“Write what you know.” The sentiment is probably as old as writing itself. Yet
how does it translate into a futuristic romance filled with aliens?
Sometimes I find myself writing about things I know little about. Take the fifth
book in my Clans of
Kalquor series, ALIEN
SLAVE. The initial inspiration for that book had absolutely nothing to do
with any personal knowledge of mine. Alien sex slave auctions have no bearing
whatsoever with my real life. No, really. Never been near one. At any rate, the
auction scene did not make it into ALIEN SLAVE. But it did
lead to the setting of a brothel, along with a sex worker named Dani Watson.
Again, a situation I have no direct experience with. I promise. My closest
encounter with a brothel was watching the old movie, The Best Little
Whorehouse in Texas.
Yet I always base a part of my heroines on some piece of myself. Sometimes it’s
a not-so-good part of me, a little nugget o’ Tracy I’m not terribly proud of.
Dani’s impulsiveness was based on my own, an impulsiveness that led her to the
terrible decision to sign on as a brothel worker on an alien planet.
This led to Inspiration #2: the poor little rich girl whose reckless behavior
constantly lands her in trouble. Okay, so I know as much about being rich as I
know about being a paid sex worker. But I do know how to be a difficult,
irritating mess. Just ask my husband.
Like me, Dani is complicated. Sometimes she’s difficult to have sympathy for.
While I wrote this book, I often found myself wanting to shake her, just as so
many have wanted to shake me. She can be downright unlikeable at times. But she
also possesses a wounded quality and gritty determination that made me want to
give her a hug and tell her things aren’t as bad as they appear…that she can
find people out there to love and trust with all her heart, without fear they’ll
The final inspiration for this particular book is one that I’ve lived
vicariously, sometimes in binges. My husband is addicted to survival shows, so
I’m often bombarded with images of people eating bugs, drinking their own urine,
and starting fires by rubbing two sticks together. Having been exposed to so
much of this enthralling entertainment, I decided I had to get something good
out of it. So I put Dani and her Kalquorian beaus Gelan, Krijero and Wynhod into
a primitive survival situation. Having them eat gross things and fight a
treacherous environment while chased by mortal enemies was the final ‘what I
sort of know about’ ingredient to be added to ALIEN SLAVE.
All these elements blended together in a way that I’m delighted with. Stubborn,
selfish Dani meets her match in three men who refuse to coddle her demons; men
who won’t give her all she wants but will give her what she needs. They’ll do it
while fighting desperately to stay alive on a primal planet in the future. It
will feel familiar to the reader despite the futuristic landscape, because even
in an alien universe filled with danger, there’s always room for real-life
General Release Date: 18th April 2017
Available on early download from Totally
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Clans of Kalquor
Dani Watson is a brothel worker on the planet Dantovon. Having escaped
post-Armageddon Earth, she’s resigned to spending several years in service to
pay off her contract. Her one consolation is that she avoided being captured by
When a Kalquorian clan buys her contract, Dani attempts escape. Crashing on a
remote moon puts her life in jeopardy, leaving her and the clan of Gelan,
Wynhod, and Krijero fighting for survival in a hostile environment. Worse still,
they’re being hunted by a group of brutal Tragooms who are determined to capture
Dani and subject her to a fate worse than death.
Erotica | Science Fiction
Romance [Totally Bound Publishing, On Sale:
April 15, 2017, e-Book, / ]
Tracy St. John lives in coastal Georgia with her husband and son. You’ll
often find her haunting train museums with her locomotive-loving son. Besides
writing, she has also worked in video production both in front of and behind the
camera. She’s usually cast as the gun-toting bad gal, getting handcuffed in the
end. She has no complaints.
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