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Title:  Maia and the Xifarian Conspiracy
Series:  The Lightbound Saga #1
Author:   S.G. Basu
Published:  January 18th, 2014
Genre:  YA Sci-Fi Fantasy
Synopsis:  The chance of living the life of a regular thirteen year old was never hers, Maia knows that much. Her dead mother is an alleged turncoat; her people are practically slaves to the Xifarians-a race of ruthless, space travelers; her planet is near extinction. Maia keeps hoping, however. Of evading the Xifarians and of someday atoning for the sins of her mother. Maia has learnt to be careful, she is cautious. Until the day she gives in to the charms of a gypsy boy and the allure of flying his glider. And then, all Maia’s plans fall apart.
Spotted by Xifarian scouts, Maia is recruited into a dubious peace initiative. She had never considered visiting the galaxy roving planet-spaceship of Xif; she had never imagined meeting or befriending a Jjord – the reclusive people from the under-ocean colonies. But all that is about to happen, and Maia’s life is about to change forever . . .
Maia and the Xifarian Conspiracy is a daring space adventure and a coming-of-age story. It is a riveting tale in which the young hero’s journey of self-discovery parallels the timeless search for friendship, knowledge, and truth.

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Title:  Maia and the Secrets of Zagran
Series:  The Lightbound Saga #2
Author:   S.G. Basu
Published:  December 15th, 2014
Genre:  YA Sci-Fi Fantasy
Synopsis:  Thirteen-year-old Maia thinks she has seen it all.
She has survived an assassination attempt, she has been threatened by a chancellor, and she has faced off with saboteurs trying to bring down a nation. She lets nothing get to her anymore-not the ominous nightmares she has been having lately, not the fear of being targeted for another soul extraction, not even the memories of her dead mother’s terrifying communique.
More than ever, Maia wants the Initiative to resume. She longs to visit Zagran-the undersea capital of the Jjord. She wants to ride the underwater transport lines, learn about the Jjordic energy farms and most of all-she wants to goof off with her friends. But, around the charming city of Zagran, evil is gathering. Maia and her friends do not know it yet, this is just the beginning of a terrifying end.
Excerpt from The Lightbound Saga by S.G. Basu:

Carefully, she opened the small lid, slipped her hand cautiously inside, and reached for the crystal. A flash of light followed by a searing pain that shot through her arm stunned Maia for a moment. Blinking rapidly, she focused her eyes and screamed. The L’miere crystal had vanished. A thin wisp of smoke rose from the moss where the crystal had lain just moments ago. Maia pulled out her hand and shook the pod, hoping that she had maybe . . . somehow . . . just maybe . . . pushed it into a crevice or something. But the pod remained empty; only the lava rock sat on its mossy bed, in blissful ignorance.Ren would know.

She ran out of the room, up the staircase toward the Snoso, and smack dab into the middle of a portly frame. Maia would have gone flying and crashed into the wall had it not been for the hands that gripped her firmly by the shoulders.

“Well, well, well. If it isn’t my old friend Maia,” the voice of Principal Pomewege bellowed. “And what is the rush, child?”

Maia started to murmur an apology. She must have not made much sense, because the principal interrupted her midway.

“Is something wrong?” His eyes shone with concern.

Everything is wrong.

“Nothing, sir,” she lied.

“Well, you seem to be in a hurry, so I won’t keep you.” Pomewege smiled. “But if there is anything I can help you with, just let me know.”

He turned away, and Maia took a few steps before she rushed back toward the principal. “Principal Pomewege, I think . . . I . . . I destroyed something,” she stammered.

Keep Calm and Answer These Twenty-Five Questions

  1. Do you consider yourself a logophile? If so, have you always been?

-I am, very much so. I’ve been that way from ever since I can remember. Even before I knew to read by myself, I would hang on to the words my mother would read to me. All day I would spin them in my mind until it was story time once again. Once I learned to read . . . I completely lost myself in the world of words.

 Keep Calm and Answer These Questions 

  1. What is your favorite color? All shades of blue
  2. Where were you born? Where did you grow up? Calcutta, India. My father was a civil engineer who worked on various projects within India and Asia, so I traveled with him while growing up.
  3. What is your favorite football team? Washington Redskins
  4. Who is your favorite author? John Steinbeck
  5. What is your favorite book? I have too many favorite books, but I will pick one from my genre of science fiction–Isaac Asimov’s Nightfall. That’s one book I can reread a million times over and still be amazed by it.
  6. What do you do when you are not writing? I love listening to music, as well as spending time with my preschooler. I am also a nature photographer, so I enjoy time with my camera as well.
  7. Do you have a day job as well? Yes, I’m an engineer by the day. Although I’m working to devote my time fully to writing, hopefully within the next couple of years.
  8. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? Follow your dreams and never give up. Keep working on improving your craft and building that platform.
  9. Is being a writer a curse or a gift? Writing is giving life to pieces of your soul. And being able to breathe life into anything is undoubtedly the greatest gift.
  10. Where do you write? My writing corner is our spare bedroom, that’s where I get most of my serious writing done. However, I also like to find myself random spots around the house, as they strike my fancy.
  11. Do you prefer silence or some noise while you write? Silence for the most part. Sometimes I write to music.
  12. What do you typically drink while writing? It depends on the mood and the subject I’m writing about. My drinks usually include but not limited to skim latte, ginger tea, ice-wine, hot chocolate and water.
  13. What challenges have you had in regards to your writing life? My biggest challenge is finding time. Having a day job as an engineer, being mother to a preschooler, and still finding time to write has always been a difficult task.
  14. When did you first start and when did you finish your book? I started working on the first pieces of my book in 2007 and completed writing in 2009. Although in 2009, even if the “writing” was complete, the book was far from finished. And since I also took a few years off when my daughter was born, it took me quite a few years after to get it all together. I was finally done with the first book in 2013.
  15. If your book is made into a movie, which actors/actresses do you envision playing the parts? My main characters are kids and I don’t know very many child stars. I do have a clear vision of Maia’s mother Sophie though–I see a lot of Cate Blanchett in her.
  16. What does your protagonist think of you? Would he/she want to hang out with you? This is a fun question. She’s a teenager, so I doubt she would like to hang out with a middle-aged novelist. But if we were to meet we would surely bond over the things in common–we both love candy, we love machinery and aircraft, and we are both rather outspoken and blunt.
  17. How do you market your book? What avenues work best? I have just started figuring out a marketing strategy. I enjoy blog tours because they are a good way to spread the word about books.
  18. What has been the toughest criticism so far? The books are a slow start.
  19. What has been the best compliment? Readers telling me that they can’t wait to get the next book in the series or speculating on the yet unsolved mysteries in the story.
  20. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? It’s a little bit of both. Being science fiction, by books have their fair share of imagination but a lot of it–characters, places, scenes have their inspirations from real life.
  21. How did you come up with the title? I wanted the title to have the name of my protagonist, Maia. I wanted the name to have a science fiction-ish ring to it while capturing the essence of the plot. So the first book was named “Maia and the Xifarian Conspiracy.”
  22. Will there be a sequel? My books are part of pentalogy “The Lightbound Saga.” The first two books have been published in 2014 and I’m working on the third book now which I hope to release in December.
  23. What project are you working on now? I’m working on quite a few projects at the moment:
  • Book #3 of The Lightbound Saga – I’m in the middle of my third draft after which it goes to my editor. Hoping to get this book out in December 2015.
  • Population Morpheus–This is a book of short stories set in futuristic, dystopian Earth. The tentative release date is in May of 2015.
  • Prophecy–A novella set in a distant galactic empire. This book will be full of adventure and intrigue, assassins and space pirates, humans and cyborgs, and all sorts of fun stuff. I have only just started to outline this book and I’m shooting for September with this one.
  • An yet unnamed anthology–This is going to be a multi-author, multi-genre anthology with fellow writers in my critique group– “Rockville Writers’ Group.”

24. What question did I leave out that you’d like to answer? I think you’ve covered it all. Thank you for having me, I have enjoyed this interview.

Please fill in the blank: Keep Calm and __adventure on__

 

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About the Author:
S. G. Basu is a telecommunications engineer by profession, but she likes to call herself a dreamer. Imagination, fueled by a voracious appetite for books, has been her steady friend since childhood. She discovered her passion for writing quite by chance and there has been no stopping her since then.





Giveaway Details:
There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:
  • Signed print copy of Maia and the Xifarian Conspiracy (US)
  • Signed print copy of Maia and the Secrets of Zagran (US)

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4 Comments

  1. Best wishes for much success with your books, S.G. I will follow you on Twitter.

  2. Thank you, Janice. Happy reading.
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