Interview with Ed Ross

What is your book about?
Of the potentially billions of planets in the Universe that could support intelligent life like that on Earth, is it not reasonable to assume that at least one of them contains life that very much resembles humans. If so, would they share our beliefs in God, religion and human love?
Describe your writing in three words. I write because I think, I believe, and I feel.
I write because I think, I believe, and I feel.
What inspired you to write this particular story?
Since childhood I have been fascinated by stories of intelligent life like us on other planets. Now we know that hundreds of millions if not billions of planets throughout the Universe likely are rocky planets neither too close or too far from their stars with oceans of water. Among all these planets, at least one of them contains intelligent life that looks very much like us. If so, this gives rise to numerous questions. Foremost among them, do they worship a supreme deity like most of us do? Are their moral and ethical principles similar to ours? Are their ideas of war and peace like ours? Do they share our emotions of love and hate? Rion and Sena certainly are extraordinary and attractive representatives of their species, but they have no superpowers beyond memory chips in their brains. All they desire is to survive and lead peaceful, anonymous lives and raise children. As you might expect, however, if space aliens like them showed up on Earth’s doorstep, the U.S. government wouldn’t let them to that.
Are your characters in the book based on anyone you know?
Rion and Sena are composite, idealized characters, imbued with heroic personalities. What makes them different from other protagonists is their unique extraterrestrial nature. They didn’t come to save the world like so many sci-fi Earth-like aliens have. They’ve come to save themselves and their species. In the process they discover that in order to save themselves the have to make earth a better place. FBI Special Agent Noel Smith is based on a real master American counterespionage operative. He’s a close friend I’ve known and worked with for over 35 years. Like the character in the book, he had to deal with the moral dilemmas and bureaucratic challenges inherent in his profession. Do ends justify the means? Can he trust other government agencies not to stab him in the back. Father Ed Harris is patterned after my favorite high school teacher, Father William Wetzel. He’s a down-to-earth priest with his own interests that go beyond the Church. Finally as a kidney transplant recipient thirty years out I have encountered literally hundreds of doctors. Emma Harris is a composite of many of them.
What project(s) are you working on now?
I’m writing the sequel, working title “The Transplants: Errant Dragons.” Most of the action takes place in China What project(s) are you working on now? . “The Transplants,” was well received and I thought there was much life still left in the main characters. The challenge in writing all squeals is making them fresh and new and not a retread of the original.
Is there anything else you would like to say to your readers?
Every reader trends toward certain genres of books. Not everyone likes sci-fi because it is such a diverse genre. Paraphrasing Forest Gump, it’s like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get. “The Transplants” falls into the sci-fi genre by definition because Rion and Sena come from outer space. Once on earth, there’s very little sci-fi involved in the stories. It becomes and action adventure novel and a love story. No superheroes, no aliens trying to take over the world or force us to mend our errant ways. It’s a story about two people like us who must survive, evade and escape their pursuers.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Twenty years ago I wrote my first novel, but that was the days before eBooks and it was never picked up by a publisher. The manuscript is sitting in a box on a shelf in my closet. Perhaps one day I will take it out and update and rewrite it and publish it online. I've also written a screen play that was almost made into a movie. A Hollywood producer was very interested in the script. A dispute over "creative differences" resulted in the project not going forward. Hollywood has a way of taking a perfectly good story and turning it into. . . well, something less than a good story.
What is your writing process?
I don't start writing the book until I have the entire story worked out in detail in my mind. I don't do an outline, by the time I have the story worked out I've gone over it so many times I can recite it in detail from memory.
Published 2015-06-21.
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Books by This Author

The Transplants
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 110,170. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk
Rion and Sena, two refugees from a doomed plant cross the galaxy to Earth to save their species from extinction. Separated upon their arrival, they must survive, find each other, evade and escape individuals and governments that would enslave them.