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I am very happy to welcome Louvie G. Tucker here today and thank him for answering my questions – his new series, Corrupted Genes sounds an intriguing read and starts with The Visitor, the focus of this blog tour. Read on to find out more about him, his book and the series!
Where did you get the inspiration for the book/series?
A: Inspiration comes from many sources but for Corrupted Genes, the biggest influence was the 2016 presidential elections. I found the human interactions among the political parties and their constituents fascinating. In addition to the political landscape, I drew inspiration from the various places and cultures I have lived in. Finally, I also found myself influenced by George Orwell’s 1984.
What is your writing process?
A: My writing always starts with exploring ideas. When I settle on an idea, I flesh out some details. Who is my main character? What is the big conflict? What will make the story unique? Once I get the big picture, I start writing notes and outlines for the book. Then I write the story.
After writing the story, I edit it and revise. I try to get other people to read the story to find any issues with the plot or details and revise more.
Do you write using pen and paper or on a computer?
A: I write by computer. Much easier for editing.
Who is your favourite character out of your stories and why?
A: I only have one published book so far, so I won’t consider characters not yet out in the wide world. From the Corrupted Genes series, I naturally connect most to Aetius. Not to spoil the story, he’s light-hearted in the face of immense stress but very dependable.
If you were a character in your story, which would you like to be?
A: In a way, a part of me is in all of my characters. There is one story that hasn’t been written yet where the main character has his super powers awakened while he is institutionalized in a mental asylum. His personality is what I wish to emulate in my own life so I’ll choose him. Of course, I haven’t said why he’s in a mental asylum. That would be spoilers.
How and why did you choose the names for your main characters?
A: I try to choose names that reflect my characters’ ethnicity or personality. For example, the main character’s name is Peter. Peter is a common name and the character is essentially your generic, everyman. By himself, he isn’t interesting for a story but he is still respectable and no slouch.
Another character’s name, Aetius, was chosen because he is one of a kind in the story. Because his parents are well-learned, he needed a name to reflect that. For him, I looked up Latin names online.
Thank you for so much for answering my questions! You’ve got me wondering about just why your main character is in a mental assylum and just what personality attributes make him your favourite character!
Read on for more information about The Visitor, Book 1 of the Corrupted Genes series….
Nusans don’t cause trouble. Peter is a good Nusan. Single, annoyed with his best friend’s constant blind dates, and comfortably provided for with his job as a genmod technician, he spends his days telling expectant parents what their unborn children will look like. For a fee, he can modify physical and mental traits.
To ensure Nusa’s perfect society, however, it is law that all babies must be born with white skin, an IQ 120 or above, and without any illnesses or disabilities. These modifications are free of charge. It’s the law. And good Nusans obey the law. The people of Susa, however, are known to be troublemakers.
Thank goodness the dark-skinned Susans all live south of the border, in Susa. The closest Peter ever has to come to a dangerous Susan is either on the silver screen being vanquished by a heroic Nusan hero or on the news as deporters — the force charged to keep Nusa safe — prepare to send them south to Susa.
That is, until a dark-skinned visitor is suddenly inside the four walls of Peter’s quiet existence. Snarky. Irreverent and without any regard for the rules, the stranger should be a Susan but is he? Why is he claiming to have fallen from the stars?
Everything Peter knows is suddenly in question and even his status as a good Nusan is under threat as deporters seek him out on suspicion of a capital crime. Has Peter caused trouble?
Life as Peter has known it is fragile. Can he survive long enough to learn the truth? And will he even want to believe it once he finds it?
Author Bio –
Louvie G. Tucker lives and works in the Pacific Northwest with his wife. Born in Buffalo, New York, he’s called various U.S. states, Japan, and China home at points in his life. When he’s not working in cyber security, he enjoys rock climbing, staying up to date on current events, keeping up with his Japanese language skills, and riding his bicycle. He is currently working on the second book in the Corrupted Genes series.
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