Sales of sci-fi book by HHS grad headed for the stars

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Aug 14, 2014 in Rat News | Subscribe

Jennifer Foehner Wells admits to being a bit of a “hermit.”

But the 1990 Highland High School graduate said she now “happily tolerates two boisterous boys” (Harry, 11, and Charlie, 6), a supportive husband (Mitch), a “filthy” Labrador retriever, as well as three pet rats as house mates in their Lafayette, Ind., home.

A self-described “pure and unadulterated geek,” Wells is now also published author.
Her first, book, Fluency, which she self-published with Blue Bedlam Books, has been on the market for about two months, but is already a top seller on Amazon. In the first month alone, she sold 10,000 copies.

“I was thinking I might sell 20 copies a week,” she said.

But more than 12,000 copies of Fluency have been sold overall.

“And I haven’t promoted it too much,” she said.

Wells is now planning to develop Fluency into a series with two, possibly three, more books.

Fluency is currently available on Amazon in e-book ($4.99) and paperback ($12.42).

Wells, who grew up watching Star Trek and Star Trek the Next Generation on television, said she long wanted to write a science fiction book “about contemporary people being put in extraordinary circumstances.”

“But I did not want my books to be written so far in the future that people can’t relate to it,” she said.

In Fluency, Wells writes about NASA discovering an alien ship lurking in the asteroid belt in the 1960s. NASA kept the Target under intense surveillance for decades, letting the public believe they were exploring the solar system, while they worked feverishly to refine the technology needed to reach it.

The ship itself remained drifting. Dr. Jane Holloway is content documenting the nearly-extinct languages and had never contemplated becoming an astronaut. But when NASA recruits her to join a team of military scientists for an expedition to the Target, it’s an adventure she can’t refuse.

“Rest assured that Jane Holloway, Alan Bergen and Ei’ Brai will be back, searching for clues about who caused the genocide of the crew of the Speroancora (an alien spaceship) as well as coming up against the Swarm (a galactic threat to all life in the universe),” she said.

Wells expects to finish Confluence, the second book in the series, within the next 12 to 18 months.

But before she begins writing Confluence, Wells plans to finish Druid, the first in another series of books.

Druid, which is now about 40 percent complete, will be set in the universe as Fluency, but with a different cast of characters who face all need challenges, Wells said.

Druid will be a contemporary super hero origin story, centering on a young woman named Darcy Eberhardt. Eberhardt’s life is transformed by two unrelated but devastating coincidences, which unmask a secret she was unaware was dwelling within her.

“I’m hoping to have Druid finished in the next six to 12 months,” Wells said.

While attending Highland High School, Wells, the daughter of Jack Foehner and Betty Schreckengast, said she aspired to be a science fiction writer. She remembers even writing a couple of scifi stories in high school.

“I remember even buying a typewriter with my own money while I was in high school,” she said.

Wells said she now does all of her writing on a laptop computer.

“I am now fulfilling my lifelong dream of being a writer,” she said.

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