Listen, we love a good space adventure. There’s something so exciting and foreign about floating amongst the stars. So our interest was piqued when we heard of Lisa Soem and Sunny Moraine’s RT Top Pick! Line and Orbit. It’s the story of what happens when Adam is cast out of his genetically perfect society. Space nomad Lochlan rescues Adam and the two develop feelings for each other amidst the space travel and intrigue. Sounds so good, right?! We made Lisa and Sunny sit down and tell us everything.
It's interesting that while your story is a male/male romance, it's a mild one, with no heavy sex scenes. Tell us more.
Sunny: That’s where the focus of the story was — there's romance, and the relationship is very important, but we also put a huge amount of attention and effort into building the world and telling its over-arching story, so romance isn't by any means the singular important element. The book is really not just the story of Adam and Lochlan alone. Given that, it didn't feel like explicit sex scenes fit the story we were telling. There was no conscious decision on my end to do that — it just felt right to proceed that way. Though I love writing very explicit scenes and have done so in a lot of my other stuff.
We love the idea of magic space nomads. If a celebrity today were a magic space nomad, who would it be?
Lisa: I want to throw Johnny Depp out there as an obvious choice, given the whole dark-eyed, tattooed, outsider feel that he throws off. Also, for some reason Tom Hiddleston comes to mind. Maybe because he does such a wonderful job doing crazy, dramatic roles on screen but off screen he's just a guy, smiling, laughing at himself, and so on.
You've both said that you cut a great amount from Line and Orbit. What was your favorite darling that had to die?
Sunny: There was a love scene between Kae and his wife Leila that I absolutely loved — it was such a wonderful moment between the two of them, a look at their relationship and how devoted they are to each other, and while it was slightly extraneous to the plot and had to go, it was a lovely piece of character building that it was sad to cut. But! It can be read for free here.
If you could, would you travel to space?
Sunny: I would love to. I recently read Mary Roach's fantastic book Packing for Mars and it was very cool finding out about all the lesser-known details of what's involved in space travel. I think this is an exciting time in the history of space exploration; not only do we have things like the ISS and potential near-future missions to Mars, but things like civilian space tourism aren't just distant science fiction anymore. Who knows, maybe I'll actually get to go in my lifetime!
Lisa: Oh, no way, I'm going to play the McCoy to Sunny's Kirk here. Tin can in the merciless vacuum of space, nope, no, no thank you, please come again.
What's the best thing about the extensive genetic research available today? The worst?
Lisa: It’s an exciting time to be a part of biomedical research. We're learning amazing things about how our bodies fight disease and how they betray us with things like cancer and auto-immunity. One of the most amazing and frustrating things that's out there right now are the tools we have to test people for known cancer genes. This was highly publicized a few months ago when Angelia Jolie wrote a NYT op-ed about her decision to get a double-sided mastectomy based on her results. Essentially, people who are worried about their likelihood to develop cancer later in life, usually based off their family history, can be tested to see if they've got the "bad" gene, which allows them to take preventative measures. It's an incredible tool that's still getting its legs underneath it, so we'll have to see where it goes in the future. It's also incredibly frustrating because it's not covered by health insurance companies and the prices for the procedures are extortionate, essentially making it a tool only for the rich and affluent. These kind of genetic test could change the face of modern medicine, but only if it's made widely available </rant>.
Ready to travel to the stars? Line and Orbit is available now in stores and online. And for more starry stories, be sure to visit our Everything Paranormal page.