I’m delighted to introduce fellow vet and author Dacia Arnold! Dacia’s new release, Apparent Power, is now available at all online retailers. Check out this stunning book below, and scroll down to read Dacia’s Q&A!
Adult Dystopian 279 Pages
Paperback $15.99 978-1732467408
E-Book $4.99 978-1532379642
Coming Soon To Audible
A dormant gene awakens in a quarter of the world’s population and the effects are apocalyptic. With an even rarer gene, the life of Valerie Russell turns into a shocking race against time.
When the human body begins to require more electricity than needed to keep a heart beating, cars lose power, phones no longer function, and planes fall from the sky.
Stranded in southern Colorado, a hundred miles from home—and from her two-year-old son— Valerie must find it within herself to trek the distance with the help of a questionable assembly of ex-military friends of the family.
But the awakening has a different effect on Valerie. While others absorb electricity, Valerie’s abilities are not as limited, making her the key to unlocking a worldwide genocide of those who were not affected.
As she evades the rising totalitarian government, Valerie is also faced with a moral choice: risk failure and attempt to save the masses from the regime’s deadly plot or run and preserve only the lives of her family.
How does a mother make such an impossible choice?
“A commendable sci-fi series launch spearheaded by a remarkable heroine.”
“…the author’s near-breakneck pace is exhilarating…”
–Kirkus Reviews (Read the full review HERE)
“This book beautifully explored the lines between healthy and toxic relationships… Since Valerie is the daughter of a soldier and a nurse herself, Dacia did a beautiful job taking me (a civilian and non-medical professional) into their worlds.”
-Rachel Huffmire, Author of Shattered Snow
Dacia M Arnold is an award-winning American novelist, freelance writer, mother, medical professional and a tenyear Army Veteran. She is the author of Apparent Power, Reactance and Shifting Power, plus short fiction in the international anthology COLP: The Passage of Time. As a freelance writer, Dacia contributes monthly to the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer’s blog where she shares her relatively short experience in the literary world.
From a young age, her imagination lent itself to short stories and poems. Dacia moved every three years since she was born, as with most military families, allowing her to reinvent herself with new friends.
Later in life, she followed her father’s boot prints by joining the military. Dacia spent fifteen months working in Baghdad Emergency room. There she lay witness to both horrors and miracles.
While away for her second deployment, Dacia lost her best friend to domestic violence. After her passing, Dacia served as a victim advocate until her time in the military ended. Now, to help others, she speaks out often in social media platforms to encourage victims of their own strength and informs them of options to get help.
Q: What is the biggest challenge, struggle or fear you have dealt with in your writing life?
A: I am a perfectionist and very competitive. I measure the success of my novels to the success of previous works. Having my first book win an award in its drafting stage and then my second win the same award a year later gives me motivation to keep writing.
Q: What was it like working in Baghdad ER?
A: It was the best worst time of my life. I blocked much from memory but held on to the emotions during the experience. There is much pride and a sense of personal growth I feel when I talk about it. Also a small bit of surreal realization to have come out of war with minimal mental trauma.
Q: How does your experiences with war and trauma feed into your writing?
A: I incorporate much of my technical military and medical knowledge into my storytelling. But having experienced shock, trauma and so much personal loss in my life, it is therapeutic to me to articulate those raw feelings into a character’s experience in my writing. Everyone has a fight or flight reflex, but when your switch is stuck on “fight” for so long, it takes a little while to come out of.
Q: How does being a mother fit into this mix, as this is a major theme in a lot of your work?
A: There are days when I lay my daughter down for a nap and wonder if I will ever shoot a grenade launcher ever again. I was pretty accurate with a mounted grenade launcher. Ultimately, they are the only thing in this world that would rise me to fight. Think Wynona Rider ripping a hole through her wall clear to the outside in Stranger Things. Now imagine her with that desperation and being combat trained. Mothers are the single most resourceful demographic, so it makes sense to me that one be represented in dystopian fiction as the heroine.