Friday, April 17, 2015

GUY ERMA AND THE SON OF EMPIRE, by Sally Ann Melia

Please join me in welcoming author Sally Ann Melia to Hello, My Name Is Alice! 

INTERVIEW WITH SALLY ANN MELIA

What inspires you to write?
I breathe – I write.

Even before I open my eyes I can see my characters and the see what they are doing, I can hear them talking and know what they are worried about. I have carried the story inside me for such a long time. I have to write it down.

There is no other passion for except this one.

Tell us about your writing process.
I like to write longhand, I get too distracted from using computers and do not touch type well.

I use dictation to transfer my books into computers. I am currently on my first draft of my second novel. I think there are at least two stages:
  1. writing the story down
  2. figuring about the best way to tell the story to your audience.
I have a background in performance storytelling and sometimes I like to visualise a fidgety audience in order to figure how to tell my story.

Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I was born in the UK but age 12 emigrated to France, and found myself in the peculiar position of learning English as a second language. I was to sit at the back and be quiet. My mother suggested I practice writing in French.

I found myself with the perfect excuse to spend 3 hours each week writing fiction. I have never looked back.

What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Guy Erma and the Son of Empire is a YA Science Fiction Thriller adventure. It was not inspired by any one incident, except there was the fascinating story of Mark Thatcher who while Mrs Thatcher was Prime Minister went missing while racing the Paris Dakkar car rally. There were rumours that MI5 was despatched to find him in the Sahara desert and at the same time terrorists from Algeria and other places were also looking for him. When he was found three days later any real danger was played down, and the actual facts never revealed. What is true is that during this brief period news journalists and politicians again and again whether Mrs Thatcher step down, that she could not rule while her only son was in so much danger.

The kidnapping of Prince Teodor leaving his mother with a tenuous grip on power is a retelling of sorts of that story.

What's next up on your writing sleeves? Please tell us briefly about it.
I have currently published:
Aliens in Paris which is a short novella cum travel guide featuring two Aliens in Paris. I wrote this when I was practising working with CreateSpace and Amazon. It’s only a ditty really.
Guy Erma and the Son of Empire is a 440pp ebook, paperback and hardback, and can be ordered for independent bookstores through Ingram.
Readers now prefer to read shorter books, so I am re-releasing Guy Erma and the Son of Empire as a serialisation in May 2015. The new three part series has the following titles:
  • Kidnap. Part 1 of Guy Erma and the Son of Empire (186pp)
  • Hunted. Part 2 of Guy Erma and the Son of Empire (162pp)
  • Exile. Part 3 of Guy Erma and the Son of Empire (150pp)
I am working with another writer to create a small art book: The artwork of Guy Erma and the Son of Empire, which is due for release in June 2015.
I am currently writing and editing the second part of the trilogy: Guy Erma and the Araneidae Dome which is due in November 2015.
I have an outline of the third part of the trilogy, and I am hoping for an early date in 2016, but we will wait and see.

MY REVIEW



I am pleasantly surprised with Guy Erma and the Son of Empire because it is such a good story that gets you on-board the moment you set eyes on the first page. The cover is attractive too (a great bonus and push to begin reading!). I was sucked into the story right from the start.

My favorite character in the story is, of course, Guy Erma, the thirteen-year-old orphan boy. He has such a strong drive for success and works hard at perfecting his skills to realize his ambition to join the Dome Elite for space warriors. This part reminded me of Jon Snow from the Game of Thrones who aspires to join the Night's Watch, a military order dedicated to holding the Wall... Guy Erma has a challenge, though, and that is he is an unregistered child and therefore, (almost) impossible for him to get in. Unless he does what Chart Segat says.

I also like Teodor, Prince of Freyne. Guy and Teodor are like opposites but they both have similar drives. Teodor's passion is at taking care of feline creatures called gorans, but he also wants to master the art of blades, which is something that Guy excels in. However, at this point their paths have not crossed.

On one fateful day at the Dome, Teodor is kidnapped and many innocent children are killed or injured. Guy who is Teodor's understudy could have been the victim but he is spared by double math! Readers can now expect lots of action from this moment on. I particularly like the half human half cyborg creatures, shape shifters and cy-wolves. 

This YA novel, although a lengthy one at 440 pages, has a host of well-developed, interesting characters. Despite its thickness, please do not be intimidated by it because you will be flipping pages and not realize how fast time flies when you embark on this adventure.

BOOK SYNOPSES
The story starts with a boy:
"I don't want to go, mum."
"You must..."
How long can a mother regret the last words to her son?

This story is a space opera adventure and a kidnap thriller… A young prince is kidnapped, a galactic Empire in peril for the Prince has fallen into the hands of the ruthless yet charismatic Chart Segat, a populist politician, he is also head of the crack space warriors: the Dome Elite.

Teodor’s mother, Regent Sayginn of Freyne 2 will use every resource at her disposal: military might, security surveillance, battle cyborgs and insider intelligence to find her son. She will call on the Valvanchi, the telepathic shape shifting aliens to free him … The only question is can they get to the Prince in time?

Meanwhile in the shadow of the Dome, living a life of desperate poverty is another boy: 13-year-old Guy Erma. His only dream is to join the Dome Elite, and the only way he can do that is by ‘doing whatever Chart Segat says.' 'Whatever he says!'

A tightly plotted thriller,
Guy Erma and the Son of Empire is a complex space opera with a cracking science fiction storyline, told with verve and pace.

The book will delight those who love • Science Fiction • Space Operas • Star Wars style Adventures • Galactic Empire stories • Young Adult Science Fiction • Young Adult Space Opera • Young Adult Thrillers • Young Adult Action Adventure.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

The author was born in Wallasey, England, in 1964, and moved to the South of France when she was eleven. She spent her teenage years living in the cosmopolitan city state of Monaco and became immersed in its many languages and cultures. An English girl in a French school, for three hours each week she would sit at the back of the class as her colleagues learnt English. To pass the time, she wrote stories. This led to a lifetime of writing novels, scripts, stories and articles.

In her working life, Sally writes marketing communications and manages large international websites.

In 2010, Sally joined the Hogs Back Writers, a club located on the outskirts of Guildford, and she set about turning an old manuscript into this novel: Guy Erma and the Son of Empire. Sally currently lives in Farnham, and she is married with two children.

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Where to Buy the Book: Amazon 


Many thanks to Laura Fabiani from iRead Book Tours for sending me a complimentary copy of this e-book. I'm proud to be a part of this book tour!