Australian sci-fi book
Quorum Treaty, an Australian sci-fi book due for release in 2018, is the first novel in the Lore of Energy and Light series (LOEAL).
The story begins on Earth following Zach Salt and Alzarrae as they embark on separate paths into D’Olex, a universe at war. For reasons unclear, Earth has been pulled into an intergalactic struggle between Valkers (reptilians) and the Alliance of Planets. Fear, corruption, food scarcity and endless warring and whoring, have become a potent mix for disaster.
Too busy focussed on their pursuit of furthering personal agendas, Alliance Representatives are failing the general populace – those they are tasked to protect. In trying to save themselves and their own interests, they have become ignorant of what is really happening on their home planets. They have long underestimated the rising popularity of the Messulun Priests who say they fight for the Citizens, and also misjudged a second threat in the form of a sexually transmitted virus now beginning to take lives… Read the extended synopsis here.
A few words from the Author
I grew up on the stunning Australian east coast of New South Wales in Newcastle, a place dominated by beaches, surfing and a laid-back-she’ll-be-right-mate lookout on life. I found myself surrounded by self-deprecating Aussie humour and a uniquely Australian worldview. That is, never take things or yourself too seriously. So perhaps that is why Book 1 Quorum Treaty has characters that see the light-hearted side in various situations. Another quality of the Australian worldview is a sense that anything is possible. As a teenager, standing on the beach, watching the sun go down over a moody ocean, it was easy to get swept up in the vastness of our country. Looking out to sea I sensed new worlds awaited beyond the horizon. Australia is a vast, open land where the sky is the limit. I felt I could be anything I wanted to be. My mother always told me I could do anything, so why not write an Australian sci-fi book?!
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Throughout my twenties I had no desire to become an author, far from it. I was a radio announcer at that time in my life and enjoyed presenting, and loved the audio medium. It hid something, an issue that grew into a mild problem – dyslexia. For me, it only extends to occasional poor spelling or missing words in a sentence. However I do feel it makes the challenge of being an accomplished author that little bit harder. I feel like I am starting the race a mile back from the blocks and the other runners have already taken off, wearing sports shoes, whilst I hobble in bare feet.
It wasn’t until my early thirties I contemplated script writing and writing books. I always had a few ideas in my head. The story told in the Lore of Energy and Light had been swirling around for a while and finally in August 2015 I put pen to paper (or rather fingers to the keyboard). To write an Australian sci-fi book has been a thrill. I have found it a challenge and a delight, spurred on by the support of friends. And when I say challenge, I do not mean the story or characters, because that came relatively easy. No, it was the method in which to deliver the story. In a previous blog post I have spoken about my writing style and how I chose to use point of view characters, written in part using old English prose.
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I felt that strict point of view chapters was the best way to convey a story set across multiple locations in the vastness of the universe. It also allowed me to write the innermost thoughts of a character so that a reader could experience a character’s motives and feelings. You can read a draft version of the Prologue here.
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