A teenaged Natasha Takana seeks to decode the remainder of the hidden DNA code that became the basis for a new religion reviving Creationism in A Stand-in for Dying. Her quest takes her on a voyage to a parallel dimension to learn the fate of the Creators’ civilization.
The conflict between the warring factions of Brink of Life is rekindled, sweeping Natasha into the middle of it in a pursuit that crosses the boundaries of worlds and time.
Targeted Age Group: Young adult and adult audiences
Genre: Science Fiction
What was your inspiration for this book?
This is the final installment of The Brink of Life Trilogy, drawing from characters and plot lines of the previous books. I wanted to develop the concept introduced in A Stand-in for Dying of the role of an intelligent entity in creating the human genome. My imagination led to a dying civilization in a parallel dimension. As I envisioned what key might unlock the mystery, a musical key came to mind.
Voyages across dimensions to both alternative pasts and alternative futures verge on the metaphysical and stretch the imagination. While I anticipated that The Creators might evoke more skepticism among my readers than the earlier books, I enjoyed the freedom of letting my imagination ride. The Creators was the most fun to write.
Why did you decide to produce an audiobook?
My fiction tends to be dialogue heavy, a hybrid of novel and screenplay. The narration of another of my novels, Shared Madness, brought my characters to life and intensified the drama, feeling more like an audible play than a narration. I'm also aware that many readers prefer to listen to books or to alternate between reading and listening as their activities allow. An audiobook provides an opportunity to expand my audience.
How did you choose the reader for the book and the production company?
Both Brink of Life and The Creators feature female protagonists. I found Amy J Johnson, a skilled voice actor, to narrate Brink of Life and was impressed with her work. It made sense, therefore, for her also to narrate The Creators.
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