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 debut novel, Viridis, is about a soldier struggling to discover her place in the war while also tackling the moral quandaries of who is ‘right’ in a situation such as this. It places a specific emphasis on character arcs and character studies, which aim to make the story more personal and much more difficult to decide who is the villain in this situation. I’ve always loved grey characters, which is why I think I came up with a story about war. A lot of times, good people get caught up in bad situations, or end up fighting for what they believe is right only to discover that the powers at be may not be in the same boat. Not only that, I’ve always loved space and world-building, so the idea of designing an entire galaxy sounded like an immense amount of fun.
2) How did you get started writing science fiction?
Originally, when I was pretty young, I wrote Star Wars fanfiction. It helped me get used to the concept of writing and scifi genres, and eventually, I broke out and wrote a few different original stories before tackling Viridis. 3) What specific sub-genres within science fiction do you write in and why? I tend to like military scifi! I used to study roman military tactics in my Latin class in high school, and fell in love with the different ways of thinking. I’d love incorporate those tactics further into my writing and be able to show more of these maneuvers. 4) What tropes do you think are important for that sub-genre? Space travel is definitely a trope that should be in military scifi. Specifically, I think it better ensures the ‘science fiction’ aspect to a military-like drama. Though, robots are definitely a fun aspect of the genre as well, which often lends itself to a good reflection on what it means to be human.
5) Do you prefer to write in first or third person and past or present tense?
I like third person past tense! It is more natural for me to write in this perspective and I enjoy changing perspectives throughout the story.
6) What is your favorite part about being a writer?
I love the accomplishment. I love having written. I love the way I can create an entire galaxy and people to populate it. It makes me feel alive.
7) What is the hardest part about being a writer?
I’d say making sure I don’t look down on my work. Being realistic with myself is important, however, I tend to hold myself to unrealistic standards and harshly compare myself to other successful authors. Making sure I stay positive about my work and confident in what I do is immensely important but incredibly difficult.
8) What stories or authors influence your writing?
Two authors that have had a great influence on my writing are Scott Westerfeld, author of the Uglies series, and Jay Kristoff, author of the Stormdancer series. Scott got me into reading and writing when I was a lot younger, and Jay’s style is wonderful and inspiring, and picks me up whenever I feel in a slump.
9) Recommend a great science fiction book or movie that we might have missed you didn’t create?
Personally, I adore the Invasion movie with Nicole Kidman. I watched it when I was younger and was in awe of how a lot of the tension wasn’t around gunfights or other action tropes, but more around survival. I liked how it made my young heart pound.
10) Anything else about you or your novel that you would like us to know?
I would also like to mention that I’m a tiny house builder! A random fact, for sure, but the construction of my own home has helped me be more patient with my writing, and helped me work through various ideas as I designed my own home. It’s been great keeping my hands busy and my mind active.
11) What’s the best way to find you online?
I have a website, http://winter-publishing.com , but I’m also on Instagram and Twitter under the name Knightmarelair!