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Today we're featuring an interview with Jeanice Deering, author of 3470 C.E. Our author interview series provides an opportunity for our readers to get to know our authors on a deeper level and also learn more about the types of books we're publishing.
Jeanice Deering was born and raised in Reno, NV. She lives in the Reno area with her husband, two dogs, a large garden, many chickens and turkeys. When she’s not in the garden, she likes hiking in the Sierras and studying science so she can write more books.
Synopsis: 3470 C.E.
A group of friends and colleagues from Earth University get permission to colonize and farm a planet 27.3 light years from Earth in the binary system of Chara 2. Told through the eyes of Athena, one of the first people born on the farm planet, Hypatia.
Besides learning to accommodate the planet’s natural events, and get along with species from other planets, the inhabitants of Hypatia must learn to defend the planet, and the young people when they’re away at school in another solar system, from hostile species.
Here’s your chance to market your book. Describe it. And why readers should pick it up?
3470 C.E. is different from any book I’ve seen. It’s about people who took a chance on moving 27.3 light years from Earth, to start farms from nothing. The families are close, friends are like siblings and adventure comes to them in many forms. A love story develops in the center of all the events. A possible schematic of the ways of the Universe is presented. Possibilities abound in all directions: transportation, health, economy, commerce, education, etc. are explored.
How did your book come to life?
Farming off planet has always fascinated me. I first had to find a possible real planet that would support the farms, and people I wanted to send there. I had so much fun researching stars, galaxies and planetary habitability, among other things. The story evolved through my research.
Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
Athena Sparrowhawk is the main character. She is twenty-one years old, daughter of an American Comanche, Quana, and an Italian woman, Sophia, who is also an MD. Athena has so many interests and plans for the future. She’s brave, kind and thoughtful, and a born artist. She loves her family, friends and pets with all her heart. She is intelligent and enjoys helping her family with all the chores on the farm.
How did you name your characters?
I used star names, Greek names and names from my Grandmother’s Finnish-English Dictionary. Also, I shortened scientific names and botanical names and made them pronounceable.
Are the characters in your books based on people you know?
Only loosely. I think you have to make the characters human by putting in traits of people you know, but I don’t want anyone to feel like I’m using them.
Why do you think your readers are going to enjoy your book?
The farm planet, Hypatia, is a huge co-op of 80 friendly farmers. Life on Hypatia is ideal and something worth protecting.
Have you written your entire life? Have you always considered yourself a writer?
I have written all of my life. Sometimes I think I will burst if I can’t find a pen to write things down.
Who designed the cover?
I told Infinity what I wanted, and they designed a cover close to what I wanted.
Why do you write?
I have to write, almost as much as I have to breathe.
What is your writing process?
I write ideas in notebooks and then I organize them into something more solid. Then I type them into my computer. Then I read, polish, read some more, polish some more, until I have something I feel excited about.
Where did you grow up? How did your hometown (or other places you have lived) inspire your writing?
I grew up in the Reno/ Lake Tahoe area. The mountains have been an inspiration and are a part of my book. I also lived in Florida for 14 years and the beach and ocean life are also a part of 3470 C.E.
Why did you decide to publish with Infinity Publishing?
Infinity was best of all the publishers I reviewed, for my needs. They were easy to work with and did their best to make being self-published an easy process.
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