Monday, February 28, 2011

SFR Brigade Welcomes (and shines big light on) Elizabeth Lang!

Welcome aboard, Elizabeth and thanks for stopping by to answer some questions!

Please tell us a little about yourself
I'm a fairly new writer, just over 3 years. I started out with fanfiction though I made the foray into original fiction about a year ago. One of the results of was a novel, a scifi thriller called The Empire. I never intended to publish it but one thing led to another...well that's another story.
I've been in the IT industry for many years, in the insurance software industry. I live in Canada when I'm not working overseas. I love writing, travelling and delicious foods.
We’d love to hear more about your book, (fill in here please)
The Empire is the first of a three book series which explores what it's like to live inside a society that is well on its way to becoming totalitarian. The situation is dire. Humanity is under siege by invaders from the Andromeda galaxy. They barely survived the first wave over a century ago by joining forces and learning to work together. Over the years this force has become a massive Empire whose sole purpose is to protect this galaxy and to that end, they've made increasingly tough compromises.
The story centers on a brilliant scientist, Adrian Stannis, whose greatest wish is to be left alone. Unfortunately, the higher ups decide that his skills and knowledge are essential to winning the war and demand his services, whether he is willing to help them or not. It is this personal struggle that brings out the issues that face this society. In the middle of it all is the relationship between Adrian and Kali, a psi-enabled human who is determined to help him, despite his desire to handle everything alone. Through his journey, Adrian learns to accept her help and to understand his own feelings for her.
Would you like to share any upcoming projects (and links) 
I am currently working on The Rebels, which is the sequeal to The Empire. This follows Adrian and Kali's journey, and the exploration of this galaxy in turmoil, but from the perspective of the rebels who oppose the Empire.
What do you like about writing SFR?
To be honest, I've never been a fan of strictly romance novels. I prefer my romance mixed with mystery and was not aware of the scifi romance genre before. When I started writing, I didn't start out to write a just happened.
What do you find challenging about it?
At the moment I'm just winging it. It's fascinating to explore a romantic relationship without focussing on the romance, and just having it flow from the characters.
What is your favorite SF book or movie?
My favourite scifi books are the Foundation series. the Honor Harrington books, and the Dorsai series (particularly Spirit of the Dorsai).
Choose one or more of these:
If you could have a robot that did one chore/task and only one, what would you choose?
I would have one that does the laundry and preferably all the ironing.
What SFR book would you most like to be stranded in and with whom?
Being new to SFR, I don't have any preferences yet but am looking forward to learning more.
Favorite mode of fictional travel?

Back of book summary:
Humanity is in danger of annihilation as a centuries old war with the Andromedans heats up again. The Empire, an increasingly totalitarian society, is the only force that stands in the gap.
Thrust into this chaos of alien invasion, rebellion, and political intrigue, Lieutenant Adrian Stannis is caught between the ends and the means. No one knows why this brilliant scientist chooses to hide himself in the farthest reaches of the galaxy, doing research on an insignificant science vessel. His days of anonymity may soon be coming to an end, whether he wants it to or not.
Adrian's freedom, and his very survival may depend on friends he's afraid of having. Kali, a psi-enabled humanoid who is the only person he gets along with, just barely, and Bryce, his personal assistant and one-time conman and thief, may be his only hopes, if he doesn't push them away, not to mention a mystery surrounding him that may explode in their faces.
Everyone wants to know the truth, but will it set them free?

thanks again and Welcome!


  1. Welcome to the Brigade, Elizabeth. EMPIRE looks intriguing. And another to add to our Thursday tag party list! (Though it does seem to have a good start on tags already.)

  2. Thanks for the welcome, Laurie!

  3. Welcome Elizabeth! I've seen Empire out there and knew I should add it to my tbr list. Now I know I will!

    Good to have you join the Brigade.


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