What’s the backstory for your pet in the Pets in Space anthology?
The back story for my pet is actually a new one, but is linked to a previous series. In many ways, my pet is the precursor to what is to come. The new cyborg technology that could well be too advanced for the world to handle. K-Nine is a Despairing Wolfhound – a cross between a Despairing wolf and a canine. This cross bred is necessary because of the aggressive traits of the wolf. Yet, it is the bonding, or imprinting, of the wolf that makes it such a great partner. In this story, K-Nine goes missing and Matrix is determined to find his partner and friend while also trying to stop a genetically-engineered creature that escaped from his star system from destroying life on Earth.
There are a lot of cyborg stories out today. When I was asked to write in Pets in Space, I thought, why does it have to be the hero who is the cyborg? Why can’t it be the pet? It was a refreshing take on the concept which I thoroughly enjoyed. It turns out that A Mate for Matrix will actually be part of a six book series known as the Cyborg Protection Unit.
What animal would you choose to be and why?
If I had to choose, I think it would be a cat. I’ve discovered a lot of things about cats since we opened our home to PIA. She is very loyal and protective, affectionate, and smart. I love how cats can sleep for extended periods of time, twist their bodies all different directions, extend their razor-sharp claws and climb. They are beautiful to watch in motion. They also have a wicked sense of humor. Here, PIA is pawing at my sister’s front door waiting for her husband to open a can of tuna for her. Did I mention that she is also very spoiled?
An excerpt from A Mate for Matrix from Pets in Space:
Jana stood up. With a grin, she picked up the small travel carrier with the meowing kittens inside. She had concluded that unless she wanted to drive with kittens climbing all over her, she had better get them used to being in the carrier.
“Okay, office is clean, kittens are confined, dog food is in the trunk, and you are on a leash. Everything’s good to go, so I say we make like a tree and leave,” she announced with a bright smile.
Jana giggled as Linguine walked calmly beside her. If this was a wild wolf, she was Tinkerbell. There was no way a wild wolf would behave like this. Heck, she didn’t know many domesticated dogs that were this good on a leash. He had to have been trained, maybe as a service dog or something. She would take a picture of him and print out posters to display around town this weekend. Surely if someone had lost him, they would be eager to have him returned.
Jana opened the back door, placed the carrier on the back seat, and secured the seat belt to the handle. Walking around to the other side, Jana opened it for Linguine. Her mouth dropped open when he jumped in without her having to say anything, and circled before sitting down. Her eyebrow rose when he sneezed again.
“You’ve definitely done this before,” she murmured with a shake of her head. “Okay, gas station, here we come.”
Jana shut the back passenger door and walked around to the driver’s side. She opened the door, slid in, and paused in surprise when she saw that Linguine was now sitting in the front passenger seat beside her. She frowned and glanced at him, then the back seat, before returning her gaze to his dark gray eyes.
“Okay, you’re a front seat kind of dog,” she murmured, reaching out to shut the door with a shake of her head. “I’m good with that as long as you stay on your side of the console.”
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Pets in Space blurb
Even an alien needs a pet…
Join the adventure as nine pet loving sci-fi romance authors take you out of this world and pull you into their action-packed stories filled with suspense, laughter, and romance. The alien pets have an agenda that will capture the hearts of those they touch. Follow along as they work side by side to help stop a genetically-engineered creature from destroying the Earth to finding a lost dragon; life is never the same after their pets decide to get involved. Can the animals win the day or will the stars shine just a little less brightly?
New York Times, USA TODAY, Award Winning, and Best selling authors have eight original, never-released stories and one expanded story giving readers nine amazing adventures that will capture your imagination and help a worthy charity. Come join us as we take you on nine amazing adventures that will change the way you look at your pet!
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A MATE FOR MATRIX: CYBORG PROTECTION UNIT
By S.E. Smith (New York Times/USA TODAY Bestselling Author)
Matrix Roma is a member of the elite Zion military Cyborg Protection Unit. Matrix gets more than he bargains for when his cyborg partner, a hybrid Wolfhound named K-Nine, goes missing and ends up finding a mate for Matrix in the middle of a deadly mission on an unknown planet called Earth.
S.E. Smith, New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling author of Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, and Paranormal Romance brings another action, adventure, and suspense- filled story to transport readers out of this world. Readers can check out her website at http://sesmithfl.com and chat with her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/se.smith.5.