Q&A with Linden Lewis – Author of The First Sister and The Second Rebel
Linden Lewis is the author of last year’s acclaimed novel The First Sister. The story follows a nameless woman aboard a spaceship, who is one of many ‘sisters’ required to perform sexual acts for the male crew and captain. Everything changes when a female captain comes aboard, and sparks begin to fly between the two of them. We recently included Lewis in our list of great queer authors who are changing the genre. Linden Lewis agreed to do a little Q&A with me in advance of the release of her follow-up novel – The Second Rebel – which is due out in August.
Author Linden A. Lewis | Image via Simon & Schuster
Q&A With Linden Lewis – Author of The First Sister And The Second Rebel
Simon & Schuster provides an official synopsis for The First Sister.
“First Sister has no name and no voice. As a priestess of the Sisterhood, she travels the stars alongside the soldiers of Earth and Mars—the same ones who own the rights to her body and soul. When her former captain abandons her, First Sister’s hopes for freedom are dashed when she is forced to stay on her ship with no friends, no power, and a new captain—Saito Ren—whom she knows nothing about. She is commanded to spy on Captain Ren by the Sisterhood, but soon discovers that working for the war effort is so much harder to do when you’re falling in love.
Lito val Lucius climbed his way out of the slums to become an elite soldier of Venus, but was defeated in combat by none other than Saito Ren, resulting in the disappearance of his partner, Hiro. When Lito learns that Hiro is both alive and a traitor to the cause, he now has a shot at redemption: track down and kill his former partner. But when he discovers recordings that Hiro secretly made, Lito’s own allegiances are put to the test. Ultimately, he must decide between following orders and following his heart.”
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First Sister was your debut novel, what can you tell us about your background as a writer and how you got to the point of publishing this book?
What was your inspiration for the story and/or your biggest influences?
Mass Effect | Image via BioWare
The book is hailed as a queer, feminist space opera. Why was it important for you to incorporate these themes into the story?
The novel follows several different protagonists whose stories don’t overlap very much. Was it difficult to navigate the different characters and their trajectories in the text?
The story deals with abuses of power and corruption in religious organizations and governments. Did you intentionally write in these parallels to the real world?
Author Margaret Atwood | Photo by George Whiteside via Authors Website
The story also deals heavily with trauma. How does this impact your characters?
The follow-up book The Second Rebel will be out in August. What can you tell us about the next chapter in this series?
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Do you have the entire trilogy mapped out already? Do you know where it is all going?
Who is your favorite character in the series?
What does the future hold for you as a writer?
Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.