Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Scott Cleveland--Pale Boundaries

Scott Cleveland has been a voracious reader since he picked up his first science fiction novel in a supermarket check-out in the mid-70’s. A diet of Heinlein, Asimov, Foster and McCaffrey, among many others, spurred him to pursue an English degree while a twenty-five-year-plus military career paid the bills. He currently resides in Eastern Washington with his wife, Carol, a dog, and the dog’s two pet cats.

PALE BOUNDARIES: Where do you go after you're torn from the only planet you've ever called home? What do you do when your new home despises foreigners?
Who do you blame when they kill someone you care about....and how do you take revenge?

Terson Reilly knew things would be different on Nivia. But he wasn't prepared for the draconian environmental laws, harsh population control measures or the prejudice against outsiders-and they didn't expect what he was willing to do to defend himself. Terson finds love when he meets Virene, an independent young woman chafing under the strict social controls herself. The couple do their best to conform, but their rebellious streak leads them beyond the colony's boundaries where an attempt to rescue the crew of a crashed spacecraft unwittingly sets in motion events that threaten to expose not only Nivia's dark secret, but that of a powerful criminal organization as well.

Q: What will e-readers like about your book?

A: The science part of the fiction is merely a backdrop; the story itself is about people. The heroes have flaws, the villains have virtues, and the readers, I hope, will see something they are or want to be in all of them.

Q: Why did you go indie?

A: I thought for a long time that traditional publishing was the pinnacle of success. As I learned the cold, hard facts of the publishing business, however, I realized how much the end product is altered by commercial influences (assuming I could even break in). What I really wanted was to get my work in front of people and indie publishing, especially e-publishing, made that possible.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?

A: John Scalzi and Elizabeth Moon—probably because the quality of their storytelling is what I aspire to.

Amazon Link: www.amazon.com/dp/B0036FU0U6

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