Avanti Centrae Asks Where Do You Find Inspiration?

Avanti Centrae is the author of the VanOps thriller series. You can read a sample from the series at her website, VanOps.net. You can also find out more about her here, see her books here, and read her last post here. Do you ever feel stuck at work? Can’t find the answer to a thorny problem? Where do you turn? What do you do? In this post, with Earth Day 2022 still visible in the rear-view mirror, I want to celebrate nature as muse and problem solver. What? Wait? “You don’t sit inside on a keyboard all day, every day,…

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Avanti Centrae Asks Is Good Fiction Entirely Based in Imagination?

Avanti Centrae is the author of the VanOps series of thrillers. You can find out more about her here, see her books here, and read her last post here. Beginning with my debut novel, VanOps: The Lost Power, I’ve included an author’s note at the end of each story where I parse fact from fiction, drawing the line between reality and imagination. There are three standalone novels in the VanOps series, and each combines intrigue, history, science, and mystery into a pulse-pounding action thriller. As you can imagine, including history and science into a work of fiction involves a fair…

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Avanti Centrae on Reinventing Yourself

Avanti Centrae is a former Silicon Valley IT executive turned thriller author. Before becoming a writer, she worked for ALCOA, Texas Instruments, Hughes Aircraft, IBM, and Hewlett Packard. You can find out more about her here, see her books here, and read her latest post here. Avanti Centrae Have you ever thought about reinventing yourself? Changing careers? Working for yourself? Like many others who have changed careers later in life, I took on a new challenge several years ago, right before I hit fifty. In this post, I share my background, hurdles, successes so far, and a few tips and…

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Avanti Centrae asks How Far Would You Go to See the Future?

Avanti Centrae is the author of the VanOps thriller series, and is working on the third one now. You can find out more about her here, see her books here, and read her latest post here I’m currently six chapters into my next action-packed VanOps thriller and thought it would be fun to share a behind-the-scenes look into my writing process and some background on my current research subject. From what I can tell, every author has their own method, whether it’s flying by the seat of their pants until the very last words hit the page, or the other…

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Avanti Centrae on How to Meditate

Avanti Centrae is the award-winning author of the VanOps thriller series. You can find out more about her here. You might not be an author, but have you ever been stuck trying to drum up an email for your manager? Maybe you’ve always wanted to try a creative outlet like painting or sculpting. Or perhaps you just want to learn my secrets… A little about me first. I’m the author of the international multi-award-winning and #1 bestselling VanOps thriller series. An instant Barnes and Noble Nook bestseller, The Lost Power took home a genre grand prize ribbon at the Chanticleer…

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Avanti Centrae Tells us A Story About Stars

Avanti Centrae is the multiple-award-winning author of the VanOps thriller series. You can read more about her here. A few weeks ago, we were enjoying a socially distant vacation up in the Lake Tahoe basin, and discovered a bald mountaintop that we used to star gaze. We’d hoped to see Neowise, but the comet was already fading. Looking around the black sky, the Milky Way stood out, and the blanket of stars was so thick, it was hard to find a space between them. Using a scope, we could see Jupiter’s four moons, and the gorgeous rings around Saturn were…

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