Sometimes you have to lose yourself to find out who you really are.
After being kidnapped by a bounty hunter and getting mixed up with a band of rebels, Adrian and Kali are finally together. They find a quiet corner of the galaxy to live in peace and...who are we kidding...
Just when they think it's safe, the unthinkable happens. Adrian, a man who prides himself on the perfect mind, loses everything, forcing Kali to revisit what she is willing to do in order to save him, and this time the stakes are even higher. Not only does Adrian's life hang in the balance but the survival of two galaxies.
Just who are these Andromedans and why are they willing to go to such lengths to destroy us? What do they want with Adrian? And who is crazy enough to go to the Andromedan galaxy to rescue him?
About the author:
Elizabeth Lang is first and foremost, a geek with the obligatory love of science fiction and fantasy. She spent most of her life in the computer industry designing computer systems for world domination the mundane industry of life insurance, which is surprisingly, not as exciting as it sounds.
Now she creates enchanted worlds of magic, explores the human condition in the light of future technology and civilizations, and dreams about world domination. Or at least, some of her characters do.
Her first book, The Empire was fortunate enough to be a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and she has never looked back.
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Tell us about your latest book.
My first two books were about the Empire and the rebels who opposed them. My latest book, The Andromedans, is about the alien invaders they are both fighting.
Where did the idea for the book come from?
This is an expansion of the Empire universe. I wanted to explore this conflict from the viewpoints of the various factions involved in the war. In many ways, this inspiration is from our own society and the many conflicts we hear about on the news. What is our society motivated by? What motivates those who hate us? Do people wake up in the morning planning to be a villain or do we all see ourselves as heroes?
Who and what inspire you to write?
I was first inspired by an old British science fiction series, Blakes 7, in particular, its fantastic hero/anti-hero, Kerr Avon. In some ways, he's the inspiration for my Adrian character. When the series ended, with quite the bang as it appeared all the main characters died, I decided to write my own continuation of the series. That was my first story.
Each author has his or her own inspiring journey. How did you begin writing?
I was in the computer industry for a long time, doing programming and systems analysis. I found that I was losing my writing edge, so I decided to write stories for practice.
What has been the most pleasant surprise about writing? How about an unexpected down side?
The most pleasant surprise was how the characters came alive in my imagination, to the point they almost seem to develop their own lives and voices. It's been a joy writing and creating worlds. The downside hasn't been the writing but all the other things in my life that have taken away from my writing time.
Do you have any writing rituals?
I like sitting on the couch with my laptop on my lapdesk.
Do you write your books in order?
What is on your writing playlist for this book?
In The Andromedans, Adrian, who has always been manipulated by others, loses who his identity and through this book, he has to rebuild who he is, and perhaps, finally develop into the man he could have been if the Empire had not played with his mind.
For Kali, we continue to explore her psi powers and the hint from the first book that she is, or could have been a very powerful psi. She confronts some dark moral dilemmas and becomes a harder edge in this book.
Any favorite writing snacks?
I'd love to say carrot sticks and rice crackers, but, that would be more of a wish. Coffee and movie popcorn. The occasional oatmeal and raisin cookie.
What advice would you give writers who aspire to be published?
Never give up, always work on your craft, try new things and stretch yourself, but that's advice that people probably hear all the time.
My most valuable piece of advice would be to use criticism to grow, and remember that everyone has a right to an opinion, even if that opinion is that your work is crap. Don't take it personally. It's irrational to think that everyone will love or even like your work. Someone out there will hate it no matter how good everyone else thinks it is. Learn from it if you can, develop a thick skin if you can't. That's the difference between a professional and a newbie.
Are you working on anything new right now?
I'm currently working on two books, The Vitarans, which is the fourth and last book of the Empire Series, and Mrs. Beeston, a crazy sci-fi/fantasy book that turns the normal quest stories on its head.
The Vitarans is an extension of The Andromedans. We learned a bit more about the alien invaders of the Empire in The Andromedans and now we really dive into their society and find out what makes them tick, as well as how to defeat them, or even if we should. We find out some very surprising things about them, and their enemies.
Who is your favorite character in your current book?
I love all the main characters, Adrian, Kali, Argus and Sester.
What is your favorite book of all time?
I love Tolkein's books and the Belgariad by David Eddings.
Tell us in one sentence why we should read your book.
Complex characters in an action-packed thriller about the hero in all of us.