Pinder, Victoria: The Zoastra Affair

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The Zoastra Affair

by Victoria Pinder



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A hundred years from now, Earth has trading partners with alien beings, mostly humanoid. However, going into space brought forth an unknown enemy who attacks Earth at will.

The Zoastra is part of the Earthseekers, an organization originally designed to go into space. Its new mission is to find Earth’s enemies.

Ariel is stuck on a Victorian planet and steals Grace’s body and life to get off the planet. Grace must get her body back before Ariel bonds with Grace’s husband, Peter. Then there is Cross, the man on a mission to find those who killed his family. Ariel is attracted to Cross, but she’s stolen someone’s life.



I’m going to have to steal someone else’s body to get out of here.

“Ariel, are you listening?”

Ariel Transcender stared dumbfounded at the mother superior of her prison, a/k/a Aulnale School for Orphans. “Yes, mistress.”

She had no idea what happened, though she pasted a fake simpering smile of appreciation on her face. Ms. Rochelle walked away.

A few minutes later, Ariel looked out the window again, tuning out Rochelle’s mind numbing lecture on what was proper behavior when near a man. The boarding home on this planet gave the stupidest lectures of the galaxy. Her lips curled into a sneer. Women were not excited to be bound to men.

Could I do this to someone else? Do I have any other choice?

Lenchena, the teenage girl who’d stolen her adult body and taken off on Ariel’s ship, needed to be found. And Ariel refused to listen to the daily drivel about always listening to a man.



It is my pleasure to have interviewed Victoria Pinder and to share some of  her answers to my many questions with you, her faithful readers.

Tell me a little about The Zoastra Affair and what inspired you to write it?

The Zoastra Affair is a romance novel set in the confines of a space ship. I love science fiction. Movies, TV and books. But none were romance novels and I always wanted that combo. So I wrote my romance novel set on the space ship.

When you start writing a new novel, do you outline the story or do your characters dictate what will happen?

I must know my characters. I cannot write one word without the character. Then I usually pen a terrible first chapter. After I have the situation set and the characters, I can outline the rest of the novel.

Do you ever have arguments with your characters and who usually wins?

The character. I started the Zoastra Affair years ago, but I intended Ariel to be the bad girl in Grace’s story. But I couldn’t. Grace was fun, but not a heroine for a romance. She’s already married for one. And Ariel didn’t steal Grace’s body to take over the human race or anything evil. Once I realized Ariel was the heroine and interested in Cross, the story made more sense. But the book wouldn’t write.

What is something about you your readers would be surprised to know?

Until I met my fiancé, I honestly thought I screwed up my love life. I thought I must have screwed up all my own romances and pushed the wrong guys away. I thought that I wouldn’t ever marry or fall in love again. Every guy I would meet, all I could do was say ‘heck no.’ So I planned the life of a single woman, happy with her life. And when I did meet the right guy, love was pretty easy.

If you could write with any other author who would it be any why?

A male writer. I could write the female side. He’d write the male side. And I’d choose Dan Brown or Steven King. Not my genres. But we could write a mystery. And I would learn so much.

When you were little what did you dream of becoming when you grew up and why?

A lawyer, and I didn’t listen to anyone who told me it was a bad move for me. I should have listened. I became a lawyer before I realized what others tried to tell me. But I love figuring out the right and just thing. In stories, the good guys can win.

When did you decide to write and what prompted you to start?

I wrote all my life. But I wrote my first novel the year I became a teacher. I went to law school. I broke up with a boyfriend that year, changed my career, and wanted to reconnect to my heart. Teaching is noble, but writing helps me. I wrote my first two novel that year, not that I sold any or that are available..

What music inspires your writing?

Silence is fine when I’m on a role. I prefer it. But when the mood is on, youtube channels are amazing. I find the most interesting 4 hour instrumentals on there. For the book I’m writing now, it’s a spy novel as he’s in the CIA. And I’m listening to ‘epic music’ collections. What is that? IDK. But it’s helping.

Fun Facts:

What is your favorite breakfast?

I’m not hungry at first and my European ancestry kicks in. Toast. Once in a while eggs and everything else. But I’m usually hungry at 10 and looking forward to lunch.

What is your favorite color?

Pink. My computer is pink. My mouse is pink. The wedding colors I’m planning is also pink. Elle Woods and I have a lot in common though I never once chased a guy to college.

What is your favorite movie?

My father worked for Warner Brothers. Pick one? I can’t pick a genre. How can I pick just one movie? Star Wars and Gone with the Wind are both epics and must see TV at some point.

What is your dream car?

One that drives without breaking down. In my dreams I think about a big house, near a forest, and quietness. I love the Florida winter, but a forest is inspiring and amazing. I miss greenery.


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Victoria Pinder grew up in Irish Catholic Boston before moving to the Miami sun. She’s worked in engineering, after passing many tests proving how easy Math came to her. Then hating her life at the age of twenty four, she decided to go to law school. Four years later, after passing the bar and practicing very little, she realized that she hates the practice of law. She refused to one day turn 50 and realize she had nothing but her career and hours at a desk. After realizing she needed change, she became a high school teacher. Teaching is rewarding, but writing is a passion.

During all this time, she always wrote stories to entertain herself or calm down. Her parents are practical minded people demanding a job, and Victoria spent too many years living other people’s dreams, but when she sat down to see what skill she had that matched what she enjoyed doing, writing became so obvious. The middle school year book when someone wrote in it that one day she’d be a writer made sense when she turned thirty.

When she woke up to what she wanted, the dream of writing became so obvious. She dreams of writing professionally, where her barista can make her coffee and a walk on the beach, can motivate her tales. Contemporary romances are just fun to write. She’s always thinking whose getting hurt and whose story is next on the list to fall in love. Victoria’s love of writing has kept her centered and focused through her many phases, and she’s motivated to write many stories.

Member of Florida Romance Writers, Contemporary Romance, Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal chapter of RWA, and in Savvy Authors.


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