Childers (Childers Universe Book 1)
by Richard F. Weyand
(Weyand Associates, Inc.)
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Jan Childers grew up orphaned in the slums of decaying post-diaspora Earth. She was raped, beaten, and starved. Yet she survived. She escaped to become a citizen of the Commonwealth of Free Planets, and joined the Commonwealth Space Force. Over the next twenty years, she turned the CSF into the most powerful and dangerous space fleet that history had ever known.
Jan Childers rose to lead that fleet against freedom's most deadly enemy -- Earth itself.
An Interview with Rich Weyand
How did you write Childers?
I had no idea where Childers was going when I started. It grew into a novel, but I wasn't sure going in. I didn't plot it out in advance, it just sort of grew. It wrote very fast. I had the initial 60,000 words of the story arc in a month. Then I went back and filled in another 30,000 words in a couple of weeks.
Your main character is female. Is that an unusual choice in science fiction?
I don't think so. I'm really comfortable writing strong women. I've known a bunch of them, and have lived with one for over thirty years. And there are a number of strong women in science fiction, including Honor Harrington, Kylara Vatta, Cordelia Naismith, Maureen Johnson Smith, just to name a few. Women think differently than men, often with different priorities, and you have to take that into account, but I don't have any problem with that.
Your main character suffers from PTSD for much of the book. Was that difficult to write?
No, but I had to be careful to get it right. The signs are pretty subtle, because I'm not writing close third person. I'm an omniscient third person writer. So I'm not in the character's head, where it would be easier for the reader to spot. An early reader, who is a PTSD counselor, saw the signs very clearly, and said he was hoping she got help before it all came apart for her. He was relieved when he got to the part of the book where she started counseling.
Your technology choices are interesting. No warp drive, no blasters, no artificial ...
Genre: Science Fiction
Length: 301 Pages (1,613 KB)Lending: EnabledAdded: Dec 6th, 2019