We love to discover new authors, and were thrilled when RT Reviewer Dawn Crowne reported that she'd found a winner in the debut author Nico Rosso. Dawn praised Rosso's action packed novella and promises that sci-fi and romance fans will not want to miss "Taken To The Limit." Want to learn more about Nico Rosso and his writing? Look no further than this author interview with RT's Morgan Doremus.
Morgan Doremus: You have said that the great thing about sci-fi romance is the possibilities. “We can be the rescuer and the rescued, the fighter and the philosopher.” Do you consider yourself any of these things? All of them?
Nico Rosso: I do think that there are all of these elements in me. Writing each of these archetypes makes me search them out inside, then use what I know to try to make them real on the page.
MD: Can you tell us a bit about your new novella "Taken To The Limit". What was the evolution of the story's plot?
NR: "Taken To The Limit" is a sci-fi romance that sweeps unsuspecting earthling, Dr. Korina Antonakis into the interstellar Limit War, made real by Sergeant Morrow, an elite galactic commando who is fighting the evil known as the Dusk. I had been collecting many of the plot elements as fragments (like the Dusk and how they take over worlds), but didn't know how to put it all together. When I decided to write the piece as a sci-fi romance, things started falling into place. Because it is the first story introducing readers to the Limit War, I wanted to make the heroine an earthling and open her eyes to the conflict at the same time the readers are experiencing it.
MD: As a Nightfighter, your hero Morrow has had to give up everything – his family, his home, even the chance of a future. What is the motivation he has for making these sacrifices?
NR: Morrow is motivated by his desire to combat the greatest evil he sees in the universe, the destructive alien race known as the Dusk. By making his sacrifice this great, it not only shows how strong his determination is, but it helps to set up how bad the Dusk really are if people are willing to give all this up to fight them.
MD: I love the juxtaposition of Korina’s life before and after she joins the Limit War. She goes from a dead end relationship and shopping for car mats to fighting for the human race. What is it about her personality that allows her to make this transition so easily?
NR: I feel that Korina's need to be helping people in bigger ways sets her up to transition so quickly into the battles of the Limit War. Because she's struggling against the limitations of the mundane in her life, the leap into the unknown (for such an important reason and with an ally like Morrow) is a welcome relief.
MD: Without irony, Morrow, an otherworldly soldier, calls Korina the bravest person he has ever met. What does bravery mean to you? (You know what they say, one person's bravery is another's stupidity.)
NR: I don't see bravery as lack of fear, but the ability to overcome it when necessary, as Korina does. Fear can be important in helping direct us toward safer routes through our lives, but at times it can be paralyzing. Bravery is when a person breaks through that fear to change something, to make something or themselves better.
MD: In your novella, Morrow acts automatically relying on this superior warrior skills. Korina, on the other hand, is a planner – she runs all of the scenarios in her head before taking action. However, when the two fight together they are great partners. How do these two very different people meld so well together?
NR: I think they fight together well because they are both capable people who don't let fear overcome them. Even though Korina isn't trained for combat in the Limit War, she has a level head and doesn't panic in difficult situations. By the time Korina is fighting alongside Morrow, she is far away from any scenarios she had run and it's a testament to her adaptability that she is so effective. Morrow, usually the solitary Nightfighter, shows his adaptability by taking on such a strong partner as Korina.
MD: Morrow claims that he and Korina are fated to be together. Such a romantic notion – do you believe in fate or does this just make for a good story?
NR: Fate is a tricky thing and usually shows up with greatest clarity in retrospect. When we look back, we can see all the little things that did or didn't happen leading up to an event or a personal connection and it appears to be fate pulling the strings. If it is or isn't fate I can't really say. In the context of a book, fate is a great way of supercharging the romance. And in a shorter book like "Taken To The Limit", it really helps to move the hero and heroine along their romantic path a bit quicker.
Morgan Doremus: The reviewer said that your novella will make readers want to pick up weapons to join the Limit War. What about you – if possible, would you take off for galaxies unknown to fight the enemy or are you grounded on earth?
Nico Rosso: Writing the novella was my way of taking up arms and joining the Limit War, so I'm not completely grounded on Earth. Given that kind of opportunity, I think I would head off into the unknown. How could I pass up that adventure?