Half Man. Half Machine. All Hers. Rage, the Humanoid Alliance’s most primitive cyborg, has two goals–kill all of the humans on his battle station and escape to the Homeland. The warrior has seen the darkness in others and in himself. He believes that’s all he’s been programmed to experience. Until he meets Joan. Joan, the battle station’s first female engineer, has one goal–survive long enough to help the big sexy cyborg plotting to kill her. Rage might not trust her but he wants her. She sees the passion in his eyes, the caring in his battle-worn hands, the gruff emotion in his voice. When Joan survives the unthinkable, Rage’s priorities are tested. Is there enough room in this cyborg’s heart for both love and revenge?
SGLSF: What were some of your favorite books growing up?
Cynthia Sax: I had so many favorite books growing up but I think it’s telling that one of them was Bambi (the Felix Salten original, not the Disney version). That was a children’s book yet very bad things happened in it. Felix Salten wasn’t afraid to hurt characters and do even worse. I remembered that while I was writing RELEASING RAGE Very bad things happen to the heroine but I had to allow these things to happen. They are key for Joan’s character development, for Rage’s character development, and for their relationship.
SGLSF: What attracts you to the romance genre, particularly SF/futuristic romance?
Cynthia Sax: I love the happy for now or happy ever endings in romance. I love that I’m leaving readers happy. I also believe that love is one of the most powerful emotions in the world. It’s wonderful that romances celebrate this.
SciFi appeals to me because I’m fascinated with ‘what if’ scenarios. What if we were facing alien enemies we couldn’t physically defeat? What if we didn’t want to risk our own people while battling them?
I enjoy projecting current inventions into the future. I wanted to write cyborg stories for years but I couldn’t figure out how a cyborg’s mechanics could grow in concert with his organics. Then I saw a presentation on 3D printing. The developer was talking about how they were swapping out heart valves as children grew. Bam! I had one possible solution.
SGLSF: Are you more plot driven or character driven?
Cynthia Sax: I’m definitely character driven. I craft the entire story around one character. In Releasing Rage, that character is Rage, the cyborg hero. I started with the question—why would a cyborg, a being designed to be the perfect soldier, rebel against his creators? Soldiers are normally loyal. I knew there had to be a serious reason for Rage’s rebellion.
SGLSF: What is your ideal writing environment?
Cynthia Sax: My preferred writing environment would be in a lounge chair on a deck of a cruise ship with dolphins playing in the waters in front of me and cabana boys catering to my every whim.
But I probably wouldn’t get many words written.
I currently work on a tiny desk facing a blank wall. There are no distractions.
SGLSF: Please tell us a bit about your most recent project.
Cynthia Sax: Rage, the cyborg hero of RELEASING RAGE, has been tortured and tormented by his human handlers for many human lifespans. He’s determined to escape, to travel to the cyborg Homeland where he and his brethren can be free. He also wants vengeance for the pain inflicted upon him and his friends. He plans to kill all of the humans on board his battle station.
Joan, the human heroine, is one of the beings on this battle station. Hated by the Commander, simply for being female, she’s assigned to Rage. No one expects her to survive this assignment. They certainly don’t expect the two of them to bond.
And some fun questions….
SGLSF: If you discovered someone close to you was an alien, what would you do?
Cynthia Sax: I wouldn’t be surprised. I suspect there are aliens amongst us. Being a writer, I’d likely interview them. I have thousands of questions. Then I’d craft the answers into a book (non-fiction) so SETI would have that information.
SGLSF: If you could live in a fandom universe, which would you choose?
Cynthia Sax: Well, I love Riddick but everyone around him seems to end up dead. Star Wars characters don’t survive very long either (Did you see that first trailer? Is Chewie dead? He can’t be. Not my big hairy Chewie). How about Star Trek: The Next Generation? Except I want to be an officer. They seem to live longer (must…resist…adding ‘and prosper’ – grins).
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