Dom Testa is the contributor for this week’s Take Five, a semi-weekly series where we ask authors to share five facts about their latest books. Testa is the author of The Cassini Code: A Galahad Book, the latest volume in his Galahad series, which tells the story of a space ship manned by teenagers sent to colonize a new world.
1. I grew up as a military brat, with lots of moving and lots of different schools. Books were the only constant, which meant the Hardy Boys and the Three Investigators were the only friends I kept for more than two years at a time. Insert sad face here.
2. My Galahad series of books have won numerous cool awards, but perhaps none as meaningful as topping a random Canadian guy’s online list titled “Books you don’t want to die without having read.” Our Canadian friends are obviously very wise.
3. Galahad (the ship) is carrying 251 teenagers on a mission to colonize a new world, without a single adult aboard. Or, at least there wasn’t SUPPOSED to be an adult aboard! Plot device, plot device!
4. The third (and latest) book in the Galahad series, The Cassini Code, introduces a snot-nosed villain. In the old melodramas you would have hissed when he came on-screen. Like most writers, I enjoy crafting these guys more than the good guys. Writers must be snakes at heart.
5. I have a 24,000 piece jigsaw puzzle (5 feet tall and 15 feet long) currently in progress in my basement (insert second sad face here). I’ve worked out plenty of story lines while hunched over this monstrosity. A successfully completed manuscript, however, is always worth excruciating back pain.