Please tell us a bit about yourself:
I started writing at the age of seven, with a self-illustrated tale about princesses, flying cats, flying horses and a riverboat captain. Our house had a library, with my Dad’s beloved science fiction books on one side and my Mom’s ancient history books on the other. I thought there needed to be more romance in everything! I’ve always written but didn’t get serious about becoming published until the end of 2010, when my grown daughters and my grandson were out on their own. Carina Press published my first book in 2012 and since then I’ve released ten more. A year ago I made the switch from the day job to being a full time author. I write science fiction romance and paranormal romance set in ancient Egypt.
Here’s the blurb - She saved countless soldiers in the wars … but does she have the weapons to fight an outbreak?
Dr. Emily Shane, veteran of the Sector Wars, is known as “The Angel of Fantalar” for her bravery under fire as a medic. However, the doctor has her own war wounds–severe PTSD and guilt over those she failed to save.
Persuaded to fill a seemingly frivolous berth as ship’s doctor on the huge and luxurious interstellar cruise liner Nebula Zephyr, she finds the job brings unexpected perks–a luxe beach deck with water imported from Tahumaroa II, and Security Officer Jake Dilon, a fellow veteran who heats her up like a tropical sun.
However, Emily soon learns she and Jake didn’t leave all peril behind in the war. A mysterious ailment aboard the Zephyr begins to claim victim after victim … and they must race against time and space to find the cause and a cure! Trapped on a ship no spaceport will allow to dock, their efforts are complicated by a temperamental princess and a terrorist–one who won’t hesitate to take down any being in the way of his target. If anyone’s left when the disease is through with them…
What inspired you to write this particular story?:
I was fascinated by news accounts of norovirus outbreaks on ocean-going cruise ships, and started thinking what if such a thing happened on an interstellar cruise ship? And what if the relatively harmless-but-unpleasant bug was actually the first stage of something much worse? I enjoy writing stories set on ships sailing the stars!
Please share a favourite snippet from your book:
This snippet is from the scene where the disease starts showing up in its second, more deadly stage.
The portal to the corridor burst open, and Mr. Enzell struggled into the lobby, half carrying his wife and surrounded by their white-faced children. Syl was sobbing in great gasps, and the boys’ faces were set in expressions of terror. The oldest had a blood-soaked wad of cloth pressed to his nose. Mrs. Enzell’s head lolled, and she looked as if she was crying tears of blood. Clint immediately moved to support the woman on the other side, calling for Emily as he did so.
“Seven hells, here we go.” Emily was right behind them as the men helped Mrs. Enzell to an exam room and onto the bed.
“Trynna started bleeding a few minutes ago, Doctor,” Mr. Enzell said as medical personnel hurried to get their new patient hooked up to monitors. “She said she was dizzy and then—then her eyes—she was—the tears were blood. And next thing I knew, my son’s nose was bleeding. What’s going on?”
Emily caught Relba’s attention. “Call Bevar in, stat. I’ve got this, Vicente. Take the boy into room two and get him in bed, please.” As her staff moved to carry out the orders, Emily busied herself setting up the intravenous flow of fluids for Mrs. Enzell and added a basic clotting factor. “This is apparently a complication of the intestinal virus, Mr. Enzell. Do you have any symptoms?”
He blinked. “I’m fine. Marc, my oldest, he’s not doing too well.”
“My nurse is taking care of him right now. And Syl? And the middle child?” Emily spared a glance for them.
He clutched the kids closer to him. “Fine so far. Scared for their mom and Marc. How can bleeding from the eyes be related to an upset stomach?” Mr. Enzell’s voice was rough.
“Sometimes an infection affects different areas of the body at different times.” She tried to keep her own tone soothing.
“So you’ve seen this before? You know what to do?” He stepped closer to the bed and took his wife’s hand. “How long before she’s better?”
“Being in sickbay should do the trick, dear.” Sick as she was, Mrs. Enzell made an effort to reassure him. “Don’t give the doctor a hard time. I’m sure I’ll be all better by tonight.” Her voice was a thready whisper.
Which comes first for you – a character's looks, personality or name?: The personality
Any tips for aspiring authors?: Keep getting words onto the page and don’t be overly self-critical on your first draft. Time enough to edit and polish later!
Questions for fun:
If you had the power of time travel, is there anything you would go back and change? Why/why not?:
I’d go back and observe some events perhaps, would love to see some of ancient Egypt. I wouldn’t try to change anything though. I think the world is the way it’s supposed to be and if I were to change something, I might not like the way the ripples carried forward to my own timeline!
What super-power would you choose?:
Flight! I sometimes dream I’m flying.
If you could have three wishes, what would they be?:
1. For my children to be happy and healthy (which includes my son-in-law and my grandson). 2. For one of my novels to be made into a movie. 3. To write a book that became a mega bestselling, beloved classic! (Might as well wish big, right?)
Coffee, tea or wine?: Tea! In a pretty china tea cup, with sugar and milk.
What is your favourite book? (aside from one of your own!):
Depends on my mood but currently either RADIANCE by Grace Draven or SHIELD OF WINTER by Nalini Singh
Favourite genre and why?: Science fiction romance – I love the possibilities!
Favourite colour?: Purple
Upcoming news and plans for the future?:
I have two more new books coming out in May and June – LADY OF THE STAR WIND and HOSTAGE OF THE STARS respectively, both scifi romance. I’m currently working on another SFR for the early Fall and I’m hoping to get to writing the sequel to DANCER OF THE NILE in my ancient Egyptian paranormal series this year.
Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us! Thanks for having me as your guest!
Best Selling Science Fiction & Paranormal Romance author and “SciFi Encounters” columnist for the USA Today Happily Ever After blog, Veronica Scott grew up in a house with a library as its heart. Dad loved science fiction, Mom loved ancient history and Veronica thought there needed to be more romance in everything. When she ran out of books to read, she started writing her own stories.
Three time winner of the SFR Galaxy Award, as well as a National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, Veronica is also the proud recipient of a NASA Exceptional Service Medal relating to her former day job, not her romances! She recently was honored to read the part of Star Trek Crew Woman in the audiobook production of Harlan Ellison’s “City On the Edge of Forever.”
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Veronica-Scott/e/B006CUCJ92/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1