A member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario, Joanne Elder received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Engineering Science at the University of Western Ontario. During her professional career, Ms. Elder spent several years in the aeronautical and nuclear industries, she published numerous technical papers in the field of Metallurgical Engineering, as well as presented at international conferences.
Joanne Elder currently resides in King City, Ontario, with her two teen-aged children and husband. Spectra, is Ms. Elder’s debut novel, followed by the sequel, Entity, both which were published by MuseItUp Publishing.
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Could you please tell us a bit about your book? The story? The characters?
In Spectra, murder and betrayal consume Dean Weston’s life as he struggles to stop the genocide of newly discovered energy-based life forms so unique they cause humans to acquire extraordinary intelligence for a brief period following exposure. As genius edges toward insanity for those exploiting the peaceful entities, a ruthless experiment goes awry, leading to the creation of an evil capable of redefining human existence.
Dean, the story’s protagonist, maintains a sense of humor even when faced with terrible circumstances, and he possesses high moral principles, choosing life over power and greed. Ivan Campbell, is the polar opposite of Dean in temperament and Dean’s chief antagonist. He is a cold, calculating sociopath who will sacrifice anyone and anything to satisfy his hunger for power and control. He is jealous and disrespectful of Dean, whose qualities of bravery and resourcefulness Ivan could never hope to obtain. Ivan, somewhat lacking in intellect, will do anything, including the murder of those with knowledge of the entities, to covet the power of the entities for his own gain. Believing the entities may hold the secrets that define the spiritual basis of human life, he conducts ruthless experimentation on them.
Spectra would appeal to those who enjoy science fiction or thrillers.
How did you come up with the title and how much say did you have on the cover design?
Spectra is a science fiction thriller about the discovery of a unique form of life comprised entirely of energy. The “entities,” as they are dubbed, appear as fine lights that flicker through a broad spectrum of colors. They’re discovered during a mining expedition to a new planet, which is later named Spectra after the beautiful entities.