A bestselling author born in Canton is reaching for the stars thanks to an unusual project that will take her work to the moon.
A collection of Tina Glasneck’s fantasy / Norse mythology novels is downloaded to an SD card as part of “Writers on the Moon,” a project that puts the work of 125 authors in a time capsule transported by Astrobiotic technology .
The Pittsburgh-based space robotics company builds lunar landers and rovers designed to deliver payloads to the moon for businesses, governments, universities, nonprofits, and individuals. The company was founded by Red Whittaker, professor and robotics expert at Carnegie Mellon University.
Astrobiotic Technology’s website states, “The company is also developing advanced space robotics features such as terrain-based navigation, mobile robotics for lunar surface operations, and reliable computer systems for mission-critical applications.”
Glasneck said the writers’ start was the brainchild of bestselling author Susan Kaye Quinn, a rocket scientist turned speculative fiction writer. Quinn previously worked for NASA and the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
“With the pandemic, she wanted to awaken hope,” said Glasneck. “It’s turned into something beautiful. She opened it up to 125 other writers to join her. It’s a paradigm shift. Knowing that my work will actually be on the moon is a glimmer of hope for my children and family. “
As a child, bestselling author USA TODAY attended Pleasantview School. Her family moved to Virginia when she was 10 years old.
“I still consider myself an Ohioan. I have a lot of fond memories from there,” said Glasneck, who still lives in Virginia.
As a graduate of Oral Roberts and Liberty Universities, Glasneck studied theology and German. She also studied in Israel. She later studied and lived in Germany and attended the Georg-August University in Göttingen, famous for two of its professors, the Brothers Grimm, Wilhelm and Jacob.
Glasneck was a former trainee attorney after being convicted in a criminal defense law firm. His original plan was to become a lawyer. She has been writing full time books since 2012, due to a life changing incident.
“One day a customer came in and threatened to shoot the office. It was absolutely horrible,” she recalled. “To get through PTSD because we still had to work, I started writing.”
But their first attempt at a love story became “Deadly Sins,” a saga about a serial killer who was murdered according to the Ten Commandments.
“I basically took my work home with me,” she said with a laugh.
After Glasneck gave birth to her second child and experienced the “baby blues”, she switched to a lighter genre of storytelling.
“With the rise of the Norse myth through Marvel (comics), my curiosity was definitely piqued. There are the Germanic myths too,” she said. “I couldn’t go back to the hack and slay killer stories. I needed something with a happy ending, but I still wanted the puzzle.”
The result was “A Dragon’s Destiny,” a time travel fantasy romance set during the Protestant Reformation published in 2016.
“It allowed me to complete my theology degree,” said Glasneck with a laugh. “I told my mother it would be useful.”
In contrast to Greek mythology, in which gods are distant beings on mountains, Nordic mythology, according to Glasneck, contains an element of humanity.
“With Norse mythology, you have this play of light and dark, of chaos and order,” she said. “There is this sense that we both need for equilibrium, and in that equilibrium are the gifts of the gods.”
Glasneck fantasy is very popular because it offers a way out.
“The genre is hot,” she said. “I think it’s because anything is possible when you have magic. One thing we don’t have is the hope that things will get better. I think it’s the feeling of power too.”
Glasneck said she has published 20 fantasy novels under two different aliases through her own company, La Vie Publishing. She also has three box sets, “Deadly Sin”, “Helltown” and “Once Bitten”.
“I always start the writing process with ‘what if?'” Said Glasneck. “I see my books as an extension of myself. I see my books as a way to heal.”
It landed on Apple Books, USA TODAY, and Publishers’ Weekly bestseller lists.
“The latest is a series of paranormal women stories with heroines 35 and older,” she said.
Astrobiotic Technology spokeswoman Alivia Chapla said the launch is part of the DHL MoonBox service and will be delivered to the lunar surface via the Peregrine 1 lunar mission in the second half of 2021.
Quinn said the idea for Writers on the Moon was born as a literary time capsule.
“My first thought when I snapped a capsule aboard Astrobotic’s Peregrine Mission One was simply that I could send my own books to the moon,” she said. “I grew up wanting to be an astronaut and actually applied twice. But as a self-published writer, I’m part of a large, vibrant community of indie writers, and I knew a lot of my friends would jump at the chance to to send their books to the moon too. “
Quinn said the project is also a safeguard for the future.
“When I opened this up to others, the project included ‘the stories behind the stories’ from the writers and all the things they wanted to broadcast,” she said. “I saw firsthand how excited writers were and how magical that we were sending something into the future – to our imaginary future anthropologist who opened the time capsule and saw how people continued to make art even in the troubled times of 2021 and lived their lives. “”
Glasneck agreed, saying that the intangibles are even more important than the project itself.
“Going from poverty to the moon is completely life changing on so many different levels,” she said. “The biggest thing, while the moon thing is so important, is all just a sign of hope in times when we need it most. We can shoot the moon and actually land on it.”
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