Today I am interviewing Cassandra Rose Clarke, author of the new space opera novel, Star’s End.
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DJ: Hey Cassandra! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Cassandra Rose Clarke: I’m a writer living in Houston, and I love to write across genres and age groups. I have two cats named Robert and Cheeto. I’m also a teacher.
DJ: What is Star’s End about?
Cassandra: Star’s End is a space opera crossed with a family drama. The main character, Esme Coromina, slowly uncovers some dark family secrets related to her father and her youngest sister, and she has to learn how to deal with the ramifications. And all of it takes place in space!
DJ: What were some of your influences for Star’s End?
Cassandra: The biggest influence was actually the Alien movies! One of the recurring themes in those movies is the way Weyland-Yutani, the evil corporation, is always trying to weaponize the xenomorphs. This is such a clearly terrible idea that I always wondered why there pursued it so relentlessly. Then I started imagining what might happen if they were successful. And that was the seed for Star’s End.
DJ: Could you briefly tell us a little about your main characters? Do they have any cool quirks or habits, or any reason why readers with sympathize with them?
Cassandra: Esme is a pretty flawed character. She is pulled between doing what she feels is right and fulfilling her father’s expectations for her. She cares deeply about her sisters but often struggles with showing that in any meaningful way. Continue reading