The Star Wars Rebels Mid-Season Trailer is EPIC

If you have not been watching the animated series Star Wars Rebels and you loved Rogue One, A Star Wars Story, then now is the time to start! Based on the Mid-Season trailer released today, there is some very EPIC Star Wars canon about to be revealed that no Star Wars fan is going to want to miss.

Below are a few of the things revealed in the trailer that I am looking forward to…
Note: All images below are screenshots of the Mid-Season trailer released by StarWars.com via Youtube!

Saw consulting with The Ghost crew

Saw consulting with The Ghost crew

Saw Gerrera working with the crew of The Ghost
I am looking forward to seeing Saw in action again and hopefully not as crazy as he is in Rogue One.

Sabine holding off Kanan with the Darksaber

Sabine holding off Kanan with the Darksaber

Sabine learning to effectively wield the Darksaber
I am very excited to see that Sabine is getting formal training from Kanan on how to wield the Darksaber.

Sabine shows the Darksaber

Sabine shows the Darksaber

Sabine recruiting for the Rebel cause on Mandalore
I am very excited to see Sabine on Mandalore, especially when we learn more about her Mother!

Thrawn about to go into action

Thrawn about to go into action

Thrawn finally makes his move on the Rebels
We now get to find out just what Thrawn learned and just what he is going to do about what he learned!

Agent Kallus looking worried

Agent Kallus looking worried

Thrawn is getting closer to Fulcrum!
Thrawn in the trailer indicates he is looking for the informant known as ‘Fulcrum’. I sure hope Agent Kallus has an exit plan just in case he is found out.

Mon Mothma on board The Ghost

Mon Mothma on board The Ghost

The Rebellion is getting more organized
It looks like we are going to see more on how the various Rebel cells came together to form The Rebel Alliance that we see in Rogue One and of course in the Original Trilogy.

Obi-Wan ready for battle

Obi-Wan ready for battle

Obi-Wan Kenobi
I just knew that we would be seeing an older Obi-Wan, confirmed to be voiced by Stephen Stanton, after all of the Maul centric episodes earlier this season. I cannot wait to see ‘Ben’ on Tatooine during this timeframe and in action!

Maul approaches the fire

Maul approaches the fire

Maul and his quest for ‘peace’
I believe there is going an EPIC confortation between Maul and Obi-Wan before this season ends! Hopefully, we can see Maul finally find the ‘peace’ he is looking for.

Carrie Fisher Has Left Us, but will not be forgotten 

I am very sad to hear that Carrie Fisher has passed away.  There are no words for how I feel that expresses my thanks to this wonderful person.  However, I will do my best.


‪Carrie was a wonderful role model for many, especially this Fangirl by showing that there are self rescuing princesses.  As I grew up, she also showed me that you can overcome many life struggles with humor.  ‬Her problems with her Mother and family really echoed some of the relationship problems I have faced in my life.  Her dedication to her writing, showed me that a beautiful women can be many things in her life.  Her wit and humor showed me to laugh even when things looked bad.  Her love of the fans is one of the things I really liked about her.  


Carrie took the time to interact with everyone she met.  By spreading glitter on her fans at the conventions or even briefly talking to people, like my husband, as he was standing in line to get a diet pop at Star Wars Celebration VI in Orlando. 


My heart goes out to her family, friends, her dog Gary and the millions of fans who knew her as Princess or General Leia Organa.

You will be missed Carrie. 

May The Force Be With You, Always…

Carrie Fisher in Hospital after a Mid-Air Heart Attack

Carrie Fisher with her Dog Gary at Star Wars Celebration Europe in July 2016

Carrie Fisher with her Dog Gary at Star Wars Celebration Europe in July 2016

This afternoon via TMZ and updates via other outlets, I heard the news that one of my role models, Carrie Fisher, is in a LA Hospital after an heart attack, while on a plane flying home from her book tour.

Hope profile pic from Full of Sith Podcast listener via Facebook

Hope profile pic from Full of Sith Podcast listener via Facebook


My heart is with her and her family during this time.  I am praying for Carrie and hope that she will be ok.

Sailor Moon R The Movie in Select Theaters Starting 1/19/17

Sailor Moon R The Movie in Select Theaters Starting 1/19/17

VIZ Media announced some of the U.S. theaters that will be showing the Sailor Moon R The Movie with an all new uncut English Dub just after the Los Angeles Premiere on January 13, 2017.

Sailor Moon R Movie Logo

Sailor Moon comes to the big screen in her first dazzling movie! Uncut and for the first time in theaters. Join Sailor Moon on an adventure to save not only the world, but also her true love! This limited engagement also includes the North American debut of the original theatrical short, Make Up! Sailor Guardians and exclusive extras. A special bonus gift will be given to ticket holders while supplies last.

Looking at the list of theaters, this Fangirl is disappointed that only one theater, The Maple Theater in Bloomfield Township, MI, will be showing this in my area. However, the good news is that there will be two showings, one of 1/19/17 and the other on 1/23/17, both at 7PM. Tickets are not available to buy for these showings yet. Hopefully, I will be able to buy tickets to one of these. Otherwise, I will have to wait until this is available on BluRay or via streaming.

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You can find more details on other locations in the U.S. and to buy tickets here.

Interview with Author Shari Elder

It is a pleasure to welcome Shari Elder author of Race to Redemption.

Author Shari Elder

Author Shari Elder

Welcome Shari to The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl and thanks so much for taking the time out your busy schedule to help us get to know you and your stories better.

Thanks for having me Patty. I’m excited to be here.

img_0592What does the title of this novel, series or set of stories signify?

The title, Race to Redemption, captures several essential components of the story. Let’s start with race. The heroine Elaina, is a storm racer so racing and race technology are her livelihood. At one point in the story, Elaina and Erik find themselves racing through the desert with mercenaries on their tail and two sick friends who need to get to a hospital. Finally, Erik, who is a doctor, finds himself racing against time to save people he cares about who are suffering from some mysterious ailment.

Redemption is what both the hero and heroine need from their pasts.

The series title, Green Rising, signifies the emergence of a rebel coalition with a different vision for organizing the political, social and economic system of their corner of the galaxy.

What prompted you to write in this genre and who or what inspired you to?

I grew up on science fiction and fantasy. In ninth grade, my English teacher assigned Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke. That book blew me away and I’ve never been the same since. It showed me we can play with the rules of how we organize our lives (e.g. five and ten year marriage contracts). It is my first lesson in how powerful stories are in creating and sustaining the assumptions about good and evil, right and wrong, past and future that we use to organize our lives and society. The Overlords, the aliens in the story are thought provoking (I can’t say more without spoiling it if you haven’t read it.). For me, writing in this genre seemed as natural as breathing.

Why romance then? Because I can’t resist a happy ending, and romance is guaranteed to give it to you.

What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer and do your characters reflect some of these attributes?

Great question! For me, staying sane as a writer requires creating some structure, getting the right sustenance, knowing when to take a break, an¬¬¬¬d never, ever giving up. Translating all that to personal attributes you get persistence, discipline and a dependence on coffee. Now that you asked, I must admit most of my heroes and heroines would be classified as tenacious and disciplined. Coffee I did make optional. I’ll have to write more of a free spirit in a future book.

What makes you laugh?

My daughter. She is a teen-ager and knows how to wind me up. When that doesn’t work, I watch MASH and Frasier reruns.

What makes you cry?

Any child in pain. Even just the thought of any child feeling pain.

What are you a fan of and is this reflected in your writing?

Doctor Who, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, world mythologies and animals. So, no surprises I wrote science fiction, fantasy and paranormal romance. Aliens and shifters rule!

Anything else you want share with us today?

Yes! I’ve set up an Amazon giveaway that lasts until December 23. Just clink this link and enter for the chance to win one of five copies of Race to Redemption. Good luck and thanks for stopping by. https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/f02e2dc7ad79f489

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Thanks so much Shari for answering these questions today and for letting us get to know you and your stories better.

More about Shari Elder

By day, Shari crawls out of bed, mainline coffee, walk the dog, gets her kid off to school, hops on the metro, and saves cities within the four walls of her office. Usually by email.

At night, the other Shari emerges. She takes off the suit, curls up on the couch and let her imagination play, with words and images until stories take shape (while periodically checking on my teen-ager, hiding out in the bedroom and plotting world domination). As her alter ego, she save cities in a cape and spangled tights, wander space and time on a surfboard, fly over the Himalayas on feathered wings, make six-toed footprints in indigo talc snow on the sixth planet in the Andromeda galaxy or eavesdrop on Olympian gods while pretending to whip up a bowl of ambrosia.

In all these wondrous worlds, romance and passion blossom. Shari can’t resist a happy ending. And she particularly prone to writing happy endings for those who have given up on ever getting one. That gives her immense satisfaction.

Join Shari on her journey. The best ideas emerge from team work.

You can learn more about Shari via Facebook, Twitter, Web/Blog or Pinterest.

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Race to Redemption

Race To Redemption

Race To Redemption is available via…
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A woman who lost everything.
Intergalactic storm racing champion Elaina Carteret had it all – fame, wealth, men – until a horrific accident took it away. To get it back, she agrees to pose as Lainie Carter, medical transport pilot and corporate spy. Her risk-taking attitude infuriates Dr. Erik Johansen, who runs the outpost with an iron hand, a permanent scowl and the tightest bod on the planet.
A man desperate for redemption.
Unable to forgive himself for a past tragedy, Erik works himself into an early grave. He has no patience for the insubordinate Lainie Carter, who can’t take an order, disrupts routine and flames his body to ash.

A planet at risk.
When the outpost is attached, they’re thrown together in a race across the desert to stop a deadly biogenetic weapon As a fragile trust blossoms between two damaged hearts, their pasts resurface and threaten their growing bond.
Be warned: anal sex, bondage, menage sex, gender neutral characters.

Guest Post: Sci-fi + mythology

The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl welcomes Sela Carsen as a guest blogger to talk about Sci-fi + mythology.

Take it away Sela!

Sci-fi + mythology a guest post by Sela Carsen

Sci-fi + mythology = alien Viking berserker werewolves

Solve for romance. And don’t forget to show your work.

What? I’m a writer, not a mathematician. *gg*

My Wolves of Fenrir series roams the hinterlands of Sci-Fi Romance because what I write isn’t purely science based. Yes, there are sexy aliens, but how they came about has little to do with science and a lot to do with some good old-fashioned Norse mythology. At best, we can call it Sci-Fantasy Romance. I’m okay with that.

I started writing a short story a couple of years ago to get me out of a writing slump. I’d been writing paranormal romance before the slump, so that’s where I was comfortable. But I needed something more than an every day wolf shifter to get me out of the hole I was in.

Hellhounds? Nah. Hit a roadblock on religion.

Regular werewolves? Yawn.

Oooh. Alien werewolves! Now I was onto something!

Please take note that the way my brain works is not strictly logical. Or anything resembling logical. I mean, what kind of lunatic goes from hellhounds to aliens in two big jumps? Yeah, a writer.

But that presented its own internal sort of logic problem. How in the world were there alien werewolves?

Werewolves…wolves…Fenrir. Hey, Fenrir was a giant wolf. A son of Loki (he had exotic sexual tastes), Fenrir was so out of control he had to be bound with a dwarf-made chain, and the only way he got into the chain was by taking a chunk out of the god, Tyr. It was prophesied that at Ragnarok, Fenrir would break his chains and be the one to kill Odin, while his sons ate the moon and swallowed the sun.

Poor, misunderstood goggie woggie.

What if he didn’t want to destroy the world? What if he simply escaped with his mate, a… umm… Valkyrie!

Again, logic is not a thing here.

What if Fenrir and his mate escaped Earth and went a-Viking on a quest for their own land, far away from the chaos of the gods? What would their children be like?

They’d establish a Norse/Viking style culture, of course. Where discovery of new lands, establishing trading routes, and blending cultures was a way of life. One where the founding mother was a warrior and shieldmaiden, so it would stand to reason that the women could kick ass as well as the men.

And because their father was Fenrir the Great Wolf, their offspring would naturally take on some of his gifts. When they were in a berserker battle rage, they’d be able to change into something not quite human warrior, but not entirely an animal. Essentially, I wanted to preserve the idea of a really freaking scary werewolf that stood on two legs with huge claws and fangs, and wolf-like abilities like a heightened sense of smell and the eyesight of a predator.

Now we add in a drive to find the right mate, the one who not only has the right lifescent, but is also a good match in other ways, and you have romance.

But it’s not exactly science, is it? Not at all like regular sci-fi, which is often incredibly well-researched and based in hard science that can be logically extrapolated. There’s that word again…logic. And I deal in magic and mythology.

Although, I’d like to say that not everything I wrote in my Wolves of Fenrir series was made out of legendary whole cloth. The nanoarmor my Fenrir wear is based on real tech that is hundreds of times stronger, lighter, and more flexible than Kevlar. The prosthesis my hero wears in “Silver Wolf Rising” is also based on experimental artifical limbs that connect directly to the wearer’s nervous system so the limb responds in a much more realistic manner with fine joint movement, and even sensation.

And my starship? Is totally based on the USS Enterprise (ST: NG). Which makes it about as Sci-Fi as it gets.

Maybe, just maybe, then, Sci-Fantasy isn’t just a mishmash of ideas thrown randomly together. Maybe Science and Mythology can blend together to create a world with its own rules and logic.

And maybe, you’d enjoy reading about it.

You can find my Wolves of Fenrir series at your favorite retailer, by following this link.

The latest story – THE WOLF WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD – is out now in the VIKINGS WILD anthology – six sexy modern paranormal and sci-fi Viking romances featuring stories by Kate Pearce, Zoe York, Anne Marsh, Holley Trent, Loribelle Hunt, and me – Sela Carsen.

Vikings Wild

Vikings Wild

Hide your virgins! From the authors of Vikings Unleashed and Vikings Untamed comes VIKINGS WILD, 6 modern, sexy paranormal and sci-fi romances with the original bad boy heroes…VIKINGS. Tall and broad and bearded, these book boyfriends will toss you over their shoulder and save the world before completing their…pillaging.
Set includes:
Anne Marsh — Viking’s Gift: A Viking Christmas Romance
Zoe York — A Viking’s Need
Holley Trent — The Viking’s Witch
Sela Carsen — The Wolf Who Came In From the Cold
Loribelle Hunt — Viking’s Awakening
Kate Pearce — Captive Mail

Amazon — www.smarturl.it/VikingsWildZon
iBooks — www.smarturl.it/VikingsWildiBooks
Barnes & Noble — www.smarturl.it/VikingsWildNook
Kobo — www.smarturl.it/VikingsWildKobo

Thanks so much for sharing this with us today. Definately a fascinating math problem you gave us to work on!

More about Sela

Sela Carsen was born into a traveling family, then married a military man to continue her gypsy lifestyle. With her husband of 20 years, their two teens, her mother, the dog, and the cat, she’s finally (temporarily) settled in the Midwest. Between bouts of packing and unpacking, she writes paranormal romances, with or without dead bodies.

You can find out even more at http://selacarsen.com/

Sign up for her newsletter at http://bit.ly/selacarsennewsletter

Review of Winter 2016 D23 Magazine 

Review of Winter 2016 D23 Magazine

As a Gold member of Disney’s D23 Fan Club, I receive the quarterly publication, D23 Magazine. The recent edition just arrived and I decided it is time to share with my blog readers, who may not be aware that this magazine exists or what kind of content is available within it, my thoughts about this issue and what I found within it.

Without further delay, below is my review of the Winter 2016 issue

Front (top) and Back (bottom) Covers of Winter 2016 D23 Magazine

Front (top) and Back (bottom) Covers of Winter 2016 D23 Magazine

Front and Back Covers 

As you can see both covers are Star Wars themed and feature characters from the movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. On the front cover it shows the Main character of Rogue One, Jyn Erso, played by Felicity Jones, with Imperial Storm Troopers coming out of the water. The back cover shows the one of the geatest villians of all time, Darth Vader, as he is looking away from the viewer. As a Star Wars fan and a fangirl anticipating this new film in the franchise, these two covers just increased by desire to read this issue.

Quote from Actress Felicity Jones about making Rogue One

Quote from Actress Felicity Jones about making Rogue One

Content about Rogue One 

Of course, this issue inclues two articles related to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story…The first is an article that gives readers “…a glimpse into the making of the film, which is centered on a group of rebels determined to steal the plans for the menacing Death Star.”* The article includes conversations with Felicity Jones, Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm, and Director Gareth Edwards. *decription from Winter 2016 issue web page.

Alan Turak Interview

Alan Turak Interview

The second article related to Rogue One is an interview with Actor Alan Tudak, who plays and voices K-2S0 in Rogue One. The article touches on his work in Rogue One and many of the other work he has done for Disney Animation Studios. 

More Content Found Within

Of course, there are more articles in this issue than those related to Rogue One. Other Content of interest included are…

Other content of interest in Winter 2016 issue

Other content of interest in Winter 2016 issue

    An article focusing on the character of Daisy Duck.
    An article about creating theme park maps. (The artwork of the Fantasyland may included in the article is just awe inspiring)
    An article with the actress behind the newest Disney Animated film, Moana
    An article about the Enchanted Tiki Room Marvel Comic series (I somehow missed that this one was coming out.)
    An article on the life and work of Walt Disney through photos of Walt Disney and his family.
    An article about the Iron Man Stark Industries Expo attraction at Hong Kong Disneyland (Iron Man is not my favorite Marvel Super Hero. Where is the Thor or Black Widow attraction?)
    An article about little known Disney characters. (I have to admit I did not know any of these characters.)
    An article about the Disney Wonder and a page that contains Disney Cruise facts (The data analyst in me loves these!).

 
Overall, some very interesting articles to read in this issue. If you are not a member, like I am, you may want to become one just to receive this quarterly publication full of Disney goodness.

So are you a D23 member?
If not, would you become a member just to get access to this issue?
Did you like the Winter 2016 issue?

Star Survivor Guest Post by Veronica Scott

The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl welcomes author Veronica Scott as a guest blogger to talk about her latest story, Star Survivor.

Take it away Veronica!

Star Survivor Guest Post by Veronica Scott

img_0453Thanks for having me as your guest! I always love visiting your blog to talk books…

What does the title of this novel signify?
Star Survivor is the sequel to Wreck of the Nebula Dream, which has been my most requested sequel in fact. Twilka and Khevan were secondary characters in the first book and people definitely wanted to know what happened to them next. That kind of reader interest is a high compliment to an author, let me tell you. But also a challenge to “get it right’, which I hope I have. This book is a standalone story but a reader will probably enjoy it even more if they’d read Wreck first. Wreck of the Nebula Dream was my 2012 SFR Galaxy Award-winning, “Titanic in space” novel, inspired by the sinking of the Titanic, but set aboard an interstellar cruise liner in the far future. It’s not a spoiler to say Twilka, the heroine in this new book, is definitely a survivor, not only of the wreck, but also of other events in her life. She’s stronger than she ever understood.

One of my jumping off points for this story was the realization as an author that a person will probably only ever have one “Titanic” type of event in their entire life (except for certain real life crew members of the Titanic but that’s not my story today). Then life goes on. So I thought about what changes surviving the catastrophic wreck of the Nebula Dream would have made to someone like Twilka – rich, carefree and previously sheltered from consequences – and then how she’d go on afterward. I looked into the stories of real Titanic First Class passengers who survived the sinking and what they did next, which was interesting and illuminating, as far as choices for Twilka.

The hero in this book is Khevan, the D’nvannae Brother – he’s sworn to serve an alien goddess, as either a bodyguard or a deadly assassin, at the whim of his Red Lady. At the end of Wreck, he and Twilka were together…but again, I had to consider what might have happened to him after the first few weeks of relief at surviving…

So, lots of good, rich character-based possibilities for me to explore!

Do the names of the characters in your novel have some sort of significance or importance to you?

When I was writing Wreck, the name Twilka struck me as appropriate for someone who was a Socialite, as they’re known in the far future. It sounded like a carefree person and I enjoyed the sound of the syllables. I was also inspired by a fashion layout photo I clipped from a magazine at the time and the name seemed to fit the model. (I wish I had the rights to share the photo but alas….). I was satisfied that the book’s cover model (whose name I don’t know, sadly, as it’s a stock photo) represented Twilka as she is at the time this story begins. I like the depth of personality in her eyes, and the strength and determination I feel she projects. Excellent for my heroine.

Author Veronica Scott with cover model Vikkas Bhardwaj

Author Veronica Scott with cover model Vikkas Bhardwaj

The name Khevan was chosen as a nod to the person I thought at the time in the late 1990’s was the partial inspiration for his character but as Wreck went through various drafts over the years, the character morphed and changed to become ‘himself’. Pretty much totally different from who I’d envisioned at the start. Strong characters tend to do that to an author – take on a life of their own! Be it noted that ‘Khevan’ isn’t the original real life person’s name either, but an altered name that reminded me at the time of the individual. The name of his D’nvannae Order is drawn from a family name, heavily revised, which is an old Celtic warrior name. So there you have that

The book cover model, Vikkas Bhardwaj, pretty much embodies the way I visualize Khevan, I do have to say. The cover art is by the fabulous Fiona Jayde. I actually met Vikkas at the RT conference last year and he’s amazing – a lovely person and someone who definitely has the height and the build to be a D’nvannae Brother.

If you wrote the first draft of Wreck of the Nebula Dream in the 1990’s, why such a long time until it was released in 2012?

I had a fulltime day job at the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, plus I was a widowed single mother, so while I wrote my science fiction romances whenever I had spare time, I didn’t start making a concerted effort to become published until late in 2010. (Carina Press released my first book in January 2012.) Wreck was my first independently published novel, timed to release on the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking. Then it’s taken me four more years to figure out the plot for Star Survivor!

Star Survivor by Veronica Scott

Star Survivor by Veronica Scott

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Here’s the story for Star Survivor:

The survivors of a terrible wreck meet again—but this time only one can survive.

The long-awaited sequel to The Wreck of the Nebula Dream

They survived an iconic spaceship wreck together. She never expected to see him again … especially not armed to kill her.

Twilka Zabour is an interstellar celebrity. She built on her notoriety as a carefree Socialite who survived the terrible wreck of the Nebula Dream, and launched a successful design house. But now the man who gave meaning to her life, then left her, is back–this time for the worst of reasons. Will he kill her … or help her survive?

D’nvannae Brother Khevan survived the Nebula Dream in the company of a lovely, warm woman, only to be pulled away from her, back into his solitary life in the service of the Red Lady. Now Twilka’s within his reach again–for all the wrong reasons. Khevan will do everything within his power to discover why Twilka has been targeted for assassination, and to save her.

But Khevan is not Twilka’s only pursuer. Will allies Nick and Mara Jameson arrive in time to aid the couple, or will Khevan and Twilka’s ingenuity be all that stands between them and death?

Author Veronica Scott

Author Veronica Scott

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 Member in the audiobook production of Harlan Ellison’s “The City On the Edge of Forever.”

You can learn more about Veronica Scott by checking out her Blog, her Amazon Author Page, and by following her on Twitter or Facebook.

Interview with Author Natacha Guyot

It is a pleasure to welcome Natacha Guyot who is a French researcher, public speaker and author of both fiction and non-fiction publications.

Author Natacha Guyot

Author Natacha Guyot

Welcome Natacha to The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl and thanks so much for taking the time out your busy schedule to help us get to know you and your latest publication, Dream Crusher, better.

What does the title of this novel, series or set of stories signify?

Dream Crusher relates to a threat featured in the novella. The universe is called the Dantek System Records, based on the system where the story takes place. I don’t plan a direct sequel to Dream Crusher, but will continue to write more stories, whether featuring the protagonists of the novella or brand new characters. This is also why I chose to include a bonus short story in said universe, Homeless, in the print version.

What prompted you to write in this genre and who or what inspired you to?

I have loved storytelling since I was a child and creating new worlds is one of my passions. That was why I have always written in the Science Fiction (or Fantasy) genre. Even my nonfiction and academic works relate to Science Fiction. Dream Crusher was originally a short story and liking the characters and the world as I did, I decided to expand on everything and this was how I realized I would continue to write in this universe. Among my greater inspirations to write Science Fiction, you find Star Wars (including many Expanded Universe titles), C.J. Cherryh’s Serpent’s Reach, Anne McCaffrey’s Dragons of Pern. Joseph Campbell’s work has also been very inspiring to me.

What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer and do your characters reflect some of these attributes?

Wrestle with the stories and characters to make them understand I will only write one project at a time, but will still engage in note-taking for any other projects. Trying to tell the characters to keep quiet by my bedtime is going better but I still recall my Clairvoyance Chronicles villain decided to tell me his whole background (since Stone Age) at 1am one night. I try to keep organized folders pertaining to individual writing projects, as well as a document for bullet point short/vague academic papers. (You can find more about my writing process with my Digital Quill’s Writing Tips blog series.) Organization, perseverance, patience and learning not to be a perfectionist and burning out are reflected in several of my character, but not necessarily in a single one of them.

What kind of research did you have to do for the novel, series or set of stories that was different from others?

I had to work more on the history of the system where my story takes place, how humans came to live there a few generations ago, and what happened between the other species. I needed that from the start, but more so as I realized it would become a novella and a universe where more stories would take place. Developing the different cultures, at least to a point where I could understand the interactions was important to me. It tends to be a pattern in my writing as I tend to have multiple groups interact to different degrees in my fiction. Works I wrote when younger tended to be more focused on two groups, but in the past years, I tend to have more than two. I always have solid character background and the extent of the world building depends on what I need for the given story.

What are you a fan of and is this reflected in your writing?

I was playing a lot of videogames while working on this project: Star Wars: The Old Republic, Mass Effect 2, Torchlight II, and the immersive aspect of gaming inspired me for how I depicted some of my settings. I am not a huge comic book fan, but I love the Yoko Tsuno series and it has had influence on several of my stories, including Dream Crusher, whether with the multi-species or Morden’s heterogeneous team. I am overall a huge Science Fiction fan, whether in books, TV shows, video games or movies. And I love compelling female characters (some of my favorites are Dana Scully from The X-Files, Leia Organa and Mara Jade from Star Wars). Dream Crusher is my first title with a male protagonist, but I consider Vahika of great importance in the story and naturally had several supporting female characters develop as I wrote the novella.

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Thank you Natacha for stopping by and answering these questions and letting us get to know you better! For more information about Natacha and her works…You can connect with her via NatachaGuyot.org | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | LinkedIn.

Dream Crusher

Dream Crusher

Natacha Guyot is a French researcher, author, and public speaker. After studying at Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle and King’s College London, she relocated to Texas in summer 2016. There, she has embarked on a new academic journey: she started doctoral studies in Arts and Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas.Her main fields of interest are Science fiction, Gender Studies, Children Media and Fan Studies. Besides her nonfiction work, she also writes Science Fiction and Fantasy stories. She is a feminist, nerd, Christian, cat lady, book dragon and Earl Grey drinker.

Her new Science Fiction novella, Dream Crusher, is coming out in Kindle and paperback format in November 2016.

Baby Groot Is SO Cute!

Baby Groot credit Marvel Studios

Baby Groot credit Marvel Studios

This everyday fangirl is very excited for the next Guardians of the Galaxy movie coming in May 2017. The trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 just dropped and this film looks and sounds fantastic! I love the characters, music and visuals shown in the trailer. Not much of the plot is revealed, but this is minor in comparison to the standout moments from the trailer, especially those with Baby Groot. All I can say is Baby Groot is SO Cute!!! If you have not seen this trailer yet, check it out for yourself.

Are you you excited about this film as much as I am?