Lauren L. Garcia is the author of Catalyst Moon: Incursion, the first book in an epic SciFan series.
Last winter, Lauren won a novel writing contest on Inkitt, and in July of this year, a lifelong dream of hers came true: she became a published author! Book One of her epic science/fantasy series, Catalyst Moon: Incursion has been well-received so far, and she has already sent Book Two to her betas; it’s on schedule to be published summer of 2017. Book Three has been drafted and is awaiting editing, and she’s outlining Books 4 – 6.
Lauren has been a storyteller all of her life. She started writing down her stories at the age of twelve; two decades and well over two million words later, she’s still going strong. Lauren’s writing process often begins with a question: what if? Hot on the heels of those two words, other questions like “how?” and “why?” will follow. Inspiration comes from everywhere, though music compels her muse like nothing else. Sometimes a song will strike her, and she won’t know why until she’s working on a particular character or scene; then, everything will crystallize in her mind. “Of course! This is how it should go.”
If you spend enough time listening to writers talking about writing, you’ll probably hear that there are two kinds of fiction writers: architects, (who plan and structure every detail), and gardeners, (who tend a few seeds of ideas and watch them grow.) Lauren falls into both categories, though she leans more toward being a “gardener.” She has endgames in mind, but often the path to reach them is a quest of discovery!
Honestly, Neil Gaiman says it best: “The best thing about writing fiction is that moment where the story catches fire and comes to life on the page, and suddenly it all makes sense and you know what it’s about and why you’re doing it and what these people are saying and doing, and you get to feel like both the creator and the audience. Everything is suddenly both obvious and surprising…and it’s magic and wonderful and strange.”
Though Lauren only recently learned about the SciFan genre, she feels like her work has found a home. When creating her magic system, she wanted something that felt like it was based in science; something that felt “real.” Wands and mysterious incantations are nice, but Lauren wanted the magic in her work to feel like it could exist in our world. With that in mind, she settled on a type of magic that manipulates matter at a molecular level. A mage’s magic occurs when they manipulate “particles,” (a term for molecules in a society with no knowledge of molecules), to cause any number of reactions. There are mages who can heal grievous wounds by causing damaged cells to heal; mages who can create huge plumes of fire by influencing molecules of the air to heat. However, in the world of Catalyst Moon, magic is still relatively new, so even those who wield it are still learning how it works.
Lauren’s work is extremely character-driven; they are the heart and soul of her stories, and much of her story crafting is centered around them. As a matter of fact, the world of Catalyst Moon first took shape in 2012, when Lauren decided to bring along three of her much-beloved Star Wars fanfiction characters into an original fantasy series. (Kali was a Jedi Knight; Stonewall and Milo were clone troopers.) At this point, she had been writing these characters for years!
But though Lauren’s first love is Star Wars, she dearly wanted to create her own world, a place where she could let her imagination run wild. Enter Catalyst Moon. In addition to Incursion and its subsequent stories, (tentatively six books in this story arc), Lauren has about four or five other stories outlined, taking place at various points in the world’s history, with more ideas in the awnings. She hopes to create a fantasy world of dazzling breadth, so stick around. The fun is just beginning.
When Lauren’s not writing, she’s hiking, lifting weights, trail running, kayaking, and dancing at music festivals. Lauren lives in North Florida with her husband of 16 years, two dogs and two cats.
Curious about Catalyst Moon: Incursion? Here’s the summary:
Kali, a crippled mage who longs to run from the painful memories of her past, travels to Whitewater City to meet with a powerful healer. When her sentinel escort is decimated by monstrous bandits, she is left in the company of a single sentinel, Stonewall, a man with nothing left but his chosen name and his faith in the gods.
But trouble brews in Whitewater City as Talon, the commander of the sentinel garrison struggles to keep the mages captive, even as the magic-users prepare for an escape of their own. Meanwhile, after tragedy strikes his squad, a new sentinel named Milo must decide if the path he’s chosen is the right one.
Catalyst Moon: Incursion is an epic fantasy with notes of romance that introduces an old world where magic is new…and rebellion is on the horizon.
SciFan Society Presents: Adventure Quest!
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