"Self-publishing Gina's Dream was a positive experience, so I look forward to working on my next novel."
Ria Stone !Hola, as a mature expat living in Mexico, I have time to appreciates life and write.
In my life, I have been many things, including a car washer, but becoming a typesetter (with Journalistic training) was where I found my calling. Years later, I evolved into a web editor/desktop publisher. As a print addict, I have found epublishing an exciting adventure and education.
My first eBook, Gina’s Dream began as an idea after reading several research papers, in the early 1990s, where basic life functions were being manipulated for singular purposes without regard for the universe’s ecosystem. The idea started as a story about humans in the future, who live in rival camps because earth has been so contaminated that communities are biologically isolated from each other due to rampant disease. Each camp fights for resources including fertile women, and continues to develop biological weapons to fend off raiders and mutated diseases. I know where the idea started, but it’s hard to recall the various stages as the story developed and how it ended up in its current version.
When I read Gina’s Dream, I see the influence of many fine authors whose stories I have read or watched on television. I see the influence of one story, Star Trek’s:Assignment Earth, more than any other. But, I would like to also acknowledge: Harlan Ellison’s work, particularly his contribution to Star Trek, City on the Edge of Forever; two of John Varley’s work, Persistence of Vision and Steel Beach; Ursula Le Guin’s Lathe of Heaven and The Left-Hand of Darkness; Robert Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land; Spider Robinson’s Time Travelers Strictly Cash, other Callahan’s Bar Stories, and Star Dance; Frank Herbert’s Dune; John Boyd’s The Doomsday Gene, and many more. I would also like to thank the many science fiction convention organizers and fans. As well as enjoying the conventions themselves, I found the convention goers smart, funny, creative, and intellectually generous.
While, my current work, Gina's Dream, is predictive storytelling, some other stories I am working on can be considered mysteries of the heart with a little action/adventure. Yet, several characteristics run through all of my stories. My positive role models confront moral dilemmas with honesty, truth, fairness, self-responsibility, compassion, common sense, respect for science, curiosity, hard work, and optimism. My characters question the status quo. Spirituality, dreams, faith, and a belief in contributing to community and society to improve the lives of others now and in the future are underlying themes.
Self-publishing Gina's Dream was a positive experience, so I look forward to working on my next novel.