Today's guest is doing a virtual book tour with Goddess Fish Promotions. Sci-fi romance author Jael Wye is sharing a bit about her novel Ice Red.
Jael is going to be giving away a digital copy of Ice Red to a lucky commenter during her tour. To be entered for a chance to win, leave a comment below. To increase your chances of winning, feel free to visit other tour stops and leave comments there, too.
Jael Wye grew up on the American Great Plains, went to school in the Midwest, and now lives in beautiful New England with her family and her enormous collection of houseplants. For more of Jael’s unique blend of futurism and fairy tale, don’t miss her ongoing series Once Upon a Red World.
Welcome, Jael. Please tell us about your current release.
Ice Red is a science fiction romance based on Snow White, set on Mars 300 years in the future. Bianca Ross, the heir to the Mars space elevator, is struggling to wrest control of her family’s company from her cruel and powerful stepmother Victoria. When she encounters Cesare Chan, who has reasons of his own to fight Victoria, danger and desire chase the pair across the red planet.
What inspired you to write this book?
The inspiration for this book was a lifetime love of Disney, Star Wars, and action films of all kinds. Add to that recipe an addiction to paranormal romance novels, and the outcome was a foregone conclusion.
Excerpt from Ice Red.
In one swift rush, he tackled Woods, driving him away from her. She crouched on the floor, stunned, as the two men grappled for control of the rifle. Cesare was bigger, but the Earther was as solid and hard as a boulder, his shorter limbs letting him power in close. He briefly let go of the gun with his left hand and pounded Cesare in the side with a series of vicious jabs. Cesare grunted in pain but didn’t let go. He used his superior height to jerk Woods off balance and send them careening into the rover’s cab, half falling against the consoles.
The rifle fired with a sizzling crack, the round blowing through the rover controls. Blue sparks crackled under the panels, and the sharp stink of fried comps filled the air.
“Fecking mookie!” Woods shrieked. His face was a bestial mask under the sickly, flaring light. “You’re dead! You’re dead!” With a heave of his thick shoulders, he slammed Cesare backward into the wall next to the lock door, trying to shove the rifle up against his throat.
Cesare’s lips were drawn back from his teeth in a fierce snarl, but his face was gray, his arms shaking with strain. Bianca looked around wildly for something, some way to help him. Her eyes fell on the emergency lock release on the door. She launched herself at it before the thought could even half form in her mind, darting past the two fighters to fetch up against the door. She ripped through the protective membrane and clawed the switch.
Instantly the locks burst open, the rover’s air rushing past her into the frozen world outside. She threw herself sideways, crouching next to the wall.
On the other side of the open door, Cesare’s eyes flashed toward her once, and then he jabbed his knee up into Wood’s stomach. The Earther grunted, wavering slightly, and Cesare instantly hauled him back and through the lock.
What exciting story are you working on next?
Next is the sequel to Ice Red. Ladder to the Red Star is a retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk set on Earth 300 years in the future, and will be released April 28. At the moment I’m working on the sequel to that novel, based on the tale of Patient Griselda.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Though I dabbled with writing most of my life, several years ago I became fascinated with the concept of retelling fairy tales in a science fiction setting. I decided that I would never have a moment’s peace until I got these stories written and published, so I set about learning my new profession. That was when I became a writer—the moment I committed myself to it fully.
Do you write full-time? If so, what's your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
I am a full time writer, but my perfectionist habits force me to work very slowly. I spend a few hours each day working on the business side of writing (marketing, accounting, etc.), a few reading the books my peers are writing, and a few thinking and staring into space. The remainder of my workday, which often goes into the night, is spent writing, erasing, and rewriting.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I tend to talk to myself. Arguing with the inner critic about plot points or trying out dialog aloud in a character’s voice can be extremely useful to a writer. However, it can also lead to funny looks, exasperated scoldings, and psychiatric analysis, so be warned.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a writer, an artist, and a geneticist. So far, I’ve fulfilled two childhood ambitions. One to go!
Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
All the technological marvels in Ice Red, such as the space elevator, the dome cities, and so on, are concepts that have been under serious consideration by space scientists for decades. It is entirely possible that sometime in the future the science fictional elements in my story may become reality. And who knows, maybe the romantic elements will too!