KC Maguire, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, Destiny.
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Publisher: Books to Go Now
Length: 10,000 words approx.
Heat rating: 7 out of 10
Tagline: What if you could live forever with the one you love? All you have to lose is your humanity.
In earth's future, humans are becoming more like robots and robots are becoming more human. As Joe Baker's friends and family undergo the Transition - a procedure enabling humans to upload their personalities into robotic replicas - Joe discovers that his android companion, Destiny, is developing sentience. And falling in love with him. Joe's conflicted feelings about becoming a machine and his growing fondness for Destiny confuse him about his own future. His best friend, Cutler, is pressuring him to
Transition before it's too late. Does Cutler know more than he's saying? If Joe Transitions, he can be with Destiny forever, but at what cost? As he pursues his options, Joe learns some startling truths about the Transition and the
nature of humanity ... and love.
What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Joe Baker, retired, middle aged
Destiny, android, ageless
Cutler, middle aged, Joe’s best friend and BPB agent (ie Biosphere Preservation Bureau)
Tell us about your story's world. What is it like in this period or place?
This book is set in earth’s future when humans are uploading their consciousness into androids so they can live forever. Most think it’s a wonderful advancement, but Joe is afraid of losing his soul, the thing that makes him essentially different and that differentiates him from the technology that surrounds him.
What inspired you to write this book?
Reading “Alone Together” by Sherry Turkle who is a psychologist working with robotics at M.I.T. She talks about how technology that is supposed to bring humans together often ends up making us less human.
Which character in your current book do you think readers will like the most? Why?
Destiny. She’s a naïve, innocent robot who accidentally becomes sentient and falls in love with her roommate, Joe.
Why do you write?
It makes me happy to communicate ideas to others and to create new worlds for us all to play in.
When you write, what things do you want close at hand? (Coffee, water, chocolate... pictures of gorgeous hunks for inspiration...?)
LOTS of coffee! Can never have enough!
When you're not writing, what would we find you doing?
Playing with my kids. They’re 2, 5 and 7 – really fun ages.
Are you a plotter, or do you prefer to make it up on the spur of the moment?
Yep, I’m definitely a “fly by the seat of my pants” kinda girl. A writing instructor once told me to let the characters go where they want to go and do what they have to do. This has always worked for me.
Looking back at your first book, what do you wish you had done differently?
I think I should have given my heroine more guts and spunk, but you live and learn.
What's your writing schedule like?
Very random, frantic and completely disorganized.
Any advice for new authors?
Believe in yourself. Find others who share your passion and don’t be afraid to share ideas with them.
When an idea hits you, what do you do to capture it?
Lots of sticky notes on the bedside table.
Which of your books was the hardest to write and why?
I think this one was. With science fiction, it’s very hard to create an effective balance between action and world-building. The reader has to have enough information not to get lost in the strange new world the writer has created, but not too much that it gets in the way of the action.
What are you currently reading for fun? Anything for research?
I love the new YA science fiction books. I just started reading “Cinder” which I’m very much enjoying so far.
What's the best gift you ever received?
An Amazon gift card with a sufficient amount to buy my first Kindle.
If you could time travel what era would be your first stop?
Ooh – would have to go to earth’s future and hope we haven’t made too much of a mess of things.
Do you believe in luck?
I’d like to say I believe in “Destiny” – no pun intended (well, maybe …)
What kind of music do you listen to while driving? Same question when writing?
When driving, I listen pretty exclusively to audiobooks. I can’t listen to music when writing. I need quiet to focus.
Do you play any musical instruments?
What's your favorite movie?
I’m a sucker for a good old fashioned rom-com. Don’t know how many times I’ve watched “When Harry Met Sally”.
Are you the eldest, middle, baby, or only child?
Please complete the sentence
I love pizza with my kids.
I'm always ready for a trip to the movies.
When I'm alone, I read, read, read.
You'd never be able to tell, but I was born in Australia.
If I had a halo it would be silver/blue.
If I could fly I'd circle the world.
I can never sleep because I have too many ideas going around in my head.
Dear John (as KC Maguire) http://amzn.com/B008D5324K
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Ivory Tower (coming out at amazon.com)