Book 1 of the Corrupted Genes series
Nusans don’t cause trouble. Peter is a good Nusan. Single, annoyed with his best friend’s constant blind dates, and comfortably provided for with his job as a genmod technician, he spends his days telling expectant parents what their unborn children will look like. For a fee, he can modify physical and mental traits.
To ensure Nusa’s perfect society, however, it is law that all babies must be born with white skin, an IQ 120 or above, and without any illnesses or disabilities. These modifications are free of charge. It’s the law. And good Nusans obey the law. The people of Susa, however, are known to be troublemakers.
Thank goodness the dark-skinned Susans all live south of the border, in Susa. The closest Peter ever has to come to a dangerous Susan is either on the silver screen being vanquished by a heroic Nusan hero or on the news as deporters — the force charged to keep Nusa safe — prepare to send them south to Susa.
That is, until a dark-skinned visitor is suddenly inside the four walls of Peter’s quiet existence. Snarky. Irreverent and without any regard for the rules, the stranger should be a Susan but is he? Why is he claiming to have fallen from the stars?
Everything Peter knows is suddenly in question and even his status as a good Nusan is under threat as deporters seek him out on suspicion of a capital crime. Has Peter caused trouble?
Life as Peter has known it is fragile. Can he survive long enough to learn the truth? And will he even want to believe it once he finds it?
– When and where do you prefer to write?
I have tried writing sitting at my desk computer and lying in bed with a laptop. Hands down, I write best at my desk. When I write, I aim for the early morning before work when the world has yet to stir or on the weekends when I don’t have other engagements. The absolute best time to write is a Saturday morning as the sun begins to peek over the horizon.
– Do you have a certain ritual?
This may seem crass but I never work with my pants off or in a housecoat.
– Is there a drink or some food that keeps you company while you write?
There isn’t. I’ve personally found that my brain gets too distracted if there is food in arm’s reach while working. Next thing I know, a whole bag of chips is missing!
– What is your favourite book?
Can’t say I have a favorite. I do like some of the classics like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Lately, I have been re-reading stories by H. G. Wells. One of my favorites of his works is The Time Machine. I will say that one author I cannot read again is Jules Verne. I love his premises but his books feel more like picture-less encyclopedias than stories.
– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
Maybe. I toyed around with the idea of writing a horror story but I don’t know the elements well enough to give it a decent try.
– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
Yes and no. I try to give my characters traits and behaviors I’ve seen in other people whether they are family, friends, or random strangers I’ve encountered on the street or on the internet. I like to extrapolate why people behave certain ways and use that for my characters. Of course, my own behavior is also under this microscope.
– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
I have notebooks for my day job but not for writing. As I fall asleep, I like to tell myself stories and when I find one that I really like, I begin fleshing out some details. I do this enough times that the story just sticks. There is a story I thought up two years ago that I haven’t even begun writing but it hasn’t left my mind.
– Which genre do you not like at all?
Romance. Not that romance novels are bad. I believe we like stories that resonate with us and I can’t relate to romance stories. It’s just not for me.
– If you had the chance to co-write a book, whom would it be with?
Most likely my wife. In my opinion, she’s an amazing writer and has been writing since she was a small child. There have been plenty of times I told her of a story I have thought up and she would say, “We need to write a book together!”
– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you choose and why?
Funny you should ask. I’ve lived in Japan for five years and China for one year. I also visited Mumbai for a week as well. In a sense, some inspiration has come from these countries. But, if I had to do new research in a country I’ve never been to, it would be somewhere like Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan or Angola. I have little to no clue what it is like to live in these countries and it would give me more experiences I can draw from to tell stories.
Thank you, Louvie G. Tucker and Rachel’s Random Resources
About the author
Louvie G. Tucker lives and works in the Pacific Northwest with his wife. Born in Buffalo, New York, he’s called various U.S. states, Japan, and China home at points in his life. When he’s not working in cyber security, he enjoys rock climbing, staying up to date on current events, keeping up with his Japanese language skills, and riding his bicycle. He is currently working on the second book in the Corrupted Genes series.