N.M Sotzek

Author of the AIM Chronicles


The Next Big Thing

Posted by nsotzek on November 6, 2012 at 9:30 PM

I've come out from my hole in the ground to do something quite new and extraordinary. Perhaps that's too strong of a word, but I like it.  There is something called a 'blog tag' going around in the interwebs currently, and I've been tagged by the wonderful Ross Harrison who writes science fantasy.

So, this blog tag comprises of questions on our current work in progress. Here goes!

What is the working title of your book?
Chasing the Underground, which is a sequel. I'm currently procrastinating writing it simply to do this blog post. You're welcome


What genre does your book fall under?
It's technically Science-Fiction, although I like to think that a subgenre is Crime, because of the corrupt mafia-esque scenarios.


Give a brief synopsis of your book. 
Cam Tylar, an ex-star athlete works for a group known as the Underground, which researches a way to create a safe substance and chip for a new technology, Artificial Intelligence Morphers. The one currently in production by the McCarthys, a multi-million dollar family corporation, is becoming dangerous. The old chip produced and distributed by the McCarthys grows dangerous over time and reverts to an animal mind instead of abiding by the laws of robotics. This new one won’t, but it means recalling all of the old AIMs, admitting a dangerous mistake, and the loss of money for the McCarthys.

Cam and his team present their new product to the McCarthys to a neutral response. A few days later, a phone call in the middle of the night changes everything. His co-worker in the Underground, Sandra Rodriguez, tells him to come to a lab in Niagara Falls. Maria, his ex-girlfriend and team mate is waiting there. After their baby’s stillbirth, Maria quit the team as well, and joined the Canadian army to become an AIM Operations Technician (AIMOT). She tells Cam and Sandra that she had been attacked in her home on the army base. They believe it was her relationship with Cam that made her a target for the McCarthys. Clearly, they did not approve of their presentation. More workers in the Underground are found either missing or dead, and so Cam and Maria find a safe house to work out a plan, but they discover that it is actually Maria’s job that makes her a target. She discovered on her own that AIMs become dangerous when a fellow soldier was killed by a rogue AIM, and Maria had been attacked after writing an official report about these faulty robots.

Cam agrees to find other scientists and Scanners who are willing to use the new AIMs instead of the old, dangerous ones. Maria decides to use her military contacts to attack the McCarthy company itself using politics, while also finding other AIMOTs who may be in danger. With the help of his AIM, Cam discovers the many fractures within the McCarthy company, along with the help of who he thought was his worst enemy, Jack Tyson. An ex-Scanner like Cam, Jack has worked for the McCarthys for eight years, and is ready to take them down, but he knows that he needs Cam’s help to do it.

Meanwhile, Maria finds an ally in her dad’s old battle buddy, and he agrees to arrange a meeting with the Minister of National Defense. If anyone would be able to support her against an American company, one that is supplying Canada with faulty weaponry (as AIMs are now also regarded as weapons), the Minister would be the first person to contact.

That's all I really want to say....because that's not really brief.

Where did the idea come from for the book?
The idea for the first book was completely my fiance's. He came up with the idea when he was just a young boy, and wrote about it for years. When we started dating, he began writing a new version of it, one with Cam, Maria, Ryan, Rick, and Owen. It was about a new sport with robots that could transform into animals. He let me read it as he wrote, and I fell in love with it. He lost interest in writing it, and allowed me to continue it. It's changed so much since then, that he fully accepts it as my story now. The sequel is completely my creation. The characters have evolved so much from how they were originally created, and as my fiance always says, it was always supposed to be about the sport. I've made it much darker, and included many more elements than there ever were intended to be.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Oh man, I've thought to many times about this, and I have absolutely no idea. I have some ideas, but they're corny.
Cam: Mike Vogal
Maria: Evangeline Lilly
Ryan: no idea
Rick: no idea
Jack: Josh Holloway

See why I said corny? Perhaps it's not corny, but I don't want people thinking the characters are like those on Lost. Although Sawyer is pretty much exactly how I imagined Jack to be.


Hmm, well, I don't know many writers who haven't been tagged already, but how about
Tina Closser, and Clive Clapson,

Thanks, everyone!

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