Today we’re turning the blog over to Maria and her guest, Sandra Harris. Before we get to the interview, here’s a little about her book, Alien, Mine:
THE BLUTHEN HAVE ONE CONSUMING PASSION: THEMSELVES.
IN THEIR EXPANSION ACROSS THE GALAXY, THEY WILL GO TO ANY LENGTHS TO DOMINATE SPECIES THEY ENCOUNTER.
Torn from modern day Earth and stranded on the far side of the Galaxy, Sandrea Fairbairn must use every particle of courage she possesses to adjust to her new life and live for tomorrow/a new day.
Eugen Mhartak, a general in the Tri-Race Alliance Army, refuses to bow to the merciless Bluthen. Haunted by the loss of far too many innocent lives he has vowed to drive the ruthless invaders from Alliance space.
The strength and valour of Eugen Mhartak attracts Sandrea as no man ever has, but she struggles to read the enigmatic general’s heart. Determined to help him triumph over the Bluthen she uncovers a diabolical plot against the Alliance.
Drawn by the courage and exotic beauty of Sandrea, Mhartak battles to overcome the barriers of cross-cultural differences that separate them and claim her ardent interest. He must conquer his deepest fears to be the man she needs. When his principles are betrayed by his own government and he is faced with the impossible prospect of taking Sandrea’s life in order to save his home planet, Mhartak desperately searches for a way to keep safe both his world and the magnificent woman who has stolen his heart.
Maria: Can you share a short bio?
Sandra: Born in the far north of Australia, yearly cyclones, floods and being cut off from civilization for weeks at a time were the norm. An outrageous imagination helped occupy my mind.
An abiding interest in astronomy and a deep-seated need to always see the good guys win naturally influences my writing. Not satisfied with the amount of romance in science fiction novels, I set out to redress the balance.
I currently lives in sunny South East Queensland, Australia, with my husband and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, who doesn’t seem to realize she comes from royalty and should act in a more appropriate manner.
Maria: Plotter or pantser?
Sandra: Plotster. I used to be a pantster, but I’ve evolved into a cross between someone who plots and someone who writes by the seat of her pants. I plot certain goals for my characters then leave it to them to achieve them.
Maria: What’s your daily writing target word-wise?
Sandra: Writing to a word count doesn’t work for me. My target is simply to work on my current ms almost every day. That can consist of going over GMC, plotting, sorting out plot knots and ensuring consistency or getting words down.
Maria: Sum up your book in a Tweet sized sentence!
Sandra: A modern day woman, an alien warrior, a ruthless species in a tale of strength, integrity, valor and love set on the far side of the Galaxy.
Maria: What are your future plans?
Sandra: I’m mid-way through the first draft of my next story, another science fiction romance, though this one set on Earth in the near future.