Today I am interviewing E.M. Hamill, author of the new science-fiction, Dali.
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DJ: Hey E.M.! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
E.M. Hamill: I write as E.M. Hamill for more mature readers and as Elisabeth Hamill for young adults. Call me Lisa!
In my career life, I’m a nurse, but I’m a writer at heart every other hour of the day. I’m a total geek, lifelong scifi and fantasy addict, and I have a crippling ice cream habit.
DJ: What is Dali about?
E.M.: Dalí is a third-gender human in Earth’s future, completely shattered by the loss of their family in a terrorist attack. They stumble into a sex-trafficking plot that threatens other third-gender humans like them, and when they attempt to investigate, their own government blocks the effort. Dalí is recruited by a galactic spy organization for an undercover mission to discover who is behind the scheme, and it gives them purpose again. They have to decide how far they’ll go to get the information they need in order to stop another deadly terror attack.
DJ: What were some of your influences for Dali?
E.M.: I describe Dalí as a space opera in the same vein of Star Wars or Star Trek. There’s a large cast of humans and alien species working together to achieve things. There are also deliberate parallels drawn to the modern concerns like gender equality, LGBTQ rights, sex trafficking, and political corruption. Strangely enough, I actually finished the first draft almost two years ago, and there are some scary similarities to the current political climate in the US. Continue reading