Author Interview: Exploring the World Through Sci-Fi, Favorite Movies, & More

Indie Spotlight: Interview with Jeannette Olmos, Author of The Matriarch Saved, Book 1 of The Hive

The Hive - Book 1 front rThe 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.

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Jeannette Olmos

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.

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Closer Than You Think by S.A. Barton

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Closer

 

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Published December 24, 2016 by Smashwords Edition

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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.)

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The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

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The Underground RailroadKindle Edition, 306 pages

Published: August 2, 2016 by Doubleday

Literary Awards: Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (2017), National Book Award for Fiction (2016), The Rooster – The Morning News Tournament of Books (2017), Kirkus Prize Nominee for Fiction (2016), Goodreads Choice Award for Historical Fiction (2016)

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Whitehead’s dark, brilliant novel takes us through the looking glass into an alternative version of the pre-Civil War South — a pastiche of our country’s brutal history of racism, before and after slavery. It is not for the faint of heart. I talked to several people on Facebook who suffered nightmares while reading it. This is, oddly enough, a fitting tribute to this book, which takes you to dark places while enticing you with the beauty of its language.
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Indie Spotlight: The Tide by Anthony J. Melchiorri

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The Tide

Series: The Tide #1

Kindle Edition, 393 pages

Published: October 11, 2015 by Thunderbird Media (1st published September 2, 2015)

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Captain Dominic Holland, seasoned covert operative and father of two girls, is sent on an unusual mission by his CIA handler, Meredith Webb. With his crew of skilled warriors and brilliant scientists, he investigates a lead into a secret laboratory on an abandoned oil rig. Nothing in his background, a lifetime of international missions to protect the United States from biological and chemical warfare, has prepared him for what they encounter.

(Warning: Mild spoilers in the rest of the review. So I’ll cut to the chase — this book is terrific :-)…Proceed at your own risk.)

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In a Perfect World by Laura Kasischke

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In a Perfect World

Paperback, 326 pages

Published: October 6, 2009 by Harper Perennial (1st published September 23, 2009)

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Jiselle, a thirty-something flight attendant with an open heart and naive nature, falls for a pilot. Mark seems perfect — he’s handsome, charming, and sexy. Jiselle quickly agrees to marry him, quit her job, and raise his three motherless children. Do you sense trouble coming?

The story of Jiselle’s marriage is one layer of this novel. In the background of her life, the “Phoenix flu” is killing indiscriminately, and no one understands why or how to prevent or treat it. Furthermore, the United States is blamed for this growing worldwide epidemic. We see society change gradually around Jiselle, beginning with occasional electrical blackouts and shortages and ending with a world that is almost unrecognizable.

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Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

Oz_-_The_Great_and_Powerful_PosterWritten by: Mitchell Kapner, David Lindsay-Abaire, and Mitchell Kapner, based in the “Oz” books by L. Frank Baum

Directed by: Sam Raimi

I’m older than most of the bloggers I follow. Hell, I seem to be older than most people these days. 😉 I grew up in an era when VCRs were not yet a twinkle in anyone’s eye. We had network TV, which meant we got three channels — y’know, if we jiggled the rabbit ears just right. And springing for a movie theater ticket — a whopping $3 — was a luxury. So we kids lived for those revered television specials. Of which the best of the best was, of course, The Wizard of Oz.

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Eifelheim by Michael Flynn

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Published: October 17, 2006 by Tor Books (1st published January 1, 2006)

Setting: Germany (14th Century)

Literary Awards: Hugo Award Nominee for Best Novel (2007), Prix Julia Verlanger (2009), SF ga Yomitai for Best Translated SF of the Year in Japan (2010)

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Eifelheim opens in August, 1348 in the German village of Oberhochwald. As Dietrich, the parish priest, begins his daily rituals, the area is struck by a freak storm, and an electrical charge sparks a conflagration. Believing this marks God’s final judgment, parishioners offer their confessions, disclosing sins that are already common knowledge in the small village.

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