Meet debut author Ginger Smith

Ginger is a new author friend that I met through the #TranspatialTavern on Google Meet. Her debut novel comes out on November 10. Pre-order it now (link below) like I did!

I talked Ginger into answering a few questions in this mini-interview:

Where did you get the initial idea for your book?

Well, ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved science fiction and space opera. I remember playing Star Wars with the neighborhood kids, complete with the London Symphony Orchestra’s soundtrack accompanying us from a portable cassette player. The Rush’s Edge grew out of that sense of fun. I wanted to tell a story with all the action and heroism of those tales I’d loved as a kid, but I also wanted to tell a story with heart, about the power of found family.

What was the most challenging aspect of writing the book?
The writing was easy! It was the editing that was the most challenging. I mean you do your own editing to start with, of course, but a professional edit takes it to a new level. The editing process was extremely valuable to me; I learned so much from all the editors at Angry Robot, especially Gemma Creffield. It was such a privilege working with such an amazing group of people.

What is your favorite scene in the book – no spoilers!

Wow, this is super hard. There are so many great moments in the book, and it’s hard to talk about them without spoiling something. There are several fight scenes in the book where my main character Hal is able to protect the members of the crew by using his vat ability to rush. These are some of my favorite because they show Hal’s utter devotion to his friends. If I was any more specific, I know I would be spoiling something! You’ll just have to read to find out. 

About The Rush’s Edge

With the help of his commanding officer, a genetically engineered ex-soldier fights back against the government that created him and others like him to be expendable slaves…

Halvor Cullen, a genetically-engineered and technology implanted ex-soldier, doesn’t see himself as a hero. After getting out of the service, all he’s interested in is chasing the adrenaline rush his body was designed to crave. Hal knows he won’t live long anyway; vat soldiers like him are designed to die early or will be burnt out from relentlessly seeking the rush. His best friend and former CO, Tyce, is determined not to let that happen and distracts him by work salvaging crashed ships in the Edge.

Then Hal’s ship gets a new crewmember – a hacker-turned-tecker named Vivi. As they become friends, Hal wonders if he’s got a chance with a natural-born like her. Then on a job, the crew finds a sphere that downloads an alien presence into their ship…

Multiple clashes with the military force Hal and his crew to choose sides. The battle they fight will determine the fate of vats and natural-borns throughout the galaxy. Will they join the movement against the Coalition? What has invaded their ship’s computer? And can there be a real future for a vat with an expiration date?

Learn more about Ginger on her website.

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Charlene Newcomb is the author of the Battle Scars series, 12th century historical fiction filled with war, political intrigue, and a knightly romance of forbidden love set during the reign of Richard the Lionheart.

Char also writes science fiction. Echoes of the Storm was published in July 2020.

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