Writing in a pre-set universe

Sometimes people ask which of my characters is my favorite. I can't answer that. Whomever I'm working on will be my current favorite. I do have a favorite book, and that is Shadow of a Man. Paradoxically, this novella never gained traction. It might still get attention, I hope it will one day, but up until now I think it's the book of mine the fewest people have read. Funny how that works out.

Shadow of a Man is a part of the Borealis universe - an invention by Desert Breeze Publishing where many different authors write stories in the same setting. 

Borealis is a space station. It is a sordid place, dark and frightening, and writing in this universe was both fun and a challenge. The universe already has a population, mythology, foods, curses, and other social quirks, and the work of each author needs to fit in, so readers will get a sense of continuity. 

My Borealis novella is about Theresa, her husband Dominic, and her bodyguard Geo. They're traveling to Borealis on a mission she doesn't understand, and she doesn't want to go.

Check out the blurb:

There might be a place Theresa fears more than Borealis, but she can’t think of one. The old and decrepit station houses all sorts of cruelty, and to make it better, this is where her husband Dominic was imprisoned, drugged, and tortured. He returned a mere shadow of his old self, scarred by abuse and Uudon withdrawal.

Borealis is the last place Theresa wants to go, and the only one she can’t escape. Dominic’s apparent madness does nothing to alleviate her fears. Her once sweet husband has turned into a womanizing monster, and will destroy anyone who gets in his way.

Geo, her faithful and all too handsome bodyguard, appears to be the only one on her side. He once helped rescue Dominic, and pays for the insurrection with a lifetime on the run. This might be a situation not even he can handle, and Theresa fears none of them will make it out alive.

If you read it, let me know what you think. =)

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