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May 31, 2024 | 0 comments

Host & Guest


Lina Hart


Kathleen Kaiser &

Adanna Moriarty





About This Episode

On the Craft of Sci-Fi Romance and a Good Antagonist

In this episode of Talking Book Publishing, hosts Kathleen and Adanna participate in a fascinating conversation with Lina Hart, the author of “The Spectral Series,” a sci-fi supernatural romance series. Lina’s unique journey to becoming an indie author, shaped by her lifelong love for sci-fi, particularly Star Trek, is sure to inspire. She shares insights into the intricacies of crafting a story with multiple points of view, underlining the significance of detailed character development, especially for antagonists. Lina also opens up about her outlining process, the challenges of writing interconnected timelines, and the joys of allowing characters to evolve organically during the writing process.

Listeners may be inspired by Lina’s journey and gain valuable insights into her approach to creating believable, complex characters and maintaining consistency across different perspectives. She also touches on the business side of indie publishing, from her experience with a publishing house for her first book, Beyond Power, to her plans for self-publishing her subsequent works. The episode concludes with Lina’s anticipation for her upcoming releases and her advice for aspiring authors, ensuring a truly engaging experience for the audience.

Resources from the Episode

A downloadable timeline Here


The reading order of Beyond Power, my debut YA dystopian novel, is akin to a shuffled deck of cards, leading you through twists and turns. As the story weaves an intricate tapestry of characters and events, it keeps you guessing until the very end. To navigate this immersive journey, I created an interactive timeline graphic to help you along the way. This visual companion will guide you through the labyrinthine maze, ensuring you stay on track and fully experience the enthralling narrative of one of the newest (and gripping) sci-fi dystopian books for teens available on Amazon.

TikTok here

Instagram here

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About our guest

Lina Hart

Lina Hart is an acclaimed author known for her captivating young adult sci-fi and dystopian novels. Blending elements of romance, technology, and magical realism, her books offer immersive world-building and complex character dynamics. Hart‘s writing stands out for its multi-POV narrative structure and non-linear, time-hopping timeline, engaging readers with stories of struggle, survival, and the power of connections in futuristic settings.

The Spectral Series Book 1

The present is filled with technology. The future is filled with desolation. And in between, a group of Spectrals discover their supernatural powers to stand against one man playing God.

2104: The Futuristic Present

Angelia enjoys her solitary life amid books and robotic technology until she falls for a man with silver eyes. Together, they find that a few innocent lies only scratch the surface of the dangers–and the love–they will face together.

Dr. Atlas unleashes a new breed of extraordinary humans while searching for a super healing gene and discovers that his destiny will shape the course of humanity.

2125: The Dystopian Future

Marina fills her isolated days maintaining her high-tech compound, making supply runs to the now desolate New Eastland and coping with being one of the few surviving human beings on Earth. One day, a traveler appears at her door–will he save or destroy her?

In the end, what is worth more.. evolution and power or love and passion?

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