Two Brothers: Origin (A Ramtalan Trilogy)Genre: YA What teenage boy doesn’t want to fit in and have friends? That’s what Argus Dachel, 17, wants more than anything, but because he’s half alien, and a New Breed, that’s not as easy as it seems. And it sure doesn’t help that he and his brother, Tai, are being pursued by a secret government agency. To top it off, now in their senior year at public high school, both boys risk exposure when Argus uses his extraordinary strength to defend himself against the school bully, falls for 16 year-old Lola and then learns that New Breeds are set for extermination by another group of hostile aliens. As government agent Max Jackson gets close to discovering the brothers’ identity and the hostile alien forces close in, what chance do Argus and Tai have of survival?
Enjoy this guest post by author Sofia Diana Gabel!
The Balance Between Parenthood and Writing
I love writing, plain and simple. If anyone asks what I do, the first thing I say is that I write. While that’s true, it’s not the only thing I do, although it’s what I spend most of my free ‘me’ time doing. My main function, even now that my daughters (three of them) are all over 18, is as a parent. A single parent. I raised my darlings on my own since they were toddlers and like to think I’ve done an admirable job, not that there weren’t plenty of difficult, hair-tearing-out times, but overall, I have successfully turned out three independent, intelligent and self-sufficient young women. With these charmers all out of high school and over 18, I find that I have time and energy (both were stretched thin for years) to concentrate on my ‘other’ passion, and that’s writing.
I like to write in different genres, and my latest book is a young adult science fiction. I chose to write young adult mainly because I remember all those nights when my girls were young, when it was ‘story time’ before bed. Of course I’d read them the typical children’s books, but what they really wanted was one of my stories. These were short little tales that I’d make up, using them, of course, as characters. Some were silly and goofy, and others were exciting fantasies or science fiction. They really liked the science fiction stories of flying around in spaceships or visiting other planets. So, years later, I wondered if I could write an entire science fiction novel involving teenagers.
I developed the main characters of Two Brothers: Origin, two twin boys who have some personal secrets that they can’t share with anyone. I also have them home-schooled up until their senior year when they are put in public school, just to make their teenage lives even more difficult!
I dredged up the memories of real experiences from when my girls were in high school for the story. As we all know, high school is a time for learning about your place in the world, for better or worse. There are still bullies, the popular kids, the stoners, the brains, the jocks and the outcasts. I fit into the ‘outcast’ category, so I know exactly what that’s like and how it sticks with you for a long time. For my two brothers, Argus and Tai, they try to fit in and be normal kids, but it’s hard for them as they have special ‘abilities’ or powers, and as they get older, they are developing more of these abilities. They soon find that in addition to the usual teenage issues, now their struggle to fit in is compounded because of their secret.
When I see what Argus and Tai have to go through, I’m really glad my girls were normal and didn’t have to deal with hostile aliens or secret government agencies. In the second book of the trilogy, which is almost complete, the stakes are raised even higher for Argus and Tai. I really hope they graduate high school and can find a balance between who they are and who they want to be. After all, isn’t that what the teenage years are all about?
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