Hi, I’m Pippa Jay, author of scifi and supernatural stories to engage your emotions. I’ve just re-released my scifi adventure novel Gethyon having got the rights back from my publisher, and after doing a full edit with extensive additions to the story. It’s kind of weird doing it over. Most authors never feel a story is ever really ‘done’ and we always come up with things we wished we could add or improve. The beauty of the digital age is that nowadays we often can update things quite easily, though I try not to make major changes to a story once I’ve hit publish.
But working on it again after it being published for three years took me back to when I first wrote it. I’d just got a contract for my first novel and had finished the main edits on that (boy, did I learn a lot! Sometimes I wonder how I got that contract in the first place with the amount of butt-kicking my editor had to do to me!). But publication was still three months away for that first and I already had the drafts for book two and three written, so I wanted to take a break and focus on a different set of characters while staying in the same universe.
I wanted to do something a bit more fast-paced than Keir, and something more loyal to my love for Star Wars (compared to Keir as a reflection of being a lifelong Doctor Who fan). I was also being pestered by my then nine year old who hadn’t been all that impressed when I told her that she couldn’t read Keir because of the mild but still adult content, so I wanted to write something she could read. So I took myself back to my teenage years, stuck on some My Chemical Romance and Linkin Park, and got writing. The younger Gethyon is based slightly on my now 12 year old son who was diagnosed as on the autistic spectrum three years ago, and deals with bullying, coming of age, and a teen’s struggle to relate to a world they don’t completely understand. I hope you like the shiny new cover too!
Abandoned. Hunted. Out of control.
Gethyon Rees had always felt at odds with the universe, and hoped for an escape among the stars. But discovering he has the ability to cross time and space with just a thought brings more problems than it solves: a deadly bounty hunter who can follow him anywhere, the unwelcome return of Tarquin Secker—the mother who abandoned him—and an ancient darkness that seeks him and all those with his talents.
When an unforgivable act sets him on the run, it’ll take more than his unearthly powers to save his skin and the lives of those he cares about. It’ll take a sacrifice he never expected to have to make.
A science fiction adventure novel previously published by BURST (Champagne Books), and part of the Travellers Universe. A 2014 SFR Galaxy Award Winner for Most Awesome Psychic Talent and a 2015 EPIC eBook Awards finalist in the Science Fiction category. Also now includes the SF short story The Bones of the Sea.
“With colorful worlds full of nuance and dimension, characters that walk off the page, and themes that anyone who has been either parent or child can relate to.” J.C. Cassels, author of The Black Wing Chronicles series
“This fast-paced, gripping ride zips through time and space, love and loss, rebellion and acceptance.” Anna McLain, SFR Galaxy Award judge
After spending twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay is now a stay-at-home mum who writes scifi and the supernatural. Somewhere along the way a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In between torturing her plethora of characters, she spends the odd free moment playing guitar very badly, punishing herself with freestyle street dance, and studying the Dark Side of the Force. Although happily settled in the historical town of Colchester in the UK with her husband of 22 years and three little monsters, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head.
Pippa Jay is a dedicated member of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade, and Broad Universe, blogging at Spacefreighters Lounge, Adventures in Scifi, and Romancing the Genres. Her works include YA and adult stories crossing a multitude of subgenres from scifi to the paranormal, often with romance, and she’s one of eight authors included in a science fiction romance anthology—Tales from the SFR Brigade. She’s also a double SFR Galaxy Award winner, been a finalist in the Heart of Denver RWA Aspen Gold Contest (3rd place), the 2015 EPIC eBook awards, the 2015 RWA LERA Rebecca (2nd place), and the GCC RWA Silken Sands Star Awards (2nd place).
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I’d like to thank Pippa for stopping by to share her story. What a cool experience, rather like time travel going back to write your story. I like that.
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