The Prometheus Saga Author Interview: East of the Sun by Jade Kerrion
AUTHOR JADE KERRION
Our featured author today is Jade Kerrion, author of "East of the Sun", a short story in The Prometheus Saga. "East of the Sun" is available for FREE on Kindle today, 3/30 - 4/3, so be sure to download your copy!
Welcome, Jade. What inspired you to launch / join The Alvarium Experiment?
Late last year, Charles A. Cornell reached out to me to ask if I'd be interested in joining a unique collaboration of authors writing short stories around a central premise. I'd engaged in many author collaborations previously, especially on anthologies, but Charles' project was unique and piqued my interest. How were a dozen or more creative people (likely with more than one voice in their heads) ever going to come to agreement long enough to make a project like The Alvarium Experiment happen? With an equal mix of eager enthusiasm and morbid curiosity, I signed up!
What are some of the benefits and challenges of writing “into” an existing framework for Prometheus as a character? How did that shape your creative process for your story? Is it different from your usual writing process?
I didn't think the existing framework for Prometheus hindered my creative process. All writing, in fact, is constrained by the "rules of the world," be it physics in ours, or magic in Middle Earth. As long as the rules are clearly articulated and understood, there's frequently lots of room for play within the rules (and of course writers are brilliant at finding loopholes and pushing the boundaries.) I started with the question of "What defining event in human history do people know very little about and what role could a being like Prometheus possibly play in shaping it?" and found my inspiration very quickly. This short story gave me an opportunity to dabble with a first person POV, which is not my POV of choice, so I truly appreciated the learning experience.
Tell me more about your other work(s).
This is the kind of question that just gets more complicated each year as my bibliography grows. In general, I write science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. My debut novel, Perfection Unleashed, won six awards, including the gold medal in science fiction for Readers Favorites, and kicked off the Double Helix series. The series is now complete at four books, but it has spawned several spin-offs, including a YA novel and several thrillers. Earth-Sim, one of my favorite novels, is a standalone book that asks, "What if Earth were a simulation, and the two people managing the planet with college kids with major communication issues and management style conflicts?" It's a hilariously fun romp through human history, incorporating geology, geography, history, mythology, and popular culture. Finally, I launched a contemporary romance novella series last year called Life Shocks Romances, and it's gaining traction quickly. You can find my novels at http://www.jadekerrion.com/books.
Tell me more about your short story in The Prometheus Saga. Why did you pick that episode in history?
Western history books (not surprisingly) lack both focus and detail on topics relating to the richness and depth of the history and impact of eastern cultures, like China. I wanted to bring one such example of China's contribution to light, and in this case, it was the remarkable journeys of admiral Zheng He's armada which was believed to have reached North America before Christopher Columbus. Did the Chinese armada in fact reach North America, and if so, what was the impact on Ferdinand Magellan, who is believed to have possessed the first world map and successfully circumnavigated the globe? "East of the Sun" explores this remarkable "what if" possibility.
What are your writing plans for 2015? What does the new year hold in store for you?
I'll be releasing four contemporary romance novellas this year as well as taking part in six romance anthologies, ranging from contemporary, to paranormal, to romantic thrillers. I'll be releasing Carnival Tricks, a spin-off thriller in the world of the Double Helix, focusing on a genetically modified virus run amok. In addition, I'll be releasing two novels in my Double Helix Women series, shining the spotlight on the unpredictable assassin, Zara Itani, who can wreak more havoc with love than most people can with hate, and the brilliant clone, Xin, who is behind just about every major world event (read: disaster), either precipitating it or trying to stop it for reasons that are entirely her own.
ABOUT THE AUTHORJADE KERRION is the author of the Double Helix series, which has won eight science fiction awards, including the Gold Medal, Readers Favorites 2013. She writes speculative fiction and contemporary romance novels that aspire to keep you from doing anything else useful with your time.
"The Double Helix is the kind of series you’d expect to see with a movie deal. I loved, loved, LOVED it.”—Full Time Reader, Amazon Reviewer
“I wish I could award more than 5 stars. This phenomenal series continues to astonish and delight.”— Hillel Kaminsky, Amazon Reviewer
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The Saga spans the range of the existence of Homo sapiens. The stories do not need to be read in any particular order; each story is an entry point into the overall story.
The Prometheus Saga stories & authors are:
“The Pisces Affair” by Daco Auffenorde. CIA operative Jordan Jakes meets Prometheus when the Secretary of State becomes the target of a terrorist attack at a head-of-state dinner in Dubai. Visit Daco at www.authordaco.com.
“On Both Sides” by Bria Burton. When a mysterious woman vanishes during the American Revolution, young Robby Freeman searches for answers from a cryptic sharpshooter who deserted Washington’s Continental Army. Visit Bria at www.briaburton.com.
“Ever After” by M.J. Carlson. Two mysterious women convey the same Cinderella story to Giambattista Basile in 1594 and Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm in 1811. How different cultures retell this story reveals humanity’s soul to those who listen. Visit M.J. at www.mjcarlson.com.
“The Blurred Man” by Bard Constantine. FBI agent Dylan Plumm's investigation of a mill explosion puts her on the trail of the Blurred Man, a mysterious individual who may have been on Earth for centuries. Visit Bard at www.bardwritesbooks.com.
“Crystal Night” by Charles A. Cornell. Berlin, 1938. On the eve of one of history’s darkest moments, a Swedish bartender working in Nazi Germany accidentally uncovers a woman’s hidden past. Can he avoid becoming an accomplice as the Holocaust accelerates? Visit Charles at www.charlesacornell.com.
“Marathon” by Doug Dandridge. Prometheus, posing as a citizen of Athens, participates in the battle of Marathon alongside the playwright Aeschylus. Visit Doug at www.dougdandridge.net.
“The Strange Case of Lord Byron’s Lover” by Parker Francis. Writing in her journal, Mary Shelley recounts a series of perplexing events during her visit with Lord Byron—a visit that resulted in the creation of her famous Frankenstein novel, but also uncovered a remarkable mystery. Visit Parker at www.parkerfrancis.com.
“Strangers on a Plane” by Kay Kendall. In 1969 during a flight across North America, a young mother traveling with her infant meets an elderly woman who displays unusual powers. But when a catastrophe threatens, are those powers strong enough to avert disaster? This short story folds into Kay’s mystery series featuring the young woman, amateur sleuth Austin Starr. Visit Kay at www.kaykendallauthor.com.
“East of the Sun” by Jade Kerrion. Through a mysterious map depicting far-flung lands, a Chinese sailor in 1424 and a Portuguese cartographer in 1519 share a vision of an Earth far greater than the reality they know. Visit Jade at www.jadekerrion.com.
“Manteo” by Elle Andrews Patt. In 1587, Croatan native Manteo returns from London to Roanoke Island, Virginia. Can he reconcile his strong loyalty to the untamed land and people of his home with his desire for the benefits the colonizing English bring with them before one of them destroys the other? Visit Elle at www.elleandrewspatt.com.
“First World War” by Ken Pelham. 40,000 BC: As the last remaining species of hominid, Homo sapiens and Homo neanderthalensis, fight a desperate battle for ownership of the future, the outcasts of both sides find themselves caught in middle. Visit Ken at www.kenpelham.com.
“Lilith” by Antonio Simon, Jr. In this retelling of the Adam & Eve story, a hermit’s life is turned upside-down by the arrival of a mysterious woman in his camp. As the story of their portentous meeting carries forward through the millennia, only time will tell if Lilith is a heroine, a victim, or a monster. Visit Antonio at www.DarkwaterSyndicate.com.
“Fifteen Dollars’ Guilt” by Antonio Simon, Jr. 1881: After a close brush with death in a steamship disaster, Prometheus encounters another survivor who gripes about how aimless his life has become. Prometheus helps him find his calling, inadvertently setting in motion the assassination of President Garfield. Visit Antonio at www.DarkwaterSyndicate.com.
Visit the website to view all of the stories: The Prometheus Saga