Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Q&A with C. M. Alongi

From my Q&A with C. M. Alongi, author of Citadel:
How much work does your title do to take readers into the story?

Citadel is the name of the city, the only human city on the alien planet Edalide. The actual definition of a citadel is that of a protective fortress, and the people living here are in a constant state of war—both for their lives and for their souls (or, so they’re told).

I’ll be frank: I’m not good with titles. Earlier drafts had titles like Predators and Demons—demons being what the humans call their alien counterparts and “Predators” being what they actually preferred in those earlier drafts. And there was that whole unsubtle “humanity is the real predator and demon” layer to it.

What's in a name?

This is a futuristic sci-fi, so these characters are descended from our society from over four hundred years, closer to five. But they’re also very religious. The first people…[read on]
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The Page 69 Test: Citadel.

Q&A with C. M. Alongi.

--Marshal Zeringue