About the Book
Imprisoned for a murder he didn’t commit and betrayed by those closest to him, Dean Weston struggles to stop the genocide of newly discovered energy-based life forms so unique they cause humans to acquire extraordinary intelligence for a brief period following exposure. As genius edges toward insanity for those exploiting the peaceful entities, a ruthless experiment goes awry leading to the creation of an evil capable of redefining human existence.
About the Author
Joanne Elder is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Engineering Science at the University of Western Ontario. During her professional career, she spent several years in the aeronautical and nuclear industries, published numerous technical papers in the field of Metallurgic Engineering and presented at international conferences. She now resides in King City, Ontario with her two teen-aged children and husband.
You can visit Joanne Elder’s website at www.sciencefictionthrillers.com.
Would you call yourself a born writer?
During my engineering career, I published many technical papers. Never did I think my love for science fiction would pull me to write in that genre, but it did. I feel fortunate, as few people stumble upon an unexpected passion as I have done with writing. It’s an incredible thing to discover a born talent within you and run with it.
What was your inspiration for Spectra?
Often science fiction plots involve extraterrestrials carrying out ruthless experiments on humans. I loved the thought of switching it up and stirring in some deadly consequences for those immoral enough to exploit a newly discovered, peaceful and intelligent life form.
What themes do you like to explore in your writing?
I love to explore the “unknown” and science fiction is the perfect avenue to do that with. As we know from the past, today’s speculative fiction may become tomorrow’s scientific fact. A subplot in Spectra narrows in on the human soul and what it is. Scientifically speaking, if it exists, it has to be something. So does God for that matter. I carried out a lot of research into the human energy field. In particular, a study done at UCLA where it was actually measured, thus proving that we have an “aura.” I also researched dark plasma theory to model the energy life forms in Spectra as plasma life, which, interestingly, could well exist. Spectra is fiction, but real science does support the existence of energy based life as portrayed in the book.
How long did it take you to complete the novel?
It took just under a year to complete Spectra.
Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.
I’m extremely disciplined. When I’m writing, I become fully engaged with my story. I like to write first thing in the morning as I find I’m more creative when I’m fresh. If I get a dose of writer’s block, I take my dog for a walk. That usually cures it.
What did you find most challenging about writing this book?
The scientific research I did for Spectra was fascinating and intriguing. The challenge was to take this research and convey it in a completely non-technical manner so it would be thought provoking for the reader but not confusing.
What do you love most about being an author?
I love the creative aspect of writing. Writing is complete escapism and I enjoy it even more than reading a good book.
Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?
I’m published with MuseItUp Publishing, a small press. I was able to submit to them without using an agent, who would have been entitled to a percentage of the royalties. MuseItUp is a fantastic publisher and I’m very pleased with them. From the author’s point of view, small presses have many advantages such as the ability to put forth ideas for the cover art etc.
Where can we find you on the web?
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