1) Tell us about your current or last science fiction novel. What is it about and how did you come up with the concept?
My most recent is “The Change” which is a prequel to my novella, “Wilders.” In “Wilders” we see the main characters face some tough choices in what I call the half-pocalypse. It’s set about a decade after a zombie-like virus mysteriously appears in all of the major cities at the same time. People have figured out by this time how to keep the virus mostly in check, though there is no cure and no vaccine.
In “The Change” I rewound the timeline and gave a peek at what the first outbreak looked and felt like within the scope of what our new main character, Holly, experienced during the night the outbreaks started.
2) How did you get started writing science fiction?
I didn’t necessarily set out to write this book about the half-pocalypse/zombies. The first absolutely terrible story I wrote, which will never see the light of day, was fantasy. Then I wrote the start of the “Rallyist cycle” (a rollicking space opera, the first piece available on Amazon). After that I did a straight fictional literature novel for NANO 2017. Following a long break from writing fiction came my half-pocalypse series. I just write what I’m feeling at the time. When I read, I read throughout all of those categories, so I can only assume that influences me.
3) What specific sub-genres within science fiction do you write in and why?
I have a space opera that is more adult, and then the Wilders series, which is kind of horror/zombie/post-apocalyptic style scifi, for Young Adults (though I think it appeals to all aged adults). My writing is more character centered than anything, though.
4) What tropes do you think are important for that sub-genre?
I think something that sets “Wilders” apart is that it doesn’t follow a lot of the Zombie tropes. The humans that are infected will die naturally as the virus takes it course, they do not re-animate, and they are killable. Some things that it does follow are the lack of awareness or concern for their own bodily harm, and the inability to completely stop the spread of the virus.
For the “Rallyict Cycle” the idea that humans do spread out to other planets and travel through space as a part of everyday life is a trope that is fully necessary for a space opera.
5) Do you prefer to write in first or third person and past or present tense?
Ugh, the question of the ages! I like third person past, I think. I wrote “Rallyist” in first person present, and sometimes I am filled with regret when I do a terrible job keeping my tenses right.
6) What is your favorite part about being a writer?
I really enjoy when a story reads well. Like… when you read it and it flows, and it grips you. When I’m lucky enough that it happens in the first draft, it’s like magic. I can’t even describe how much I love that.
7) What is the hardest part about being a writer?
I think selling/promoting/being seen can be really hard. It’s a crowded market, and it’s very easy for a great book to disappear and never get the readership the writing and story deserve. Not just for me, but for a lot of books/authors.
8) What stories or authors influence your writing?
Everybody ever! I’m not kidding when I say I read a little bit of everything. I’ve read military memoirs, classics, I have a theater degree, I love scifi and fantasy. The past few years some Authors I’ve really enjoyed reading have been: Pierce Brown, Jenny Han, Sara J Maas, Helen Harper, Holly Black, Sara Dessen, Mason Cross, and a lot more. As far as earlier stuff, I loved reading Clive Cussler, Piers Anthony, Suzanne Collins, Orson Scott Card, Philip K. Dick, Robert Jordan, Ann McCaffery, John Steinbeck, Margaret Mitchell, Harper Lee, and a lot of others.
9) Recommend a great science fiction book or movie that we might have missed you didn’t create?
If you guys haven’t read “Ten Sigma” by Aaron Wang, it’s probably the best Indie book I’ve read this year. As for a movie, I still love to watch “Demolition Man” with Sandra Bullock and Sylvester Stallone. Probably anybody over 25 has seen it, though.
10) Anything else about you or your novel that you would like us to know?
I’m thinking about starting an Indie book review blog, and will also post those reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. I know reviews are super important to all of us, so I’m working on helping out where I can.
11) What’s the best way to find you online?
I can be found on Twitter: @CassKim_writes
And all of my books are available on Amazon, from 0.99-2.99 on Ebook, and 5.99 paperback.