Author Interview: “Punch book 4: Dalshon” by Erin Lale

Erin Lale’s Punch book 4: Dalshon gives us a space opera heroine rather than a hero, which I find very refreshing.  

You will find in the following interview references to other things Lale has written, so you might want to check those out too. You can do this by typing in “Erin Lale” in Amazon’s search engine.

Thomas D. Taylor

1.) Author’s name:

Erin Lale

2.) Most recent novel:

Punch book 4: Dalshon

3.) Genre:

Science Fiction / Space Opera

4.) What’s the approximate page count and word count?

Each of the Punch books are around 45,000 words.

5.) Is this part of a series?

Yes, the Punch series.

6.) If this is part of a series, how many books in the series so far and how many more in the series do you plan to write?

There are 7 ebooks being published 1 book per month from June-Dec 2011. Book 5 will be out shortly (it’s October as I write this.)

7.) Give us a brief summary of the novel.

In book 4, Carla Punch makes her peace with Comac of Clan Itma, the Dalshon pirate who was in charge of the loribonding program detailed in Book 1: The Loribond. But Carla is also making war– against a new set of pirates.

8.) What motivated you to write this book?

The Punch series is Life 2.0, life reimagined as a hero’s journey. It deals with the same issues I deal with in my nonfiction book Greater Than the Sum of My Parts: My Triumph Over Dissociative Identity Disorder. Some people give their problems to a higher power. I gave mine to an action hero.

9.) What are some of the major themes that are explored in this book?

Reinventing oneself with a new career, recovery from PTSD, gender identity and sexuality, the way society treats those with disabilities, religion conversion experiences.

10.) What is your opinion about the genre in general?

I love science fiction! I used to own The Science Fiction Store in Las Vegas. Yes, a bricks-and-mortar independent bookstore. Can you believe we used to read books made of paper in the previous millennium?

11.) What do you think makes your book something that other people will like to read?

An ass-kicking heroine transforms herself from down and out to ascended; what’s not to love? Plus there’s lots of great fighting.

12.) Anything else you’d like to add?

The Punch series is a transmedia experience packed with pictures, video, sound, and cool techy stuff.

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