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Author Q&A ft @DLRichardson1 | Earth Quarantined by D L Richardson | Release Blitz Book Tour | #SciFi #AlienOccupation

It’s release day for Earth Quarantined, a new alien occupation fiction novel by the author of Welcome to the Apocalypse. If you like ...

It’s release day for Earth Quarantined, a new alien occupation fiction novel by the author of Welcome to the Apocalypse.

If you like alien occupation fiction, then this book is for you. It’s like ‘The Expanse’ but played out on Earth. Aliens brought peace to Earth and promised us the technology for interstellar travel. 300 years later and they still haven't given us this technology. They're lying to us. What they don’t know is that we’re lying to them...

Book Description:

World peace came with rules. We’ve just broken them.

In the year 2055, millions of humans were wiped out by a deadly virus known as EMB-II, a bioweapon strain of Ebola that could not be stopped. The need to get off the planet and into space was never stronger. Before the ships could be launched, First Contact was made. A dozen spaceships arrived, carrying twelve Criterion Advocates – peacekeepers of the universe – and thousands of Criterion soldiers, aides, workers, and engineers. To stop the virus getting into space, Earth was placed under quarantine and work begun to save the planet and humanity. Through tough control measures, world peace was achieved.

The year is now 2355. The virus is gone. Humanity is eager to get into space. Yet the Earth is still under quarantine. The Criterion are lying to us. What they don’t know is that we’re lying to them.

Kethryn Miller is an award-winning actress, but nothing will prepare her for the role she’ll take on when a strange woman who shouldn’t be alive turns up in the city, threatening to expose the lies that have kept peace on Earth for 200 years.

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About D L Richardson:

D L Richardson writes speculative fiction, which encompasses science fiction, light horror, supernatural fiction, and fantasy. When she’s not writing, she can be found wandering in her yard waging war on weeds, watching back-to-back episodes on Netflix, playing her piano or guitar, curled up on the couch reading a book, or walking the dog.

Other books by D L Richardson:

Welcome to the Apocalypse - Pandora
Welcome to the Apocalypse - CyberNexis
Welcome to the Apocalypse - Primal scream
Resident Spy
One Little Spell
The Bird with the Broken Wing
Poison in the Pond – A Shivers Novella Vol 1
Evil in the Embers – A Shivers Novella Vol 2
Danger in the Dirt – A Shivers Novella Vol 3
Space Junk – 4 short sci-fi stories

Author Interview:

Q: Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

A: Hi, I’m D L Richardson and I write speculative fiction, which encompasses science-fiction, paranormal, and horror. I’m fascinated by the supernatural, so even in my sci-fi stories there can be a little element of scary. I have a part-time job working with numbers, so it’s nice to come home and work with letters. When I’m not writing, I like to play the piano and guitar, renovate my home and garden, read books, watch Netflix, and walk the dog.

Q: What genre of books do you enjoy reading? Do you have a favorite author?

A: I read widely. Romance. Sci-fi. Women's fiction as in Marian Keyes and Maeve Binchy. Thrillers. Crime. Classic literature like Three Musketeers and Terms of Endearment. Spy stories as in John le Carre. The only genres I won't read are that horrible genre of true crimes against children. They turn my stomach just thinking about them.

My favorite authors would be Dean Koontz and Marian Keyes. Two opposite ends of the spectrum.

Q: Did you have any goals with writing, and if so, how well do you feel you’ve achieved them? What do you hope to achieve in the future?

A: I've had dozens of goals over the years: to get a short story published, then a novel, then to get 2 novels published a year.

My goals for 2019 are to hold more writing workshops and to attend more pop culture conventions. I really love sitting at home writing, but I really enjoy talking to people about writing and books.

Q: How long does it take you to write a book?

A: It takes about twelve months to write a 105,000 word novel. It took two years each for the first few books. I'd like to say that the more you write the faster you get, but I went from working full time to work part time and I believe the more time you have the faster you get. Writing while working full time is a struggle. My goal is to get this time down to six months, so I can write two books a year. To do that I would need to be a full time writer, which currently I am not.

Earth Quarantined went through 2 major re-writes, so it took all up about 2 years.

Q: What do you enjoy most about being an author?

A: While I love the writing process, and being able to work in my pyjamas, what I love the most is the joy in people's voices or on their faces when they have read one of my books and loved it. Readers are waiting for my next book, and some who've read a snippet of my current book are dying to see it finished so they can read it. That is what I'm enjoying most at the moment.

Q: How often do you write, and how do you find or make time to write?

A: I write most days unless I'm struck with a migraine, the flu, or crashed my bicycle and cracked a rib. About once a month I'll give myself a day off, but I'm usually itching to get back into writing. As for making time to write, I'll write a few pages before work while sipping my coffee. I'll write a few pages after work. My deadline at night for writing is 9.30pm. On weekends I'll do chores around the house until lunch time, have lunch, then I'll spend the afternoon writing, before I stop for dinner. One thing I learned to accept was that I can't write a novel in one sitting. As long as you chip away it each day, it will get completed, but I'll give myself deadlines for first draft to be finished, then edits. Okay, the moral here is that you need to be somewhat self disciplined or you won't find or make time to write.

Q: What's a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write?

A: I still work a part time job, but on my writing days, I do chores around the house, break for lunch, then I'll write usually from 1pm to 6pm. I write in my office. Yes, the internet is a huge distraction so sometimes I'll take the laptop to the living room. I then finish around 5pm for a break, have dinner, then do a final few things before going to bed, or at least make a list for the next day.

Q: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

A: It wasn’t until I was about 21 that I realized I wanted to be a writer. I began with short stories. I had no idea what to do about achieving this dream and it took a long time to figure it out. My personality though is the type who appreciates the journey more than the destination, so to take the long way to where I am now, while frustrating, is also immensely satisfying.

Q. You play piano and guitar and you used to play in a band. Does music still play a significant role in your life?

A: Music is a huge part of my childhood, my adolescence, and my adulthood. I would never have gotten through puberty if it weren’t for my Joan Jett records. I was an angry teen, so listening to and playing hard rock music was a way of dampening my anger. Even now, there are times when I’ll listen to music and it isn’t for background or ambience. It becomes a means of recharging my batteries and reaffirming my priorities. Whereas playing piano and guitar is very calming.

Q: What is your next work in progress?

A: The very next book is a former NaNoWriMo project that started as a thriller but has since become a paranormal murder mystery called ‘Enchantment Bay’. I have about 60,000 words written. I need to add another main character and change a few things. Then I’ll start work on a second book in the ‘Earth Quarantined’ series titled ‘Earth Arrested’.

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Derek followed Aries out onto the balcony, biting down on the pain that raced up his leg from his ankle. Long periods of sitting aggravated his ailment, and today’s meeting had been long.

“I suspect I know what message your minister received,” said Aries. “I also suspect I know what you will ask, but the decision is out of my control. These are the laws that mankind created.”

Aries was always to the point, a trait Derek liked about her. It saved a lot of time, but it also reminded him that she wasn’t human. Some called the Criterion emotionless. Not true, he thought. They’d just had millennia to contain their emotions.

“You denied Justine’s application to have a child,” said Derek. “For the third time.”

“If she possesses an impure gene, she cannot have a child. That is the law.”

“She’s getting treatment for her condition. A treatment you recommended.”

Aries sighed. “These are human laws we uphold, not ours. Must I remind you that all the leaders sat around a table and decided which of their policies would save the human race. We are not the leaders of your world.”

“Some days I’m not so sure.”

She turned to face him. Her liquid eyes hardened as if they’d iced over. The tendrils on the back of her head lifted, which happened whenever she got angry. In twelve years, he’d gotten to know her well.

“When we arrived,” said Aries, in a self-righteous tone, “your species was dying, your planet destroyed, and while I place no faith in hope as a cure, is it not fair to say you had lost all hope?”

She gazed at him, seeking an answer, and as he stared into her face, he realized that she suddenly appeared old. And this realization made him feel old. They were both being replaced. Neither was ready for it. Both had work to finish. And nobody cared.

Derek sighed. “I don’t want to argue with you, but can’t you make an exception just this once? Show compassion. The ministers are your direct link to the citizens and they’d have a better time believing the Criterion are a compassionate race if you showed it. At least once in a century. If not for Justine, then do it for me. Think of it as my last request in my official capacity as President.”

Aries tilted her head. “Would you ask me to sit idly by while you returned your world to its ruined state? All it takes is one diseased gene and the chain is broken.”

“It’s just one act of kindness.”

Aries sighed. “I couldn’t unlock the fertility inhibitor chip even if I wanted to. It’s interfaced with the host’s body and designed not to activate in the presence of unhealthy genes. The Order Of Harmony hold the overriding codes, not me.”

“You’re the Order Of Harmony.”

“I am one member of a much larger organization.”

Derek paused. He’d always considered the residing advocates had the ability to unlock the fertility chips. If not, then who did?

1 comment

  1. Thank you so much for the interview and being part of the tour.

    D L


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