Monday, February 24, 2014

All of Us were Sophie by Resa Nelson

 Synopsis for All Of Us Were Sophie
What if the only way you could save your own life was to kill yourself?

Someone is trying to kill Sophie Rippetoe, and she has no place to hide.  But Sophie has a unique option.  Her husband designed and built a duplicator machine to make exact copies of complicated and sophisticated machine parts.  She knows how the duplicator works. 

Will it work for people?  No one knows.

There’s just one problem:  the duplication process destroys the original.  The only thing Sophie knows for sure is that trying to make copies of herself will end up killing her.

Sophie isn’t sure who’s trying to kill her or why – but she has her suspicions and has gathered some evidence.  Before she takes the leap of faith to use the duplicator on herself, she creates a trail of clues, hopeful that at least one of the Sophies she creates will figure it out in time to save herself.

Guest PostMixing Genres
By Resa Nelson

I’ve been a fan of mixing genres in short stories and books for a long time.  I think it’s because I read different genres when I was a child, including fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and horror.  As far as I was concerned, they were all just interesting stories.

I write the novels that I want to read.  Mysteries always hold my attention and make me want to keep reading.  So I think that’s why there’s some type of mystery in every book I’ve written.  This is even true for my four-book Dragonslayer series, an epic fantasy/adventure series.  But my purest mystery to date is my newest book, All Of Us Were Sophie, a murder mystery with a science fiction premise.  The funny thing is that it began as the opposite:  a science fiction novel with a murder mystery premise

What’s the difference?  When I first wrote this novel 25 years ago, the focus was on the science of human duplication, the idea of making an exact copy of yourself (with all your life experiences and personality intact) in an instant.  The murder mystery lingered in the background.  That novel sold, but my deal with the publishing house fell through before it could be published.  Because science fiction ideas tend to become obsolete quickly, I thought the book had no hope because it was a time when publishers had suddenly decided that buying any author’s first novel was too risky.  So I threw away the hard copy, deleted the soft copy, and forgot about Sophie.

Fast-forward 25 years.  New circumstances in my life made me think of All Of Us Were Sophie again.  In fact, I couldn't stop thinking about it.  I'd been right about the science fiction becoming obsolete.  My idea had once been fresh and new, but those days are long gone.
But I still liked the idea of mixing the science fiction and mystery genres.  A new thought dawned on me: I knew keeping the focus on the science fiction idea would no longer work.  But what if I switched the mix?  What if I made the novel a traditional murder mystery that just happens to have a science fiction premise?

In other words, while science fiction fans will be interested, I wrote this novel for fans of murder mysteries and thrillers.  Even though I did my homework and have a grasp of the science behind human duplication, I spend the tiniest amount of time explaining the science and keep it simple, short, and sweet.  My fans tell me my novels are page-turners, and I want nothing to slow them down!

I'd never been able to forget Chapter One.  I began there and re-wrote the novel from scratch.  After 25 years, I feel like I finally got the right mix.  I don't think All Of Us Were Sophie should ever have been a science fiction novel.  At its heart, it always wanted to be a murder mystery with a science fiction twist.

About the Author: 
Resa Nelson’s first novel, The Dragonslayer’s Sword, was nominated for the Nebula Award and was also a Finalist for the EPPIE Award. This medieval fantasy novel is based on a short story first published in the premiere issue of Science Fiction Age magazine and ranked 2nd in that magazine's first Readers Top Ten Poll. The Dragonslayer's Sword is Book 1 in her 4-book Dragonslayer series, which also includes The Iron Maiden (Book 2), The Stone of Darkness (Book 3), and The Dragon’s Egg (Book 4).

Resa's standalone novel, Our Lady of the Absolute, is a fantasy/mystery/thriller about a modern-day society based on ancient Egypt. Midwest Book Review gave this book a 5-star review, calling it "a riveting fantasy, very highly recommended."

She has been selling fiction professionally since 1988. She is a longtime member of SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America) and is a graduate of the Clarion SF Workshop.  Resa was also the TV/Movie Columnist for Realms of Fantasy magazine for 13 years and was a contributor to SCI FI magazine. She has sold over 200 articles to magazines in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Resa lives in Massachusetts. 

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Twitter:  @ResaNelson

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