I’ve very eclectic tastes in reading but I don’t read much science fiction so I thought it was about time to put that right on Linda’s Book Bag and invite science fiction writer Tabitha Lord to stay in with me and talk a bit about that very genre. Luckily she agreed!
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Staying in with Tabitha Lord
Welcome to Linda’s Book Bag, Tabitha. Thank you for agreeing to stay in with me.
Tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening and why have you chosen it?
I’ve brought HORIZON, the first book in my science fiction series. I chose this one because it’s a good idea to read them in order!
(Brilliant because I know blog readers like to have a good series to get their reading teeth into.)
What can we expect from an evening in with HORIZON?
Well, it’s a space opera series. If you aren’t familiar with this sub-genre of sci-fi, loosely defined, a space opera has elements of warfare, adventure, romance, and generally an epic good vs. evil arc. Think Star Wars!
(Well, I’ve learnt something already. Never really thought about space opera before…)
When I start imagining a story, I usually begin with a question – some larger issue or ethical dilemma I want to explore. HORIZON began with a “what if” question. What if, on a remote planet with a small, isolated population, some of the people evolved differently from their neighbours and could do things like read minds and heal telepathically? What would that do to the fabric of the civilization? It was a great launching point. Naturally, those people who didn’t have the new gift felt very threatened by those who did and ended up nearly wiping out their peaceful neighbours. I also really wanted to explore the idea of what it means to be a hero. In the face of injustice and atrocities, who stands and fights? Who turns a blind eye? Anyway, in a nutshell, I like to say HORIZON is a WWII resistance story set in space!
(It sounds really interesting. I love the way writers like you explore the ‘what ifs’ of life Tabitha.)
My favourite review praised the book and said, “Bravo all around, Ms. Lord, for great prose, world-building, action/adventure, and for even-handedly dealing with themes of honour, friendship, and love throughout the story.” That’s really what I’d hoped to do.
(What a super review. I bet you were thrilled.)
What else have you brought along and why?
I brought a couple of photos that help sum up my writer’s life!
Sometimes when I need to clear my head, I wander on the beach. I’m blessed to live just a few miles from the ocean and it’s stunning in any season!
(And that green glow you can see is my envy – I live about as far as you can get in the UK from any sea.)
There are days when my cat thinks I need to snuggle him more than I need to hit my word count. He may be right…
(I’m even more green now. I adore cats and miss having them around the house – though there are several cat related items as you can see.)
And some days, well, the picture says it all!
Ha! I think there are several authors with a bottle or two of that about! Thanks so much for being on the blog and telling me about HORIZON, Tabitha. I’ve really enjoyed it.
Thanks for having me!
Caeli Crys isn’t living—she’s surviving. On the run after the genocide of her empathic people, she witnesses a spaceship crash near her hidden camp. When she feels the injured pilot suffering from miles away, she can’t help but risk discovery to save his life.
Commander Derek Markham awakens stranded on an uncharted planet. His co-pilot is dead, his ship is in ruins, and he’s only alive because a beautiful young woman is healing him with her mind.
As Derek recovers, Caeli shares the horror of her past and her fear for the future. When Derek’s command ship, Horizon, sends rescue, Derek convinces Caeli to leave with him. But his world is as treacherous as hers—full of spies, interplanetary terrorist plots, and political intrigue. Soon the Horizon team is racing to defend an outlying planet from a deadly enemy, and Caeli’s unique skills may just give them the edge they need to save it.
Published by Wise Ink, HORIZON is available for purchase here.
About Tabitha Lord
Tabitha Lord currently lives in Rhode Island, a few towns away from where she grew up. She’s married, has four great kids, two spoiled cats, and lovable black lab. The house is noisy and the dinner table full! She holds a degree in Classics from College of the Holy Cross and taught Latin for years at an independent Waldorf school where she now serves on the Board of Trustees.
Her debut novel, HORIZON, won the Writer’s Digest Grand Prize for Self-Published fiction in 2016 and was named a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and the Indie Excellence Awards.