Morgan’s Return – the Next Big Thing?

Picture of Morgan's Retun book coverI’ve been tagged in The Next Big Thing by fellow writer Mona Karel. Unlike me, she writes real romance. I have to tell ya, the sex scene in Teach Me To Forget is one of the steamiest, smoothest bits of prose you’ll ever read. Not blow-by-blow, how-to erotic. Just very, very sensual. Check it out if you haven’t. Ahem. Back to my Next Big Thing.

What is the working title of your next book?

Morgan’s Return. I’ve even done a cover. See?

Where did the idea come from for the book?

In Morgan’s Choice, Supertech Morgan Selwood finds herself lost in space with a useless accountant. The pair are fortunate to escape death when ‘rescued’ (captured) by an alien battleship, which defeats a small force of opposing ships. Her captors are humanoid and both Morgan and Manesai Admiral Ashkar Ravindra realise Humans and Manesai must be related. After a series of incidents and adventures, Morgan gets caught up in a civil war and an alien attack. It’s a stand-alone book, but a few people have asked for more from Admiral Ravindra and Morgan. And there are many more questions left to be answered. Where did Admiral Ravindra’s people come from? How? When? So Morgan’s going home with Ravindra in tow, to find some answers.

What genre does your book fall under?

Space opera with the usual dollop of romance. It’s not ‘hard’ science fiction, although I’ve tried to bear in mind the rules of physics and there is no magic (as in waving of wands etc) in the plot.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I’ve done a casting couch for Ravindra and Indian actor John Abraham got the gig. I ran a poll for a lady to play Morgan and Rachel McAdam was selected. (I rather thought Joanne Kelly as in Warehouse 13, myself).

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Going home can be a bitch. Somebody’s out to kill Morgan, but when unknown forces are inadvertently unleashed, that’s the least of her worries.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I’ve given up on agencies.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

About 6 months, with a full-on push over November and December. I promised myself I’d have the first draft ready for Christmas and I made it. Just.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Compare? I never compare. All I’ll say is if you enjoy fast-paced action-adventure type space opera with a dollop of romance you might find this fun. Linnea Sinclair’s Games of Command, and Finders Keepers come to mind. Maybe Elizabeth Moon or Anne McCaffrey with a slurp more sex, or Star Wars with a slurp more science along with the sex.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

I guess mainly the response to Morgan’s Choice. I had hoped originally to spin out Morgan’s adventures into two books at least, but that didn’t happen. Really, people’s interest in what happens next motivated me to tell this story.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

It was an interesting book to write. I don’t find writing specially easy at the best of times I go with the flow and let the story go where it wants. I was intrigued to find at the end that bits of what you might call ‘fluff’ – like the short encounter between Admiral Makasa and his grandson – ended up having much more meaning than I’d thought when I wrote the scene. The subconscious mind is a marvellous instrument.

Tag some other writers

Just about every writer I know has been tagged already, at least once. So rather than nominate another Next Big Thing, I’ll list a few of my favourite author blogs, ones I pop in on often.

http://mona-karel.com/ Mona Karel writes about food, dogs, writing and whatever else

http://www.tobyneal.net/ Toby Neal writes about books, Hawai’i, therapy and stuff

http://mmbennetts.wordpress.com/ MM Bennetts is a historian and author of historical fiction and her blog is full of fascinating historical facts. There’s nothing dry about her posts. They’re full of detail about life in previous times and in the Napoleonic War

http://ngeminisasson.blogspot.com.au/ N. Gemini Sasson is another writer of quality histfic. She also talks about dogs and life.

http://juliarachelbarrett.net/ Julia Barrett writes about food, dogs, life in a very entertaining way

http://www.allandouglas.com/ Allan talks about all manner of things. Good advice on writing, lovely stories from his former life as a pizza delivery/maker/person, his dog and other bits and pieces.

http://sandinmyshoesreviews.wordpress.com/ Diane Nelson reviews books. Her reviews pull no punches, not for no-one, and they’re always worth a read.

These are just a few of my favourites. Do pop over and take a look. Tell ’em Greta sent you 🙂

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About Greta van der Rol

I'm an author of fast-paced, action-adventure novels, mainly space opera - although I've been known to write in other genres. I live not far from the coast in Queensland, Australia and enjoy photography and cooking when I'm not bent over the computer. I have a degree in history and a background in building information systems, both of which go a long way toward helping me in my writing endeavours.

Posted on 26 December 2012, in Morgan's Choice, Science fiction and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Thank you, sweetie pie. I consider your blog wonderfully entertaining. Love your space opera!

  2. Thanks so much! I’m so excited about Morgan’s Return…Just waiting for Admiral Ravindra to be bopped back on his cute little butt again. And Morgan’s just the woman to do it.

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