By- J.M. Frey
Published By- Dragon Moon Press
Genre- Sci Fi, Time Travel, Alien Invasion
IN THE NEAR FUTURE, humankind has mastered the arts of peace, tolerance, and acceptance. At least, that's what we claim.
But then they arrive. Aliens--the last of a dead race. Suffering culture shock of the worst kind, they must take refuge on a world they cannot understand; one which cannot comprehend the scope of their loss.
Taciturn Gwen Pierson and super-geek Basil Grey are Specialists for the Institute--an organization set up to help alien integration into our societies. They take in Kalp, a widower who escaped his dying world with nothing but his own life and the unfinished toy he was making for a child that will never be born.
But on the aliens' world, family units come in threes, and when Kalp turns to them for comfort, they unintentionally, but happily, find themselves Kalp's lovers.
And then, aliens--and the Specialists who have been most accepting of them--start dying, picked off by assassins. The people of Earth, it seems, are not quite as tolerant as they proclaim.
About the Author
J.M. is an actor, voice actor, and SF/F author, fanthropologist and professional geek. She’s appeared in podcasts, documentaries, and on television to discuss all things geeky through the lens of academia. She also has an addiction to scarves, Doctor Who, and tea, which may or may not all be related. Her life’s ambitions are to have stepped foot on every continent (only 3 left!), and to perform a duet with John Barrowman.
Her debut novel TRIPTYCH was nominated for two Lambda Literary Awards, won the San Francisco Book Festival award for SF/F, was nominated for a 2011 CBC Bookie, was named one of The Advocate’s Best Overlooked Books of 2011, and garnered both a starred review and a place among the Best Books of 2011 from Publishers Weekly.
Her sophomore novel, an epic-length feminist meta-fantasy titled The Untold Tale, (book one of the Accidental Turn Series), debuts December 2015, followed by two more in 2016. The Skylark’s Song, book one of The Skylark’s Saga, a steampunk action novel about a girl vigilante and her mysterious rocketpack, will be published in summer 2017.
Interview with the Author
Please tell us about yourself using 3 adjectives, 1 quirk and a pop culture addiction
Sassy, short, cute; talks in essays; Whovian.
Top 5 Favorite Things
● Tea (But like, tea-flavoured tea. I don’t enjoy fruit- or flower-flavoured-tea.)
● Scarves. I like the decorative ones in summer and the soft, not-scratchy ones in winter. My neck is always cold.
● Excellently written, in-depth, AU fanfiction. The world building in those things is magical.
● Emails from my agent!
● Wine. All of them. Anything.
* What’s the last song you listened to?
Aibhlinn's Dance by the Steel City Rovers.
* How do you come up with character names? How do you come up with novel titles?
Oh, gosh, it’s always a process. I usually don’t title my books right away, so the filenames are generally something really snarky like “The One With The Gay Blue Aliens” (which later became Triptych), or “That Meta-Thingy”, which became The Untold Tale, or my chapter “How Fanfiction Made Me Gay”, which ended up staying like that because the editor accidentally mistook it for the real title and used it in the marketing for The Secret Loves of Geek Girls.
After the first draft is done, I usually start searching the manuscript for a great line or phrase to use. I really liked the titles of books like The Knife of Never Letting Go or Where the Red Fern Grows.
If I can’t find that, then I start writing down words that have something to do with the theme, or create a brainstorm/cloud graph with theme words. Eventually I find a few that I gravitate to. Once I’ve done that, I google the five or so that I like to see if there’s other books with the same or similar title. Sometimes I decide to stick with the title I like anyway, despite there being another book with the same one, if mine is a very different book, like I did with The Skylark’s Song.
Sometimes I miss that there are other really popular books with the same time, though, like Triptych.
This or That
Day or Night- * Night
Chocolate or Vanilla- *Vanilla
Summer or Winter- *Winter
Ebook or Paperback- *Paperback (then I can read in the bath!)
Paranormal or Dystopian- *Paranormal
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