How much of the book is realistic? We’re talking about a sci-fantasy adventure here involving an interplanetary pilot, a biorobotics engineer, a demonologist, and the goddess of time. I don’t think realism is top priority in Serving Time! In a world of fantasy and science fiction, the most realistic part of the book is the relationship between the characters: their fears, reactions and conversations. Other elements such as a demon popping up in the hero’s bed in the middle of the night and scaring the space monkeys out of him are, well…less realistic.
Have you included a lot of your life experiences, even friends, in the plot? Actually, I haven’t included much, since I wanted to use my imagination to create a completely different universe. The heroes’ life experiences are similar to my own, and they do happen to come from Barcelona, Catalonia (my place of residence)… But that’s about it. There are references to certain groups of people such as the Stoners, who are an obscure representation of a group of people I met years ago who tricked me into a false friendship just to leave me out to dry (yeah, I admit I don’t do them any favor in the book!). Other than that, everything is a product of my imagination. Of course, I must have inserted some details without even realizing, but I can’t put my finger on any right now.
Did you learn anything from writing this book and what was it? Serving Time began as an experiment. In the past, I had written and published several flash fiction pieces, and I had some short stories considered by magazines. I’d written two or three novels, but I had never before actually finished one. You know, from beginning to end and without any gaps in between. Writing Serving Time taught me precisely that: how to write a novel! The experience helped me improve my writing and editing skills (you’ll never hear me say my writing is perfect), taught me a whole bunch of stuff about the publishing world and how to format books (not so bad once you get the hang of it), and even a bit of marketing (I’m working on that).
Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support? The people who held my hand while I wandered (and sometimes stumbled) down the road to publication are all incredible readers, writers, mothers, fathers, and all members of Critique Circle. At the end of Serving Time, I include an acknowledgements section for all the great critiquers and fellow authors who helped my dream come true: Mandi Oyster, David Bridge, Rick Ellrod, Carrie Lange, Chuck Robertson, Duane Simolke, Steven Young, Chris Batchelor, Joy Basham, Heidi Mannan, Tom Chelmowski, Kelly Walker, Lisa Reece, Ashley Whitt, John Kang, Nathan Jones, and Ivan Borodin.
What contributes to making a writer successful? Apart from writing interesting novels with great characters and entertaining story arcs, I think one of the main factors of being a successful writer is humbleness, especially if you’re just starting out. Being successful means listening to advice and not being too stubborn. There are literally thousands of people out there ready to offer you a helping hand, and just as many people in need of your help.
Life and death have been industrialized. The Forge, the birthplace of every soul, is a rumbling factory owned by the goddess Time, managed by Lucifer, and powered by the labor of demons and imps. In this dystopian world, a renegade interplanetary pilot running from his past doesn’t stand a chance.
Handling Neptunian meth and dodging security cannons are all in a day’s work for Tristan Cross—not that he’s one to complain. Working for the smuggling company StarCorp is an improvement over what he used to do for a living.
However, when StarCorp gives Tristan a one-way ticket into the brainwashed—and disturbingly suicidal—Loyal League, he decides to run from the company and start a new life in the only safe haven he knows: Earth. With the help of his brother, Tristan embarks on the most hazardous journey of his life, one that will place him at Time’s mercy. Little does he know the demons running the universe are craving a feast, and his own soul is the next item on the menu.
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Genre – Science Fiction/Fantasy
Rating – Adult
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