Friday, September 1, 2023

Book Tour: Intergalactica by F. P. Trotta @francoptrotta @RABTBookTours

Science-Fiction / Fantasy

Date Published: 06/29/23     


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On launch day of NASA's long-awaited expedition to explore Jupiter's moon Europa, neuropsychiatrist Amanda wakes up from a coma after months battling acute meningitis. Along with two patients, they discover they are part of a growing puzzle involving an underground geopolitical corporation called The Firm, which plans to sabotage the mission, taking advantage of a new technology to hijack the ship and set a course to a habitable planet located seventeen light-years away from Earth.

Interview with F. P. Trotta

    How many books have you written and which is your favorite?

    In Portuguese, I have published a total of eight books - four of them are part of the Intergalactica series. The other four are stand-alone genre novels.

    If you’re planning a sequel, can you share a tiny bit about your plans for it?

    Sure! Intergalactica has three sequels in Portuguese - whether the next three will be translated remains to be seen. I can tell you that if we move forward with the other three, I plan on combining them into one full volume. I like to think of Intergalactica as the Hobbit of the series - and the sequel trilogy as the bigger, more serialized story.

    Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?

    They are all part of one singular story.

    How did you come up with the title for your book?

    I wanted a simple and efficient title - at first, Intergalactica was called Stellar Doors. In an attempt to avoid any similarities with Stargate or Interstellar, I then decided on Intergalactica.

    How long did it take you to write this book?

    Around two years for the first book, and then six months for each sequel.

    What does the title mean?

    It is a way to hint our characters will not stay on Earth during the journey.

    What did you learn when writing the book?

    Planting seeds for future plot twists is an absolutely thrilling experience.

    What surprised you the most?

    I missed reading sci-fi books with some high fantasy in them. Too many stories are limited to desolate, hopeless destinations and planets. I was surprised at how much the sci-fi genre can adapt to fit any sub-genre - especially how well an intricate fantasy setting can work in a hard sci-fi book.

    Have you ever killed off a character your readers loved?

    It sometimes needs to happen. This series has stakes, and the body count gets higher with each book.

    What do you do to get inside your character’s heads?

    I like to create characters that are very different from each other, and to think of them all as parts of my subconscious. Then, writing them becomes a necessity, especially when I need to unwind.

About the Author

A love for space operas with controversial and adult themes along with a hint of lovecraftian horror are F. P. Trotta's specialty - born in Rio de Janeiro in the Early 90s, Intergalactica was originally published in Brazil in 2016. The Intergalactica book series went on to move tens of thousands of physical copies in Portuguese and is currently the only ongoing space opera franchise published in Brazil.

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