Dannis is middle aged, auburn haired, green eyed, and smiles in this picture taken at her nephew's wedding

From a woman's point of view, I like to explore the personalities and emotions of my characters. I write clean science fiction for young adults and morally sensitive people. No profanity. No gore. I am a single parent, though my girls are grown. I am disabled and use a power wheelchair. Most of all, I am a Christian, and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, so I feel an obligation to write stories that uplift. I do not write exclusively for Christians; people of other faiths can have strong morals and choose the right. My writing often touches on difficult subjects; sexual abuse, drug abuse, slavers, and the evil they do. But, good triumphs over evil in my stories. I show just enough of the evil so my reader can figure out what's going on, but I like to reform bad guys and show healing of the aftermath.

Read Home Is Not Home, Vol.01 in the Home Is Series! For Kindle, and in paperback! Go to http://www.amazon.com/Home-Not/dp/1448661013/

My cover used Vue Esprit 7 for the background, and DAZ Studio for my Adia model, called Victoria4 in DAZ. 

Dannis is my first name, so I thought, since it's unusual, I would publish under it. Why Dannis? Dad wanted me to have an unusual name; he taught Electronics and Telephony at Southern Tech right after World War II. So, he took the word decibel, and got Dannis Belle from that [Mama put her foot down that I couldn't be named Deci Belle!]

[ahem! Is this mike on?] In high school, I studied for a year at age 14 for the three exams that got me a Third Class Radiotelephone Operator Permit. My fellow students thought I was crazy, studying that thin little manual during a tornado warning! I mean, I had my head stuck under my desk, which was turned upside-down, and I got some good study time in while a tornado interrupted my 8th grade Earth Science class.... When I sat for my exams, there were all these college-age men! I only saw one other woman, and she was 17. When I passed, I was still 15, and that made me the second youngest to pass the exam in Habersham County history. Then, I trained for a year at the local radio station before landing a part-time job at WRWH-AM in Cleveland, GA at 16. Even though I was unable to pursue a career in radio, I always liked techie things, and later worked as a computer tech and helpdesk person at GA Tech Library.

I often write about diplomats and long negotiations for trade in a universe without galactic policing. Slavers don't want legal trade. Healers often see rescued slaves and are appalled at what evil is done to the helpless. But, the good people want to see colonies thrive and civilizations find peace, so they never give up. Often, their faith keeps them going. Often, my characters have to put up with disabilities or chronic illnesses, or even mental illness, but find the inner strength through faith to keep going.

Mostly, I write in the voice and point of view of the main character, and that character is a smart woman. Sometimes she is a struggling single parent, and low-income. I also like to write about the Southeastern United States, and set my stories with an Earth connection in Atlanta or small towns. Many of my main characters have a handicap, a physical or mental illness, or are dealing with abuse. A few of my early stories are from a male point of view or in third person [in an onlooker's voice]. Some of these are pretty experimental. My stories that are shorter than novel length are anything from novellas to short-short stories.

I wrote the Home Is... Series, which is currently 13 finished books, and I am working on the 14th. My Rainbow Series ties into the Home Is... Series, but all my books are readable by themselves without knowledge of the others. I am in the process of finishing the 3rd-6th Rainbow books.

Why Read Home Is Not Home?

'Good' Science Fiction
I'm Dannis Cole, and I am the sole writer for my indie publishing house, DanniStories [Home Is Not Home is listed under my Print-On-Demand Publisher, CreateSpace, which is an Amazon company]. When I write a novel, or a shorter story, I am on a mission: No profanity, no explicit sex, no gore. I write science fiction.

The science fiction venue is great to explore social issues. Many of my main characters have health struggles or disabilities, cope with the aftermath of brain injury, the trauma of sexual abuse, the frustrations of low income, the trials of single parenthood, the misery of grief through miscarriage or death.

In each of my stories, there is a battle between good and evil. Good wins. But, the victor still has to deal with everyday life. I try to leave a positive change. The hero learns how to have a fairly normal life despite disability. The newly married couple learns how to be honest with each other. The heroine with the chaotic life learns how to manage her stress. And, the science is well-researched, accessible, and sound. This is science fiction for the non-nerd. No prior knowledge is assumed.

All books in each series are standalone, with flashbacks to tell what was in the other books. One doesn't have to read all the books up to that point to know what's going on, or any of my other stories. But, if you like series, Home Is Not Home begins the Home Is... Series, my longest one. The Rainbow Series ties into it after the 5th book.

Women's Fiction
My stories mostly have strong, smart women characters who are ordinary but do extraordinary things. Men might also enjoy reading them because I show how most women want men to talk to them. My male characters demonstrate excellent communication skills [well, the good ones]. Don't expect to learn anything useful from the villains, male and female. The stories do not bash men, but show the best qualities of men and women [the good ones].

Mental Illness And Good Communication
In my first book, Home Is Not Home, my heroine is a smart, but somewhat depressed scientist who feels she is doomed. As the book progresses, she is rescued by a brilliant scientist who turns out to be royalty.
But, his race doesn't believe in rich vs poor. Everyone enjoys the prosperity of the colony equally. The king employs servants who aren't able to take care of themselves, and he cares about their happiness. His people, the Yeff, can die from getting too upset, yet they are strong enough to lift a car and hold it up for two days. And, they are devoutly religious. The king, Ryonne~, is injured in the War, and Adia, the scientist, rescues him through a device she doesn't fully understand. They are stranded in another galaxy...on Earth. There, Adia meets Laura Martin, a nurse in a head-injury facility, and together, they care for injured Ryonne~.

In this book, I explore the sequelae of brain injury, and how it might be treated by a nurse who cannot consult a doctor. Adia and Ryee are newlyweds, and so they have to learn how to communicate effectively.

Ryee has traumatic epilepsy, which only increases the dangers they face on Earth. Adia has a lesser degree of brain damage which interferes with her sleep. I also explore differences in culture, language, and medical treatment.

Adia and Ryee have telepathy, which some might think a shortcut to honesty, but I show that it is not a substitute for talking things out, just another way to do that. Ryee also has a shoulder
that dislocates often due to a birth defect, which all the men in his family have.

Good Morals
For young adults, the book demonstrates Christian behavior without being preachy. The characters pray, but religion is not a dominant factor in the book, just an undercurrent of good moral behavior. Adia, Ryee,and Laura show compassion, humor, and love. There is mild violence when the villain, Eriganh, tortures Ryee while he is prisoner in the Fortress of D'gharr but I concentrate more on the rescue and Adia's tender care of her 11-day husband.

There is no sex because Ryee is Zheien, and they procreate by telepathy alone. Adia fears to get intimate with her husband as her race does, for fear of harming him. Because there is torture, I rate my book young adult or PG, and not for younger children. Although, I think some parents of gifted children might look to my books for good reading material. Some might consider my ratings prudish, but I consider myself a prude.

Part Of A Huge Series And More
Home Is Not Home is part of a growing series with 13 finished novels. I have another series, the Rainbow Series, and two of these are available in eBook form. Another novel with a Rainbow connection is Colony To Colony. I have all of these novels, along with novellas, novelettes, short stories, and several short-short stories available electronically. If you like Home Is Not Home, you might like others. Each story or book has an uplifting ending, and characters that find strength to carry on, no matter how bad the circumstances. I think, in these depressing times, readers will enjoy happy but unpredictable endings!

Topics: medical science fiction, diplomatic science fiction, literary science fiction, colony science fiction, young adult, Christian science fiction, general science fiction, accessible science fiction, disability science fiction, brain injury, nursing, scientists, diplomats

Happy Reading!
Dannis Cole

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