I have imagined adventures in exotic worlds for as long as I can remember, filling notebooks with sketchy scenes and short stories. The idea for this book started thirty years ago, although it was completed and polished in the last five months. Thirty years ago, I used my savings on a flight from the UK to the US where I joined a research lab at Yale. The stress and excitement of adapting to a new environment fired my imagination. I have many short stories and notes from that period, and one complete novel. The tensions among the faculty bothered me. I wasn’t happy; I’d walk along the hallways and imagine blasting certain people with an energy beam. Some of that negative energy transformed into the Grand Masters. To be fair, good things happened too. I met and married my husband during that period.
My initial idea, being frugal, was to combine several short stories into a full-length novel. The organizing theme was a young woman, the Pawn, who travels on missions to different planets under the orders of a mysterious Grand Master. Following the chess analogy, the Pawn, Violet, is “Alice Through the Looking Glass”. Two of my short stories and skimpy notes about a dragon morphed into three of Violet’s missions.
The main characters were fuzzy until last Summer. After publishing my first full-length science fiction romance novel “The Lady is Blue”, I joined the Science Fiction Romance Brigade. At their Nebula Nights party, the character of the Grand Master crystallized in my mind, and the whole arc of the story fell into place. I acknowledge the Brigade in the book.
There are hints of some of my favorite authors in this book: Andre Norton, Anne McCaffrey, and Philip Jose Farmer. The White Mother in the book shares aspects of Miss Marple and Yoda. Violet’s Grand Master sounds like Darth Vader. Yet, characters acquire a life of their own, my story is a mystery, and “appearances can deceive” as one person says near the end of the book. The Grand Master’s griffin avatar may have been influenced by my visit to Bletchley Park, UK, in May 2014. The main entrance to the mansion is flanked by two stone griffins.
When I started writing in earnest, the story expanded into a trilogy with the beginning and end of each book etched in my mind. The complex world of Book 1 describes visits to eight planets and five or six alien races, such as the Brululians with rotating eyestalks. Building imaginary worlds is fun and laborious. Grand Master’s Pawn is my most intricate universe to date, and has generated a short story, the trilogy and a side story in progress.
So, my fellow creators, exercise those imaginations and keep on writing!
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After a successful career in science, I have achieved my life-long ambition to publish novels. My published works include science fiction and fantasy with romance, mystery and a sprinkle of humor. I was born in the UK and live in Atlanta with my husband, a dog and two cats to sit on my laptop. My hobbies, besides reading and writing, include outdoor activities like watching wildlife, hiking and canoeing.
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