A writer by birth and a redhead by choice, AmyBeth Inverness writes Speculative Fiction and Romance from her home in Colorado Springs. She is assisted (~cough~) by her husband, two kids, one cat and a very helpful Golden Retriever.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Stories germinate and grow in my head, unbidden and often at inopportune moments. Writing, for me, gives these stories life and, more importantly, gets them out of my brain!
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are my biggest source of support. With my SciFi stories, I often have questions such as "Is this possible?" or "Would it work this way?" regarding engineering and science.
I started posting my SciFi Question of the Day on social media as a way to get this input, then it grew into something larger. Some questions are just for fun, but I'm often surprised by an answer that is so far out of my own experience that I never would have thought of it on my own. And frequently, the answers I see (from the scientists, the engineers, the students, and those who simply love the genre) inspire another story or scene.
Humans have returned to the moon and formed a thriving, unique society of multiple cities, each with their own customs and flavor.
These shorts are about the Loonies; those humans who live, work, and play on the moon. From the commuter who travels between the equator and poles to the families raising generations of little Loonies and the scientists taking advantage of the moon's unique properties, you'll get to know and love this vibrant society.
Individual stories are available in e-format. Look for the collection in paperback Spring 2017.
Eddie is amped up to film a commercial on the moon. One of his sponsors, a major taco chain, has designed an entire ad campaign around him riding his BMX bike in and out of some giant craters. The low gravity allows him to do some pretty terrific stunts, but sticking the landing isn’t as easy as one might think.
It took a lot of complicated and expensive work to import a dozen sheep to Luna, but Doc would do anything to make his Welsh wifey happy.
Now, if he can just figure out where the sheep have lost themselves...
Kwadwo always tries to pack in as much family time as he can when he’s home, since he spends days at a time at his bakery up on Shark’s Head Station. When his little princess tells him she’d rather spend her sixteenth birthday with him than with her friends, he realizes his kids miss him even more than he misses them.
Uncle Dave has faithfully carried on his father’s storytelling tradition, spinning tales of the dragons that live in the crevasses and caverns around the lunar city of Arrakeen. Then an odd encounter makes him wonder if perhaps there is a grain of truth behind the stories after all.
The only way Pastor Pastornack is able to convince her congregation that she will truly be unavailable during her sabbatical is to leave Earth completely. Pastor Pastornack looks up at the big blue marble that is her home and strives to find an identity that is not defined by her relationship to someone else.
Eireann has been hired to find out why her wealthy client’s air intake isn’t as strong as it should be. When she finds the real problem, the fix she comes up with isn’t one that will please the customer.
Living in Old Town Sinus Medii, Simon is used to the idiosyncrasies of systems that are more than a hundred years old. But when a new delicatessen moves in next door, the odors that come through their shared air system into his tailor shop threaten to make him close his business. He wants to be a good neighbor, but he has to do something about the noxious fumes before he loses all his clients.
Atuf spends his career commuting between Earth and the Moon every few months. When he finds himself stuck on a space station, unable to get to NYC because of a transit strike, he might just fall in love. Or adopt a cat. Or both.
Fredrick is used to traveling all over the moon for business, but when he’s held up at the Lunar North Pole right before Christmas, he might have to find a more creative form of transportation in order to get home on time.
Pico is not happy about the changes in her life. First, a new baby brother appears out of nowhere, then her grandmother from Earth comes to live with them. At least Gramma-dinger comes with cookies. Unless that’s not what’s in the blue tin…
Tina is fed up with the city, escaping to life on a riverboat that crawls around the moon’s equator, following the sun. A fresh perspective and a little romance might show her there’s a good side to the city after all.
Varun should know better than to trust any plan his big sister Usha concocts, but when the plot involves a beautiful girl he has a crush on, he goes against his better judgement and joins a group of their friends for a Diwali party in an empty warehouse out on the regolith.
MaggieJo could have hired a stranger to help her with her physical therapy after losing her legs in a construction accident, but instead she hires her step-sister who used to babysit her. Unfortunately, Becca’s methods of support and encouragement include the reassurance that faceplanting is always an option, and MaggieJo realizes her recovery will not be as comfortable as she wished.
Sharing a birthday not only with each other but the founding of the lunar colonies themselves, Moriel and Kellan are resigned to being minor celebrities for the centennial celebrations. But the friendship that has lasted a century is sorely tested when old jealousies arise.
Catharine embraces her lot in life, living in Luna's most utilitarian city with little hope of ever having anything more. She is nothing like the Hippie Freaks who share her neighborhood, eating and sleeping whenever the mood strikes them and daring to be happy when they obviously don't have anything to be happy about. But for the love of a starving artist, her life might soon turn upside-down.
Feisal is determined that the disease that has attacked his spine will not signal the end of his professional baseball career. Surgery and rehabilitation in the low gravity of Earth's moon may be his only hope.
Martha, Jonah, and Grandpa Donald have lived in the old farmhouse on Paladin Court far longer than anyone can remember. Little do their neighbors know just how long they’ve lived there, or what is imprisoned in their basement.