In this prequel to TJ Mott’s science fiction series “The Thaddeus Marcell Chronicles,” Thaddeus Marcell is a naive young man from Wyoming. Fresh out of college, he is assigned to a luxury cruise starship called the Lunar Dawn where he works as a junior engineer. But his entire life changes when he’s abducted during a trip to Mars, sold into slavery, and thrust into a huge interstellar civilization he never knew about, one that denies the very existence of his homeworld.
One day, he will be the toughened, grizzled leader of an interstellar mercenary company. But if anyone can survive the effects of slavery, extreme confusion, and self-doubt, it’s Thad, because he’s highly intelligent and extremely resourceful…
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I received an email from Amazon about the Pen to Publish 2019 contest, which is for short stories. I always had a few ideas about doing some sort of "prequel" to my series, "The Thaddeus Marcell Chronicles," but there's simply not enough there to write full-length novels. The series is basically the "start of time" for me.
But after hearing about the contest, I realized I had enough to do a short story, and so I quickly wrote and published "Thaddeus Marcell: The Terran Engineer" and "Amanda Poulsen: The Hyberian Raider." These act as prequels or origin stories for the two main characters in my series.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Since this one's a short story (~9700 words), there's not much to answer here. I mainly wanted to present Thad Marcell as a young and naïve man who still has a strong sense of right and wrong, to contrast with who he would become in my first novel, "Rescue at Waverly."
TJ Mott is a software engineer based in Omaha, Nebraska. He writes in his free time and has three self-published novels and two short stories that involve the adventures of a interstellar mercenary company owned by Thaddeus Marcell, who has a side quest to locate his missing homeworld, Earth.
Some of his hobbies include reading, writing, shooting sports, dirt biking, 3D printing, and accidentally starting small garage fires with welders. But you'll never see him because he's almost always camouflaged by wearing a Mossy Oak jacket.
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