Thursday, August 28, 2014

Author Thursday: Interview with Greta van der Rol

I'm pleased to have Greta van der Rol as my guest today. Like last week's guest, Greta is a member of the SFR Brigade and is included in the Nebula Nights boxed set. (I have my copy! It's only $0.99, people!) Greta is an Australian author who posts gorgeous photos of the lorikeets in her backyard on Facebook, which I am completely envious of. The most interesting birds we get around here are the occasional blue jay.

1. What flavor is your writing? (Contemporary? Historical? Spicy? Action? Space odyssey? Ninjas? All of the above?)

Most of my books are action-packed space operas, but I've written two paranormal romances (Black Tiger and White Tiger) and a historical fiction novel which was actually the first of my books published.

2. What inspired your Ptorix Empire stories?

I suppose there were a number of factors. I was a Star Wars tragic, as well as a reader of anything in the hard SF line. Star Wars was great – as long as you ignored the science. I thought I'd like to write something a bit like that, with better science and some real aliens that were not humanoids. I put a lot of thought into my alien Ptorix, and the reasons why they would be in conflict with humans.

The actual plot of the Iron Admiral: Conspiracy is loosely based on a real event. In 1939 Hitler's secret service contrived an attack by Polish soldiers on a radio station in Germany. Hitler used that apparent transgression as his excuse to invade Poland. So in IA:C, the story starts with a stand-off between the Ptorix and humans, over an incident where Ptorix miners have been slaughtered. Admiral Saahren is sacked in an attempt to placate the Ptorix. And read on from there :)

3. What is your favorite thing about writing sci-fi romance?

There's so much scope. You can come up with deep space plots with action on an airless asteroid, or you can investigate different social systems which have developed on different human planets. You can come up with alien societies, or consider the impact of machine intelligence. And through all of that, there will still be romance. Because that's how humans work, isn't it? Love and sex and all that stuff is everywhere, all the time.

4. What are you reading now or what books do you have in your TBR pile?

I've just finished reading a few books where the heroine is a high-functioning autistic person. She's a very smart lady with very few social skills. Because of her social limitations, she has become an expert in body language and non-verbal communication. The books are written in first person and the description of this woman's methods of coping and understanding the world are fascinating. I have one more of those to read.

I'll be reading Corinne Kilgore's Ghost in the Machine very soon.

5. What are you working on now?

I'm working on the next installment of Morgan's Misfits, which is a spin-off from my Morgan Selwood stories. The first book was Kuralon Rescue. These books look at the limitations of Manesai society and the impact this highly structured, male-dominated society has on women. Each book stars a group of four women – but has that dollop of romance, all the same. It's not going as fast as I'd like. But I'll get there.

You can find out more about Greta at these links:
Freighter Captain Jess Sondijk has her life under control until the Confederacy’s Admiral Hudson boards her ship in a search for contraband. Sondijk and Hudson have their own set of questions.

For Jess, it’s a matter of her husband’s perhaps not so accidental death. For Hudson, it's that somebody's trading with the alien Ptorix – and offering them a large enough prize to induce them to part with their beloved starhearts, the jewels they call the windows of the soul.

While Jess’ interests are more personal — abducted friends and family — Hudson’s are broader — the end of his career at best and interspecies war at worst — in a deadly game of political intrigue, murder, and greed.

Which will win, following hearts' desires or chasing starhearts, with the stakes higher than either is willing to pay?

This book contains sex scenes and strong language.

Greta van der Rol loves writing action-packed adventures with a side salad of romance. Most of her work is space opera, but she has written paranormal and historical fiction.

She lives not far from the coast in Queensland, Australia and enjoys photography and cooking when she isn't bent over the computer. She has a degree in history and a background in building information systems, both of which go a long way toward helping her in her writing endeavours.

1 comment:

gretavanderrol said...

Thanks for having me, Robyn.