A novel of love, vengeance, and a world re-opened to the stars.
The empathic Tolari of the Beta Hydri system shunned space travel for thousands of years. Farryn of Monralar tried to shake his people from their isolation—tried and failed, losing his honor in the process. Now an exile, he puts his past behind him by building his own criminal empire among the colonies of Earth.
Only his estranged lover Sharana—scholar, political analyst, and one of the most powerful empathic sensitives on Tolar—dares to follow him into human space, desperate to find out what has become of him, hopeful of convincing him that she never betrayed him.
Unfortunately, Earth Central Security is watching, and Sharana has no idea what she is getting herself into.
Please tell us a little bit about your current projects?
Thank you for having me! I’m glad to be here.
I just released my fourth novel, Farryn’s War, a romantic suspense that begins a new series, Exiles of the Drift. It runs parallel to my existing Tales of Tolari Space universe and chronicles the adventures of those characters who choose to leave the safety of Tolar and venture into the dangers of the human colony worlds, but it stands on its own, so you won’t be confused if you haven’t read the first three novels. Beyond that, I’m working out ideas for the sequel to Farryn’s War and writing a few short stories, as well.
When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer?
I knew I wanted to be a writer when I was a little girl. But a few years ago I took some college language courses, and the writing assignments all revolved around things I wasn’t doing, since I’m not a 20-yr-old student and I wasn’t living on campus. The instructor told me to write from the point of view of a young student, a fictional character—and the words just flowed. When the course was over, I couldn’t stop.
Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day?
Reading Stephen King’s On Writing helped me enormously. When I got to the part where he described that he begins a story by coming up with a character and a situation, I literally got up and danced around the dining room table. I thought I’d been doing it wrong, but that’s the way I write. I have a character, or characters, I have a situation, I have a direction I want to take it, and that’s all, but everyone I knew personally was telling me I had to plot and outline and make lists and, and, and… that doesn’t work for me. But if the method I use is good enough for Stephen King, then it’s more than good enough for me.
Describe the “perfect” hero. What about the “perfect” hero for you?
The real “perfect” hero is precisely the one that’s not perfect, but is trying to be better than he is. For me… well, I’ve always preferred intelligent, kind, trustworthy men. The rest is gravy.
What are some of your favorite pastimes? Do you have any hobbies or collections?
I’ve done needlework of all sorts, played the piano and oboe, and learned a number of languages. But writing, along with the reading I need to do to be a good writer, take up most of my time now.
What has been your biggest adventure to date?
Going to Alaska in 2010, for our 25th wedding anniversary. We saw glaciers! And whales! And we took a train along the coast and saw more glaciers!
If your fairy godmother waved her wand and whisked you away to the location of your choice, which place would you choose, and why?
Fictional: Monralar, a province on my Tolari world, because—one of my favorite characters, Bertie, lives there, when he’s not on the orbital station.
Real: New Zealand! I’ve always wanted to see New Zealand.
When it comes to food, are you the adventurous type who will try anything once, or do you prefer to stick to tried and true foods and recipes?
I’ll try anything once, but most of the time I’m creature of habit. But! Chocolate comes in many forms. I just discovered what Brazilian sea salt does for it…
How do you describe yourself? How would your family and friends describe you?
My friends and family describe me as quiet, even-tempered, and a good listener. What they can’t see is that I’m padding like crazy under the surface!
What is your favorite comfort food?
Parmesan-crusted chicken (dark meat, please!) and Milano cookies.
What is your favorite season? What do you love about it?
Autumn, for the colors on the trees and the relief after the summer heat.
What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without?
Electronic reading devices; I have some nerve damage in my hands that makes it painful to hold a book, even a paperback, for any length of time.
What is this romance writer’s idea of the “ideal romantic evening”?
My ideal evening is sitting at home with my husband, reading good books together in the quiet.
What project are you working on next?
A novel about a woman, a scholar of my empathic race, the Tolari, struggling with PTSD caused by her experiences among alien races.
Any place we can find you in person or on the net this month or next?
Yes! I will be at Capclave, Washington DC’s annual science fiction convention, on October 9-11, and at Philcon in Cherry Hill, New Jersey on November20-22. It’s really exciting to meet the people who love my stories!
Award-winning author Christie Meierz writes space opera and science fiction romance set in a civilization of empaths on the edge of a dystopic Earth empire. Her published works include her bestselling debut novel, The Marann, its sequels, and two prequel short stories published in Into Tolari Space ~ The First Contact Stories. Her forthcoming novel, Farryn’s War, will come out on September 22, 2015.
Christie has spent a night and/or eaten a meal in all 50 U.S. states, plus Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Currently, she lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her mathematician husband and an assortment of stuffies. When she’s not writing, she writes about writing on her blog, Meierz Musings (christiemeierz.com/blog), and Facebook (facebook/christie.meierz and facebook/tolarispace), where she welcomes comments and friend requests.
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