Penny Lulich is a freelance writer, artist, photographer. She lives in Indiana.
Publicity Photo for Rachel's Book, Random Walk.
One Of Many Great Reviews On Rachel's Book.
Cover By Professional Sci-Fi Artist, Christopher Doll
On her website, Rachel Lulich refers to herself as a Writerly Nerd. When I asked her about this reference she told me that she loves to write, and that she is a nerd. Nerdy enough, apparently, to be a former Air Force cryptologic linguist who in the past served overseas in a time of war, but has now written a space adventure full of surprising details, relatable characters, and page-turning excitement.
Sit Down Interview With The Author
I recently sat down with this talented young author over cups of tea, and asked her a few questions about her newest book, Random Walk. Here is what I learned.
Me: Rachel, why did you write Random Walk?
Rachel: I have a masters degree in book publishing from Portland State University, in Oregon, and I wanted to try independently publishing a book with what I had learned. So, I combined my love of science fiction with that goal, and wrote my first book.
Me: What is the book about?
Rachel: It's actually the first book in a trilogy that I am writing, called the Fractured Galaxy series. It's about three Air Force astronauts on a manned mission to Mars, who get cut off from earth and trapped in deep space when their experimental engine malfunctions. They have to work together to figure out what happened, and how to get home with only near future technology.
Me: Where did your idea for this book come from?
Rachel: In the words of Martin Lloyd from the sci-fi television show, Stargate: SG-1, "Never ask a writer where we get our ideas. In truth, we don't know." But, in all seriousness, my initial idea was to have a crew trapped in space, and figuring out how to do that came from conversations with my brother, who is a scientist. My biggest influences though, are the Stargate franchise, and the movies The Martian and Apollo 13.
Me: So, you were heavily influenced by film and television?
Rachel: Yes. I took film criticism and screenwriting classes in college, followed by a year of film school. I've always considered film and television to be forms of literature, and I've learned a lot about storytelling from those mediums.
Me: How long did it take you to write the book and self-publish?
Rachel: Almost exactly a year from start of research to publication. A funny story about this is that I was teaching English in Slovakia when the book was released and first put out for sale. I didn't know the language, but I found a local press to print copies of the book for me, and I found a bookstore that let me have my release party there. It was all pretty fun. Of course, I had a ready audience in the U.S. from my crowdfunding campaign.
Me: How did crowdfunding help you publish the book?
Rachel: Some self-publishers write their story, grab a pre-made cover, and upload it to Amazon. But because of my background in book publishing and freelance editing, I wanted to invest in professional publishing services. The crowdfunding campaign allowed supporters to co-invest, and help me pay for those services. In return, they got some really cool rewards, and a professionally made book.
Me: So, you reached your goal of self-publishing. Are you now working on the next book in the trilogy?
Rachel: Yes! I have finished writing book two: The Ethics of Hope. Now I'm in the editing stages. I plan to launch my next crowdfunding campaign in September, so be watching for that on IndieGoGo. The book will be released in December 2021.
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*Reviews for the book can be read on Amazon or GoodReads.
Penny Lulich (author) from Indiana on July 30, 2021:
I'm glad you liked the article, and the cover. If you end up getting the book, and reading it, please let us know what you think.
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 30, 2021:
This is a very good review. I like the cover design, and I think I would like the book. I am not a big sci-fi fan but this book does sound good.