Date Published: Jan. 31, 2015
Publisher: Cinnabar Press
A clairvoyant young woman finds her visions of the future to be a nuisance, until she discovers that she is hardly unique. An entire group of seers has learned how to profit from their knowledge in ways that Ariel has never considered. Another group is obsessed with using their talents to understand a dark future they cannot ignore.
An alliance with either crowd looks dangerous, given that they both seem a little crazy. There is no possible way to help them both. Worse yet, each group is convinced that Ariel is more than a potential asset; she’s the one thing that they must have in order to fully succeed.
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
Getting started. Literally. The first word is the most difficult thing for me. To get around that, I went ahead and selected a starting word for each of the six books in this collection before I ever began writing it. I know it sounds goofy, but it worked pretty well.
What songs are most played on your Ipod?
The songs without lyrics. I like all kinds of music, but I have trouble shutting out words when I’m writing, editing, or even just trying to think. I have a couple of playlists (slow, fast) that mix classical, jazz, new age, world, soundtrack and electronic selections.
Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
Both. Critique partners kind of come and go for me, as it’s a relationship that is so situation dependent, and during each book I’ve been in a different situation. On the other hand, my group of beta readers just keeps growing because when I’ve turned to people to lend me specific expertise on one novel, they’ve often asked if they could be a beta reader for the next one as well.
What book are you reading now?
Most of my reading these days is research for my own writing so I’ve got I book on judo and Steven Pinker’s “The Language Instinct” on my reading pile. I did take a break recently and let myself read Charles Yu’s “How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe.” I loved it.
How did you start your writing career?
By making up bedtime stories for my little sister.
It’s the final novel in a six book collection. Each of the previous five books featured the story of an individual family member, and this one is the story of how they all five learn to combine their superpowers and work together.
About the Author
Sherrie Roth grew up in Western Kansas thinking that there was no place in the universe more fascinating than outer space. After her mother vetoed astronaut as a career ambition, she went on to study journalism and physics in hopes of becoming a science writer.
She published her first science fiction short story long ago, and then waited a lot of tables while she looked for inspiration for the next story. When it finally came, it declared to her that it had to be whole book, nothing less. One night, while digesting this disturbing piece of news, she drank way too many shots of ouzo with her boyfriend. She woke up thirty-one years later demanding to know what was going on.
The boyfriend, who she had apparently long since married, asked her to calm down and explained that in a fit of practicality she had gone back to school and gotten a degree in geophysics and had spent the last 28 years interpreting seismic data in the oil industry. The good news, according to Mr. Cronin, was that she had found it at least mildly entertaining and ridiculously well-paying The bad news was that the two of them had still managed to spend almost all of the money.
Apparently she was now Mrs. Cronin, and the further good news was that they had produced three wonderful children whom they loved dearly, even though to be honest that is where a lot of the money had gone. Even better news was that Mr. Cronin turned out to be a warm-hearted, encouraging sort who was happy to see her awake and ready to write. "It's about time," were his exact words.
Sherrie Cronin discovered that over the ensuing decades Sally Ride had already managed to become the first woman in space and apparently had done a fine job of it. No one, however, had written the book that had been in Sherrie's head for decades. The only problem was, the book informed her sternly that it had now grown into a six book series. Sherrie decided that she better start writing it before it got any longer. She's been wide awake ever since, and writing away.