Monday, 4 February 2013

Eliza Green: Becoming Human

Please help us welcome Irish author, Eliza Green, to Heart of Fiction.

Living in Dublin, Ireland, Eliza grew up reading science fiction classics and watching sci fi programs on TV, like Firefly {Nathan Fillian . . . swoon}. So it's no wonder she decided to write a story of her own. She tells us she gets great ideas from going to the cinema, listening to music, and watching documentaries. If there's a story in something, Eliza will find a way to tell it.

Eliza calls her work 'down-to-earth' science fiction . .  very human stories told in outer space. Her debut story, Becoming Human, is testament to her down-to-earth style. The first book in the Exilon 5 Trilogy, Becoming Human is Bill Taggart's story. The year is 2163. The Earth is over-crowded and Bill and his team are sent to populate exoplanet, Exilon 5. Only, it's already populated by its own species who are none too happy to see the Humans.

We had a chat with Eliza recently --

Welcome, Eliza, and congratulations on your debut release, Becoming Human. Let's deviate from the usual 'where do you get your ideas', 'what inspired the story', 'why sci fi' questions. Our readers want to know about you as an author and and every day girl.

What is your writing space like?

Small, cramped, organised. I’m surrounded by a laptop, several notebooks and my first stereo system that I bought in 1997. It still gives out great sound and despite the suggestions from my partner that I should upgrade,  I can’t get rid of it. It’s a piece of history. I write in a small area in one of the rooms at the back of my house. It’s  where I get the most peace and quiet. I had a much larger desk downstairs to the front of the house, but I get much more done up here. Even though I like it, I dream of having one of those large desks and a black leather chair I can swivel around in. Someday . . .

I can related to that. A writer will find any quiet corner available, wherever it is. A big desk with a black leather swivel chair sounds divine!

Tell us about your day. What is your daily writing routine like?

It’s entirely dependent on my day job. I only have the evenings  and weekends to write so that’s when I do all of my writing related work. If I’m particularly busy in work, writing is the last thing on my mind when I go home. When it’s quiet, I can plan my week out to include my writing schedule.  If I’m in full writing mode, I try to give myself a weekly word goal. There’s no point in planning day by day. I find planning over a week keeps me much more focused.

At the moment, I’m editing the second book in the Exilon 5 trilogy, ALTERED REALITY.  I’m also spending a lot of time promoting BECOMING HUMAN, but that will have to change in the near future if I’m to keep on top of the second book.

Oh, yes. Promos. Very time consuming but also very important. What do you enjoy doing when you're not writing or promoting your work?

I’m a huge film fan. I find going the cinema very relaxing and I also get a few ideas for stories when I’m there. I’m a bit of a food glutton and I’m partial to a drop or two of wine! Restaurants and wine are my thing and I have a few friends who are only too happy to indulge with me. Apart from that, I like to read, sorry, love to read. Oh, and I attempt a bit of Zumba Fitness on the side. Not with wine though. Too messy . . .

Film, food, and fitness. I'm with you there! Although, Zumba with wine in a sippy cup might work ;-)

Thanks for stopping by for a chat and letting our readers know more about you. Now let's learn a little more about Becoming Human --

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Two worlds. Two species. One terrifying secret.

In 2163, a polluted and overcrowded Earth forces humans to search for a new home. But the exoplanet they target, Exilon 5, is occupied. Having already begun a massive relocation programme, Bill Taggart is sent to monitor the Indigenes, the race that lives there. He is a man on the edge. He believes the Indigenes killed his wife, but he doesn’t know why. His surveillance focuses on the Indigene Stephen, who has risked his life to surface during the daytime.
Stephen has every reason to despise the humans and their attempts to colonise his planet. To protect his species from further harm, he must go against his very nature and become human. But one woman holds a secret that threatens Bill’s and Stephen’s plans, an untruth that could rip apart the lives of those on both worlds.


Central Council had instructed Stephen, along with two other Indigenes to find out more about the Surface Creatures. The group prepared in advance, agreeing that there had been no need for the artificial skin, instead settling for clothes that covered them from head to toe. They quickly learned that larger-numbered groups only encouraged fear and aggression amongst them.

While the Surface Creatures they met had been happy to talk, their level of involvement with them was entirely superficial. Stephen probed deeper, risking difficult, more personal questions each time. The answers were identical. Why do you want to know? What’s it to you? You’d do well to keep your nose out of my business, pal.

He knew they had to switch focus onto the Surface Creatures’ children in the hopes that suspicion and mistrust did not yet exist in their psyche. It had proven difficult to track them. Children were difficult to separate from their Surface Creatures. But the group’s luck had changed one night when they stumbled upon a group of seven youngsters, drinking and chatting noisily at the back of a disused replication terminal.

The boys had been curious about the three oddly-dressed strangers making their way towards them. Stephen, unfamiliar with their habits, hadn’t introduced himself before launching straight into a specific line of questioning. The children took an instant dislike to him and answered his questions sullenly, on occasion replying with another question. Stephen admitted later on that they’d struggled to keep control of the conversation. The innocent enquiries and retorts were bandied back and forth for a while until the Indigenes changed tack, asking questions that were more personal. While the boys wrongly presumed the Indigenes couldn’t hear their whispers, they had picked up every word.

‘Who the fuck are these losers?’

‘I know. I’m losing me buzz.’
 

‘I’m bored.’
 

‘C’mon, let’s show these clowns what dirt tastes like.’
 

‘Yeah!’
 

‘I wanna go home.’
 

‘Stay where you are Jason. Everybody’s stayin’ put.’
 

‘D’ya think they’re some kind o’ military?’
 

‘Dunno. They’re not wearing uniforms.’
 

‘Don’t wanna to get into no trouble.’
 

‘Don’t be an idiot Jason, do as I say.’
 

‘Seven against three.’
 

The children had rounded on them. The group heard of mob mentality but were surprised to witness it in ones so young. They continued to close in from all sides. The Indigenes were significantly taller than they were, but that hadn’t discouraged them.
 

‘Seven against three,’ they repeated, slurring their words.
 

They threw themselves at Stephen and the others, arms flailing and legs kicking, fuelled by a mixture of alcohol and stupidity. Before the boys’ punches could reach them, they had disappeared.
 

‘Where … where’d they go?’
 

They looked at each other in confusion, confirming with their eyes that each had seen the same thing.
 

‘What the fuck?’
 

‘It’s like them Shadow People I keep hearing ‘bout.’
 

‘Don’t be an idiot, that’s just legend – a story to scare the little kiddies so they don’t fall ‘sleep.’
 

‘No, I heard them people’s real. They hunt late at night and they eat kids and adults if they sleep. Sometimes they catch them out here.’
 

‘That doesn’t even make sense, Jason. We’re out here ev’ry night, and I ain’t seen no Shadow People.’
 

‘Well what’dya call them people just here then?’
 

‘Fucking losers.’
 

The group had travelled far enough away from the children but not so far that they hadn’t been able to hear their entire conversation. It was the first time Stephen had heard the term ‘Shadow People’ and knew that the hunters they were afraid of were quite real.
 
-- >> Eliza is giving away a digital copy of  Becoming Human to the best comment or question today, so be sure to use the comments section below!
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Eliza Green writes down-to-earth science fiction that has stemmed from her life long obsession with science fiction stories. She has worked in many industries from fashion to sport to finance, but caught the writing bug several years ago and has now released her first novel, BECOMING HUMAN, part one of the Exilon 5 trilogy.

Since Eliza was young, she has always been a fan of science fiction television shows and films and is bringing that love to her new trilogy. She hopes to capture the imagination of readers who shy away from the genre with her new novel, set on Earth and Exilon 5.

She is currently working on ALTERED REALITY, book 2 in the Exilon 5 trilogy.
 
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Grab a copy of Becoming Human on Amazon for your Kindle. Available in March for other formats from Smashwords.

You can find Eliza online --

Eliza's Website – http://elizagreenbooks.com 

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19 comments:

  1. Welcome to Heart of Fiction, Eliza. Thanks for joining us. Becoming Human looks fascinating. And a great start to the series.

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  2. Kemberlee, thanks so much for having me on today.

    I'm looking forward to chatting with your readers.

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  3. Love the name Eliza.
    I'm full of admiration of authors who can write about strange worlds in
    their science fiction stories.
    Best of luck with your new book.

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  4. Thanks Cathy. It's actually my pen name!

    It definitely helps that I like science fiction. It can be difficult to build a futuristic world from scratch but strangely liberating because you don't have to conform to the parameters of modern times. You can play around with it as much as you want.

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    1. What have been some of your favorite sci fi book? Perhaps authors who are publishing today?

      Also, what else do you read, and do you draw inspiration from non-sci fi stories?

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    2. Eliza is so right for a science fiction author.
      I guess what you like reading as a child you will inevitably end up
      writing about as you get older.
      I have listened to authors reading science fiction at Leicester Writer's Club and enjoyed it although I know I could never be that clever.
      I guess I'm a sucker for Romance.

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    3. You and me both, Cathy. Though I have it in my mind to try cross genre . . . sci fi romance. Isabo Kelly is brilliant at that.

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    4. I was talking to another writer who loves science fiction and romance and was looking to combine the two. I say, why not? There are no rules when it comes to science fiction, except for being set in the future, I guess.

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  5. I don't actually read a lot of sci fi books. I adore TV shows and films with a science fiction theme. I've been watching them for as long as I can remember.

    I read 'The Hunger Games' book last year and I have just recently read the second part of the trilogy. I'm enjoying it. Another book I really enjoyed was Orson Scott Card's 'Ender's Shadow'. They're releasing 'Ender's Game' as a film (the prequel to that story), so I really want to read the book before they do. But the most recent science fiction book I have read that really stuck with me was 'Wool' by Hugh Howey. Hugh's story is about humankind's struggle for survival in a post apocalyptic Earth. I really enjoyed it. He's a self published author.

    I draw inspiration from everything. My favourite genre to read is crime. I prefer darker themed books and my writing reflects that.

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    1. I saw Wool on the shelf at the weekend. As it was with the fiction, I was guessing it wasn't a knitting book ;-) I didn't realize he self published that book. Easons doesn't normally support self publishing authors. Good for Hugh! Must check Wool out.

      It's interesting that your focus on reading is with crime. Do you find much difference between Irish crime and crime novels set in other countries, such as America? Right now Lee Childs and the like are very popular and have a world wide audience.

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  6. Hugh made his name as a self published author and last year he sold the print rights to Simon and Schuster. He still retains the digital rights. That's why his print book is popping up in all the book shops.

    I mostly read American crime (Patricia Cornwell, Michael Connelly) but I'm reading more Irish authors; Arlene Hunt, Louise Phillips. I wouldn't say there's a huge difference between them other than location, but maybe a subtle difference between male and female writers. I read one of Lee Child's books and I just couldn't get into it. Not all crime books are for me :)

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    1. Louise's book, Red Ribbons, is a stellar read. I'm really looking forward to her next one. She's doing very well as a debut author in Ireland. She received a two book contract straight out of the gate. A nice gig if you can get it ;-)

      If you're looking for another type of crime read, try Tony Black. He's based in Edinburgh and has several books out now, both digital and hard copy. I mention him because he's self-published and doing quite well.

      With all the crime you read, do you ever think one day you'd try one yourself?

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    2. Thanks Eliza & Kemberlee - sorry I missed this yesterday - post dental visit and not the best. xxxx L

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    3. Hi Louise,
      Thanks for stopping by. Hope you're feeling better today :)

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  7. Thanks for the tip. I'm always on the lookout for new authors.

    Never say never! I may try writing crime at some point, but not yet. Science Fiction felt right to start with and I also plan on writing in another genre (Women's fiction)

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  8. I will decide the winner of my giveaway tomorrow morning, so continue to leave your comments today. I'm looking forward to hearing from you.

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  9. Kemberlee, thanks for hosting me as part of my blog hop. The comment questions were really interesting.

    I would like to offer the giveaway prize to Cathy Mansell. Thanks for commenting Cathy! I will ask Kemberlee to forward on your email address to me.

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  10. It was lovely chatting with you about your book. Good luck with it and the series. Let us know when the sequel is released.

    I'll email you Cathy's info right now.

    Have a great week!

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    1. It was nice meeting you Eliza. Good luck with the book. I'll
      look forward to reading it.
      Cathy

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