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H.G. Ahedi Author Interview

Fall of Titan follows an astrophysics cadet who uncovers the key to the seven realms and is forced to choose between saving her home or the device. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

That is a funny story. Until 2018, I thought I would never write Science Fiction. Not because I didn’t like it. I grew up watching Science fiction movies and TV shows but never read a lot of books in this genre. I loved the shows and I am a big fan of Star Trek. I always wrote mystery, thrillers and suspense and thought that was it. I would never write any other genre. But in 2018, it was during Christmas holidays and I had just finished the final draft of Haunted and sent it to the editor. Honestly, I wasn’t even thinking about it and I get this idea of this young girl who is curious and goes out of her way to find this mythical device that is split into seven parts. I remember going to my laptop and writing out the summary of the book and that was the beginning of the Realm saga.

Emmeline Augury is an intriguing and well-developed character. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

The main thing was creating a female character who inspires and motivates the reader. She is trying to be more, prove herself, and wants to break out of her constraints. Several readers have written to me saying stories like this would inspire young and adult readers to explore and do more with their lives. I felt like Emmeline should be someone who appeals to readers of her age. She is smart, creative and very driven. But her actions led to deadly consequences – showing that she is not perfect. None of us are.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

This the first time I had attempted to write science fiction. Mainly I wanted to see if I could do this. Write a science fiction. It was an experiment. If the first book hadn’t been developed well, I would have dropped it and moved on to another book.

Fall of Titan allowed me to expand my imagination and its publication and positive reviews was a sign to me that I could do this. I do not mean to be negative. I had a lot of fun writing this book. But I had my doubts. I write fiction, in crime thrillers or mystery there are certain limitations. You have to stick with the general norms. With this series, I had the chance to mix science fiction with mythology. I have never done that before. It opened doors for adventure, action, mystery and of course love and relationships between the characters which I feel has added so much to the books.

I think the last thing was the characters. I usually have a limited set of characters in my books. But this series has multiple characters, and sometimes it is hard for people to follow them (I get that.) But there is a reason for that. Emmeline, though smart and strong cannot do everything and the premise of this story is extensive. Also, telling the story only from her angle was not what I wanted. The multiple characters in the books help me expand the plot and make it more interesting for the reader. It also added more fun to the book, because I could introduce different character traits.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

Poseidon, the second book in the series was released in December 2021. The next book is Icarus (Realm book 3) is on preorder and will be out this Christmas eve (24th Dec 2022).

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In the twenty-fourth century, a sophisticated security system called the perimeter guards the outer rim of the solar system. Governed by Titan, a powerful space station, the perimeter is almost impenetrable.Emmeline Augury, an astrophysics cadet on Titan, believes in a family folklore about a mythical device with unlimited power. Recognizing its scientific and military value, she uses unorthodox methods to follow a trail of cleverly concealed clues.Her search uncovers an ancient plaque, which reveals a star map of a secret network of portals leading to the device, the key that opens the doors to the seven realms. Suddenly, the key to absolute power is in her grasp, and everyone wants a piece of it, especially the power-hungry Orias queen.What began as a scientific adventure turns into a dangerous manhunt when an Orias fleet attacks Titan. The queen threatens to slaughter everyone unless she is given the device. When the fate of Titan and the seven realms hangs in the balance, Emmeline must make a choice. Will she save her home or the device? Realm: The Fall of Titan is a Sci-fi Fantasy and the first novel in this book series.

Fall of Titan

H. G. Ahedi’s novel Fall of Titan is the beginning of a sci-fi epic mostly taking place within range of the perimeter, a shield built by the spacefaring humans near Saturn to protect Earth. Constructed after, a comet named Nemesis impacts Earth and decimates the population.

The perimeter is the location where humanity makes violent first contact with an alien species dubbed the Orias. However, this becomes a much-needed shield when the humans realize the extent and power of the Orias fleet.

The space station Titan watches over the perimeter, and while the command crew faces the political ramifications caused by the appearance of the Orias, Emmeline, a young astrophysicist, strikes out with her friend, Delta, to unlock the secrets of a mysterious plaque handed down through generations in her family.

Author Ahedi immediately thrusts the reader into the action, instantly capturing the reader’s attention. Even though the book starts off with a bang, I felt it was hard to follow all of the characters’ names that the reader is introduced to within the first few pages. However, once past the opening chapter or two, the book’s pace does slow down and becomes a smoother read.

The author has created a compelling plot filled with tension as we follow Emmeline’s quest to unlock the plaque’s mysteries. This quest forms the centerpiece of the novel. The author seamlessly transitions from different character perspectives during the events on Titan station, allowing the reader to understand the emotions and thoughts of each character. Some you will be rooting for, and others not so much. H.G. Ahedi manages to fit a lot into only a few hundred pages, and all of it drives the plot forwards to its culmination in an explosive ending that does leave you wanting to know what happens next.

Fall of Titan is an epic science fiction novel with paranormal fantasy elements that keep readers on edge. This first contact series takes off with a compelling mystery taking the protagonist and readers on an adventure with lots of action as different races battle for dominance in the galaxy.

Pages: 295 | ASIN : B085BPMPWN

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