Hi! To start off, please tell us your name, where you’re from, and what you write.
Hello, I’m EG Manetti and I live on the west coast of Florida. I have this lovely office that I use for business matters, but I write on the sofa, where my dog, Zimmi, supervises from my lap.
The Twelve Systems Chronicles are epic science fiction with a strong dose of romance. Lilian’s father is convicted of heinous crimes and she is reduced to poverty and servitude. Thrown into a life for which she has had no preparation she must navigate intrigue, violence, and mysteries in a universe where duty is everything and love is a luxury.
How did you become an author? Please share a bit of your journey with us.
I have been scribbling stories off and on since I was a child. Fantasy and science fiction mostly, and always with an element of romance once I reached high-school. I found that the stories tended to fall apart in the middle as I ran out of inspiration.
Then there was real life and career in Information Technology until one day in mid-2010, I had a vivid dream that stayed with me for a five-hour car trip. By the time I reached my destination, I had the outline for the first volume in the Twelve Systems Chronicles, The Cartel: The Apprentice, Volume 1.
I had no idea when or how to publish, but I was compelled to keep writing, terrified my muse would abandon me. My muse stuck around, and one volume became three, and then six. In 2012 I decided to try to publish. As a genre mash-up with science fiction, mystery, suspense, and a dose of steam, the Twelve Systems don’t fit any standard marketing. It did not take me long to realize that if the books were to be published; I would need to go indie.
What are you working on now? Do you have a recent or upcoming release?
February 2019, I completed ‘The Apprentice’ story arc with Bond Proof: The Apprentice, Volume 7. My main characters’ saga does not end there. January 2020 I will release Chalice Bearer: Thornraven, Volume 1 (Twelve Systems Chronicles #8). There will be three Thornraven novels to complete the saga and provide a full-on happily ever after for my heroine, Lilian.
What is the most challenging part of writing romance?
The relationship between Lilian and Lucius is steamy, but it is also a slow burn emotionally. My biggest challenge has been keeping the development of their emotional intimacy realistic as it grows to match the intensity of their physical intimacy.
What kind of research do you do when you set out to write a new book?
I outlined the story arc for the entire series before I published the first book. At this stage, research is oriented to fact-checking; making certain that the research I did three, four, and five years ago is still valid. For example, I researched martial arts and weaponry for all the books; swords and other blades haven’t changed much in centuries. Crystal computing, on the other hand, changes almost daily.
Transgressions required research into geological formations. Nightingale needed a slow-acting, readily curable poison. In Serengeti Valor I went to a primary source for technical advice on battle tactics – my dear husband served in the marines.
The internet is a fantastic resource for basic information. Where I can, I tap into primary resources. My dear husband served in the marines, he provided critical advice on battle tactics for Serengeti Valor.
When I need inspiration for gowns and other high fashion, Vogue is a go to source, as are all the shots of various red-carpet events.
Please share one piece of advice to aspiring authors - what do you wish someone would have told you?
I love this question. The one piece of advice I would give aspiring authors is to find a good story editor and good copy editor. It is not always the same person. Beta readers can help, but a professional is going to be able to provide structure suggestions as well as feedback on the overall story ‘goodness.’ If the budget does not stretch to both – the copy editor is paramount. Readers will forgive plot holes if they love the characters. Sloppy grammar and punctuation will drive them away.
I have received so much good advice it is hard to single out a single source. Romance writers are wonderfully supportive of others. If I were to distill it down: treat writing as an art and publishing as a business. Research the business with the same diligence given to writing. Love Romance Reads blog is full of good information and advice and there are many others out there. Find the Facebook and Goodreads groups for your subgenre and talk to your fellow writers. Whenever I have asked for suggestions or advice, I have been flooded with support.
What do you love the most about the month of November?
The Thanksgiving Holiday. In a time of microwave meals and fast food, it is renewing to spend time preparing and enjoying a meal with family and friends. And I love the leftovers.
Any last words before we go into the speed round?
I would like to say thank you to Love Romance Reads for the opportunity to connect with the romance reading and writing community.
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Bond Proof: the Apprentice
Science Fiction ~ Erotic Romance ~ Fantasy ~ Space Opera ~ Alternate Universe
In defiance of the odds, Lilian is within a month of proving her bond, driving desperate Odds Managers to ever increasing bounties on her life—every step beyond the security of the cartel is perilous. Within the cartel, she must put aside her fear, giving all her attention to her duty and the decorum demanded of an apprentice.
The success of the Nightingale launch has brought Lucius and Serengeti into the center of Twelve Systems commerce. As the Nightingale Command Crew is gathers on Metricelli Prime to prepare for the dangerous voyage to the Thirteenth System, whispers of pirates emerge from the Eleventh and Twelfth Systems. A decade before, pirates almost to toppled Serengeti, their reemergence so close to the Nightingale launch endangers all Lucius has achieved. When a group of free-traders arrive from those distant systems, they threaten to resurrect an ancient Mercio scandal that could undermine the honor of Blooded Dagger and Serengeti, and imperil all Lucius' values.
In the final days of Lilian’s apprenticeship, danger lurks in every shadow. It will require all Lucius’ power and Lilian’s courage to achieve her bond proof.
EG Manetti has always enjoyed a vivid imagination and the occasional scribbling. In 2010 she was struck by the inspiration for The Twelve Systems Chronicles. The draft of a single novel soon became three, and then more. In 2012, after several hundred thousand words, The Cartel: The Apprentice, Volume 1 was published, followed by six other volumes, the latest, Bond Proof, released in February of 2019. The Twelve Systems Chronicles are epic science fiction romance that blends elements of space opera with the intrigue and suspense of a political thriller.
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