Paige Cuccaro is making a return visit to the virtual offices. She’s here today to talk about her latest release From Here To Eternity. After the interview, please enter for your chance to win a special prize pack.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had a theme song, what would it be?
[Paige Cuccaro] High Hopes. I’m the little old ant trying to move rubber tree plants.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about From Here to Eternity?
[Paige Cuccaro] At its core, From Here to Eternity is a story about rediscovered love—the kind of love that becomes a part of you, that sustains you during the best and worst times. The story is set in the future when science has advanced to the point where a person’s life can be extended indefinitely by means of mind transfer into androids that look exactly like the person who’s thoughts, memories and personality they house. This raises the question –How do you define, life? It’s that question that puts the heroine, Rachel and her husband, Dr. Nate Burns at odds. Nate would do anything to have his wife with him. But when he’s forced to chose between her most base moral belief and protecting the secret of eternal life he must do the one thing that would make his life bearable at the same time it goes against everything Rachel believes.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Paige Cuccaro] I’m a huge nerd. I love sci-fi stories, especially robot stories. I started thinking (and not for the first time) what it would be like to be an android, like a super advanced version of the six million dollar man. We’ve already come so far in medicine, able to replace limbs with more and more advanced robotic arms and legs. It seems a natural progression that we’ll get to the point where we can literally replace every part and the only thing standing between a human and a fully robotic human will be replacing a person’s brain with a robotic one. That would mean transferring a person’s thoughts, memories, personality, everything that makes them who they are into a robotic brain. If we were able to do that…would you still be able to call that person human? Poof…story born.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Rachel?
[Paige Cuccaro] Opinionated.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Nate is never without.
[Paige Cuccaro] His Global eyewear. In the future it’s their connection to the world, phone, news, entertainment…everything.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Rachel’s purse?
[Paige Cuccaro] A mini travel tool kit. A copy of Scientific Journal. A tape measure.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Nate’s greatest regret?
[Paige Cuccaro] That he had to betray his wife’s beliefs.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What were your greatest creative influences while writing From Here to Eternity?
[Paige Cuccaro] Isaac Asimov. I adore his robot stories.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] List three things on your desk right now.
[Paige Cuccaro] A stuffed leopard holding a heart that says True Love, a can of diet Pepsi and a scented Marshmallow Fireside candle.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Paige Cuccaro] Sacrifice of Passion by Melissa Bourbon Ramirez
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Paige Cuccaro] I’m a huge movie buff. I love watching movies, romantic comedies, sci-fi, adventure, you name it! Except horror. Life’s scary enough. I don’t need a movie to add to things.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Paige Cuccaro] Twitter: @paigecuccaro
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
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About the book:
Love never dies…but apparently Rachel has.
Waking up one day to her obituary in the news and no recollection of the past few weeks, Rachel calls her husband, Nate, in a panic, at the research facility where he works. Nate is the inventor of CYANAs, Cybernetic Anthropoid Automatons, vessels that look exactly like humans and can store a person’s memories…and maybe even his or her soul.
When Nate arrives home, Rachel doesn’t recognize the man who claims to be her husband. Can Nate convince Rachel to fall in love with him all over again? Especially once she realizes what he’s done…and what it means for their future?