Veronica Scott is making a return appearance in the virtual offices, this time to discuss her new book Wreck of the Nebula Dream. Check out what she has to say about this futuristic twist on the Titanic.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about your new book, Wreck of the Nebula Dream?
[Veronica Scott] The novel is a loose re-imagining of the Titanic disaster, set in the far future, among the stars.
Traveling unexpectedly aboard the luxury liner Nebula Dream on its maiden voyage across the galaxy, Sectors Special Forces Captain Nick Jameson is ready for ten relaxing days, and hoping to forget his last disastrous mission behind enemy lines. He figures he’ll gamble at the casino, take in the shows, maybe even have a shipboard fling with Mara Lyrae, the beautiful but reserved businesswoman he meets.
All his plans vaporize when the ship suffers a wreck of Titanic proportions. Captain and crew abandon ship, leaving the 8000 passengers stranded without enough lifeboats and drifting unarmed in enemy territory. Aided by Mara, Nick must find a way off the doomed ship for himself and several other innocent people before deadly enemy forces reach them or the ship’s malfunctioning engines finish ticking down to self destruction.
But can Nick conquer the demons from his past that tell him he’ll fail these innocent people just as he failed to save his Special Forces team? Will he outpace his own doubts to win this vital race against time?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Veronica Scott] My grandfather always said he had a relative on the Titanic, a Second Class woman passenger who did survive. I grew up with stories of the sinking and was completely fascinated by it. What would I do if I was in a similar situation? Do you get on the lifeboat? Trust that the ship won’t sink? What if all the lifeboats are already gone?
Science fiction and paranormal romance are my favorite genres, so when I decided to write a book based on the Titanic events, I immediately knew I wanted to set the action in the far future, on an interstellar luxury liner. In my SF I like to write Special Forces heroes, so then I had to figure out how and why a man like Nick would be traveling on such an expensive civilian vessel. Who would he likely meet? Who was a reasonable love interest? That led me to Mara, my very capable intergalactic business executive…and I kept going from there. Who else might need rescuing? What challenges would they face?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was the most challenging aspect of writing the book?
[Veronica Scott] Making time in the action, after the disaster hits, for the characters (and the Readers) to breathe for a moment or two, and for Nick and Mara to have a chance to develop their relationship. There’s no time for too much romantic heat when you’re trying to escape from a drifting hulk and save your life, but there is some warmth between the hero and heroine. They’re attracted to each other from the first time they meet at the spaceport.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What would scare you the most if you were trapped on the Nebula Dream with Nick and Mara?
[Veronica Scott] Not to provide too much in the way of spoilers, but there are some pretty intense encounters with alien pirates, including a point where Nick has to make a difficult choice between his oath as a military officer and his desire to save his little group of stranded passengers. That would be a frightening moment – if the survivors lose Nick their chances plummet to pretty much nil.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Nick?
[Veronica Scott] Tough, smart, caring
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are three things Nick would never have in his pocket?
[Veronica Scott] Money (they use electronic credits in his universe), tissues, keys (they use electronic access codes)
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Was it easy to make the shift from writing historical fiction to writing science fiction?
[Veronica Scott] Actually I started out writing science fiction! But after recently spending a long time immersed in Ancient Egypt for my paranormal romance Priestess of the Nile, yes, it was a culture shock to go back to spaceships and more modern characters.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s the last book you read that really knocked your socks off?
[Veronica Scott] I actually got teary eyed at the ending of Kaylea Cross’s Absolution. But as far as a book I keep returning to and rereading – Nalini Singh’s Archangel’s Kiss is excellent.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
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