Star Child". I haven't read this book myself, but Ada was kind enough to agree to guest blog about their book to any readers who might be interested in Paranormal Thrillers. Ada, how would you describe your novel to your prospective readers? In broad terms, what is your novel about?
Ada: "Star Child" is the story of a street-wise, single mom who finds help from a troubled ex-Marine when mysterious Men in Black kidnap her seven-year-old daughter. A government-alien conspiracy to replace humans with genetically altered hybrids is discovered. This story is a fast-paced paranormal thriller with suspense and action.
Ana: What themes does your novel explore and what do you hope the reader will take away from the experience? Is there a particular feeling or experience that you hope to evoke in the reader? Essentially, do you hope your novel will mean to a reader?
Ada: The strange and creepy phenomenon of children with black eyes. Also, memory-erasing drugs to treat mental ailments and post-traumatic stress disorder and the whole ethical dilemma. The troubled characters in the story are unable to move on in their lives because of traumatic events and relationship baggage. So if their memories are erased, will they be able to put the past behind them?
Ana: What prompted you to write this novel and did you have a specific inspiration in mind? Were you influenced by a certain author or work that inspired you to add your voice to this genre? Besides the boatloads of money and rockstar fame, what motivated you to write this book?
Ada: Throughout my life, I've always been fascinated by unexplained mysteries, legends or unusual, true stories. UFOs, Bigfoot, Aliens, Ghosts, Crop Circles. Since I was a child, I have experienced paranormal events myself. When I read the story about American journalist Brian Bethel’s encounter of children with black eyes, it really intrigued me.
I have so much respect for Stephen King. His work was initially rejected and he has gone through so much on a personal level but never gave up. Today, he is a bestselling, award-winning author of horror, suspense, science fiction and fantasy. His books have sold more than 350 million copies and many of them have been adapted into feature films and television movies.
Ana: If you could compare your novel to any other existing works, which ones would it be and why? If the one thing you could say to a prospective reader was, "If you like X, you'll love my book!", which work would be invoked so that a reader could judge whether or not your novel is their cup of tea?
Ada: I would say my style of writing is maybe in the vein of Stephen King or M. Knight Shalayman. I create characters that are culturally-diverse and speak believable, gritty dialogue. My endings are somewhat unpredictable because in real life, not all stories have a happy ending. I think readers will be able to relate to the interesting characters and and feel connected.
Ana: Is this your first or only published work, or have you published other novels? If you have published other novels, how do they compare to this one? Do you have any more novels planned, either as a follow-up to this one, or as a completely different novel or genre?
Ada: Star Child is my first published ebook. The self-published paperback will be released on Amazon in early 2012. I have also written a dark, historical epic similar to Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. I am always inspired by a great romance that endures some sort of personal tragedy or dark historical event.
Ana: Where can readers obtain a copy of your novel for them to enjoy? How can they contact you with any thoughts or questions? And do you have a means by which they can "sign up" to be notified when your next novel comes available?
Ada: Star Child is available at Amazon.com for 99 cents. You can also go to my official website to leave a comment in my Guestbook or learn more about me or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am also on Facebook.
Ana: Thank you, Ada. I understand you have the first chapter of your novel available as an excerpt for interested readers? And is there anything else you wish to add for our readers?
Ada: I appreciate and respect all comments and reviews from my readers. If you enjoy Star Child, I ask that readers please email their friends, family and co-workers and mention the ebook on all their blogs and social media. I would like to eventually publish all my ebooks as a paperback by demand through Lightening Source (a partner of Amazon) and then sell the rights to the original screenplays.
Here is the link to read the first chapter from "Star Child" on Amazon; Click on the "Look Inside" located on the book cover.