Wanna know some trivia? Tina Storm's real name is Christina. Tina's stories are based in a specific Australian city, but I won't name it. Every demon tha...moreWanna know some trivia? Tina Storm's real name is Christina. Tina's stories are based in a specific Australian city, but I won't name it. Every demon that appears in Tina's stories are based on mythological creatures from around the world. I use them in an Australian setting because Australia is an enormous cultural melting pot. Tina will have her own full-length novel some time in 2013 (including characters we meet in this collection).(less)
This is a futuristic deep space dystopian cyberpunk about cyborg former prisoners of war, the conspiracy they uncover on their transport ship taking t...moreThis is a futuristic deep space dystopian cyberpunk about cyborg former prisoners of war, the conspiracy they uncover on their transport ship taking them home, and the mutiny they form to save their lives. It's narrated by Max(ine) Ryan, a Filipino-Australian cyborg.
Max's name came to me out of nowhere. I wanted her to have a unisex nickname. Ryan isn't particularly Filipino, but like a lot of immigrants, her parents changed their name when they settled in Australia.
Ethan, Max's husband, isn't necessarily my ideal male. He's just a decent guy. He support Max through the story and is okay with her being in charge. Both Max and Ethan are feminists, and it was important to me to have a decent love interest who, like the males from the influential TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, didn't mind having a female leader.
I wrote the majority of the novel in one month, for 2010's National Novel Writing Month challenge (also known affectionately as NaNoWriMo).
While this book is written primarily for women, and to combat the over-abundance of male-dominated sci-fi (both authors and characters), there is no way anyone can ensure a particular audience. I have no delusions that this book will appeal to everyone. The audience I imagine will enjoy it are people who like strong women leads who are responsible for their own plot - with a smattering of romance. If you're interested in a somewhat removed and contained society governed by an alien race that doesn't even understand what it's doing, and have a stomach for violent events, then you might like this.
I also do some social commentary on some pretty important issues to me personally - notably civil rights. The parallels between civil rights and cyborg discrimination runs right through the novel. We could play a game guessing what else is hidden in the subtext! That would be fun.
This novel explores the themes of love, class, race, gender, and power.(less)