New sci-fi romance alert: Author C.S. Wilde’s FROM THE STARS has launched! It’s a story in the vein of “alien falls to Earth” but with a gender twist: the alien is female!
And if you’re a fan of books by Sarah J. Maas, John Green and Patricia Briggs, the author indicated to me that FROM THE STARS is particularly up your alley!
To help celebrate the release, I invited C.S. Wilde to chat with me in an interview so we could learn more about her book. First, the blurb:
To twenty-four-year-old James Bauman, the idea of a perfect weekend revolves around watching Star Trek and playing video games. If he had to fight an actual Klingon, he’d run away screaming like a hysterical little girl.
All of that changes when he falls for Miriam Haworth, the most incredibly amazing woman he’s ever met. If only she was human, things would be a lot easier.
Miriam Haworth cannot love, but this won’t stop her from trying. She must be careful, though. Strong emotions are forbidden in the whisar Empire. If the council discovers that she’s trying to fall in love with an earthling, they’ll pull her heart out. Literally.
James will do everything in his power to show Miriam what love is, but if he succeeds, the wrath of an ancient alien race might crash upon him… and doom Miriam forever.
And now my interview with C.S. Wilde!
Galaxy Express 2.0: When did you know you wanted to become a writer?
C.S. Wilde: When I was eight, I really loved drawing. At some point, I started creating stories behind the characters I drew, and that’s how it all started.
GE: What inspired FROM THE STARS?
C.S.: Initially, it was a submission to a short-story contest, but it became way too big for that, so voilá.
GE: James sounds like an adorkable geek! If he went to a comic book convention, what booths and/or panels would he visit?
C.S.: James loves all things Marvel, Spider-man being his favorite, so he’d freak out with the upcoming Spidey movie for sure. But he’s also a closeted Batman fan, because, Batman.
GE: Without going into spoilers, tell us a few tidbits about the society Miriam comes from.
C.S.: Whisars are a developed civilization which faced its great filter millions of years ago. That event happened because of emotions, so love, hate, etc, literally brought them to the brink of extinction. After that, they cleverly decided strong emotions should be forbidden, but no one said it’d be easy.
GE: Describe a few of your favorite sci-fi romance stories in books, films, and/or television.
C.S.: BOOKS: I’d say it has to be Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart. It’s so brutal and complex, I absolutely love it. I do aim to write a story like that one day. Problem is, I’m a sucker for happy endings, so, let’s see how that plays out.
FILMS: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Wall-E are by far my favorites.
GE: What’s the coolest science fiction collectible you own?
C.S.: I had a pretty awesome Boga and a little Obi-Wan figurine, and I was crazy about them. Here’s a pic.
But after I moved out, my mom gave it away to a child in need, so it’s in a better place now.
GE: What else can readers look forward to in this series?
C.S.: What they always find in my books: a lot of action and love stories larger than life.
GE: Where can readers find you?
About the author
C.S. Wilde wrote her first Fantasy novel when she was eight. That book was absolutely terrible, but her mother told her it was awesome, so she kept writing. Now a grown up (though many will beg to differ), C. S. Wilde writes about fantastic worlds, love stories larger than life and epic battles. A Rio de Janeiro native, she currently spends her days in Switzerland. She also, quite obviously, sucks at writing an author bio. She finds it awkward that she must write this in the third person and hopes you won’t notice.