Marc: Great to see you again. Did you cut your hair?
Stella: Hey, Marc… What’s new?
Marc: I see you have a new release of SEVEN BEYOND pending for March 1. 2014. The Midwest Book Review paragraphs are flattering, but were dated for 2003. Is that correct?
Stella: A decade ago, can you believe it? Seven Beyond was published by a small press that later went bankrupt. We thought to offer it again – this time worldwide – in the Amazon pool of fantasy ebooks for 99¢. We can reach Goodreads friends and Twitter friends living in the UK by this method.
Marc: But why now, when readers are waiting for the release of Book IV of the Doliva Saga?
Stella: Book IV is titled SignalStone and is ready for the proofreaders. I was waiting until I had dug into events for Book V, tentatively titled SeaStone, before the release.
Marc: Is it hard to let go?
Stella: Ha, ha… You know me so well. I had a twist ending for SignalStone that I was trying to resolve for each character in the next book. But the writing is coming along, so I feel ready to spring the surprise.
Marc: Yes, well… Those are writerly notes that the reader cannot know. What are you intending with this new release of Seven Beyond?
Stella: Promoting a fourth book of a series is complicated. What appeal to readers who have only read the first book, or who are just introduced to this writer? So we thought to offer a stand-alone novel that shows writing style, to win fans who later dig into the Dolvia Saga from name recognition.
Marc: Seven Beyond is separate from the books already published?
Stella: Yah, yah. A separate worldview. Unrelated. Some of my favorite characters I ever developed are in this book. Lady Drasher, especially, whispered in my ear while I was writing, demanding more lines of dialogue and commenting on other characters. When she started talking to me about characters in a different novel that I was writing, I knew I had to kill her off.
Marc: Are you giving away the plot?
Stella: There’s lots of plot to discover. Dr. Meenins is a channeled Longist, meaning he doesn’t remember the 800 years of his life, who must accept his guilty acts in the past before he can lead his race to the new colony to be settled here on Earth.
Marc: Aliens are among us?
Stella: We are them, and they are us, and I am the walrus. Koo-koo-kachu.
Marc: You’re certainly in a good mood today.
Stella: The ebook cover of Seven Beyond is stellar. And early reviews are positive. But more than that… I put myself into this effort. Seeing it listed on GoodReads and Amazon and the other distributors gives me a feeling of completion. I can like myself now.
Marc: Well, I certainly enjoyed the book when I read it. Dr. Grammario was my favorite character. What does that say about me?
Stella: That you read the classics, maybe.