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Behind the Book: The (mostly) True Story behind the writing of Girl Gone Nova

There’s quite a clamor going on inside my head.

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As you know, if you’ve been hanging here for any length of time, I’m crazy, oh wait, that’s not my topic today. Lol I found some old blog posts that didn’t make it over here when I moved my website, so I thought I’d bring them back for blog visitors that haven’t seen them. And because I’m lazy and was thrilled to find content I didn’t have to write. Lol 

So, on Monday I posted an excerpt from Girl Gone Nova: Project Enterprise 2 and promised to post this interview, so here’s to keeping promises while still managing to be lazy! 

First, what is this Girl Gone Nova of which I speak? 

Impossible missions, an irritating male, time travel and…love? Doc never saw that last one coming?

Doc—Delilah Oliver Clementyne—a covert genius and badass, is sent to another galaxy to do her usual impossible. But her high stakes mission is quickly complicated by a war, an encounter with wife-hunting aliens, and not one, but two bands of time travelers.

The only way it could get worse? If the heart she didn’t know she had starts beating for the bad guy…

Helfron Giddioni—the Leader of half a galaxy—is the guy most of that galaxy would like to shoot. So when he crosses paths with the most dangerous woman he’s ever met, he should fly as far away from her as he can get. Not go looking for her when she disappears. 

When war looms on the event horizon, he’s just a little too happy he and Doc have to work together to save the galaxy—in the past, the present, and possibly the future. 

Don’t miss out on this award-winning adventure of two people who should never have met, attempting the impossible in time and space—and in the intergalactic relationship zone. 

And now that we know that of which we are speaking, here is the interview:

Me: So, you finally finished another BAB (i.e. big a** book)?

Myself: Finally. Though I would like to point out, it is not as big as The Key.

Me: Yeah, that five, six thousand word difference is huge.

Myself: Are you going to make editorial comments or ask me questions?

Me: Can I think about it?  (I glare at me and myself in the monitor) Okay, fine. A question. I heard a rumor that this book almost made our head explode. I’d like to have seen that.

Myself: We’d have to be looking in a mirror for that to happen. And still not a question.

Me: Why did it almost make our head explode?

Myself: I know I have something of a reputation for complicating my plots, but I exceeded all previous complicated plots with this one. And it started out so straightforward, too. Doc (my heroine) arrives in the Garradian galaxy with a simple mission: retrieve the people who went through a Garradian portal during the war two years ago. Introduce some complications and a love interest, maybe blow up some ships, and then provide a happy ending. Nothing in that to make my head explode.

Me: It’s the complications that get you every time. And you can’t tell us what they are without giving too much away.

Myself: Makes it hard to write the book blurb, too: Doc travels to another galaxy to face (author) head exploding complications in the Garradian Galaxy.

Me: I’m sure you’ll think of something. Unless your head really does explode.

Myself: That would be OUR head.

Me: Right. Let’s move on from that. Can you tell us about the hero of Girl Gone Nova?

Myself: I can. It might surprise readers of The Key. Helfron Giddioni, the almost bad guy of The Key, was really pissed at me when he didn’t get the girl. He bugged me for two years to get his own romance. I thought it was hard to write a science fiction romance, but writing one with a POLITICIAN as the hero–well, that’s one of the reasons my head almost exploded. Luckily, Hel had some interesting secrets and an alter ego that helped. And he was willing to be sorry for what he’d done (mostly) and teachable (in some areas) to achieve hero status in this new book. But he also has to get his trash kicked a few times during those complications that I can’t reveal.

Me: And then there’s Conan, aka Vidor Shan. You had some trouble with him.

Myself: I’m still having trouble with him. I created him, not sure if he was a good guy, a villain, or something in between. My sister, who read the book, hates him and wants him to be punished. Other readers want him to get a girl, any girl. LOL! I’m still not sure. I just know he’s not finished and he will be showing up in the next book. [Author note: he kept showing up until I made him the hero of Kicking Ashe.]

Me: And he’s not the only character refusing to go quietly into the good night, is he?

Myself: Sigh. No. There’s quite a clamor going on inside my head. So it might just explode for real this time. (very big grin) NOTE: My writing took a slight detour into a steampunk offshoot of this series. Colonel Carey, hot guy pilot from both books, will be taking the role of hero, but not sure who else will make an appearance…well, the main bad guy from Girl Gone Nova will definitely show up. It’s a bad guy requirement to show up when and where he/she can and make trouble.

Me: Without giving too much away, I can’t think of anything else to ask you, except when will Girl Gone Nova hit the e-shelves?

Myself: It will release in April, 2010! [Author note: it did release and received some acclaim and adulation, to our shock. Thank you to all the readers who bought it, read it, and reviewed it!]

So that’s it. That’s the interview. It wasn’t quite as crazy because we couldn’t talk too much about the book for fear of spoilers. I hope you’ll check it out if you haven’t already. It’s a big book to get finished reading before Project Enterprise 7 releases (and Doc and Hel *might* be making an appearance as the series returns to the series’ original story universe!) And, um, there’s another BAB after Tangled in Time. 

Perilously yours,


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