Friday, May 19, 2017

Indie Author Spotlight: Christina McMullen (again)

So what do you do when you're a girl in your early 20's who's covered in mysterious spots, has internationally famous parents, and towers over your peers? Well, if you're Ellie Whitmore, you'll probably find out that you're actually and alien with an ancient relic of your people hidden within your genetic makeup. What's even more awkward is that you have an evil space emperor after you trying to steal that relic so he can gain power. Not exactly the greatest thing that could happen, but, hey, there's an assassin you can turn to for help (oddly enough), and things might just go a little better than you would think.

If you pay attention to me (which isn't many of you) you'll know how much I love Christina McMullen's work, expansive as it is. Nothing about that has changed with A Space Girl from Earth. I love the sci-fi genre, but generally find sci-fi books to be rather tedious and boring. Soooooo much exposition on races and histories and blah, blah, blah. Snoozefest. But then here comes Christina and she gives a big ol' middle finger to all that noise. Sure, there's all the necessary back story to give a reader any knowledge that they need to follow the story, but it's not bogged down with all the superfluous higledy pigledy. The story is fast-paced, entertaining, and well written. Another slam dunk!

You can buy it here!

Now let's get reaquainted with our superstar!

Christina McMullen is a science fiction and fantasy author who dreams of flying cars and electric sheep. She currently resides in Texas with her wonderfully supportive husband and their dogs. When she isn't writing, Christina enjoys travel, vegan cooking, modern and classical art, and of course, reading. Check her out on Facebook and Twitter.

As per usual, give us a tweet synopsis of the book (140 characters or less):

Yesterday, Ellie Whitmore's biggest worry was failing an exam. Today, it's saving the galaxy.

What kind of struggles did you encounter in creating the intergalactic world in A Space Girl from Earth?

First of all, the hardest part was creating a variety of names and language cues for three different cultures. Then there was the way to name the characters. Surnames are not used in the Ghowrn system, but the Eidyssic people (Ellie's father's side) have a name structure that will be touched on extensively in the third book, but should be fairly easy to figure out in this one.

Who was your favorite character to write?

That's a toss up between Vito and Bethany. I got to channel my inner New Yorker for both of them, plus Vito got to channel a little inner Bogie (my Discordant series demon, not Humphrey Bogart). I'm happy to say they're both pretty gosh darn important to the rest of the series. 

If you could be any fiction alien race in your book, which one would you choose?

I'm definitely drawn to the ancient Eidyssic. We don't get to see too much about the current children of Eidyn until book three, but I say you can't go wrong with a civilization based on the quest for knowledge.

Star Wars or Trek? Why?

That is an entirely unfair question. As a kid who grew up on the original Star Wars trilogy, nothing, not even the trainwreck that was George's prequels, can tarnish the memories I have of those films. But Star Trek, especially The Next Generation, probably had a bigger hand in shaping my worldview both as a writer and in my everyday mindset. I honestly can't chose.

Describe your A Space Girl from Earth using only  sci-fi movie references:

Oh tough one! Especially since I wasn't really thinking sci-fi as I wrote (Svoryk was so much Vizzini from The Princess Bride that I had to stop myself from making him say "Inconceivable!"). But since you mentioned Star Trek and Star Wars, I shall use:

"Logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few." 
- Spock (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)

"These aren't the droids you're looking for."

-Obi Wan Kenobi 

If ASGfE was made into a movie, which character would you cast me as?

Hmm, you might do well as a Fhasmyrric or Sintarian, but I haven't really introduced too many of them yet. Though once you meet Captain Gevandar, you might be mad at me for saying so. :-)

What's next for Christina McMullen?

Book two in the Kyroibi Trilogy, obviously. Look for that around November of this year. But I've also got a sci-fi/dark comedy short story coming out in August called SELIA's Plan. And later in the summer, while the Texas heat is melting my brain, I'll be working on An Honest Living, book two in the newly christened Maxima City Talent series. 

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