His father died. His mother abandoned him. In the depths of space, darkness seeks him.
Abandoned by his mother after his father’s death, Gethyon Rees feels at odds with his world and longs to travel the stars. But discovering he has the power to do so leaves him scarred for life. Worse, it alerts the Siah-dhu—a dark entity that seeks his kind for their special abilities—to his existence, and sets a bounty hunter on his trail.
When those same alien powers lead Gethyon to commit a terrible act, they also aid his escape. Marooned on the sea-world of Ulto Marinos, Gethyon and his twin sister must work off their debt to the Seagrafter captain who rescued them while Gethyon puzzles over their transportation. How has he done this? And what more is he capable of?
Before he can learn any answers, the Wardens arrive to arrest him for his crime. Can his powers save him now? And where will he end up next?
1. Tell us a little about your latest YA science fiction novel, GETHYON.
Gethyon is a science fiction adventure story, with a nod to my love of Star Wars. It’s tied to my first novel, Keir, and set in the same universe, but some twenty years earlier and features Keir’s heroine, Quin. Gethyon is her son.
2. What inspired you to write it?
Well, I’ve already mentioned Star Wars. After finishing Keir, I wanted to do something in the same setting but with more technology, especially spaceships, and showing some of Quin’s earlier life before she met Keir. Gethyon isn’t dissimilar to Keir in a lot of ways, but his upbringing was more of a contrast, and how he came to his powers and learned to cope with them are very different. In a lot of ways, it explains how Quin was in her relationship with Keir. The very young Gethyon was also based on my middle child, who was the same age at the time of writing. My playlist of My Chemical Romance and Elliot Minor also influenced the feel of the story.
3. What do you like the most about your MC, Gethyon Rees?
That despite the fact he feels life has treated him badly and unfairly, he steps up to meet the challenges and to face who and what he is. His loyalty to his family is his most redeeming feature.
4. Is there a message or a lesson that you’d like to convey to your readers, in particular with regards to GETHYON?
That it’s not about who or what you are, but what you do in your life that makes an impact. And there’s no point having regrets. Just look at them as an inspiration to go out and do the things you want.
5. What first attracted you to write science fiction?
Luke Skywalker in Star Wars. Seriously! I developed a major crush on him after seeing A New Hope on television for the first time, and switched from writing elves and unicorns to spaceships and alien planets.
6. Which writing achievement are you most proud of, and why?
I’ve just had a short story published as part of a community project – the Tales from the SFR Brigade – which went out on limited release on the 23rd June. I read the rest of the stories a couple of days after release, and was just blown away by how fabulous they were. I felt kind of humbled and proud to have been included in the anthology.
7. What do you do when you aren’t writing, promoting your books or socialising with other authors?
Weekends are strictly family time. We tend to go out to the beach, walking, or to the local parks or zoo. Any spare me-time is spent doing free style street dance to keep fit, an on-going struggle to master guitar, reading, watching sci-fi and fantasy, listening to music, looking after our pets, socialising with my non-author friends, and the inevitable housework. Oh, how I hate housework! I want minions.
8. Have you got a particular ritual preceding or following the completion of a book?
Not really a ritual for either. I generally just take a deep breath after finishing one book before diving straight into the next.
9. Who is the first person to read your book when you feel it’s complete?
It used to be my husband because I didn’t have anyone else. Despite the fact he doesn’t like my particular genre, he’s actually quite good at spotting general flaws and things he feels don’t work. Now I have a good circle of fellow authors and friends, and editors and readers who I can badger… I mean ask… to read for me, depending on what genre and who’s the least busy.
10. What is the most interesting lesson you’ve learnt about yourself through your writing?
That writing makes me feel complete. I didn’t realize how much I’d missed it – I wrote from a young age until my late teens, then stopped for nearly two decades. When I started again, it was like an epiphany, that ‘ah-hah!’ moment. This was what I wanted – what I needed – to really be me.
11. What has been the hardest book for you to write? Why?
The sequel to Keir. It started as part of the original, but as I came to the end of the first draft, I realized it was a separate story and split it off. But I was never entirely sure of the central theme to it, and spent nearly two years battling with it. Finally, I threw the whole mess to my editor from Keir, and she helped me to fix it and beat it back into shape. But for so long I felt I should just bin it and start again.
12. Have you ever been stalked (online or off)?
No, not really. Not what I’d define as stalking. With social media, the general concept is to encourage people to follow you all over the place, but it’s never gone beyond interest or friendship into something where I feel freaked out and/or threatened. I’m always worried I might step over the line with some of the people I follow myself, though.
13. If you had a super power, what would it be and why?
I always thought I’d like to read minds, like a lot of my characters. But I wonder if that’s really a good thing to be able to do, or whether it would make me even more paranoid. Sometimes with my kids, I think endless patience would be a truly useful superpower to have. Heh!
14. Do you have any pets?
We have four bantam chickens (the half-size ones) – Moya, Eowyn, Scoop and Tails. We also have a leopard gecko called Yoshi.
15. If you had the chance to travel into outer space, would you, and why?
Absolutely! Who wouldn’t pass up that chance? Not only because I’m at a point at my life where I’m looking for new experiences and to do things that I haven’t done before, but also because it would give me that edge of realism to my writing, to do something that at the moment I can only imagine, for myself and my characters.
Excerpt from GETHYON
He couldn’t move. His feet seemed pinned to the floor, his muscles locked into rigid immobility. The Siah-dhu howled at him, their voice leeching all will and all power from him. Despite the sparks of power within him, the darkness writhed through his gut, gnawing with jagged teeth as it twisted though his mind. It was hunger magnified a thousand times, as if the vacuum of space had opened up inside him. He fell to his knees.
Gethyon. Not quite a voice, not quite any sound he had ever heard, the Siah-dhu called his name. The roiling mass drew closer. A chill gale blasted over him and snatched all the breath and warmth from him, sucking the life out of him.
“No.” The single word snatched him back from the edge. He hadn’t come so far or lost so much to surrender. As the Siah-dhu pulsed toward him intent on his consumption, he forced himself up again and turned his back on the shadows. It was the hardest thing he had ever done, to resist that pull into oblivion. The edges of the black cloud twined around him, incorporeal fingers striving to grasp him, seething forward to swallow him…
The world disappeared.
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A stay-at-home mum of three who spent twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay bases her stories on a lifetime addiction to science-fiction books and films. Somewhere along the line a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. Between torturing her characters, she spends the odd free moments trying to learn guitar, indulging in freestyle street dance and drinking high-caffeine coffee. Although happily settled in historical Colchester in the UK with her husband of 20 years, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head. Her works have won a SFR Galaxy Award, and finaled in the Readers Favorite Award Contest and the Gulf Coast RWA Chapter Silken Sands Self-Published Star Award.