Today I am interviewing Jane O’Reilly, author of the new sci-if novel, Deep Blue, second book in the Second Species trilogy.
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DJ: Hi Jane! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Jane: Sure! I live near London in the UK. I used to be a teacher, but these days I’m a full time writer. I knit a lot, and I like Captain America and biscuits.
DJ: What is Deep Blue and then the Second Species trilogy about?
Jane: Deep Blue is the second book in the trilogy. I don’t want to give too much away (spoilers!) but in this book, the heroine, Jinnifer Blue, has to travel to a violent and dangerous alien planet to rescue the man she loves. Things don’t quite go according to plan however, and the consequences of her actions are far worse than she could possibly have imagined.
DJ: What were some of your influences for the Second Species trilogy?
Jane: I have always really loved high octane space opera, with lots of adventure and romance. I’m pretty sure it started with Star Wars. I was born the same year that New Hope was released, so I’ve lived with Star Wars mania my entire life. I was also obsessed with the original BattleStar Galactica, and then Star Trek, and then programmes like Farscape. Other influences included writers like Elizabeth Moon and Lois McMaster Bujold. I love the StarDoc series by S.L Viehl, the Sirantha Jax series by Ann Aguirre, the Torin Kerr books by Tanya Huff. Basically, anything with tough women fighting their way through space.
DJ: What is the world and setting of the the Second Species trilogy like?
Jane: The trilogy is set in our universe, so humans are still primarily living on Earth, but it’s based in a future where we have discovered that our galaxy is populated by other species, so we have lots of alien neighbours, and we don’t get on with many of them. Earth itself has been destroyed by global warming. The temperature is dropping, along with oxygen levels, and humans need to leave the planet ASAP. However, not all of our neighbours think that’s a good idea. The two most opposed to it are the Sittan, a violent, matriarchal race ruled by a single empress, and the Shi Fai, who are a strange mix of plant and animal with a very different biology and lifecycle to humans.
DJ: How have the reviews been from readers, bloggers, and reviewers for the first book of the Second Species trilogy? Is there anything that your audience seems to be particularly enjoying or is eager to find out more about?
Jane: The first book got a lot of great reviews. Readers particularly seemed to like the fast pace and the action as well as the romance. The book has a lot of female characters both good and bad and with female readers really like that.
DJ: What was your favorite part about writing Deep Blue?
Jane: My favourite part was definitely a character called Bryant, because he’s angry and obnoxious and rude. He says all the things you want to say but can’t. That was fun.
DJ: What do you think readers will be talking about most once they finish it?
Jane: Two major characters die in this book, so I think it will be that!
DJ: Did you have a goal when you began writing the Second Species trilogy? The series is not yet complete, but is there a particular message or meaning you are hoping to get across when readers finish it? Or is there perhaps a certain theme to the story?
Jane: The books are very much about identity, and how our physical bodies impact on the way other people treat us and how that then can affect how we see ourselves. They are also about power and the way that it can change people, sometimes for better, sometimes for worse.
DJ: After Deep Blue is released, what is next for you?
Jane: I’m currently working on the third and final book in the trilogy, which will be called Blue Planet. After that, I’m planning a time travel adventure!
DJ: Where can readers find out more about you?
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jane-OReilly/e/B00BYU0R0S
DJ: Before we go, what is that one thing you’d like readers to know about Blue Planet and the Second Species trilogy that we haven’t talked about yet?
Jane: Although this is science fiction, it’s not hardcore science. You won’t need a degree in astrophysics to understand it. At its heart, it’s a fun, sexy adventure story, so if that sounds like your sort of thing, give it a try, even if you wouldn’t normally pick up a scifi.
DJ: Is there anything else you would like add?
Jane: I’ve talked a bit about my favourite scifi – I’d love for readers to tell me theirs!
DJ: Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to answer my questions!
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The Earth is cold, dead and divided. The rich hide away from reality while the rest will do anything to survive. Humanity have only one hope: reaching a habitable planet. But getting there means travelling in large numbers through alien-held space, something that’s politically nearly impossible. Yet for some, fighting their way through space is just a way of life . . .
Jinnifer Blue is a rich girl on the run. An expert pilot, she apprehends criminals on behalf of the government and keeps her illegal genetic modifications a closely guarded secret. But when a particularly dangerous job goes south, leaving her stranded on a prison ship with one of the most ruthless criminals in the galaxy, Jinn realises that the rich and the powerful are hiding more than she’d ever guessed. Now she must decide if she can trust her co-prisoner – because once they discover what the prison ship is hiding, she definitely can’t trust anyone else . . .
About the Author:
Jane O’Reilly was born in Bradford, a smallish town in Yorkshire best known for David Hockney and curry. Despite liking both of these things, she left the town in the late 1990’s to go to university and moved around a bit before eventually settling in another smallish town much closer to London. She started writing when her youngest child was eleven months old as an antidote to kid’s TV. Several manuscripts later, she finally wrote one that sold, and went on to write numerous contemporary and erotic romances for Harlequin. But her heart had been lost to a space pirate in an Odeon cinema in 1983, and thirty years later she decided to put that unrequited love into a book. For those of you who haven’t already guessed, the film was Return of the Jedi, the pirate was Han Solo, and the book was Blue Shift.