Guest Post: Angelica Primm, author of Ostakis

The following is a guest post from Angelica Primm, author of Ostakis.

1) Welcome, Angelica Primm, to empathyseries.com! Your science fiction novel, Ostakis, is now available in ebook on Amazon, Smashwords and Ninestar Press and in print from most major retailers. What’s this novel about, and why did you decide to write it?

The Human Planets Collective sent young Ambassador Kaj Deder to the former colony planet Ostakis to establish relations. But in the twenty-five hundred years since Earth lost contact with Ostakis, the people of that colony have dramatically changed. Kaj must find the reason for these changes while he forges trade links between the HPC and Ostakis. Without trade with the HPC, the dwindling resources of Ostakis will ultimately end human life on the planet. But his mission faces a huge obstacle in the form of Most Reverend Thyenn Sharr, the head of the Faith Progressive Church, who sees Kaj’s arrival as the beginning of the end of the Church. Kaj’s powerful attraction to Trademaster Klath’s son, Arlan does not smooth relations.

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Angelica Primm

Arlan Klath, the son of the Trademaster of Ostakis, bears the secret that the pious people of his planet want to hide from the homeworld and the HPC. The Curse of the Unspoken, wrought through the unspeakable acts of the First Colonists, afflicts all Ostakians, but some more strongly than others. Arlan is totally Cursed, considered born sinful, and he lives without legal rights or property. Thyenn Sharr focuses his attention on Arlan enraged Arlan’s father defiantly refuses to submit Arlan to a cruel act to “redeem” Arlan’s soul. The stakes ratchet when Arlan and Kaj form a relationship Thyenn Sharr considers ample justification to usurp the Trademaster position through the legal power of his Church.

I wrote the story because the characters called out, held my muse hostage and brought me kicking and screaming to the keyboard and I had no choice but to write the story. Kaj, the primary protagonist, showed up in not just one but two of my dreams. He haunted my nights, and I needed my sleep. To banish him, I wrote the first chapter of a man debarking from his transport on the way to his first, and probably only, diplomatic mission. Usually, that does it, but not for Kaj.

My day job is ghostwriter. I spin out tales for mortgage money for the romance trade. So when a set of characters command my attention to scribe for them, it has to be an extraordinary story. And they were relentless in pursuit of my attention. If I didn’t complete a chapter a day, then I felt unhappy and didn’t produce the work that paid the bills. So I wrote.

2) Have you written in other genres before, or has sci-fi always been your primary focus as an author? What appeals to you most about writing sci-fi?

I’ve been ghostwriting for five years now and written just about every sub-genre of romance possible except Amish and Western. Sci-fi is always my first love because it affords the opportunity to explore different themes side-by-side. I think it’s pretty awesome that you can write an action adventure mixed with a backdrop of religious and societal oppression. It’s the kind of challenge that makes my mind buzz with “Ooh, what a good story.”

3) It looks like Ostakis incorporates some noteworthy religious and corporate undertones through the Faith Progressive Church and another character with the title of Trademaster. What made you want to include these elements?

Frankly, and sorry if I offend some people, but I’m disgusted by the current state of American politics which only seems a replay of the themes of my personal childhood. I grew up Catholic and my grandmother insisted on educating us in the the same Catholic school she went to. Being female in the Catholic church is to learn that you aren’t as important as the men and the boys and that just ticked me off. One experience I’ll never forget is after volunteering to read a gospel passage, the principal of the school, a priest of the church, showing up in the classroom and publicly announcing that I couldn’t read the gospel because girls aren’t allowed to walk past the altar rail and stand in the pulpit.

Ostakis-f.jpgThat same intolerance is rearing it’s ugly head now for many segments of society but it has nothing to do with religion but keeping people “in their place.” We all must be aware of what is happening and not let it happen.

The Trademaster is a different thing though. The Trademaster co-ordinates trade between the seven Ostakian city states, two of which are mentioned in the book. There is no centralized government, and the highest governmental post is mayor of a city state. The Faith Progressive Church is active in all the city states and has large followings in all of them. The mayor of Kiji-Ost, Mar Seyatt, and Aulkus Klath, the Trademaster are allies in keeping the Church from grabbing secular power. Aulkus wants to see more cultural change, which is why he insisted his niece, Irdrana Vos, take the position as Ambassador to the HPC. Thyenn Sharr, the head of the Faith Progressive Church is too powerful to leave out of decisions that effect the planet, so the four of them are the committee that made decisions about what the HPC can and cannot do on Ostakis. They do not know that the HPC ambassador, Kaj Deder, has his own agenda.

4) Would you say this book focuses more on character, classic sci-fi tropes and themes, or the world in which the novel takes place? In other words, what really lies at the heart of this story?

What’s at the heart of this story is the relationships between the characters. Kaj is a man who suffered great loss and in the deepest part of himself feels he has nothing to live for. When he meets Arlan his world flips, but he still has his mission to accomplish and if he doesn’t, all human life on Ostakis will die out. His choices are heartbreaking. If he choses his mission, he’ll lose Arlan. If he choses Arlan a planet will die.

5) What makes this novel stand out from other science fiction reads?

On the surface, it’s an action-adventure and I’ve written it so that it’s a fast, easy read. But the underlying themes are complex and interwoven, incorporating as you pointed out the role of religion in society, and economic and ecological themes. And in the backdrop are the aboriginals, a people much abused and at the edge of destruction, who Aulkus and Mar Seyatt try to protect by denying their existence to the HPC. So hopefully, I’ve written something that sticks with people, and when they see an injustice they might think about a scene in the book that touches on that. Maybe that’s too much to hope for but we’ll see.

6) What do you hope readers take away from this book after having read it?

We have to protect the freedoms we have, and examine critically what people in power are doing with our laws and our money.

7) What’s next for Angelica Primm, and where can readers find you online?

I’m everywhere and the links are below. Right now, I have three clients waiting on books and I have to get them done. But I’m also working on a sequel and prequel to Ostakis. The prequel is about Arlan’s parents, and the sequel is about a child born in the Ostakis novel. Each one will have a little different twist and examine different things, expanding the HPC Universe. Hopefully I’ll show in entertaining manner that we are responsible for how we craft our lives, and that love doesn’t know boundaries.

Thanks so much to Angelica Primm for joining us for this post! You can find her at the below links, and learn more about her and Ostakis after the page break!

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Book Blurb

The Human Planets Collective sent young Ambassador Kaj Deder to the former colony planet Ostakis to establish relations. But in the twenty-five hundred years since Earth lost contact with Ostakis, the people of that colony have dramatically changed. Kaj is tasked with finding the reason for these changes while he forges trade links between the HPC and Ostakis. Without trade with the HPC, the dwindling resources of Ostakis will ultimately end human life on the planet. But his mission faces a huge obstacle in the form of Most Reverend Thyenn Sharr, the head of the Faith Progressive Church, who sees the arrival of Kaj as the beginning of the end of the Church. Kaj’s powerful attraction to Trademaster Klath’s son, Arlan does not smooth relations.

Arlan Klath, the son of the Trademaster of Ostakis, bears the secret that the pious people of his planet want to hide from the homeworld and the HPC. The Curse of the Unspoken, wrought through the unspeakable acts of the First Colonists, afflicts all Ostakians, but some more strongly than others. Arlan is totally Cursed, considered born sinful and he lives without legal rights or property. He is scrutinized by Sharr who is enraged that Arlan’s father defiantly refuses to submit Arlan to a cruel act to “redeem” Arlan’s soul. The stakes increase when Arlan and Kaj form a relationship that Thyenn Sharr considers ample justification to usurp the Trademaster position through the power of his Church.

Book Trailer for Ostakis

Author Bio

Born in a century far less progressive than how her brain is wired, Angelica engages in occupations now considered now less than reputable, one of them being a ghostwriter of erotic and romance fiction. Since time travel is not an option, in her off time she contents herself with writing about people and places in a far distant future with the twists that only come with traveling to the stars.

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