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Interview: Loren Rhoades

Loren RhoadsOne of our own, Loren Rhoades, was interviewed on SF Signal:

Loren Rhoads is the author of the “In the Wake of the Templars” space opera trilogy. She is also the author of the “As Above, So Below” paranormal novel. The Dangerous Type, the first book in the Templars trilogy, made io9’s list of must read science fiction, Barnes & Noble’s sci fi/fantasy picks, and Barnes and Noble’s 9 Space Operas’s to Read While You’re Waiting for Ancillary Mercy. The second edition of As Above, So Below will be out in April and a sequel will be out in November. She is writing a collection of short stories in the Templars universe. Her next novel is about the Alondra DeCourval character who appeared in “Fright Mare: Women Write Horror; in “The Haunted Mansion Project: Year One, Sins of the Sirens,” and in “Evermore: Tales of Murder, Mystery, and the Macabre.”

Loren answered a few of my questions about the In the Wake of the Templars trilogy, and more!

Carl Slaughter: From starship captains to police detectives to mercenaries to sorceresses to monster slayers, the fiction landscape is littered with kickass heroines. Where sos Raena, the protagonist of your “In the Wake of the Templars” trilogy, fit in this landscape?

Loren Rhoades: Raena Zacari was an assassin. Until her imprisonment, she worked for the wrong side of the galactic war, which trained her to kill. Over the course of the Templar trilogy, she learns to stop letting murder be her first reaction. I wanted to look at how difficult it is to break the patterns of the past, especially to move beyond the habits of violent response.

Full story at SF Signal

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