The Rush’s Edge Synopsis
Halvor Cullen was built to be a hero. But he’s never felt like one.
As a gene-spliced, tech-enhanced ‘VAT’ super soldier, Hal was made to fight hard and burn out young, then spend the short remainder of his life forever chasing an elusive adrenaline rush. Thankfully his best friend and former commander is determined to prevent that from happening by keeping Hal busy salvaging crashed spaceships along the Spiral’s Edge.
But when a new member joins their crew, and a mysterious sphere they bring aboard the ship unleashes an alien presence, Hal’s desires and malfunctions threaten to bring them all to the point of destruction…
Author Bio – Ginger Smith
Ginger Smith has worked as a record store employee, freelance writer, bookstore assistant manager and high school teacher of English. In the past, she has played in many tabletop RPG groups and even run some of her own. She collects vintage toys, sci-fi novels and comic books, as well as mid-century furniture. She currently lives in the southern USA with her husband and two cats, spending her free time writing and watching classic film noir and sci-fi movies.
Hi Ginger and welcome to Book Vagabond.
- How did you come up with the idea for The Rush’s Edge?
Well, it grew out of a few things. I’d always been a writer and my husband kept after me to write some science-fiction to try and get published, so I wrote this for him. Also, I have loved space opera since I was a kid. I wanted to write something that conjured up that same feeling I had after I saw Star Wars: A New Hope for the first time.
- What book would you recommend above all else to the readers of Book Vagabond? (It can’t be The Rush’s Edge)
When I hear the words “above all else” I immediately think of the classics. So, I’m going to choose two: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and 1984 by George Orwell because they touch on a lot of what’s going on in the world right now. If you haven’t read them, check them out.
- If The Rush’s Edge was to be made into a film who would you cast as two of your protagonists, Hal and Vivi?
I love this question! I think Alexander Ludwig would be a great Hal. His work on Vikings was amazing. Julia Garner would make a great Vivi. She’s got the plucky attitude for the character, plus I love her fantastic curly hair!
- If you had the opportunity to live anywhere in the world for a year to write a book that took place in the same setting, where would you choose?
I did a year of graduate school studying Medieval English literature in college. I would love to be able to spend a year in England, seeing some of the places associated with those authors and stories.
- As an author what is your main goal? Do you intend to challenge the way people think or simply entertain for instance?
I think all authors hope to do both. I do think you have to entertain first, in order to catch an audience’s attention, then you keep them around long enough to challenge them with your story’s deeper meaning. But it all starts with the entertainment – people come for the action and stay for the deeper things.
- I loved that The Rush’s Edge explores the deeper meaning of human morality and serves as an eye opener. Was this always the intention?
Maybe it was my subconscious intention, but I didn’t plan too much at first. I’m a pantser, so the more layers I put into the character’s backstories and actions, the more the themes seemed to develop out of that. I was probably in the first chapter when I realized that this was going to be the story of Hal’s journey to understanding who he really is. But the deeper issues of genetic engineering, equality and the soldier’s struggle to return home grew out of the backstories and interactions of the characters. We certainly aren’t limited to those themes, though; readers always bring themselves to a work, so people may even find other things that I didn’t even realize were there.
- Do you have any plans for a prequel/sequel for The Rush’s Edge or to further explore the fantastic universe its set in?
Why, yes I do! I have written a few short stories set in the universe, and even though The Rush’s Edge is a standalone novel, I have plans for a sequel that will expand not only the characters from The Rush’s Edge but will add more layers to the universe as well. The Spiral and the Edge are big places, and there are so many more stories to tell. I hope I get the chance to tell them.
8. Finally, if you were part of Captain Tyce’s crew what would be your specialty?
Science officer, maybe? I really enjoyed biology and geology in school. I love to research things. Oh, and I could also fill in as a cook sometimes. I make great soup.
I hope you enjoyed the very first author interview for Book Vagabond and I hope there are many more in the future.
Thank you for reading.