Tell us about your current or last science fiction novel. What is it about and how did you come up with the concept?
My only novel-length SciFi story is called “The Angels’ Secret.”
Blurb: After her parents mysteriously disappeared at the age of thirteen, Evangeline Evans has been on her own. As a military pilot for Olympus, the most powerful and technologically progressive Citadel of the new world, she keeps her reasons for finding them a secret.
Without warning a terrifying disease that could destroy civilization begins to infect citizens across the city. Only the race known as Angels—who brought advanced technology to Earth—seem to be immune to its devastation.
Evangeline and her husband Jack, an Artificial Intelligence designer, are swept into a secret war between the Dissidents in the Low Technology Zones and The Quorum of Zeus.
The Human race is on the precipice of Extinction. Who will prevail? Angel or Human? High Tech Olympian or Low Tech Dissident?
But the better question is… Who SHOULD prevail?
It started many, many, many years ago as a favorite fantasy world where aliens who pass off as humans are engaged in a secret war among themselves. I thought of it as feuding vampire clans from space. Eventually the writing bug sunk its needle-like teeth into my fleshy arm, and I started writing. With no experience, and even less budget, I self-edited and self-published through Kindle Direct Publishing.
How did you get started writing science fiction?
I’ve always had an overactive imagination. I would create scenes and scenarios in my mind, but didn’t try describing them in writing except in short stints. In 2013 I read the quote “write the story you want to read” and let my fingers tell the Evangeline’s story in a pure pantsing free-for-all. Since then, I’ve focused on developing my skills by attending workshops, conferences, subscribing to several newsletters (David Farland is my favorite) and regularly submitting to The Writer’s of the Future quarterly contest. So far, I’ve received four Honorable Mention awards, but that Golden Pen is still my goal.
What specific sub-genres within science fiction do you write in and why?
I like to try out different things; cross-genre speculative fiction. I’ve written a Cyberpunk Fractured Fairy tale based on Tinkerbell, a time-travel short story where autistic kids have superhuman senses, a short story where a boy has to use inherited magic to power a robot to defend his colony on an alien planet, and even a second-world fantasy novel where people are a mixture of birds and kangaroos.
What tropes do you think are important for that sub-genre?
To be honest, I’m still trying to wrap my brain around the idea of tropes. To me, those are the one-dimensional characters that make me put a book down. I think tropes are good as minor, or temporary characters, but can’t hold a reader’s interest enough to last throughout the storyline.
Do you prefer to write in first or third person and past or present tense?
My early works are all 3rd person, past tense. My latest works I’m exploring 1st person, present tense. Writing in 1st person, I think, is more challenging because it requires me to slow down my thinking to describe events, textures, senses, etc. Also, writing in 3rd person lends itself to narrating as an observer (omniscient or otherwise) but can also lead to head-hopping (which admittedly happens too often in my early works).
What is your favorite part about being a writer?
Whether it’s a novel, short story, or tweet, I love to hear when someone shares how they had an emotional resonance with my writing.
What is the hardest part about being a writer?
Finding time to write, and producing the quantity and quality of writing that seems necessary to get discovered. Also, finding representation. I’ve been querying my 2nd-world fantasy novel and have yet to get a request for more pages. As the saying goes, “It’s never been easier to get published (KDP), but it’s never been so hard to get read.”
What stories or authors influence your writing?
I’m influenced more by movies and TV than books. However, works like Animal Farm, 1984, and Shakespeare continue to creep themselves into my subconscious thoughts.
Recommend a great science fiction book or movie that we might have missed you didn’t create?
They’re not SciFi, but K.M. Weiland has written several amazing novels. My favorites are Dreamlander, Storming, and Wayfarer. I’d also recommend the Reckoner series by Brandon Sanderson. Artemis by Andy Weir. Stellar Fusion by Elysia Spark. The Titan Strain by Virginia Soenksen. Plague Wars by David VanDyke. Halfskin by Tony Bertauski. The Got Luck series by Michael Darling. Yesterday’s Theif by Al Macy. Drifter’s Alliance by Elle Casey. Schism by James Wymore.
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