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. Continue reading