E.S.A. is kinda like Star Trek meets Star Wars meets Stargate meets The Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it’s nothing like them.
Sure, there are similarities, but I just wrote the stories that were in my head, and if they came too close to one of those, then I changed it.
As the title implies, like Star Trek: First Contact, it is the beginning of a planetary alliance. Like Stargate, it’s a secret government organization. And, like Star Wars, there is a supernatural Force guiding them.
I initially thought of it as a Stargate spinoff, but the more I thought of it, the less likely it would work.
I really wanted a Star Trek: The Next Generation-type story, but not limited by the same prime directive. But to get there, I had to write a prequel. The TNG-like stories are planned to start in Volume 3.
I also wanted a mystic force, like Star Wars has, but more tangible. Like, what if The Force spoke to you, but not with words?
And, finally, I wanted a family story like Superman & Lois. But again, I needed a prequel to get us there. These stories would be trying to balance work and family, and hopefully will start in Volume 2.
I refused to write the stories for ten years because I thought it was too obvious, and someone else would. When I started to write, I didn’t know if it would be a full-length novel, or something else, but I had different main characters at different times, and I like the TV episode length. So, it ended up being each character having their own novella/novelette. When I was looking if anyone had made a series of stories with different characters working together, the only one I could think of was the M.C.U.
There are currently about 10,000 sales, but as only about 70 are paperbacks, I’m not planning to do them for books 4 & 5. Instead, there will be a compilation, which will be more affordable.