Space Opera’s always been my favorite genre of books, film, and TV.
From Poul Anderson’s Ensign Flandrey to the wonders of Babylon 5 it gives me a sense of scale and wonder that nothing else provides.
When I set out into the genre I wanted to do something a little different– to have the sweeping interplanetary conflict going on as the backdrop, but to be pinpoint hyperfocused on two characters’ perspectives as they try to navigate their relationship across such a landscape.
The Stars Entwined was really ambitious, because it has to connect a reader both with the setting and have people so invested in the characters they would trust that the series would go into big and cool directions once the backdrop was established.
In this way, I also wanted to have an open world where I could have other characters and their arcs established in it–which I used Colony Launch to both further the scope of the conflict we saw in The Stars Entwined, yet do something completely different with the setting, this time using four character perspectives to all converge upon one overarching plot.
We’re prepping for the release of The Stars Asunder later this month which is going to blow the action doors off the series — now we have an espionage/romance, a political thriller, and a full-on action-military conflict going within the three books in the universe. As it grows, I hope to be able to use the universe to really flex into different ideas and concepts, bringing back a familiar setting like you’d get with an episodic show like Deep Space 9 or Farscape that still has those overarching ideas but can be self-contained.
The plans I have are going to be epic. I can’t wait to show you what’s in store.