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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Spot Light Post: Hamartia by Raquel Rich

Genre: soft sci-fi adventure for adults
Length: 338 pages
Release date: October 2018

Grace’s nine-year-old son, Jordan, is dying. First, the Metagenesis disease will tear his soul from his body, and then it will kill him. Desperate for a cure, Grace agrees to take part in an illegal clinical trial cloning souls. Supported by her best friend Kay, the two embark on the ultimate “Vegas Vacation” to the past in search of the right soul to clone, racing against time to save Jordan’s life. But someone is trying to stop them and when they discover why, Grace must make a choice: let her son die or kill her husband. If she kills her husband she triggers widespread Metagenesis, sealing the fate of the human race with a new plague.

Humanity is counting on Grace choosing to let her son die.

Here is a link to the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bN-byRKWNeY www.RaquelRich.com

The idea of HAMARTIA began with a conversation at the Science Museum in London, England, with my then 14-year-old son. We became enthralled with an exhibit on fears and phobias which explained things from a scientific point of view and also explored popular beliefs such as reincarnation. I discovered that my son had a fear of spiders, and I disclosed my fear of balloons and turtlenecks. This led us to conclude that in a previous life he had died of a spider bite and I had been strangled at a party—obviously. It got me thinking about the idea of a soul dying off from enduring too many reincarnation cycles. What then? Could you travel to a past life and clone a soul? A vivid scene emerged in my head and then another and another. I weaved them together until Hamartia was born.
My writing music varies based on the scene I’m hashing out: Hans Zimmerman’s Gladiator soundtrack for heroic scenes, angry Eminem for when I need my characters to misbehave, AC DC for action-packed sequences. As for plain old editing, I listen to a bag of mixed stuff from trip-hop and Steampunk and Disney instrumentals to Cuban salsa. My tastes are diverse.

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