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Terrence Scott
Terrence Scott Author Interview

War of the Cha’cict follows a corporal who is infected with an alien virus and must race against the clock, and the enemy, to complete an important mission and be cryogenically frozen. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

I am a fan of space opera/adventure stories. To me, the rich environments provide a great way to speculate on human reactions when confronted with issues beyond the normal. I have always been fascinated by aliens and future technologies and used these to challenge my main character. The War of the Cha’cict was the vehicle for my attempt to to take a “regular” human being and confront him with a multitude of issues happening close together. Poor Jared was confronted with life-affecting, often complex situations which tested his emotions, morality and decision-making. An undeclared war with an alien race seemed a good launching point to explore topics of space warfare, Artificial Intelligence, alien cultures, with a little mystery, and some romance thrown in.

Jared is an interesting and well developed character. What were some driving ideals behind his character’s development?

Personal growth – What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. A willingness to make decisions for the greater good over personal gain. In addition, Self examination and the ability to change opinions when presented with new facts.

This was an action packed story. What scene did you have the most fun writing?

Jared’s escape from from the doomed scout-ship and his awakening on the asteroid.

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

I’m currently working on the second book of this two-book series. I hope to have it completed by the end of November of this year.

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An alien race, the Cha’cict, attacked Amalgamated Planets’ outer colonies without warning. Jared Connell was drafted into the military to help humanity’s fight against the alien enemy. During a battle to retake an occupied colony, Jared was mortally infected by a virus from a Cha’cict bioweapon. Now, his only chance at survival was to courier critical intelligence to military headquarters in exchange for being put in cryogenic suspension until a cure might be found.

Unfortunately, an enemy war vessel was chasing his barely space-worthy ship, and his time was running out. As if things couldn’t get any worse, a chance encounter with a colossal asteroid’s energy field looks to have severely damaged his ship. He wondered which would get him first, the Cha’cict warship or the unusual energy field. In either case, at least he wouldn’t endure the prolonged, painful symptoms as he succumbed to the alien virus. However, unknown to him, this was not an end but instead an unexpected beginning.
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