By- J.M. Frey
Published By- Dragon Moon Press
Genre- Sci Fi, Time Travel, Alien Invasion
IN THE NEAR FUTURE, humankind has mastered the arts of peace, tolerance, and acceptance. At least, that's what we claim.
But then they arrive. Aliens--the last of a dead race. Suffering culture shock of the worst kind, they must take refuge on a world they cannot understand; one which cannot comprehend the scope of their loss.
Taciturn Gwen Pierson and super-geek Basil Grey are Specialists for the Institute--an organization set up to help alien integration into our societies. They take in Kalp, a widower who escaped his dying world with nothing but his own life and the unfinished toy he was making for a child that will never be born.
But on the aliens' world, family units come in threes, and when Kalp turns to them for comfort, they unintentionally, but happily, find themselves Kalp's lovers.
And then, aliens--and the Specialists who have been most accepting of them--start dying, picked off by assassins. The people of Earth, it seems, are not quite as tolerant as they proclaim.
Spotlight on J.M. Frey!
Please tell us about yourself using 3 adjectives, 1 quirk and a pop culture addiction
Sassy, short, cute; talks in essays; Whovian.
Top 3 Pet Peeves
- People making noise when I’m trying to write.
- Touch-screen phones. I have a blind spot and it makes it a real frustration to touch the phone accurately. You will pry my Blackberry out of my cold, dead, hands.
- Overloud music in bars and pubs. If I wanted to be blasted I’d go to a club, a dance, or a concert. I came to the bar/pub because I wanted to talk to the people I’m there with. I hate have to shout over the sound system.
Who do you consider the most swoon-worthy man/woman in the literary world? How about on tv/in the movies?
Literary - Jane Austen. She was a cutie. Those big brown eyes are adorable. And she was so fun and witty.
Film - Tom Hiddleston. He is a cutie. Those big blue-green eyes are adorable. And he is so fun and witty.
What are your thoughts on book covers- in your opinion do they make or break a book?
As much as I wish that they didn’t, they absolutely do make or break a book. 1000%. People walking through a bookstore stop to look at an interesting, engaging book, and then flip it over to read what it’s about. And they cringe away from books with dated, cheap, or bad cover art. Cover art is what entices people into picking up a book. It has to both be representative of the book, and seductive marketing. And people who read a book based on the cover often get really angry when they decide the cover doesn’t accurately convey they experience they had in reading it.
Do you have any advice for anyone that would like to be an author?
READ. Read things like what you want to write, but read things nothing like what you want to write. Read textbooks cover to cover. Read more than what the teacher assigns. Read nonfiction books. Read editorials. Read the New York Times, and read The Reader’s Digest. Read pop-science and pop-culture. Read Westerns if you dislike them. Read Harlequins. Read plays. Read screenplays. Read things that are so different than what you love that you have no idea what to expect. When you’re a well-rounded reader, you’ll find wonderful new inspiration everywhere, and you won’t fall into the echo-chamber of only reading and writing the same genre, and tropes, and stereotypes over and over again.
This or That-
Day or Night- * Night
Chocolate or Vanilla- *Vanilla
Summer or Winter- *Winter
Ebook or Paperback- *Paperback (then I can read in the bath!)
Paranormal or Dystopian- *Paranormal
About the Author-
J.M. is an actor, voice actor, and SF/F author, fanthropologist and professional geek. She’s appeared in podcasts, documentaries, and on television to discuss all things geeky through the lens of academia. She also has an addiction to scarves, Doctor Who, and tea, which may or may not all be related. Her life’s ambitions are to have stepped foot on every continent (only 3 left!), and to perform a duet with John Barrowman.
Her debut novel TRIPTYCH was nominated for two Lambda Literary Awards, won the San Francisco Book Festival award for SF/F, was nominated for a 2011 CBC Bookie, was named one of The Advocate’s Best Overlooked Books of 2011, and garnered both a starred review and a place among the Best Books of 2011 from Publishers Weekly.
Her sophomore novel, an epic-length feminist meta-fantasy titled The Untold Tale, (book one of the Accidental Turn Series), debuts December 2015, followed by two more in 2016. The Skylark’s Song, book one of The Skylark’s Saga, a steampunk action novel about a girl vigilante and her mysterious rocketpack, will be published in summer 2017.
Wattpad- https://www.wattpad.com/user/JmFreyGoodreads- https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4718800.J_M_Frey