Maarten Smits was at Market Block Books for a book signing of his book Undying.
Determined not to let terminal cancer end her life, Vicky builds a prosthetic body and devises a method of transferring her memories and mannerisms to her new body upon her death. The physical procedure is a success, but philosophical hurdles remain. She assumes a new name, but is she the same person? Did she really die? Undying is the first of three books about life and love, death and birth, soul, and spirit.
Maarten Smits was born and raised in the Netherlands and moved to the US in 1995. Undying is his first book, but since its publication he has written two more books with the same characters. It is not a trilogy—each book deals with one of the three phases of life. Crossing is scheduled to be available in December 2012, and Fading should be released by late spring 2013.