Dimensions could not keep them apart, but to stay together, Lydia will need to overcome the A.I. that controls his world.
When Lydia is pulled through spacetime into Jordan's plane of existence, she finds herself immersed in a world controlled by the Guardian, an artificial intelligence. The Guardian's sole purpose is to protect the power source that runs the planet; but it does so at the cost of all who live outside of its city.
Sheltered in the Colony, beyond the city's borders, Lydia is befriended by an advanced race of hunters and warriors, who do all they can to protect her and themselves from the Guardian. To survive in this new world, she must find courage and strength, and learn to face her fears. But to save her soulmate and the colonists from the Guardian, she must overcome those fears and embrace her inner strength.
MY: Thanks so much for agreeing to this interview, it is a real pleasure to meet you. Firstly, could you introduce yourself?
LH: Umm, sure. My name is Lydia Henchwick, formerly of a small town, south-east USA. I think I just turned 28 or maybe 29, I haven’t been keeping track of the time. When I married my husband, we’d moved to the city, until he… passed away, and then I moved back home, where I spent three long, lonely years… Well I shouldn’t say they were long. Three years is barely anything at all. But then Jordan came to me. My soulmate. He pulled me into his dimension. So now I live on the planet Threa.
MY: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
LH: Can I change that question a little, or rather expand it: I if I could live anywhere on any world, where would it be? I have thought about this somewhat, in the hopes that one day, we will be able to leave Threa. Don’t get me wrong, I do love Threa, but I would prefer to live in a place where I’m not the target of some deranged psychopath. And as much as I love Tira-Mi, built by the Heart warriors, I don’t think I would enjoy living on their planet – too violent. That leaves Rathe. They are lovely people, very talkative, very friendly. Nothing is an issue with them, they are all about solutions. But I’ve heard there are issues with their world. Issues similar to what has happened on Threa. And I can’t go back to Earth, it just wouldn’t be home to me now. So I guess I’m content to stay right where I am.
MY: What would you consider to be your greatest strength?
LH: Hmm, well, as you know I’m not physically strong, but I’m getting there. I guess I have a strong determination to see something through, whether it kills me or not. But I’m not really sure if that would be considered a strength or a mental illness.
MY: What is your biggest regret?
LH: Not creating more memories with my brother and my family while they were still alive. I have an opportunity here on Threa, to extract memories from my mind, and I have accumulated a nice little collection. But I wish I’d had more time with them.
MY: Describe your perfect day.
LH: As long as Jordan is with me, and we’re not being attacked, the day is perfect.
MY: Have you ever swum naked?
LH: Well… back on Earth… no. But here on Threa, Jordan and I frequently swim naked in the stream by our tree-hut. I don’t mean to make that sound R-rated, but he is rather yummy.
MY: What is your most embarrassing memory?
LH: Yeh, I’m not sure if I want to bring this one up, but hahh, ok… When I was a kid, I used to hang out with my brother a lot; he was five years older than me. He and his friends, a large group of boys and girls, were always having fun, and they were nice enough to let me hang with them. Well, one day, I guess I was 8 or 9, we were on a construction site, new houses and such, and they were doing tricks on their bikes. They’d lined up plasterboard on either side of this huge mud pile and they were jumping over it, and landing on the other side. As you can imagine, I didn’t quite make it to the other side. Instead I plowed face first into the mud, my butt in the air with my dress somewhere around my ears. They didn’t laugh too hard; the girls were mostly concerned. But, from that day forward, I only ever wore jeans and shorts. And it took me two weeks, but I did eventually make the jump.
MY: Fine dining or a picnic?
LH: Definitely a picnic. I’m all thumbs when it comes to eating, a drop cloth is almost always needed beneath my chair, hence my love of picnics.
MY: What makes you angry?
LH: The Guardian program. Well, I guess it’s not really just a program, since it developed sentience. It actually thought it was protecting the city by bringing over people from other dimensions, and extracting their qualities to build its army of wards. Human life means nothing to it. I’m sure it would rid the city of the people within, if that very act would give it more power.
MY: If you could choose a magic power, what would it be?
LH: I think I already have magic powers. In my warrior suit I can fly. Thanks to the Rathe, my vision was enhanced to see the EM signals that surround the colony and the town. Hmmm, oh and with a wave of my hand or a press of a button, I can make things appear, or disappear! I haven’t needed to cook or do housework since coming here. I love it.
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About the author
RMGilmour was born and raised in Sydney, Australia, the middle of three girls, but is currently living in sunny Florida with her two children, two cats and a turtle.
Her love of Science Fiction began at a young age, through watching Science Fiction movies and television shows with her Mom, and her love of writing and crafting stories began in grade school with the encouragement of her grade school teacher.
Writing stories and creating characters has been her passion ever since.