The year 2623.
A serial killer.
An exploited girl.
A drug dealer.
Four hundred years after Earth established its first planetary colony, resources on the home planet are limited. Earth’s residents are divided into citizens, who have legal rights and a license to live, and the rest. The unlicensed have always been vulnerable, but now, a serial killer is targeting them.
Scarlet is unlicensed. He and his partners exist outside the London walls, making a living by manufacturing and selling illegal lifestyle drugs. None of them expect to make old bones.
Maeve is unlicensed. She’s eighteen, and has survived by allowing a state guardian to exploit her. Now he’s sold her to a brothel outside the protection of London’s walls.
When Scarlet rescues Maeve from her violent owner, he has no idea that his good deed will lead to an accusation of multiple murder.
Suddenly, the security forces are on his tail.
Scarlet flees from Earth to a small hub-station on the edge of unexplored space. Close behind him are Maeve, a serial killer, a killer’s mother, and his two concerned partners.
When and where do you prefer to write?
I find I’m most productive in the mornings or evenings. Afternoons are a slow time for me (mentally, so that’s when my dog gets her longest walk.
Do you need peace and quiet when you are writing?
It varies – sometimes I like absolute quiet. Sometimes I have the radio on, or listen to music. I think it depends on whether everything’s going smoothly, or I’ve hit a problem.
If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
Lois Bujold McMasters comes to mind. I love her Vorkosigan books. But there’s also James Corey (The Expanse series) and for urban fantasy, Ilona Andrews.
Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?
I think I’d be pretty flattered either way. Maybe the good guy, but there’s not much in it.
Who would you like/have liked to interview?
Laurell K Hamilton – the tone of her books changed completely about halfway through her Anita Blake series. I’d love to understand the reasons behind her choices.
Where can I find you when you are reading?
Lying on the sofa.
Where can I find you wen you are not writing/reading?
Fell walking and hiking with friends, or with the dog. Or possibly in a cocktail bar.
What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?
I’m usually overwhelmed by the cover art. A cover makes it real.
How do you come up with a title for your book?
With huge difficulty. It’s harder than writing the book. Almost as bad as writing the blurb and the back cover content.
How do you pick a cover for your book?
My sister (who does graphics and design for engineering companies) designs the covers for me. I love everything she does, but she tells me I need to be more critical. She does covers for my other sister’s self-published books (Nina Croft) and apparently there’s a lot more discussion goes on.
Thank you, Anne Cleasby and Zooloos Book Tours
About the author
Anne Cleasby lives in the English Lake District with her dog and two cats.
As a child Anne wanted to be a scientist, wear a white coat and explore outer space. She worked as a scientist for a very long time, but never got to fly a spaceship or even travel beyond the solar system. This was a huge disappointment given the reasons for her career choice, so eventually she made up stories instead. Probably just as well, as she is claustrophobic.
Anne writes dystopian fiction (Degrees of Freedom series) and science fiction under her own name, and urban fantasy/paranormal romance as Annalisa Carr.
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