What Inspired You to Write Science Fiction?
From the earliest time I can remember, I was drawn to shows such as “Twilight Zone” and “Star Trek.” When I was a child my favorite book was A Wrinkle in Time. I have a lifelong fascination with the intersection of science and the paranormal or unexplained. My science fiction tends then to combine these two things. It’s a big dose of what’s at the edge of our understanding mixed with enough science to make it feel plausible.
At the time that the idea for the H.A.L.F. series came to me, I was still working on my first series (The Akasha Chronicles), a teen fantasy series about an everyday America teenager who learns she has ancient Celtic magic. I was enmeshed in Celtic mythology, Druidic lore and magical creatures.
But a hot summer day in Arizona brought about a wholly different type of story. I was driving across town – my back wet with sweat even with the air conditioning blowing full blast – and listening to a techno-rap song called “Cowboys & Aliens” by the band Gram Rabbit. The song about mother ships and aliens combined with the oppressive summer heat to inspire a story about a teenage human-alien hybrid who has lived his entire life in an underground lab. As the story begins, he has just escaped the lab but he may be our only hope to escape destruction at the hands of a ravaging alien species from across the galaxy.
Writing the series allows me to spend my days immersed in the type of worlds I’ve always loved to read or watch. An ordinary young woman who isn’t looking to become anyone’s hero uncovers a shadowy government conspiracy. The story explores alien worlds and high-tech gear but at the heart of it is the protagonist, Erika Holt. She’s content to mind her own business. She’s a bit rough around the edges, but she’s got a good heart. When a chance encounter brings her into H.A.L.F. 9’s realm, she isn’t about to turn her back and let him be dragged back to the lab to live the rest of his life as a test subject.
One of the things I love most about reading, watching and writing science fiction is how the genre allows us to explore what it is to be human. Characters such as Data and Spock from Star Trek or Heinlein’s “Martian” in Stranger in a Strange Land, show us ourselves far better than most human characters. Human beings and their relationships are endlessly fascinating to me. Reviewers and readers remark about how character-driven The Makers is, and I suppose that comes from my perspective of exploring humanity through my characters. While futuristic technology is fun, at the end of the day the story has to make readers care about characters. I hope that I’ve brought that to my story.
H.A.L.F.: The Makers
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Roswell. Area 51. The X-Files.
You’ve seen the spindly-legged, bulbous-headed aliens known as ‘the Greys’ in movies and on television. You may think you know all about them.
But what if everything you think you know is wrong?
And what if the Greys are only the beginning?
At the far reaches of the galaxy, the M’Uktah e
volved from a wolf-like creature into an advanced society that has achieved interstellar travel. They’re sophisticated. Elegant.
Erika Holt dodged death and departed Earth in an alien ship. It wasn’t how she’d planned to spend her senior year. Is Erika on her way to paradise? Or to a hell worse than the underground lab she escaped?
The greys rescued Tex from A.H.D.N.A. and promised him a life he could never have imagined. But what will he have to give up to become one with The Conexus?
Jack Wilson is still Commander Sturgis’ prisoner, but a promise of freedom comes from an unlikely source. Will his liberation cost more than he’s willing to pay?
Caught up in their personal battles, will any of them realize the threat that looms over us all before it’s too late?
Wright’s follow-up to her award-winning sci-fi debut has been called “An enthralling, page-turning sci-fi adventure. The makings of an epic!” ~ The Wishing Shelf
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Natalie Wright is the author of the award-winning H.A.L.F. series and the young adult fantasy trilogy, The Akasha Chronicles. She lives in the high desert in Tucson, Arizona with her husband, teen daughter and two cats.
When not writing, reading or gaming, Natalie enjoys geek
ing out over Star Wars, cool science, and other nerdy things. She travels frequently to comic cons and book festivals throughout the western U.S. where she meets readers and signs books. Natalie also enjoys international travel and snorkeling in warm waters. She was born an Ohio farm girl, lives in the suburban desert, and dreams of living in a big city high rise.