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. In the course of successive visits to their watery world, she finds herself transformed, a bridge between our world and theirs.
The conflict between Ganymede and Mandala, 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
Heat/Violence Level: Heat Level 3 – PG-13
What Inspired You to Write Your 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.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Most of the characters in The Creators evolved from characters in A Stand-in for Dying and Brink of Life. Natasha Takana was introduced in A Stand-in for Dying as a child with some extraordinary qualities. Envisioning her as a teenager, therefore, presented enticing possibilities. Her mother, Corinne Takana, was a champion of the natural course of life in A Stand-in for Dying. The Creators enabled me to complete her story’s arc.
I also enjoyed the chance to delve into the backstory of one of the villains of the earlier tales, to explore how he had turned to the dark side, and to provide an opportunity for redemption. As in Brink of Life, the interplay between body and mind informs many of the characters’ identities.
Lara clung tightly to her daughter Macklyn as the ground rumbled and rolled beneath her feet. She’d come so far to save her. How could she lose her now? But the man before her and his dreadful glowing machine held all their lives in his powerful hands.
Once she’d revered him, but that was another life, another time. He’d envisioned a utopia no longer ruled by death and built this machine to bestow eternal youth and boundless knowledge and wisdom upon a grateful population.
But now the machine had evolved into a device of astonishing power that could extinguish all life in the blink of an eye and unravel the fabric of the universe. This man had the power either to stop it or to make it happen. Which would he choose?
Lara looked beside her. Natasha Takana balanced like a surfer as the ground roiled with waves of increasing amplitude. Natasha’s face was composed, but her eyes betrayed her comprehension of what she saw. The conductor was moving the symphony to its finale. When the last notes were played, there would be nowhere left to go.
Lara looked back at the man. He turned to face her, his blue eyes sparkling with resolve.
“Leave now!” he commanded. “This isn’t your fate.”
The door to the room swung open. Still gripping Macklyn in her arms, Lara and Natasha fled, trying to outrun the swelling ground and crumbling pavement behind them. This world was doomed. Would they find the portal, if it still existed, to their own world in time to save them?
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