With a very solid five star review rating on Amazon.com, Robert "Doc" Gowdy most definitely knows what he is doing while writing a science fiction novel to engross and intrigue. His talent, backed by an amazing academic career, which includes being a graduate of the University of North Texas with a Ph.D. in Literary Criticism and Theory and an emphasis on Nineteenth-Century British literature, will easily wrap itself around many readers. In addition, Mr. Gowdy's specialization in literary theory is psychoanalytic criticism and theory, particularly Lacanian psychoanalysis, with further emphases on Milton and Eighteenth-Century literature.
At present time, Mr. Gowdy is an adjunct assistant professor at Texas Woman’s University where he teaches various literature classes.
First of all, could you tell us a bit about Captain Bonny Morgan: The Cassandra Prophesy? What is the story about, who are the characters, etc.
The story is about the first steps in bringing down an evil galactic empire, the empire of Emperor Tulla the First. Captain Bonny Morgan, a beautiful galactic pirate, is contracted by an unknown “entity” to kidnap Princess Cosette, the Emperor’s step-daughter, in an effort to set events into motion. After Captain Morgan kidnaps Princess Cosette, her sister, Princess Lysette, sets out to find her kidnapped sister with the help of her beautiful but extremely mischievous slavegirl, Tink. The story is all about Tink and Princess Lysette’s adventure, and all the political intrigues, hidden agendas, unexpected revelations, and bold, daring gambits by everyone involved at every level of the conspiracy to overthrow the Emperor Tulla.
The novel contains a whole host of wonderful characters that I’ve become quite fond of. There is, of course, Captain Bonny Morgan herself, a beautiful, but mysterious, galactic pirate of an unknown species. Princess Lysette, the beautiful biological daughter of the Empress Flaccilla, and step-daughter to the Empress’s husband, the Emperor Tulla. Princess Lysette is the sister of the kidnapped Princess Cosette. Tink — perhaps my all time favorite character of the novel — is Princess Lysette’s slavegirl. Tink assists Princess Lysette on her journey to find her kidnapped sister. Tink is very beautiful, extremely mischievous, quite funny, and has a secret, well hidden, past. Along the way, Tink and Lysette meet the former pirate, Jon Black, a burly, jovial man who owns a café on the slave planet, Miin. Jon Black is also of the same species as Captain Morgan.
While on Miin, Tink and Lysette also meet the beautiful young noble, Lady Brit, who they enlist as another ally in their adventure. When Lysette, Tink, Lady Brit, and Jon arrive on the pirate planet, Spiller’s Point, they meet Bully, the colorful owner of the Pretty Red, a seedy pirate tavern. Next they meet Colleen O’Malley, the fierce, but beautiful, leader of the pirate faction known as the O’Malley Brethren. Colleen O’Malley has a sophisticated, technologically advanced hideout facility on the snow planet, Prilla. It is on Prilla that Captain Morgan, along with the others, meets John Francis Padrick “Gunns” Mannigan, a former Shield Marine General that Captain Morgan has also been contracted to find. Gunns Mannigan has a loyal and trusted friend with him on Prilla, the burly Sergeant Major Sean “Buster” O’Malley, another former Shield Marine and Colleen O’Malley’s brother.