So today I am hosting Cherie Reich as part of her Defying Gravity book blog tour. Cherie is one of our blogging community, so probably lots of you know her already, but for those who don't, she's an avid reader with an amazing imagination. And she hales from the town I keep pretending I'm from—Roanoke, Virginia.
To give you just a little insight about just how amazing her imagination is, Cherie is going to share with use today where her idea came from for her latest book. So without further ado, welcome, Cherie!
Reaching the Stars, or the Idea
My space fantasy romance novelette Defying Gravity had an interesting start. The idea started with a character: Linia. In my novelette, she’s a Persean, but she didn’t start out that way. About eight or nine years ago, my friend Shannon decided to create a Star Trek role-playing game. She invited me to join, but although I’ve watched some of the shows, I couldn’t say I knew much about it. So she sent me to a list of aliens on Memory Alpha and I came across the B’Saari. Several things intrigued me about these aliens. One, they were very intelligent. For two, they had a technique for reviving the dead. Bingo! That’s just way cool, so I took that and created my linguist Linia who was young and inexperienced and finds herself sucked through a wormhole to a new planet.
The role-play didn’t last long, but the character remained with me. I just didn’t know what to do with her. Then in fall 2009, Pill Hill Press announced the Fire and Ice anthology. They were looking for romantic suspense, but it could be crossed with other genres. I’d wanted to write a science fiction story and I thought it would be interesting to combine it with romantic suspense. My thoughts went back to Linia, and I knew I had something here, but she shouldn’t be from B’Saari. I love Greek mythology and wanted a Romeo & Juliet type feel to my story. Bingo! Perseus and Medusa, or the planet Persea and the planet Medusa. All the ideas seemed to zoom in at once.
Defying Gravity started in Linia’s point of view and was around 8500 words long. It was short-listed for Fire and Ice, but they didn’t get enough submissions, so the anthology was cancelled. I revised the story in 2011 (added around 2000 words) and resubmitted it to a small publisher where it sat for nine months before I withdrew my submission. Since December 2011, I added Alezandros’s point of view and another 5000 words. Through multiple edits, multiple sessions with my critique partners, it debuted on February 9th (officially on the 14th).
If it weren’t for Shannon, I probably never would’ve created Linia. Now her story has inspired two others in her Gravity universe (Fighting Gravity and Pull of Gravity, Forthcoming).
She’s allowed me defy gravity.
I think as writers we need to pay attention. You never know when someone will gift you a story idea.
Have you ever gotten a story idea or inspiration from someone else?
Thank you for having me!
Defying Gravity by Cherie Reich
Bored with his dying planet, Alezandros, a space cruiser pilot, joins the Medusan Army in his quest for adventure.
When the SS Perseid clashes with the Medusans’ space cruisers, Alezandros and Linia’s lives intertwine. Sucked through a wormhole, they crash upon a post-apocalyptic Earth and are captured by cannibals. In adjacent cells, Alezandros and Linia cast their differences aside for a common bond: escape. But when romantic feelings emerge between them, they might do the unthinkable because for a Medusan and a Persean to fall in love, it would defy gravity.
Book Links: Surrounded by Books Publishing
Author Links: Website http://cheriereich.webs.com
And Cherie, I wish you a ton of luck with this!