Wednesday, March 6, 2013

"What's In a Name?" Indie Author Spotlight: Elisa Nuckle

Today's Indie Giveaway featured writer is Elisa Nuckle, author of Dominant Race. Elisa is another one of the eleven talented indie authors who have come together to create the Indie Giveaway going on until March 11th. The prizes in the giveaway are 11 free ebooks, and 3 free print books plus a $20 Amazon card! So let's find out "What's in a name?" according to Elisa...

Elisa Nuckle is a twenty-something fantasy and science fiction novelist. It's always been her dream to chase ideas down and put them into concrete words. Currently, she's undergoing enlightenment at a community college in Houston, Texas, and plans on getting an English major in the hopefully-not-too-distant future.
Dominant Race

Lilia is a genetically altered human - a modified - with special animal instincts and abilities. She is half wolf under the microscope, and it shows.

When Lilia learns about a growing threat against all modified, she leaves home for the first time to join a militia that, like her and her family, survive in the outskirts of the intolerant Greater Cities of the East.

Their enemies? The Eighth General and the ever-expanding devolved, degenerate modified that are mindless killers, blind instinct and rage in human form. When chaos erupts in the First City, Lilia and her allies must choose: help a government in the business of killing their kind, or defend someone in the business of killing everyone else?

Dominant Race is a 32,000 word novella and the first book in the Modified Trilogy.

Do you write under your actual name or a pen name, and is there any special meaning behind your name? 
Both, actually. I write some side genres under a pen name and fantasy and science fiction under my real name, Elisa Nuckle.

What are the names of your main characters and what can you tell us about them? 
The main characters in Dominant Race are Lilia, Avari, Owen, Damon, and Carm. Lilia and Co. as I call them, haha. They are all modified.

Modified are genetically enhanced humans that have basically been "modified" with animal DNA to give them special abilities and instincts (think of the newest Spider-Man movie and all that gene talk and this is basically it). So they all interact with each other in really interesting ways. Whining, head rubbing, nipping at each other. Typical animal behaviors just in people format.

Lilia is a really headstrong woman who has been sheltered from the chaos that is the modified existence. Modified aren't allowed in the Cities -- advanced metropolitan areas walled off from the poor environment around them and governed by a single General. When all of those issues come knocking on her door, she chooses to go explore the world for the first time, and it has some serious repercussions. She's a wolf modified, so she has some wolf abilities and physical features (golden eyes in particular).

Avari, Damon, and Carm, on the other hand, are rebel modified defenders and are very experienced fighters. Avari is another wolf modified while Damon is a snow leopard modified and Carm is a tiger modified. Cats have different instincts and abilities, so those two tend to be less social and more isolated.

All modified characters have been really fun to write. Thinking outside of the box about how they see reality has been a big challenge -- and a fun one!

Do their names have special significance to your story or were they just names that you liked? 
Uh, Lilia's name is a goof on her parents' part. They found an old relic plaque that said "Lilia Lass of '09" and decided to name their kid Lass or Lilia, depending on gender. Later when the plaque was cleaned up (which took a lot of work because it's centuries old) they realized it said "Lilian Class of '09."
Everyone else is just preference.

What are some fictional names of places where your characters’ stories unfold? 
Hughes is a major place. It's one of the Cities, and where a lot of events unfold. It's located in the Tennessee area, just hundreds and hundreds of years in the future (after an apocalyptic end of sorts)

How did you choose the names for your fictional settings? Do they have special significance? 
All the major Cities are a play on currently major cities or locations now. Hughes, for example, is a play on Houston. Ashing is just W-ashing-ton, and so on.

Thanks for stopping by, Elisa! 
Pleasure to be here. I appreciate you taking the time to interview me. :)

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