Title: Song of Scarabaeus
Author: Sara Creasy
Publisher: Harper Collins/ EOS
Genre: Sci-Fi romance
On Sale: 4/27/2010
Formats: Mass Market PB | E-Book
“A powerful debut….Gripping characterization, non-stop action, fascinating biological speculation, and a dash of romance. Don’t miss it!”
Remember the name: Sara Creasy. With Song of Scarabaeus she takes her place alongside Ann Aguirre and Linnea Sinclair, staking her claim as one of the most exciting new writers currently rocketing across the science fiction universe. Seamlessly blending action, romance, intrigue, technology, and a tough, complex, and unforgettable heroine in the vein of Elizabeth Moon, Creasy boldly goes where few have traveled before. No wonder author Vonda N. McIntyre declares that “Sara Creasy is a new writer to watch, and Song of Scarabaeus is a novel to read and enjoy.”Browse Inside
Trained since childhood in advanced biocyph seed technology by the all-powerful Crib empire, Edie's mission is to terraform alien worlds while her masters bleed the outlawed Fringe populations dry. When renegade mercenaries kidnap Edie, she's not entirely sure it's a bad thing . . . until they leash her to a bodyguard, Finn—a former freedom fighter-turned-slave, beaten down but never broken. If Edie strays from Finn's side, he dies. If she doesn't cooperate, the pirates will kill them both.
But Edie's abilities far surpass anything her enemies imagine. And now, with Finn as her only ally as the merciless Crib closes in, she'll have to prove it or die on the site of her only failure . . . a world called Scarabaeus.
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Author of the Day.
Sara, please tell us more about your science fiction romance, “Song of Scarabaeus”
Song of Scarabaeus is my debut novel (published by Eos and available 27 April 2010). The story centers on Edie Sha’nim, who has been trained since childhood as a cypherteck – she terraforms alien worlds for human colonization. She’s kidnapped by mercenaries who want to use this valuable skill to help the outlawed Fringe worlds. They link her to a reluctant bodyguard, ex-con Finn, who will die if he leaves her side.
The novel is primarily an adventure story. I set out to write a fast-paced, gritty story set in space, but one that was not military based. There’s a touch of romance in there, which for me adds a level of interest to the main characters. I also wanted a strong science element. My background in biology helped me invent a genetic engineering technology that can radically alter ecosystems – for better or worse.
Which do you find is most important to you as a sci-fi romance writer, voice or story?
I think any writer needs to find a balance. A reader won’t know you have a great story if your voice is so awkward they never get past chapter one. A great voice doesn’t leave a lasting impression if the story isn’t memorable. My voice is fairly straightforward, so as a writer I do focus more on story. I read my drafts aloud to check that the voice sounds natural and flows well. The story aspects – plot, theme, character and relationships – take more work. For the most part, that work is a lot of fun because it exercises the imagination, which is the main reason I enjoy writing in the first place.
I know this is a difficult question with there being so many amazing authors out there to choose from but who are some of the GOT-TO-HAVE authors in your TBR pile?
I’ve been so busy writing these past couple of years, I’ve fallen way behind on my reading. I’m always on the lookout for the next Linnea Sinclair and Elizabeth Bear. I’m also looking forward to reading Julie E. Czerneda’s award-winning novels – that’s a decade of books to catch up on!
I'd like to take this time to thank Sara Creasy for spending time with us today at Over the Edge. Sara, all the best and success in everything you do.
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