Alien Bride by Brie McGill‏

Doctors suspect Brie developed an overactive imagination during childhood to cope with the expansive corn maze known as rural Pennsylvania. Unable to afford an operation to have the stories surgically removed from her brain, she opted instead to write them down.

Brie lives with two devious cats, Lunar and Loki. In her spare time, she enjoys making laser sounds with her MiniKorg, channeling entities in hyperspace, and roflstomping video games from the nineties.

Ninkasi Mara didn’t plan to celebrate her university graduation entangled in a bungled kidnapping meant for her father, a corrupt senator in the pocket of Techthonic Innovations. Locked alone in the gilded tower of Chateau Bernadette, Ninkasi fears its opulent pleasures will erode her will until she collapses into the comforting arms of the mysterious masked man who frequents her chamber with vintage wines and sumptuous dinners.

For more than twenty years, Orion has plotted the perfect revenge. Manipulating the hand of an insurrectionist faction, he intends to settle a shadowy score with Techthonic Innovations, a biotech giant with a history of dubious experiments. When the faction’s amateurs fail to return with the senator, they further complicate Orion’s task by returning instead with a woman who is a painful reminder of a love lost long ago. Torn between risking the secrecy of the faction and a maelstrom of emotion, Orion secretly visits her chamber in disguise.

When Orion disappears, Ninkasi is dragged into the search and rescue mission. To find him, she must learn the truth of his secrets about his hatred for the company and the physical anomalies he tries to hide. The answers await discovery in a terrifying alternate world beneath her feet in which human sacrifice is the least of her worries.

There is a reason Orion went alone...

Q) What inspired you to write this story?
I binged on one too many wonderful Gothic stories, and wanted to write a Gothic of my own. I also became deeply enmeshed in the internet-era "ancient alien" mythos. That sort of gossip interests me FAR more than a People magazine!

Q) How long did it take you to write?
It spent more time fermenting in my brain, but Alien Bride took six months from start to finish (and it included way too many all-nighters).

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
In the real world, I'm an extremely domesticated person, polite, deferential. When I write, I can go wild.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Sharing my work with people I know is sometimes the toughest part, because there is a huge divide between my external persona and my innermost deepest thoughts. Then again, I believe this to be the case for almost everyone alive--and this is the value in writing visceral work. It's important for everyone to connect with their own blood and guts, because behind the day job and the makeup, it's all we are, blood, guts, and sharp teeth.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
I would be any number of famous musicians (dead or alive, ha) that can play the piano superhumanly well. I play the piano, but I could spend decades trying to match the skill of the musicians that inspire me. I wonder what it would feel like to be able to play that way.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
I eat everything, sometimes even the cardboard boxes when there's no more orange juice left. Nothing is safe!

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
Between the Sex, Drugs, and Cyberpunk, and Sex, Drugs, and Biopunk series, there are over 12 titles planned. They will all overlap, but can be read in any order. I'm aiming for one book every six months, but quality is the ultimate consideration, so a realistic assessment might be 6-8 months per book. Most writers write with a day job!

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