LIBERTY by Annie Laurie Cechini

Welcome to Author Annie Laurie Cechini

Annie Laurie Cechini is a connoisseur of every type of geekery. She writes with a sonic screwdriver pen, owns a Tribble named Nimoy, and often threatens in all seriousness to name a child after a character from the Star Wars lexicon. Liberty is her first novel.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Two words: boredom cure. 🙂

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
Isis, by The Goo-Goo Dolls. I feel like that song really captures the way Dix feels and informs some of the choices she makes through the course of Liberty.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
A ballerina princess Jedi fairy unicorn, with a super powerful magic wand.
Also President of Everything.

How did you know you should become an author?
Well, because I was pretty terrible at everything else. 🙂

How do you react to a bad review?
First, I turn this awful shade of green, and then I hulk-smash stuff, and then I send out my league of super ninjas to remove all trace of said review. This is followed by a serious session with my good friends Ben and Jerry. 😀
Seriously? I think to be successful as an artist, you have to learn how to live with constant critiquing of your work, and how to not internalize it on a personal level.

If you were a super hero what would your kryptonite be?
Bad reviews. 😀

If you could take over the world, would you?
Well, my initial reaction is YES OF COURSE, BWAHAHAHA! …but now that I’m thinking about it, I might enjoy wandering around with the smug knowledge that I *could* take over the world, but allowed my minions their freedom instead.

Do you prefer to write in silence or with music?
I write to movie soundtracks. The instrumental aspect keeps me from being distracted, while the thematic elements inspire my emotions as I write. Movie music is wildly underestimated, IMHO.

What is your favorite scene in the book?
I have a couple of favorites, but one of the most fun scenes is when Dix and Berrett meet for the first time. Also, pretty much any scene where the sailboards are involved. I want one.

Which scene or characters were the most difficult for you to write?
I have a low tolerance for anything medical, so when one of the characters gets nicked by a bullet and needs to spend some time with the healer? NOT MY FAVORITE.

If you could leave this world for your “book world,” would you?
Uhm, no. The world of Liberty is a tough place to be. I refuse to be seduced by the coolness of wrist-charging Cuffs and sailboards. And spaceships. And terraformed planets. And rocket packs. O.o

Do your friends or enemies ever find themselves in your books?
They might find themselves there, but I don’t write them in on purpose. I got that out of my system in my first (and, mercifully for everyone, failed) attempt at novel writing.

Do your characters talk to you?
Nope, but I do usually know how their dialogue would go based on what I’ve created their personalities to be like.

What made you decide to write in this genre?
I hit a point in high school where I wanted to read stories that spoke about my world and the things I cared about, but also had an element of magic and fun. I hope that Liberty is a book that my high school self would have enjoyed reading.


Eternigen is the miracle drug that allows humans to travel in deep space. Seventeen-year-old space captain Tabitha “Dix” Dixon has the only vial of Eternigen in existence.

Eira Ninge always gets what she wants. She wants the Eternigen, and she’ll do anything—and kill anyone—to get it.

Since Dix stole the vial, everyone she loves seems fated to die. When young resistance messenger Jordan Berrett steals her heart, she has to decide if it’s worth risking his life to let him get close. When Dix is involved, even falling in love can turn deadly.

If Dix can get her hands on more Eternigen, she and her crew can escape the solar system, leaving her dark past behind. But getting the Eternigen won’t be easy, and the bodies keep piling up. In the end, the cost of freedom may be too high.

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