Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Writer Wednesday--Jody Wallace

I'm happy to welcome Jody Wallace to Writer Wednesday! ~NJ

So, PRODIGAL, the third book of my science fiction romance Maelstrom trilogy, is my twenty-somethingth book, depending on how you count. But every book an author writes is the first something. I was reflecting the other day about PRODIGAL and what its firsts are.


1) Amnesia story. The hero, Adam Alsing, was such an idiot prior to book 1 of the trilogy that he almost destroyed the world. In book 3, he doesn’t remember a bit of it.

2) African American heroine. I’ve written protagonists of various types before, from alien to human, but PRODIGAL’s heroine, Claire Lawson, is an African American former army brat who kicks so much ass that right now she’s my favorite heroine ever. She cusses a lot, too, which is what she and I have the most in common.

3) Protagonist with a kid. Claire again. Technically, in book 2, I wrote about the father of Claire’s daughter, Nikolas, but the baby hadn’t been born yet. In PRODIGAL I got to tackle how a character involved in a dangerous adventure romance handles motherhood. I have to say I kinda chickened out on this one. I had Claire wisely send her daughter to Nikolas, who was in a safer place, for most of the book. As someone who found parenting small children supremely unromantic (LOL), it may still be awhile before I can suspend my own disbelief enough to write a romance about a parent or parents of young children in which the kids are in the book all the time.

4) End to a trilogy. I’ve written series books before, but PRODIGAL definitely wraps up the trilogy arc that began in ANGELI. Some series are kind of ongoing stories that take place in the same world but sort of stand alone. Others are neverending epics that require you read every single book in order. The Maelstrom trilogy falls in between those – you can pick up the books in any order, but there are narrative arcs that begin in ANGELI and get finished in PRODIGAL. Very satisfying!

Now for a little more information about the book:

He nearly destroyed the world, but with her help, he can save it.

Sheriff Claire Lawson has all the trouble she can handle keeping the peace in her post-apocalyptic town. When the one guy who could have prevented the apocalypse interrupts her supply run, naked and bereft of memories, she tries to convince the Shipborn aliens to shelter the former Chosen One. But there are too many unanswered questions about his survival, so it’s not safe for him to leave the planet.

Adam Alsing—at least that’s what they tell him his name is—just knows he wants to stay with Claire. Yeah, he doesn’t remember being a global failure, but Claire’s the one thing he encounters that makes him feel grounded. Grounded and kind of turned on, but these are serious times. He’ll help her protect her town since he couldn’t save the world, but first he’s got to appease a suspicious government, a prying sentient Ship, and every human who hates him for being the man he can’t remember being.

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Short Bio:

Jody Wallace grew up in the South in a very rural area. She went to school a long time and ended up with a Master's Degree in Creative Writing. Her resume includes college English instructor, technical documents editor, market analyst, web designer, and all around pain in the butt. She resides in Tennessee with one husband, two children, one Grandma, six cats, and a lot of junk.

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