I went from wanting to be one, to making the commitment sit down and write even when I never believed it would go anywhere. Publishing didn’t make me a writer. Being a writer allowed me to become published, and I think that is an important detail. People don’t wake up and become authors. They struggle for years, a lot of time wadding through self doubt and societal scrutiny, and when that magic acceptance letter finally comes, it is a wonderful feeling, but it doesn’t make someone a writer. Writing does.
Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I hope you enjoy Tomorrow is Too Late. If you haven’t read book one, Appointment at the Edge of Forever, I recommend reading that first. Also, one of the comments I get from readers most often is that they don’t usually like science fiction, but they did like my books. If you don’t consider yourself a sci-fi fan, but you’re feeling a bit adventurous, you might just find the Ryo Myths right up your alley.
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