I've got to ask this first - what is the space opera genre? You've got me curious!
Picture Star Trek or Star Wars. Those are the classic space operas. But I don’t really care for either of them, actually. My favorites are Fallen Dragon and The Night’s Dawn Trilogy, both by Peter F. Hamilton. Space operas are usually sprawling science fiction novels that have some space travel component, and in the case of PFH’s books, hundreds of characters, each with their own interwoven plots.
What initially sparked the idea of Tragic?
TRAGIC was a fluke. I was looking at stock art, trying to find a smexy picture of lovers to use as a cover for another book, and I started wondering if the passion in some of these images was real or whether or not they were faking it. I thought I could tell the difference, you know? Like the really passionate ones weren’t faking it, but really feeling it and that’s what made those pictures stand out from the others. So I decided to write a story based off that premise.
Which character do you think you can relate to the most, and why?
Rook. I’ve been Rook. I escaped a very bad relationship by moving to a new city with two kids. I didn’t get a modeling job out of it, but I did get a master’s degree.
Which character do you have a particularly soft-spot for, and why?
Well, I love Ronin, that’s a given. I wrote him the way he is on purpose. But the character who is surprising me the most is Billy. He’s sorta comes off as a bad guy in the first book, but I’m in the middle of writing the second book and I like him. He’s not so bad, he’s just doing his job. ;)
What do you want the reader to take out from reading the book?
That not all people are bad, even if you find a few bad ones, people are generally good.
This isn't the end of Rook. When and what can we next expect from her?
Oh, she’s got a lot going on in the second book. Lots of consequences for her rash decision at the end of TRAGIC. But Rook’s a fighter, so I’m not too worried about her.
Thank you for having me on your blog today and I hope you enjoyed the book! :)
I absolutely devoured Tragic, and I'm now impatiently waiting for Manic, the sequel!