Today it is my pleasure to welcome author Darby Harn and his speculative fiction book In Between: Stories of the Eververse.
Telepathic wolves. Zombie gangsters. Sentient houses. Just another day for Kit Baldwin.
Fifty years after an alien ship crashed in Break Pointe, the only protection in a strange new world is Great Power, a corporation of superhumans. If you can afford them. Most people can’t.
Enter Kit Baldwin, a young woman who helps people to help people. Except her power is the alien’s power, and she may be more of a danger to her city than she is a help.
This collection of stories and novellas follows Kit’s journey in a series that’s been called ‘the next logical step after Watchmen.’
About Darby Harn
Darby Harn studied at Trinity College, in Dublin, Ireland, as part of the Irish Writing Program. He is the author of the sci-fi superhero novel EVER THE HERO. His short fiction appears in Strange Horizons, Interzone, Shimmer, The Coffin Bell and other venues.
Find Darby Harn
Amazon Author Page: amazon.com/author/darbyharn
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/Darby-Harn-255976537767428
Buy the Book
Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/Country-Eternal-Light-Darby-Harn-ebook/dp/B0921W3QNF
A minor character who insisted on playing a larger role
I love asking authors if they had a minor character who insisted on playing a larger role. Read on for Darby Harn’s interesting answer!
In many respects that’s Abi. Abi is the girlfriend of Kit Baldwin, the main character of In Between: Stories of the Eververse. Kit and Abi have a problem. Kit fused with the alien power of The Ever, allowing her to acquire energy – of which people are mostly – on contact. So she and Abi can’t touch at the outset of the book. The distance reflects in a lot of ways the barriers in relationships between autistic people like Kit and neurotypical ones like Abi.
Abi comes out of nowhere in the first book in the series, Ever The Hero. Abi works with Kit, she’s funny, she’s a sidekick. I needed someone to walk through the door in a scene and Abi came through, pretty much fully formed. She became a major part of Kit’s life and of the story in a way I couldn’t have ever imagined, I’m writing book five of the Eververse now and Abi and Kit are fundamentally bound at the heart of the story.
I wrote this book over the last four years and I feel different about some of it now than I did toward the beginning. I discovered I was autistic about five years ago. A lot of my growth and understanding has really only come in the last year. That reflects where Kit’s at in this book. She’s learning a lot about herself. Abi acts as a buffer for Kit. Kit doesn’t function figuratively and now literally in large groups. Really any typical situation most people take for granted. Abi filters all that for her. She fills in all the blanks. I liked playing with the idea of a healthy relationship between two people experiencing the world in different ways. Abi is quick, loose, funny, and sure of what she wants. Kit is none of those things. She’s guarded, quiet, funny but in a different way.
Abi plays a big role in this book. Her relationship with Kit evolves over the course of the stories and novellas and hopefully adds some context to what readers have already read. Abi isn’t all sunshine. She challenges Kit as much as she protects her. She struggles with some of Kit’s behaviors. They both help each other grow and I hope to keep charting their evolution in the series. The more I learn about myself and how I connect with other people, the more I want to embody some of that in the writing. They’re learning together how to be together. They’re learning new ways of being. One of the things I love most about this book is how they discover a romance that is only theirs.
Yes, there is a giveaway
Darby Harn will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN gift card to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
This post is part of a tour sponsored by Goddess Fish.
My Favorite Excerpt
Post Credits Scene:
“Bring my girlfriend back to life,” the old man says.
Since I got my powers, I get all kinds of strange requests. A fair number of them are curiously sexual, but mostly people ask me to do some good in the world. Catch asteroids. Cure cancer, end hunger, please and thank you. You know.
This one might go up on the fridge. Bring his girlfriend back to life? He could do with some help himself. Seventy, maybe. Liver spots. A rattle in his chest like a bad engine. Still, he got up here on the roof. He knew it was me, warming my feet with the other birds.
Sometimes, I don’t know when I’m me.
Darby Harn — we appreciate your sharing your book In Between: Stories of the Eververse with us! Best of luck with sales, and with all of your future writing.