Today I am interviewing Michael Moreci, author of the new science-fiction novel, Black Star Renegade.
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DJ: Hi Michael! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Michael Moreci: Sure, and thanks for having me!
So, hi everyone. I’m Michael. DJ’s right; my debut novel just came out, on January 2 to be exact. Before that, I was known for my work in comics. There, I’ve written series like Roche Limit, Hoax Hunters, and Burning Fields; I’ve also written for established characters like Superman, The Flash, Conan the Barbarian, The Shadow, and more. I live just outside Chicago with my two sons (I’m a stay at home dad), wife, and our dog.
DJ: What is Black Star Renegades about?
Michael: It’s a space adventure centering on a young guy named Cade Sura who, through certain circumstances (I don’t want to spoil anything!) comes into possession of a mythical, powerful weapon. He’s a terrible choice for this responsibility, but if he doesn’t figure out a way to use the weapon, then Ga Halle–the queen of the evil Praxis kingdom–will take it from him and use it to complete her tyrannical control over the entire galaxy. Along with a group of friends–Kira, Mig, and 4-Qel, all misfits just like Cade–Cade sets a course to upend the fate that’s been shoved into his hands and create a new future for the galaxy.
DJ: What were some of your influences for Black Star Renegades?
Michael: Star Wars, obviously, is a big one. But there’s a pretty wide range things that have touched BSR in different ways.I guess it would be best to break it down into categories, so here goes:
Literary influences: John Scalzi, Brandon Sanderson, and Timothy Zahn
Film/TV influences (the book is fairly cinematic): Buck Rodgers, Flash Gordon, Battle Beyond the Stars, Guardians of the Galaxy
Everything else: Mass Effect, Dune, Star Trek, The Book of Three, Arthurian legend Continue reading