I began searching the internet and book blogs looking for someone to pick up where the prior editor left off. Another editor, after reviewing the first few chapters of book one, suggested I contact Stephanie. I am so thankful that I did. Stephanie has gone back through my entire story and is helping me to streamline and tighten my books to make the trilogy a better and, dare I say, a far more gripping read.
Indie Spotlight: Interview with Jeannette Olmos, Author of The Matriarch Saved, Book 1 of The Hive
The Matriarch Saved
When Earth is invaded, Evonne witnesses her family’s deaths and wakes up imprisoned in a room with other women of childbearing age. They undergo torturous experiments before being rescued by seemingly human alien warriors on a reconnaissance mission. Evonne’s ordeal has unleashed new abilities in her, powers she can’t fully understand or control.
Evonne is thrust into a volatile society in which matriarchal leaders and warrior males maintain a complicated balance of power, where minds can be read and animals speak.
She is drawn to Kalerant, one of her rescuers and a dominant figure in this strange society. He is drawn to her strength as well as her beauty, and he offers her a place in his world. As their passion intensifies and their relationship deepens, Evonne navigates new friendships and loyalties—and faces dangers she’d never anticipated.
I’m excited to welcome Jeannette to The Eclectic Scribe’s blog.
1. What drew you to the science fiction and romance genres?
I grew up watching Star Trek, The Twilight Zone, and Battlestar Galactica on TV and Star Wars at the movies, so the sci-fi seed was planted at an early age.
When I started writing, I found that creating a new world, with its own political, monetary & societal issues, gave me a deeper understanding of my characters and their perspective. And in a strange way, it helped me to have patience—and perhaps an open mind—with some of the polarizing ideals plaguing our own society. It also allowed me to explore subjects that may be considered taboo.
Written and Directed by: Jordan Peele
I live about forty miles from Charlottesville, one of the most socially and politically liberal cities in Virginia. Last week, in the unfolding Theater of the Absurd that is the daily news, neo-Nazis were grabbing their five minutes of fame. Dressed in white and carrying torches — like a terrifying parody of themselves — they gathered at a public park, protesting the removal of a statue of Virginia’s most beloved Confederate general, Robert E. Lee. Rumor has it they were joined by Richard Spencer, a vile lunatic whose blog has called for the genocide of Black people
Written by: Colin Frizzell and Ed Gass-Donnelly
Directed by: Ed Gass-Donnelly
When she was a little girl, Jane (Abbie Cornish) was the only survivor of a massacre that took the lives of her parents and sister. Their deaths are a lingering unsolved mystery, and it appears that Jane might have been responsible. Now she and her husband (Diego Klattenhoff ) are trying to save their foundering marriage while raising their smart, spunky daughter, Alice (Lola Flanery). Jane struggles with memory lapses and doesn’t remember the night of the murders — and she has to confront the possibility that she might be the killer.
Published December 24, 2016 by Smashwords Edition
Writing dystopian fiction in this day and age poses many challenges, not the least of which is this: how do you keep up? Many of the dystopian premises we see in literature are already popping up in the news — in some form — and often, as Lord Byron famously observed, truth is stranger than fiction.
That was my reaction this week when the media revealed, not for the first time, that employers are microchipping workers. (One of my dogs has a microchip. But if I hired someone to work for me, I would trust them not to wander off and get lost.)
Over the past year or so, I’ve line edited dozens of manuscripts, many by novice writers. If I had to choose one piece of advice I’ve offered more often than any other, it’s this: