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Author Interview: Claudia Blood
Any weird things you do when you’re alone?
I am a daydreamer. I tell myself stories. Most of which will never be anything more than in my head. I also sing. I am not a great singer, but I’ll do it while doing dishes or in the car.
What is your favorite quote and why?
It changes. I love inspirational quotes. The first quote I remember that deeply affected me was this one:
A Man Said to the Universe by Stephen Crane
A man said to the universe: “Sir, I exist!”
“However,” replied the universe, “The fact has not created in me a sense of obligation.”
It was one of those moments when I realized that the world doesn’t owe me a living. Or to say it differently, it was up to me to figure out how to make it in the universe.
Who is your favorite author and why?
If we are talking old school growing up authors. Alan Dean Foster, Ann McCaffrey, Mercedes Lackey…okay there are many more. They all had worlds, situations, and characters that I loved to gobble up. I have an author crush on Penny Reid. I love her characters.
What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?
A reader comes in wanting an experience based on the genre they chose. An author should give the reader a good story by creating characters that the reader wants to hang out with (or be) and that meets or exceeds what the reader was expecting.
Where did you get the idea for this book?
This series was inspired by a dream about the second book. The scene opened with a team hacking through the jungle and uncovering this ancient ruin. They were desperately looking for Relics. (whatever that was)Then inside was an alien machine. Rocks and dust fell down on them as they moved into the room. They put a silver pocket watch on a platform and turned on the machine. Lights and electricity coalesced on a platform and the whole structure shook. But they stayed inside because they were desperate for one of these Relics. What appeared on the platform? An ’80’s aerobic instructor who had been pulled forward in time. She was even wearing leg warmers! I thought wow, I have to figure out what happened!
by Claudia Blood
It’s Duff Roman’s eighteenth birthday, but no one is lighting candles.
Turning eighteen in the orphanage on Kalecca means starvation for those who aren’t hired into a Family. Outside the Family compounds lies the jungle. And in the jungle lies death. And Relics—the only real currency on Planet Kalecca.
The orphans are Duff’s family, and he’s sacrificed everything to keep the orphanage running, even his chance to move on. Now, at eighteen, he has no choice but to leave. Without him to bring in extra money, the orphans will starve under the Company’s control. Duff’s only chance to save them is to find a spot on an independent crew and hopefully find a Relic to sell.
A seemingly chance encounter with Z, leader of the most feared independent crew, offers Duff his opportunity to score a Relic. And offers Z a chance to relieve the guilt he feels over his past.
But a company assassin has plans to lay waste to Duff’s future, and the orphanage as well.
Matilda from Chapter 4
Matilda sat at the table and threaded the needle. The demon alarm still buzzed in the background. She’d given the kids their assignments and tried to act as normal as possible. She didn’t want them worried about Duff or the demons since even the orphanage had company supplied protections. As long as they stayed in the orphanage, they should be fine.
Miss CuddleBug, Sheila’s doll, needed some surgery. Usually this sort of activity would calm Matilda. She checked her nails and saw the distinctive purple at the base that meant her nanites were activated. She took a deep breath and used the mantras her father had taught her.
Peace is within my reach.
Breathe and breathe again.
“Will Miss CuddleBug be well?” Sheila stood on her tip-toes to see her dolly on the table.
“I’ll get her fixed up.” Matilda stroked Sheila’s hair. Sheila’s complexion grayed. Matilda snatched her hand back. She had to be careful with the little ones when she was this worked up.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Claudia Blood’s early introduction to Dungeons and Dragons, combined with her training as a scientist and a side trip into the world of IT set her up to become an award-winning author of Science Fiction and Fantasy.
For her latest release, visit her at www.ClaudiaBlood.com
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