Tell us a little about yourself.
I am originally from Michigan and grew up beside Lake Erie. My father was a welder and built his own boats, so I spent many years out on Lake Erie fishing. Perhaps that is where I get my love for water. Now that I live in the San Diego area, I volunteer as a naturalist on the whale watching boats and spend time out on the Pacific Ocean, teaching passengers about the amazing cetaceans and other sea life that. I am also an award winning basket weaver, a skill I inherited from my maternal grandmother, Dark Feather Margaret.
What inspired you to become a writer?
I’ve always loved writing and, like many people, thought it would be cool to write a book one day. I dabbled in poetry a few times and several short stories in my younger days. It wasn’t until the age of 61 that I was so inspired by a story that I sat down at the computer and began to write. I haven’t stopped since that eventful day.
Is there an author or book that influenced you in any way?
I am a big fan of Stephen King. I also love Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, J.K. Rowling’s Harry PotterSeries and Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park books.
Where did you get the idea for Europa series?
One ordinary day, I was watching a documentary about possible life on other planets. The narrator said that of all the planets in our solar system, it was felt that Jupiter’s ice moon Europa had the necessary ingredients for life and it was hoped that, in the near future, an unmanned probe could be sent to the moon. It would drill down through Europa’s layer of ice and hopefully drop into a world-wide ocean and discover simple life. I was surprised that the anticipated life forms were“simple” life. Europa is almost as old as Earth, so why couldn’t there be complexed life there? Plus, Europa is an enclosed environment. There could be all kinds of life that has developed and is way more advanced than we are. That thought led to the question of “What if there is sentient life and they had to escape their world and came to Earth to live?” That question brought me to the existence of Atlantis and the idea for the first book, EUROPA Awakenings was born.
Is there anything in the series based on real-life experience or is it purely imagination?
What was your favorite part to write?
I would have to say the emotional parts – when a main character dies or leaves. I felt so much emotion while writing these scenes that I often could not see the typed words through all the tears in my eyes.
Is there a character or theme you’d like to revisit?
Since this is a series and has lots of characters, the possibilities are endless. Even though King Kiijon and Queen Europa’s stories are basically finished, there is still more that can be written about Prince Enok and his struggle to save Earth. And I haven’t even touched on Princess Misso’s story. But the story I am working on now is about Princesses Mary and Amber, the twin daughters of Prince Enok.
What drew you to this genre of writing?
Since I can remember, I have always been a huge Science Fiction fan. My high school friends would always get so mad at me because I wouldn’t go to the football games on Friday night and miss the original episodes of Star Trek. We didn’t have recorders or DVR’s in those days, so if you missed the show, you missed it completely. Later, when the movies came out, it was not uncommon for me to take the afternoon off of work and go to the movie’s opening day. I did the same for Star Wars and Jurassic Park. And I’m the type of person who watches the movies over and over. I’ve probably seen “The 7th voyage of Sinbad” and “Mysterious Island”, to name just two, at least 100 times each.
What are you working on now?
I am working on book #10. It doesn’t have a title yet. This will be about the twin daughters of Prince EJ. Mary has gone to Mars to try to find any remanence of the Oonock colony JeffRa destroyed on Mars. She disappears one day, swallowed up by Mars itself. Sensing her twin is in danger, Amber will rush to the red planet only to discover she can sense her sister, but she can’t find her. Many of the original characters will be drawn into the story. And what happens to Mary and what she finds will take your breath away.
Now that you are published, what’s been some of the hardest criticism you’ve dealt with? Best compliment?
Any advice you’d like to share with aspiring writers?
Never give up. If I can do it at age 61, so can you. Believe in yourself and put your best product forward. And, if possible, try to keep your book small. (Something none of my books are.) Editing fees for large books like mine are astronomical.
Anything you’d like to say to your fans?
Enjoy! The books will make you laugh and cry and you’ll fall in love with the characters. I’d love to hear your thought on them, and can be reached either through my web page prgarcia1.com or on Facebook, Europa: Awakenings. I post a number of articles about whales and the health of our oceans on my Facebook page, as well as updates on the books and when I am doing free giveaways.
Now for a few fun questions…
That’s a hard one. There’s so many. If I have to choose just one, I’d have to say the 1951 The Day The Earth Stood Still staring Michael Rennie, Patricia Neil and Gort, the invincible robot.
Favorite TV show?
No question – the original Star Trek. Favorite episodes: Trouble with Tribbles, the Space Seed and The Devil in the Dark.
Favorite place to write?
On the couch in the Living Room
If you had to choose just one book, what would it be and why?
You would think it would be a sci-fi or fantasy book, but it’s not. It’s Ride the Wind by Lucia St. Clair Robson. It is the story of Comanche Chief Quanah Parker’s parents, Cynthia Ann Parker, an English-American kidnapped around the age of nine, and a Comanche brave, Peta Nocona. I read the story when in grade school and have never forgotten it. While a tragic story in the end, it tells of the great love that existed between this man and woman, and is probably the most beautiful love story I have ever read.
Last question and possibility the most important…what brand of cereal best describes you and why?
18 Rabbits’ Gracious Granola – a combination of granola with pecan, maple, almond and coconut. A crazy mixture, a little nutty, but oh so good when put together. Homegrown and old fashion with a pinch of exotic sweetness and mystery.Europa: Awakening by P.R. Garcia
Published by Self Publish on 2013-10-23
Length: 492 pages
When the Oonocks sank their golden city of Atlantis beneath the ocean, only the words of Plato gave testimony of its existence. Now learn a new thought of who the Atlantians were and why they had to sink their city that eventful night. Find out why 6000 years ago, a race known as the Oonocks left their beautiful lilac, waters of Jupiter’s ice moon Europa to begin a new life on Earth. Discover the real Atlantans.
Europa is a nineteen year old human female who has never heard of the Oonocks. And, although she’s heard of the legend of Atlantis, she’s never giving the story much thought. She is approaching her twentieth birthday and all that adulthood has to offer. But her life is an illusion and her future doomed, for their enemy has returned and is stalking the future queen, waiting for his chance to end her life. The day after her birthday, Europa’s perfect world is destroyed when JeffRa assassinates her mother, believing she was Europa. Seeking solace in her mother’s bedroom, Europa discovers an entrance to a secret attic, where she finds picture of her parents hundreds of years old. But the most terrifying find is her mother’s diary. Inside, Queen Medaron wrote that Europa would be born human and never know who she really was. Unwavering in her attempt to learn the truth, she embarks on a journey of discovery, a journey of many dangers as JeffRa chases her, determined to personally end her life. Along the way, Europa will lose almost everyone and everything she loves. Yet somehow she must discover the truth of her past and awaken the queen inside her. To accomplish both, she must learn and accept the true story of Atlantis, the Oonock race and what lies beneath the ice shield of Europa.
Praise for the Europa Series
– Chris Fischer for Readers’ Favorite
Start the Europa Series today with Awakenings
- EUROPA Awakenings
- EUROPA Quanundocii
- EUROPA Engagement
- EUROPA The New Monarchs
- EUROPA The Horrturn Truth
- EUROPA The Lilac Orb
- The Light of the Blue Planet
- The Shadow of Apathy
- The Dream of Atlantis