How did you get into science-fiction?
I assume you mean in the Iron Admiral books. Saahren. I know all his back story, of course – more than you'll learn in the books. I wanted to write a book about a very powerful military figure. The problem with that is high-ranking people seldom get to go on adventures – which is why he is ex-Admiral Saahren in book 1. In book 2, he's Grand Admiral Saahren and the problems he encounters with his beloved are very different. The decisions he makes can affect many lives, not just his and hers. So getting into his head, understanding a driven, powerful man who had never had time for love in his life was interesting.
Why did you decide to make your hero be someone that the heroine is determined to hate?
Conflict. If she'd fallen into his arms, it would have been a much less interesting book. But that's an almost flippant answer. One driving theme, if you like, in this book is that truth is relative, not absolute; truth depends upon the point of view of the teller of the tale – and the audience's perceptions. This is particularly true of war and politics. History will be manipulated in the telling to suit a purpose. So Allysha has been told her father was killed in a war crime. It suits her for many reasons to believe that version of events and she clings to it. The Iron Admiral books are her story, too, as she comes to terms with her own prejudices and learns reality comes in shades of gray.
The easiest – and the most fun – were the sex scenes. The most difficult in Conspiracy was getting the final denouement right with all those players and Saahren himself going through a whole gamut of emotion. That's true of Deception as well.
Who are some of your favorite sci-fi authors?
Can you give us a hint as to what your heroes are up to now?
Book 2, Deception, is available now. If I were to tell you any more, I'd have to kill you. Sorry.
Now, for some random silly questions:
Star Trek or Star Wars?
Night owl or early bird?
Early bird. I was born at about 7am so I never had a choice.
About the Author:
Greta van der Rol loves writing science fiction with a large dollop of good old, healthy romance. She lives not far from the coast in Queensland, Australia and enjoys photography and cooking when she isn't bent over the computer. She has a degree in history and a background in building information systems, both of which go a long way toward helping her in her writing endeavours.
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And now, for the giveaway! Greta is offering an e-copy of The Iron Admiral: Conspiracy to one random commenter. To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment with the name of your favorite sci-fi author and your e-mail address. For one extra entry, spread the word and leave a link. This giveaway ends on Oct. 20 at 11:59 PDT. Good luck!