Thank you, Melissa, for having me on today.
Welcome, Janice! It's wonderful to have you here today.
My current book is called, Matrix Crystal Hunters. And this more or less how I wrote the book.
The idea for the story came from a dream, about a woman studying rocks on a distant world. Someone came into her tent in the middle of the night, wanting to claim her as his bride. That scene stewed in the back of my mind for years. First off, I realized that this would be a science fiction romance, but then I had to figure out all the who, what and how: who this woman and man were, what were they both doing and why, and how fit it all together.
What helped me set the scene was a family trip to the Mohave Desert when I was in the sixth grade. We rock hunted along the great Colorado River, so I added that my heroine’s parents are rock hunters and have a store called the Rock Hound.
While on that same trip it rained hard, keeping two girls stuck in a modified van for three days, ugh. But, after the rain ended, the desert started to bloom. So I also added a storm that lasted for days and the blooming desert to my book too.
A book called, Deserts a panoramic vision, helped me with rock colors and formation,
which I bought at the now extinct Boarders Books (I still miss that store).
I think the most fun I had was making up the animals that live on this world: there’s the snags: a beast of burden that looks like a primitive humpless camel but with sweet faces of alpacas, vim a domesticated bird used for eggs and meat, nikki a long tailed rabbit, and my favorite the sherakeys. These huge horse like creatures are ridden only by the clan lords.
I decided the planet was called Zenevieva, which is also the name of the natives’ Goddess. The people who lived there are called zeemen, just because I liked the sound of it. The people are in two separate groups: the commoners and the clans. The clans were once a powerful and proud people that ruled the planet. However, things have changed for the people of Zenevieva. There’s a prime minister, so the clans have a less powerful role to play. But don’t tell them that. Pride rules the clans, and that pride is what my heroine stumbles into as she hunts for the matrix crystals.
Team Alpha Three’s spaceship is out of power after fighting a wormhole, and parked on the primitive world of Zenevieva. With half the team sick from radiation poisoning, the team commander entrust geologist, Maya Gladstone, to find enough matrix crystals to power up their spacecraft, so they can go home to Earth.
Vach Namaste of the powerful Clan Namaste, a native of the planet, has desired the lovely Maya since she stepped off the spaceship on that astonishing day a year ago. He’s hounded her every step since. As Hymeneal Night approaches, he makes plans to take her as his bride… willing or not.
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Janice Seagraves grew up with a deep love of science fiction and adventure stories. Always the consummate artist, she traded in her paint brush for a laptop to write breathless life-affirming novels that celebrate enduring love.
She lives in a hundred year old haunted house (not kidding) with her husband of many years and their grown daughter. When not writing, you can find her in the yard either gardening or snapping a photo or two.