Years and light-years away, one father must find the courage to do whatever it takes to protect his children …
As a surgeon for the Mercy Interplanetary Alliance, Micheel Reshi is no stranger to difficult choices. But when his wife, Nabelle, gives brith to their twins, Micheel is horrified to find Callox and Pasher bare the Sign of Gemini on their arms. The bright constellation marks them as carriers of the hidden code Earth’s last generation had engineered into human DNA—and marks them as targets by the Collectors, a group of people determined to wipe out all memory of Old Earth and its existence.
When Count Lux, Nabelle’s cousin and a member of the Collectors, arrives on their starship, Micheel knows he must do something to save his family—even if it means breaking them apart.
THIS IS THE SHORT STORY GRAPHIC NOVEL VERSION OF THE PREQUEL TO “THE SIGNS OF THE STARS”, A SPACE OPERA ADVENTURE SERIES FROM C. S. JOHNSON.
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-When and where do you prefer to write?
I am a stay at home mom in addition to running my own media empire, so I like to be able to write when I can. It really is a matter of juggling everything when it happens. If I have no other time to write, I squeeze notes in on my phone and I’ll make notes as I go, so when I finally can sit down, I will have the time to work on what it is I want to write. Not that I don’t get derailed by Facebook or Twitter way too much anyway …
– Do you have a certain ritual?
I don’t really have a ritual. When there is a lot to take care of, the only thing that really has to be in place is me with my computer and my notebook. I don’t mind it; I feel like if I did have a ritual, I would find it less helpful and more harmful in the long run. There are somethings which thrive under ritual; there are others that stagnant and corrode. I think as a writer, it’s my job to make sure I know which is which, so if I need to swap it out later, I will be able to.
– Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?
I do like to have my tea with me, or something else to sip on. I have to laugh at the idea of “book pregnancy,” but after having kids, the comparison is more firmly set inside my mind.
– What is your favourite book?
My most consistently favorite book is C. S. Lewis’ Till We Have Faces, and there are always a lot of reasons for it. I love that he wrote such a brilliant female protagonist so well (considering there is some criticism of Lewis in this regard for his Narnia books), I love that he wrote it for his wife, Joy, and I love that he talked about a number of different things inside the book in addition to the story itself, such as cultural tides, political maneuvers, parent and child relationships, and the nature of envy and its destructive, blinding power.
– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
I always seem to be writing in a different genre, so I will say definitely yes to this one.
– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
It might be best legally if I say “no comment,” on this one, but many of my characters hold certain traits of myself, so I’m safe for that particular angle!
– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
I have a record of all of my ideas for books, and I do keep track of them. I enjoy getting them out and crossing one off my list after I finish it.
– Which genre do you not like at all?
I am not big on horror books, to be honest. I love the theories behind them, how fear plays such a critical role in their development, and I enjoy the surprises they often hold. But I think I would never sleep if I read horror books all the time.
– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
I don’t think I would ever co-write a book with someone. I like being in control of the book’s story, and when you work with someone there is always the risk they will either take over as leader and drag you behind, or you will be the one who’s forced into a leadership role as you claw at them to catch up.
If I absolutely had to, I would want to write books with cancer patients or people in hospice care. I have a good bleeding heart for people, even if I have had it trampled over before, and I like the idea of offering them that chance to explore their lives, letting others see it through their perspective, and giving them a chance for peace or closure. With my current schedule and my kids, I don’t know how realistic this sort of thing would be, but I hope it’ll be something I can do one day.
– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
I think I’d choose a different location every week. Right now, I am working on my Order of the Crystal Daggers series, and I would love to travel to all the places in the book I’ve mentioned. The book is set in 1870s Prague, but the Order has traveled to London and Constantinople (modern day Instanbul), Vienna, France, and India. I have been to a handful of these places, but I would definitely love to go again.
Thank you, C.S. Johnson and R&R Book Tours.
About the author
C. S. Johnson is the award-winning, genre-hopping author of several novels, including young adult sci-fi and fantasy adventures such as the Starlight Chronicles, the Once Upon a Princess saga, and the Divine Space Pirates trilogy. With a gift for sarcasm and an apologetic heart, she currently lives in Atlanta with her family. Find out more at http://www.csjohnson.me