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A little about me…
In second grade, I couldn’t get enough Star Trek and Lost in Space, even though they were reruns of the old series. When the first Star Wars movie came out, I must’ve seen it over twenty times. I went on to reading more science fiction and fantasy, and usually I prefer novels because they can capture the world building better than any movie can. I’ve read so many science fiction books it’s hard to pinpoint a favorite. I like many of the classic science fiction authors who are now in their sixties and seventies.
Eventually, I started coming up with ideas for characters, plots and worlds. I tend to have an overactive imagination and the only way to unload is to start writing. My dreams are very vivid and I remember many of them. Part of this is portrayed in one of my characters, a psychic, Ian Connors, who has visions about the present and future. Anything new in science and technology is always an interest to me. I love to keep learning and put a lot of research into my books. When it comes to reading, I’m always looking for a unique premise and I strive for the same thing in my books. Although I tend to lean toward speculative fiction, I’m open to other genres as well.
Being able to connect with other writers via blogs or groups has been very motivational for me. In between raising kids, I've worked as freelance editor, web-designer, database programmer and computer instructor. In my spare time, I like doing outdoor things as you can see in the pictures below.
on Oct. 31, 2011 :
TransShifter is a blend of a dynamic Phillip K. Dick story with the human element of a Gabriel Marquez. Like Dick, TranShifter takes a bite out of the scientific theory that there is life on other planets and periodically they may come and visit us - maybe even become us. Like Marquez the main character struggles to understand what it is to be human and what that ultimately means.
The concept of an alien energy force cloning one of us is not one that hasn't been done before, but it is one that never grows out of style especially when it is done well. Cindy Borgne does a fantastic job of plot manipulation that kept me turning page after page without stopping until I reached the end. I read it in one sitting. And, then I questioned what it means to be human.
The plot was as laid out as a well-constructed maze, but more than plot the characters worked for me. I found myself angry at the main character, and then crying for him to succeed. I rooted for him from beginning to end. I rooted for humanity, wanting this alien being to see us as more than a selfish race out to destroy. In the end, I got an ending that was unexpected and rewarding. If you like pondering the universe, enjoying a twisted set of an alternate way of life, love good characters - I highly recommend this book.
(reviewed the day of purchase)