I’m so excited to have my guest Kristin Smith provide this post today! And it’s a special day because…
With little skills to help provide for her family, Sienna clings to the two things that come easily—lying and stealing. But not all thief-for-hire assignments go as planned. When a covert exchange of astolen computer chip is intercepted, she becomes entangled with a corrupt government official who uses her thieving past as leverage, her mother as collateral, and the genetically modified poster boy she’s falling for as bait.
Vegas Takes Center Stage
Catalyst takes place in a futuristic Las Vegas and was inspired by my time spent living in Vegas several years ago. I was young and single at the time, working in my brother-in-law’s oral surgery office as a receptionist.
I loved Vegas. I loved everything about it. I loved the vibrancy, the Strip, the people, and especially the casinos. Where else can you go to an all-you-can-eat buffet for dirt cheap? Or watch a gorgeous water show every night? Or view a stunning cirque du soleil act? Vegas and I became fast friends.
When I later moved to Utah to attend college, I brought my friends down to visit Vegas on the weekends. My sister lived there and had an open door policy (at least, I think she did. Sorry, sis, if you didn’t!) Vegas was fun and exciting, and we always had a blast.
When the idea for Catalyst first came to me, I pictured Sienna in a pool hall, very similar to one I’d been to when I was living in Las Vegas.
I pictured the Strip, but instead of being bright and vibrant, it was dark and desolate. Slowly, ever so slowly, this idea that Vegas was no longer what it once had been, came to my mind. And that’s where the story unfolded and grew and developed into the one you can read today.
“An action-packed sci-fi thriller filled with romance, danger, and twists you won’t see coming, CATALYST provides a glimpse into an eery future depicting what can go wrong when those in power attempt to make things right.”
~Ilima Todd, author of Remake
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