Prodigal, the third book in the Maelstrom Chronicles series by Jody Wallace, was just release on September 5. Today Jody is my special guest!
My introduction to this author’s books was Traitor, book 2 in the series. I love the sense of humor combined with the human and alien drama. That book won the SFR Galaxy award for Best Interfering Sentient Ship. If you have read Traitor, you know the award was well deserved.
After reading Traitor, I had to go back to book 1, Angeli. And now, Prodigal is on my TBR list. This is a series I recommend to anyone who likes a) sci fi, b) romance and c) snark. It is a great combination!
Interview with Jody Wallace
I am delighted to have Jody as a guest today. She has agreed to subject herself to my general, personal and possibly impertinent questions. Welcome Jody!
Riley: In Traitor, Ship is annoying in a very humorous way. One of the things I appreciate most about your writing is your sense of humor. In Prodigal, will humor have its place again? And can readers expect to get more of Ship?
Jody: One of the biggest revisions I made to PRODIGAL was to add more Ship. After two years of being in orbit around Terra, Ship has obviously begun to develop relationships with people on the ground instead of just the Shipborn, including many Terrans in Camp Chanute where most of the story takes place. Our hero, Adam Alsing, shows up with amnesia at the beginning of the book and relies on Ship, in part, to get him caught up with everything he can’t remember. There isn’t as much Ship as there was in TRAITOR, but it’s safe to say our favorite mother hen AI plays a pivotal role in the plot.
As for humor, I don’t think I could write something without snark in it…just like I’m beginning to accept I can’t write a romance that’s shorter than a long novella. Must be encoded in my DNA.
Riley: The ‘aliens on Earth’ trope is one of my favorites. Being the optimist, I like the friendly aliens that are there to help Earth. What was the inspiration behind putting Earth into a situation that caused aliens to come to Earth’s aid.
Jody: Because I like to make stuff up?
Besides that, perhaps I fantasize that, if Earth were to get itself in an untenable situation, there would be some advanced society willing to step in and help us out. I promise it’s okay if you guys violate the Prime Directive and solve climate change, alien friends! Besides, have you TRIED chocolate? Do you really want to lose the only source for it in the galaxy (pretty sure, anyway)?
Aliens interacting with humans also makes for a great story, since humans often regard new things with great suspicion. I have no idea if this is ingrained in humanity or just part of being a sentient being, but imagining what our people would really do if we met aliens is endlessly fascinating.
Riley: Have you ever met any aliens? And if so, where did you meet? Or maybe I should ask, are you an alien?
Jody: Cats are probably aliens. The way they can see things none of the rest of us can see? The way they control us without us even knowing it? Gotta be alien, and I currently live with six cats.
Riley: What are your writing plans after Maelstrom Chronicles is complete?
Jody: Right now I’m doing some freelance editing, but I have plans to keep my fingers in the fiction world as well. Nothing specific, though. I guess you could say I’m between projects.
Riley: What are you reading these days?
Jody: I just finished some very, very good books. Michelle Diener’s science fiction romance novels which also involves AI ships as characters are a new favorite – The Class 5 series. They also have a great twist on the “kidnapped Earth women” trope. For a science fiction romance crossed with the movie Outbreak, you can try Veronica Scott’s Star Cruise: Outbreak. It’s tightly plotted, a quick, fun read.
What else…I finished UPROOTED by Naomi Novik the other night, and it was just fantastic. After reading a little more like a standard YA fantasy in the beginning, it grew more mystical and unique in a way that was satisfying. NK Jemisin’s THE FIFTH SEASON was a little harder to get into but also ended up being fantastic—I can see why it’s been winning awards right and left.
Next on my list is Nina Croft’s UNTHINKABLE, which is releasing from Entangled at the same time as PRODIGAL. Nina and I corresponded last month about joining our promotional efforts, and she seduced me with her three-legged pig, Piggles! I’ve got to read that woman’s books, heheh. Plus it’s contemporary science fiction romance, which is right up my alley anyway.
Adam Alsing has no idea who he is or why he’s huddled naked in the snow next to a mysterious silver pod. When a gorgeous, no-nonsense sheriff by the name of Claire Lawson rescues him, she explains the planet’s under attack—and he’s been missing for over two years. The problem is, what he doesn’t remember can kill them.
He nearly destroyed the world, but with her help, he can save it.
Keeping the peace in her post-apocalyptic town is all the trouble Sheriff Claire Lawson can handle. Until the MIA Chosen One—the guy who could have prevented the apocalypse—interrupts her supply run. The Shipborn aliens want to study him, and what’s left of the Terran government wants to lock him up. But his charming demeanor and his desire to help, along with his sexy smile, has Claire fighting her better judgment to keep Adam around. For now.
Adam Alsing—at least that’s what they tell him his name is—just knows he wants to stay with Claire. She’s the one thing that makes him feel grounded. Grounded and kind of turned on, but these are serious times. The monsters have stepped up their attacks and nobody knows why. He’ll help her protect her town, her Shipborn friends, and every human on Earth who hates him for being the man he can’t remember being. He’s afraid he’s still that man, the one who failed the planet. Or is he something entirely new and even more dangerous?
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About Jody Wallace
Jody Wallace writes sf/f romance, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance. Her Maelstrom series with Entangled Publishing (ANGELI, TRAITOR, PRODIGAL) is post-apocalyptic science fiction romance about finding love during an alien invasion. After growing up in the South in a very rural area, she went to school a long time and ended up with a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing. Her resume includes college English instructor, technical documents editor, market analyst, web designer, and general, all around pain in the butt. She resides in Tennessee with one husband, one Grandma, two children, six cats, and a lot of junk.
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