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I'm Sara L Daigle, sci-fi romance author. What are your questions about the author's journey? Merging two different genres? Getting published? Finishing a novel? Finding inspiration? Discovering that your "fictional" world is more real than you thought? Ask me anything!

Sara L Daigle
Dec 2, 2017

I have been writing novels since I was eight years old, putting in my 10,000 hours toward mastery, although through a series of typical author hurdles, did not take the move to become published until 2015. It has been an amazing, rewarding, incredibly fulfilling roller coaster ride, filled with new information and new experiences. But it was also probably a very good thing that I waited so long--I'm not entirely sure I was emotionally ready for any of what has awaited me! 

I have always been drawn to the fantastic, yet I also want to explore the very real here and now. Merging those two--the impossible with the deep down nitty gritty--has led me down the most interesting rabbit holes. And as Alice knows, rabbit holes are the best places to find the most intriguing explorations.

My passion has always been to tap into perspectives that push my limits and draw me into realities I could never have imagined. Those journeys have brought me back to one simple truth: acceptance. It is the meaning of the title of the first book of the series: Alawahea. Am I always perfect? No. Is the world always shiny and rosy? No. But that's okay, too. And some days that very imperfection can lead to the most interesting stories--and the most interesting question of all: what else is possible?

What inspires you? What are your dreams? The best form of creativity comes from a community--whether fellow authors, or the readers who can get pulled into a series and get lost. Let's chat! 

For more information on my books, both published and forthcoming, including book 2 of the Azellian Affairs to be released in 2018:

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How difficult is it to merge science fiction and romance into a story?

Dec 3, 8:05PM EST0

Not as bad as you might think. My brain works that way, so it is easier for me to meld the two than it might appear.

My preference in movies and books are stories that have interesting characters and character development. Complex plots are less important for me. When I write a story, I'm always looking for what it is the character would do in a certain situation, and I love happy endings (or at least glass half-full endings), so romance is a natural fit for me. 

However, I'm also fascinated by pyschic abilities, out there possibilities (including things like shape-shifting) and culture clash, so my romance writing tends to gravitate toward a sci-fi/fantasy overlay. I've tried to write straight romance before and found that I kept giving it fantastic "twists" that took it out of the realm of typical romance almost immediately. 

I have also a fascination with exploring more expanded themes as well--such as things like learning to accept your life as it is--so it's really more than just sci-fi romance; it's sci-fi romance with a deeper message.  

No matter where I start out, I always follow the story, the muse and the characters telling me what happens. It usually ends up romantic with a sci-fi/deeper edge, without my consciously intending it go there, so basically, the writing part is actually fairly easy. 

The marketing of a sci-fi romance novel, however, is another matter entirely, especially as the fan bases want diametrically opposing things in the stories they like to read. The writing is easy, but the marketing--not so much. That part is still very much a work in progress. 

Great question, thanks! 

Dec 3, 11:18PM EST0

How long did it take you to finish this first book, from conception until its full publication?

Dec 3, 6:45PM EST0

This first book was something of an anomaly. For one thing, it was my first novel, so I did what most inexperienced authors do and re-wrote it endlessly for years before getting up the courage to even look for an editor to help me. Once it went into editing to full publication, though, that took roughly nine months. 

Normally, I usually get a book 1st draft written in 2-3 weeks for a 70,000 word novel, so it can take anywhere from ten months to two years to produce a book from concept to full publication, depending on what happens during each stage of the creation, editing, and production process. 

Great question, thanks!  

Dec 3, 10:17PM EST0

If you have to spend a day with the main characters, where do you want to go and what are you going to talk about?

Dec 3, 11:40AM EST0

That's a very good question and a different one. On one level, I have spent many, many days with the main characters. More than I want to, sometimes! When I do spend time with them, we tend to talk quite a bit about storylines, their histories and why they do what they do.

I quite enjoy the days I spend with them!

But if I brought them to my life, instead of the other way around, that would be an interesting twist. I'd introduce them to my dogs, of course, and we might talk about all kinds of things. How things are in our respective cultures, learn a little more about how things are for me instead of my incessant badgering them about their lives <haha>. 

Hmmm, interesting story idea and something fun to play with. Thanks!  

Dec 3, 2:16PM EST0

In the future, do you see yourself shifting from sci-fi romance to a different genere?

Dec 2, 8:33PM EST0

I've had a few ideas about other genres, including an urban fantasy novel revolving around ancient beings in Mesoamerica, a possible historical fiction novel focused around the Acadians in Eastern Canada and Northern Maine and the Great Deportation that happened in 1750's, and children's books playing with some of the ideas I wrote when I was a child, helping to get girls more interested in science. 

I really am dependent on the muse and what she brings me and so far it's been sci-fi romance. My intuition tells me that it will probably remain sci-fi romance for a while, as I have quite a few stories written already, just waiting for the editing process and release dates.

But I always listen to my intuition, so who knows? It may very well guide me toward something else in the future, so maybe! I'm certainly open to the possibility--If the muse appears with a story that is NOT sci-fi romance, I'll write it and see what happens! 

Great question, thanks, Cessmee! 

Dec 3, 12:49AM EST0

What is so memorable about the journey of an author in publishing first book?

Dec 2, 5:55PM EST0

I came from a professional background of accounting and numbers, so I knew nothing about the publishing industry at all--and I decided I wanted to go the route of self publication, just to add to the challenge of inexperience. Fortunately, I was smart enough to hire people who do know what they are doing, so it helped. But an author is ultimately responsible for their own work, particularly when you publish yourself or work with the hybrid model of publishing. The learning curve is steep, and I made plenty of mistakes as I made my way to publication and even after. 

The funny thing is that mistakes are also the most memorable part of a journey. I was fortunate enough to have an experienced author tell me that hiring a good editor was the most important part of a self published author's journey, but I wasn't told that the cover designer is just as important--and I thought I could do it on my own. That didn't work out too well, but was a wonderful learning experience--and one I won't ever forget.

I had no idea how very detailed book production is, by the way. It's pretty amazing how many little decisions I had to make that first time around--everything from the color of the pages of the book to the layout, to the font, the designs inside the book itself. It was--educational. And sometimes annoying. I don't particularly care for details and have little patience with them--unless they're part of a story!   

The other piece that is the most memorable for me was working with an editor. For me, it was also the most unnerving part of the process, at least when I started, before I knew what to expect. The relationship between editor and author is a very vulnerable one. I have a vision and I have to know that the editor shares the vision enough to help me bring it to life. Now, I have realized that the connection between editor and author can be a very magical one, bringing to life a story that is so much better for the editor's contribution, but when I started, I could only see the vulnerability. It took me a while to accept, but eventually it became the best part of the whole experience. 

I am very grateful I took the steps to publish, because I've actually enjoyed the experience, even when I was getting angry at having to re-write a book after the editor read it or when I was being asked to decide on some little detail I really didn't care about--I've definitely learned quite a bit about patience since starting to publish!  

Thanks, Kaja! 

Dec 2, 6:54PM EST0

What does the name Alawahea mean and where did you get the inspiration for the title?

Dec 2, 3:47PM EST0

Alawahea means "it is as is, was and always will be". That's a rough translation. It encompasses the concept of acceptance and an allowance of what is with no judgment, no matter how it looks on the surface.  

My editor and I created the word as we finished up the first book. I originally called the book "Awakening", but as it was the first book and we wanted a title that encompassed both the book and the entire series' concept, we looked to broadening the title to encompass the larger "acceptance" themes that run through the entire series. 

As for my inspiration, learning to accept what is has been very much my journey for the past several years--learning to competely adjust my way of seeing everything and to accept things as they are rather than fighting against what is. We can't always control what happens to us or around us, but we always have a choice in how we want to perceive our experience and where we want to focus our attention.

Changing my perception of life and my experiences has also been the key to my living a much more fulfilled, happier life--so from there, it ended up the theme of my series and was graced with a word of its own.    

Thanks, Ev0cat1on! 

Dec 2, 4:56PM EST0

What is in astronomy that you found so mind boggling or worth the spending the time with?

Dec 2, 2:27PM EST0

Thank you for asking! I haven't really ever thought about where my love of astronomy came from and I love questions that take me places I don't quite expect. 

As a child, I really only knew that astronomy sparked my imagination and gave me a place to go when I felt overwhelmed or lost. Whenever I felt upset, particularly when it involved something that I had no control over (a national or international crisis, or a tense situation at home or at school), I found it very comforting to look up at the stars and know that there was something much, much larger than myself--than humanity, than even the Earth itself--that would continue, no matter what happened. Space felt more like home than the Earth did, in those days, as though I didn't quite fit anywhere down here. 

My current interest in astronomy is a little different. I still read updates about Nasa's activities (such as the Cassini-Huygens satellite that was sent to Saturn). The wonder of the universe is still a place I enjoy learning about, but I've come full circle and returned back to Earth. Yes, the elements that make us up are all star-stuff, but we're are also here, on Earth, and it's being physical, living in the here and now that is my newest playground. 

What does it look and feel like to be who we are, without hiding, to love what our lives bring us? Alawahea and the Azellian Affairs series is part of my grand experiment to find out. My stories have alien characters, but the point of their being alien is to play with possibility that might bring to light common human experience--and to have fun with the idea of what else might be possible. I get to play with fun subjects like other ways to conduct relationships--from polyamory to more traditional relationship formats, which is where the romance component of the sci-fi romance genre comes in. I definitely enjoyed my early imaginary explorations in space, but the feeling of getting more comfortable on Earth has been pretty great, too.  

Great question, thanks, George! 

Dec 2, 3:10PM EST0

How do you define success and at this point, how far are you from it?

Dec 1, 12:50PM EST0

Very interesting that you are asking this at this moment. My business coach who I have been working with recently, asked me that very question two weeks ago and it's one I've been exploring in some depth. 

If I am very honest with myself, my definiton of success is a little different than I used to think it was. I used to have an image that success was "out in life"--number of books sold, or my books being made into a movie or TV show, or a lifestyle in which I could travel all over the world. However, when I deconstruct what is I truly want from life, it is a very different question. I don't necessarily want to write full time if it meant I hated my job or had to pump out endless pulp stories, or articles I cared nothing about. Writing is a very powerful experience for me, and being true to my characters and the story is even more important to me than anything else. Number of books sold, or even a specific lifestyle, oddly enough, is even less important to the desire to be true to the stories. Which came as some surprise to me, because when I got comfortable enough to start the journey to publication, I had all the big dreams every author has. But over the past three years of having a published novel, and working on the second one, that "vision" has completely changed.  

Success to me is instead a sense of fulfilment and total aliveness, a feeling that I am absolutely, 100%, completely experiencing everything every moment has to offer. Those moments might include traveling to exotic places, it might include selling millions of books and traveling the country, it might include none of these and be nothing more than taking the time to answer people's fun questions, or it might be reading a good book on a rainy day (still in the top ten of my favorite things to do). 

So what is my definition of success? It's more intangible than a list of things or experiences. After all, one can be a very successful writer and be quite miserable--look at the tortured literature writers from the early twentieth century, some of whom killed themselves. Writing certainly didn't bring them happiness. Some were penniless, others were not, but to me, the external trappings of success are not what make a person successful. To me, that comes when you are following your intuition, enjoying the moment and relaxing into whatever happens. Success is the days that I play with my dogs, enjoy my job (whatever I might happen to be doing), and even when I'm getting frustrated and angry over something. We are all here to experience everything life has to offer. Sure it would be fun to travel a jet set lifestyle, or see my books on the silver screen, but it's not where that part of me that calls the shots is focused. Instead, my intution tells me, those things are just experiences. They might happen, they might not, but if I keep following my gut, and keep exploring these personal development paths, it will always steer me right. And so far, my intuition has led me some pretty cool places, including this moment right here.   

How far am I from success? I'd say I'm getting better at it every day. It has required some retraining of my mind to see things differently than I used to. Learning to love and forgive myself no matter what has happened in my life has also been incredibly helpful. I don't know for sure where this set of experiences is taking me, but I'm certainly getting better at enjoying whatever happens, and I'm getting better at following my intuition, so I'd say if success isn't here yet, it's very close! 

Great question, Ana! 

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Dec 1, 8:54PM EST0

If you can have the chance to be a scientist for one day, what will be your first experiment?

Dec 1, 11:30AM EST0

Fun question!! My interest in science is more in astronomy than experimental sciences, so I might actually enjoy being an astronaut for a day--especially a day they were about to discover some new world. Seeing other planets? Stepping onto the soil of some world that has never seen humans before? Even just seeing Earth from space? The moon landing has always fascinated me and set me off into flights of imagination--my first foray into longer "novels" in my early teens was about twin girls who go off on adventures around the solar system and meet all kinds of new beings on the various planets and moons of the solar system.

Although I'm not sure I'd have the physical stamina to BE an astronaut, which can be pretty tough, I've heard, so maybe I'll just stay home and keep imagining it instead!  

Thanks, Heenal! 

Dec 1, 8:07PM EST0

You've been mastering your techniques in writing since 8 years old. Why did you publish your first novel in 2015 yet?

Dec 1, 10:22AM EST0

That is a question that I've certainly asked myself before! And I have to admit, it took me that long to figure out that I was an author, honestly. Most of my friends and family knew I was an author long before I did--which was a strange experience, let me tell you, to have them know something about me that I didn't fully comprehend myself until much later. I spent the first half of my life exploring every other path but that one, and writing stories solely for my own benefit. But as I "grew up"--and for me "growing up" has had nothing to do with chronological age--I started realizing that I wanted to share the stories, and began to take the active steps toward the self development that would actually allow me to do that. I don't know what every other author has experienced, but for me, I had to gain the self-confidence in my writing, and in myself, to be able to put myself out there. It took many years of personal growth and development before I got to a point I was willing to even open the door, much less walk through it. 

This journey into publishing and talking openly about books that have been in the works since I was a young child has been a very personal, powerful self development journey for me. I have no idea where it is taking me, but I'm certainly enjoying the experience!

And I think in order to really appreciate it, I had to "grow up" enough first. 

Thanks, Megan! 

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Dec 1, 8:00PM EST0

For a futuristic plot like this, how challenging is it for a writer to continue the sequence of events using convincing details?

Dec 1, 9:53AM EST0

This is an interesting question because I'm in the middle of finishing up a sequel and have a third one in the development process, so it's very relevant to me right now. The plots themselves aren't that difficult because I am writing sci-fi romance, which means the sci-fi elements aren't as prominent as they might be in a pure science fiction novel. There are no flying cars or other electronic gadgets--the stories are set roughly now except that there is a potential for space travel to other planets and I am building a world and a culture. So we're looking at more of an alternate universe where there are aliens on Earth right now rather than a true tehnically futuristic science fiction plotline.

You are correct that it is challenging, though--maintaining continuity between the novels requires rigorous attention to detail, and is constantly reworked as backstory changes with the editor's input. I suspect that re-reading the books each time I am editing the next one may be a requirement, since there have been many versions of these stories over the years and the details get moved around. I certainly have quite a bit more respect for and understanding of Gene Roddenberry in his Star Trek universe, and those authors I love now who write series. Those authors who choose to do a series of sci-fi or even romance books are brave and maybe even a little bit crazy...in a good way. Or maybe it's just me!   

Thanks, Ashiqur R! 

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Dec 1, 7:39PM EST0

How can you identify yourself with the character? What characteristic does she have that closely resembles yours?

Dec 1, 9:28AM EST0

The characters in Alawahea, even the alien ones, all experience the same kinds of human experiences as we all do: excitement, fear, love, laughter, sorrow, hurt--the whole gamut of human emotions. They struggle with things that have happened to them and worry about how things are going to happen in the future, what things might be happening right now. The characters aren't me, even if some things might be similar--Tamara loves Swedish Meatballs and mashed potatoes for example, and I have to admit, it was my favorite while I was growing up. But for the most part, my characters are who they are and are quite separate from me. They take me by surprise fairly frequently and do things I would never do--but yet, I love every single one of them, even when they are not behaving the way I might want them to. Because seriously, sometimes it feels like they have as messy lives as the rest of us do <haha>!

Thanks, Leslie!  

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Dec 1, 7:20PM EST0

Have you found a theme for your next book?

Dec 1, 8:31AM EST0

I have! It is in the final stages of editing now, so I have a very good idea of where the story is going. Sometimes, with the editing process, I don't always know where the story is going to go. Most stories change quite a bit after they go to an editor--or at least mine do!

Book 2 is part of a continuing series, so it continues the story I started in Alawahea. The storyline takes the characters further along their journies into their own lives, and the overarching themes are similar to Alawahea--it's very much about the characters learning to accept their own lives. Sometimes, life can throw us curveballs and we have to roll with whatever happens--and my characters definitely have to roll with changes in book 2!

As just a little teaser--it's going to be called Triangle, because we all know that the best romances have romantic triangles, right? The triangle I introduce in Alawahea is examined and resolved, with all the unexpected little pieces of turbulence life can and often does throw our way... 

Thanks for the great question, CBreezyX3! 

Dec 1, 9:17AM EST0

How do you hurdle the hardships of writing especially winning over writer's block?

Nov 30, 5:14PM EST0

Ah, writer's block! That's a tough one. My own relationship with writer's block is one of the things I've wrestled with over the years. I have gone in spurts of intense creativity, where the muse is talking to me constantly and then she'll disappear (the last time was for five years--which was really not a happy place for me). During those fallow periods, though, I've learned quite a bit about patience. and being willing to support myself through it. I don't have a sure-fire way to combat writer's block. I do have tools that I use, however. 

One tool is self development/care. Many times I'll get blocked because my body is demanding some TLC, or there some emotional trauma that is coming up to be tended to. Once I allow myself to heal, the writing comes back quite naturally, without forcing it. 

Another tool is writing every day. I find the muse goes away when I'm not listening to her, so I try to write every morning for a little while, even if just an hour or two before I get started on the rest of my day. Those days I write all day, it becomes a treat and is much easier to get past any slow moments. 

A third tool I use is music. While I am writing easily, I listen to a particular station, so that if things aren't moving quite as smoothly, I can help move things along by habit. 

Along these same lines, having a writing location is very important. The other work that I do in my day to day life--like paying bills or tending to family things--I do in a separate location. My writing space is sacred to writing. Sometimes just sitting in that spot helps get me writing again when things are slow. 

There are times that I can't write anyway, even with all of these prompts and tools. At those times, I listen to myself and just relax, maybe with a good book I love. Or I'll re-read a story I've already written (which sometimes gets me excited about writing again and sometimes doesn't work either). I'll watch movies, or hang out with friends.

Over the years I've learned that those periods of "writer's block" are actually just powerful formulation periods in which I am incubating new stories. The muse always comes back, and when she does, it's even better than it was before. 

Thank you, Sash0515! 

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Dec 1, 12:20AM EST0

What is your story based on and what made you decide to use this as your foundation for the story?

Nov 30, 10:35AM EST0

That's an excellent question, and I'm not sure I have an concrete answer. The stories were born out of a love of astronomy and science, a reading diet of science fiction and romance novels, and my own somewhat fertile imagination.  I'm not sure anything as concrete as a choice was involved in what I wrote or why. Writing fiction is meditation for me and often the stories will appear in my head as if the muse is sitting on my shoulder whispering them in my ear. I sometimes don't even know what the story is about until I've written it down and I go back and read it.

One strong thread that has remained constant, though, no matter how the story has evolved--that of acceptance. My characters are on a journey to accept themselves and that's very much my journey as well. So, though I haven't had the same life experiences as my characters, I guess my story really is based on me and my life and I am writing what I know! 

Great question, thanks, Carla! 

Dec 1, 12:06AM EST0

Do you write from personal experience.

Nov 30, 7:51AM EST0

Not on the obvious level--I haven't met any aliens, anyway (that I know of), nor have I experienced alien cultures (except for loving to travel and spending six months in France in the early 90's--though France is very different than the US, it's still full of humans and not alien aliens). But that's a really interesting question. My stories are about a fictional culture of aliens who live on Earth and the young woman who meets them and learns about herself by interacting with them. Some of the stories will go to that other planet, eventually, but the experiences my protagonists have are all things any of us could have--learning more about ourselves through the experiences we have by living life. So no, I have never been to another planet or met aliens from another planet, but I have had the same "learning how to accept who I am" experiences. They're just framed in slightly different stories for me. 

So yes, I do write from personal experience in that I write about characters learning to accept who they are, no matter who they are, or the experiences they've had, which is a journey I've been on for a very long time, but no, I haven't had most of the overt experiences my characters are experiencing. They have lives of their own, my characters. Sometimes the places they go surprise even me--and are experiences I have not had in this lifetime. Thank goodness...I love my own life enough that I don't need to live theirs, beyond what I do by writing about it <haha>. 

Great question, Georgew! Thank you! 

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Nov 30, 9:12AM EST0

Writing a novel at such a young age is a huge feat for a young lady. What triggered your interest?

Nov 29, 12:27PM EST0

Sometimes I think it's genetic. Writing is certainly hard-coded into me. I literally find myself creating dramas in my life if I'm not actively writing, so it might also be a sanity saving mechanism, too <haha>. Where I started: when I was young child, I was fascinated by astronomy, reading anything I could about the different planets and moons in the solar system and the stars in the galaxy. I followed NASA releases as they sent up different satellites and we discovered more and more about our solar system. The math required scared me off of pursuing a career as a astronomer, but it didn't stop my imagination. My first novels were funny--just a few pages of silly dialogue and adventure on these other planets/moons, but this small beginning was the birthplace of the current version of the story. It's gone through endless changes, maturing with me, of course, until I handed over to my wonderful, amazing editor a few years ago to help shape it into what it has become.

Now, my inspiration comes from the everyday things that happen in life. I haven't actually experienced everything that appears in my books, of course, but every day human struggles and triumphs--human experience--are what I write about. My books have a sci-fi overlay with a very down to earth plotline. And of course romance, because I love stories where the protagonist and love triumph in the end. Even if she--or he--goes through some rough times first!   

That was a fun question, Faye, thanks so much!  

Nov 29, 11:05PM EST0

What one thing in the process of publication, which you'd like to change for your next book?

Nov 29, 9:18AM EST0

Hmmm, that's an excellent question, Marsha! The lessons I learned last time will certainly come in handy this time. The publication process is far more involved than I realized--everything from collecting endorsements, deciding on fonts, chapter headings and breaks within the chapter, to cover design. Since it's a series, some of that will continue from one book to the other, so it only has been done once. But there were some expensive lessons last time: for example, the old adage, don't judge a book by its cover? There's a reason it exists. People do pick books based on their covers--and to pretend that they don't isn't going to attract many readers. It makes a big difference to your audience whether or not you have a cover they will like. That was a very difficult lesson for me to learn the last time, but learn it, I did--the hard way. Someone told me once that in the self publishing world, there is one place to put most of your investment, as it will make or break your book--the editor. I'd have to add a good graphic designer/book cover artist to that list. 

Great question! Thanks! 

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Nov 29, 10:45PM EST0

What are the common predicaments a writer may face during a creation of a masterpiece?

Nov 26, 10:10PM EST0

The most common predicaments I have faced in my writing career:

Inability to finish a story

Inability to start a story

Getting hung up in research

Getting caught up in editing during the creative writing phase

Not prioritizing time in day to day life to write

Emotional upheaval from every day life interrupting my writing

Most of the time, the core issue is my not prioritizing writing over other commitments in my life. When I am writing on a regular basis and not allowing anything to distract me during that time, it’s much easier to start a story, to finish a story, to not get sidetracked by irrelevant research, and to not distract myself by beginning editing too soon (Editing is much more left brain and creative writing is right brain. They can interfere dramatically with each other—both are critical but each one has its place and time). As for emotional upheaval getting in the way, learning how to take care of myself and to heal old abusive patterns has been a huge help in reducing the negative impact of personal emotional drama on my writing. Instead of interrupting, that personal emotional drama can  become fuel for new stories instead ... which is much easier on everyone, except maybe the characters <haha>.  

Great question, thank you, Geekeeme!

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Nov 26, 11:18PM EST0

What are your top 3 favorite sci-fi books?

Nov 26, 5:04PM EST0

That’s a great question and a tough one! As a voracious reader, I’ve read so many books it’s hard to choose. As I go through life my tastes change, too, but my favorite book of all time is Sunshine by Robin McKinley. Otherwise, I tend to read series, so this may be cheating a bit, because each one of these authors have multiple books in each series, but my favorite sci-fi authors are older authors: Julian May Pliocene Exile series/Milieu series and the Anne McCaffrey Pern series. All of three of these writers have had profound impact on me and my writing over the years. 

Thank you, Nicz! 

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