It is a pleasure to welcome Eva Caye author of the The To Be Sinclair series.
Welcome Eva 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.
What does the title of this novel, series or set of stories signify?
The To Be Sinclair series is about the greatest ruling family in the history of the galaxy, which means nobility. So I exemplify the ‘noble virtues’ or chivalrous code of honor in the titles, which describe the overall theme of the novel. The only one I couldn’t come up with to fit the brand was Evan’s Ladies; it was the first book made exclusively of novellas, although my most recent one, Integrity, consists of three novellas.
Do the names of the characters in your novel have some sort of significance or importance to you? If so, give a few examples…
Overall, I simply choose names I like. However, when the Sandy Hook massacre took place, a meme started floating around Facebook that said, “Here are the names of the victims so you won’t remember the names of their murderer.” I took that to heart and incorporated the first and last names, separately, into my next few books as tribute to them. They’re usually benevolent or highly responsible characters, like Sentinels, who are the equivalent of the FBI/Secret Service. I think I’ve gotten them all by now!
What prompted you to write in this genre and who or what inspired you to?
I’ve always loved science fiction, but I chose to write science fiction romance because they’re two ends of a spectrum running from ‘intellectual objectivity’ to ‘emotional reaction’. I even wrote an article called, “Science Fiction Romance: the Ultimate Fusion!”, found here, to explain why I felt it was necessary to bring ‘the feels’ to science fiction. And, preferably, the good feels aka love! After all, even if you’re a brilliant mad scientist, the most important decision you can make in life is who you’ll spend it with.
My overall goal, however, is to write science fiction in a way that intrigues the romance crowd – not too heavy on the science, but with consistent explanations that might encourage a young lady to pursue science as a career, or that’ll leave a romance reader satisfied that these things are indeed quite plausible and can happen in the future.
I think I’ve particularly pegged the characterization of each scientist, though! I’m sure anyone who is married to a scientist will recognize their spouse in at least one of the characters!
What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer and do your characters reflect some of these attributes?
I have no problem with ‘remaining sane’ as a writer. I do, however, incorporate a lot of psychology into my series, and several of my characters suffer depression like I do.
I rather object to depression being labeled a ‘mental illness’; there’s some real physical problem underlying it all, and I desperately hope someone figures it out soon. But, until then, I can at least write about how to deal with people suffering depression. In my most recent book, Integrity, I try to convey exactly what it’s like, and my editor praised me highly for it.
What kind of research did you have to do for the novel, series or set of stories that was different from others?
I research all kinds of things, from black holes and quantum gravity to how ancient Greek royalty was addressed. Authors make a lot of jokes with each other about how long our NSA files must be, from Googling how far pieces of glass would fly if you used X amount of C4, or how big an explosion an atomic bomb makes if the atomic part doesn’t go off!
What makes you laugh?
Clever intellectual mash-ups, like Doctor Who songs or Star Trek/Star Wars mashups. I detest slapstick because I see nothing funny about inflicting pain or embarrassment on anyone.
What makes you cry?
Animal cruelty. I occasionally warn people on Facebook about how I block ‘friends’ who post it, and I’ve blocked four people so far.
What are you a fan of and is this reflected in your writing?
Oh, I’m always including my interests in my stories! I love to tat, so in one book I have a lady who tats cute little creatures for her friends, and eventually creates emblems for the Imperial Family. I have another lady ‘teach’ her boyfriend, the Crown Prince, how to lounge on a couch because he’s been raised ‘properly’ and needs to loosen up. She even introduces him to junk food!
Is there anything else you want to add about the story, series that has not already been mentioned?
The To Be Sinclair series spans three generations. The first two books are about the parents of the protagonists in the next six books, and the grandparents of everyone after that.
Otherwise, one of the main undercurrents is how women can fight their way out of a highly patriarchal society to achieve their dreams. My next (probably last) novel, Civility, will be over one of the daughters and one of the granddaughters, and it’ll be a declaration for women’s rights, as well as the rights of intelligent alien species!
What is the best way for readers to interact with you?
I can always be reached by email, but I’ve been shying away from Facebook lately due to all the negativity.
Thanks again Eva for the interview!
Eva Caye, author of the To Be Sinclair series, can build a rocket stove, tat lace, handle a gun, design book covers and permaculture garden plans, and teach teenagers critical thinking. Her favorite activities include writing science fiction romance and playing with her doggie. She currently lives in a tiny, century-old farmhouse with her magnificent husband and a marvelous rescue mutt in Louisville, Kentucky.
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