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Jregli might be too smart for her own good. She thought that tricking a new Master into buying her would make her life as a slave better, but she didn’t count on Shdr’edno being as clever as she is. He can’t reveal that he owns a slave, but he can punish her for making a fool of him. Jregli learns that some prices are too high, but she can’t back out now.
Station Commander Frank Niem has suspicions about the crafty Yerbrans claiming to be uncle and niece, but running a Space Station keeps his attention elsewhere. Politics and business aren’t what he signed up for, but they’re what he has to deal with. He can’t please everyone, but he has to try or lose his career.
Dozens of Races and thousands of sentient beings pass through Fredan Sector Station 5 every day, and the culture clashes can overwhelm even the best-prepared. Survival favors the bold and the smart, but will that be enough to navigate this Leap of Space?
Targeted Age Group: older teens and adults
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
Science fiction is an interesting write because of the balance between reality and make-believe. Readers expect a certain amount of hand-wavium and unobtanium, but authors can’t completely disregard known facts. There must be a solid core of science in the foundation, or readers will reject the fiction. I used some existing tropes and made up a few things of my own. I also asked readers for input on certain scientific principles I was fuzzy on. The biggest thing about scifi is that the story seldom has much to do with the science; that is merely scenery for the character development and action. But the scenery needs to feel real.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
BIC-HOK: Butt In Chair, Hands On Keyboard. (borrowed from Howard Taylor) Get it written; worry about making it readable or publishable afterwards. Break it into manageable chunks. Serial writing was the best thing for me because I could set my own update schedule, one that I knew would challenge me but not overwhelm me. I plugged away, writing a thousand words three times a week, and I was amazed at how much I actually wrote when I finished. Then I was able to go back and fix all the things that hadn’t been right, and I landed a contract with CQ.
Sharon T. Rose grew up in the military, which did its level best to turn her into a properly-functioning and positively-contributing member of society. Being a little on the thick-headed side, Sharon needed a few decades to realize that she didn’t have the legs for combat boots, but she did eventually wise up and go AWOL. After a decade or so of college and cube farming, Sharon got the bright idea that maybe, just maybe, all those stories banging around in her head weren’t the waste of time The Brass seemed to think they were.
The break for freedom began when Sharon discovered online serial fiction in January 2009. Enveloped in a Blinding Flash of the Obvious (BFO), Sharon quickly set up an account with digitalnovelists.com and began posting stories. It was a ray of sunshine in the dark, dank cellar of the cubes. It was a rebellion. And ultimately, it was rebirth.
Late in 2010, Sharon left the cube farm for the greener pastures of her own imagination. The Brass screamed, the farm condescended, and Sharon put one trembling foot in front of another and made it work. After months of trial and effort, she completed a trilogy, released an ebook, syndicated a serial, sold a short story, and has so many WIPs that she sometimes wonders why she did this in the first place.
Oh, right. Because the stories must be shared.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I’ve been creating stories for as long as I can remember. The “Space & Time” Trilogy was my first attempt to share my stories with people. I’d tried writing a full-length novel and gotten completely overwhelmed by the process. When I discovered online serial fiction, I found my solution. “Leap of Space” was the first portion of the saga, which I posted on my website. It currently syndicates on Curiosity Quills, with Volume 2, “Fall Through Space,” posting on Wednesdays