I used to live right by the SRQ airport and virtually every plane taking off or arriving flew over my house. When I say flew over, I mean they were so low they momentarily shaded the yard. I like planes so I didn’t mind. My husband was more skeptical and expected one of them to crash into the house.
You can’t say something like that to a writer without expecting their minds to examine the idea. I’ve always spent a lot of time looking up at the sky, hoping to see a UFO. Now I looked up at daytime too, wondering what it would be like if a plane really fell. What would it sound like? If I were on it, just how afraid would I be? How long would it take?
Macabre ideas, I know. My mind still couldn’t stop poking it.
I used to fly small planes a long time ago, and I know they don’t just fall. Accidents happen, but compared to how many planes there are, they’re rare.
The writer’s imagination couldn’t let it go. What if there was an EMP – an electromagnetic pulse – that would incapacitate all electronic equipment?
I researched and learned much more about that subject than I wanted to know.
As my mind toyed with the possibilities and dangers, it led me to the next idea. One nation on Earth might not send an EMP to incapacitate another, but wouldn’t it be a grand idea if someone wanted to take the entire planet?
There would be complications. Power plants, infrastructure, and planes… We’d be sitting ducks. Society as we know it would collapse if we couldn’t communicate. We’re dependent on power for every aspect of modern life.
Wham! Operation Earth was born!
Title: Operation Earth
Author: Maria Hammarblad
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher:Desert Breeze Publishing
Publication Date: August 11th 2013
Available Formats: E-Book
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Seven billion people on Earth go about their daily lives, and no one is prepared when a global EMP slows the world to a crawl. With all our technology incapacitated, everything changes. Within days alien soldiers line the streets, and life will never be the same. Rachael struggles to adapt to the new order, doing her best to keep herself and her cat alive.
On a ship far above the planet surface, Peter just got his new Earth name, and can’t even remember his identity from the last world he visited. It’s another day on the job, one more world on a never-ending list. That is, until Rachael bumps into him, dropping exotic objects all around his feet. His culture taught him females should be obeyed and protected, but he never had an urge to leave himself at a woman’s mercy until now.
Rachael’s neighbor Ryan hounds her to join a brewing resistance movement and make a stand against the newcomers. She still befriends Peter, enthralled by his enigmatic personality and hypnotic golden eyes. Would falling in love with an alien be treason against humanity? When the rebellion gains momentum and open conflict with the newcomers is a fact, Rachael’s personal insurrection might be her doom, or bring salvation to us all.
Born in Sweden in the early 1970’s, Maria showed a large interest for books at an early age. Even before she was able to read or write, she made her mom staple papers together into booklets she filled with drawings of suns and planets. She proudly declared them, “The Sun Book.” They were all about the sun. She also claimed, to her mother’s horror, that her being on Earth was a big mistake and that her alien family would come and bring her home at any moment. This never happened, but both the interest in space and the passion for bookmaking stayed with her.
As an adult Maria’s creativity got an outlet through playing bass in a number of rock bands, and through writing technical manuals and making web pages for various companies and organizations. She did write drafts for a few novels, but the storytelling muse was mostly satisfied through role playing online on Myspace. It was here, while writing stories together with people from around the globe, she stumbled onto Mike. They started talking out of character, and she moved over to Florida to him late 2008. Today the two are married and live in the Tampa Bay area with three rescue dogs.
Besides writing and playing bass, Maria enjoys driving off-road, archery, and Tameshigiri.
Borealis XII, to be released by Desert Breeze Publishing November 2013
Favorite color: Blue
Favorite food: Chicken with cashew nuts
Doesn’t eat: Mammals
Favorite TV Show: Star Trek TNG and Leverage
Favorite animal: Border Collie
Quotes: “Full Speed Ahead” and “Caffeine is good for you”