Y.S. Pascal is an award-winning author of mystery-thrillers and feature articles, a scientist, and the parent of three wonderful young adults. Her first book in the Zygan Emprise Trilogy, Renegades--Where Angels Fear to Tread won a Mensa Sharp Writ Books Award. Her mystery thrillers, Dead Air and Devil Wind, co-written with Deborah Shlian as Linda Reid, won the Royal Palm Literary Awards for Best Suspense/Thriller. Her latest thriller Deep Waters will soon be available through Akeso Press.
Interview with Y S Pascal
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I came to America as a Greek infant on the rustbucket Nea Hellas a few years before the ship yielded to its watery grave. My mother was a survivor of the 1922 "catastrophe", ethnic cleansing in Anatolia, and my father a refugee from Nazi assaults in 1930's Berlin. Their experiences in the Resistance against the Nazi occupation of Greece are echoed in Shiloh's missions, and in her passion for truth and justice. Dad went to work for NASA, and I was lucky enough to get actual Moon Rocks to show my classmates--as well as anecdotes about John Glenn's return to space on the Shuttle in '97. Having your father rub shoulders with astronauts in the Star Trek TOS era inspired my desire to travel throughout our universe--if only in fiction.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first novel at age 8 about a young girl who ran off to join the circus. Yielding to my inner Mary Sue, I also penned a story of joining the travelers in the animated series Space Angel. The lure of independence and adventure that captured my spirit is echoed in Shiloh's adult experiences in "The Zygan Emprise Trilogy. With a backpack full of courage, she joins the Zygan Intelligence Service and journeys across space and time to find her missing brother and save her family's lives. Mary Sues need not apply. I hope readers will enjoy Shiloh's and Spud's adventures!
Who are your favorite authors?
As an award-winning co-author of two medical thrillers, Dead Air and Devil Wind, I admire the late Michael Crichton's groundbreaking work in the genre. I'm also a fan of the great Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes, of course), Douglas Adams (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), and Gene Roddenberry (Star Trek's Great Bird of the Galaxy).
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Let me see...the chance to help people as a doctor, the chance to share entertaining stories as a writer, the joy of spending the day with my beloved family and friends...? And, if I'm going to be 100% honest...like everybody else, I gotta go to work and pay my bills.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Paying my bills. Like everybody else. ;-)
Describe your desk.
Virtual. My desk is my imagination--and it travels with me around the world and across the universe. Getting the words down on paper--wherever I rest my wonderful Surface Pro and flip open the keyboard.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating an entertaining experience for readers--and providing hours of fun.
What do your fans mean to you?
I'm deeply grateful to the many fans that have let me know how much fun they've had with Shiloh and Spud. So glad you loved "The Zygan Emprise Trilogy"! And, if you're just meeting Shiloh and Spud -- enjoy!
Y S Pascal and one of her fans.