Y.S. Pascal is an award-winning author of mystery-thrillers and feature articles, a scientist, and the parent of three wonderful teens. Her first book in the Zygan Emprise Series, Where Angels Fear to Tread/Renegade Paladins won a 2010 Mensa Sharp Writ Books Award. Her mystery thriller, Dead Air, co-written as Linda Reid, won the 2010 Royal Palm Literary Award for Best Suspense/Thriller.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I came to America as a Greek infant on the rustbucket Laconia a few years before the ship yielded to its watery grave. My mother was a survivor of the 1922 "catastrophe", ethnic cleansing in Anatolia, and my father a refugee from Nazi assaults in 1930's Berlin. Their experiences in the Resistance against the Nazi occupation of Greece are echoed in Shiloh's missions, and in her passion for truth and justice. Dad went to work for NASA, and I was lucky enough to get actual Moon Rocks to show my classmates--as well as anecdotes about John Glenn's return to space on the Shuttle in '97. More details at http://novelspot.net/node/4402 Having your father rub shoulders with astronauts in the Star Trek TOS era inspired my desire to travel throughout our universe--if only in fiction.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first novel at age 10 about a young girl who ran off to join the circus. Yielding to my inner Mary Sue, I also penned a story of joining the travelers in the animated series Space Angel. The lure of independence and adventure that captured my spirit is echoed in Shiloh's adult experiences in "The Zygan Emprise", where, with a backpack full of courage, she joins the Zygan Intelligence Service and journeys across space and time to find her missing brother and save her family's lives. Mary Sues need not apply.
Renegade Paladins AND Abyssal Redemption together in ONE volume. The first adventure in the Zygan Emprise won a 2010 Mensa Sharp Writ Books award. Join Shiloh Rush and William Escott as they race to find Shiloh's missing brother and save the Earth from villainous intergalactic terrorists and traitors in their midst. A fiery thriller ride!