• 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 novel is called Talented, which is the first book in a trilogy. It is about a young woman who discovers she’s been turned into a biological asset for the military. I actually came up for the concept of the book when I was in high school, right around the same time I started being insanely interested in superheroes. I wanted to explore what would happen if someone tried to make their own heroes and what the consequences would be.

  • How did you get started writing science fiction?

There is so much freedom within the genre. If something doesn’t exist, I can invent it. If I want a new planet, I can go there. If I want to make a normal girl Telekinetic, it’ll happen. It’s a “what if” genre, and that has appealed to me more than anything.

  • What specific sub-genres within science fiction do you write in and why?

I like dystopian/utopian. Like I said, I am a big fan of “what if” within the genre. More specifically, my novel “Talented” isn’t a standard dystopian. The characters within the novel play it off as Utopian and it’s through exploring this civilization that they realize it’s closer to a dystopia.  With that, I get to explore different definitions of what a dystopia is. It doesn’t necessarily have to be post-apocalyptic. But rather, a civilization that is failing.

  • What tropes do you think are important for that sub-genre?

I think it is important to show the aspects of the civilization that aren’t working. Without the examples, the world just isn’t believable. It has to feel real. Like it could actually happen.

  • Do you prefer to write in first or third person and past or present tense?

I definitely prefer first person. It feels more personal. I can connect with my MC better, get a feel for what she’s going through. I generally write in past tense, unless the situation arises where I need to write something that’s happening right now. It depends mostly on what the story calls for.

  • What is your favorite part about being a writer?

Writing! I love that I can create all these stories that people enjoy. I’ve always been an immensely creative person but writing is the only medium that actually works for me when I try to get the idea out of my head.

  • What is the hardest part about being a writer?

Finding time to write. I always have the urge to write, but don’t always have a chance to. I have a very young daughter and I can usually only write when she’s sleeping, and that’s if I ignore other things that need to be done. For example, I have to choose between writing and chores, or writing and taking a nap myself. It can be difficult to juggle it all.

  • What stories or authors influence your writing?

Scott Westerfeld’s “Uglies” series was my first introduction to Science Fiction. I read those books when I was in High School and I loved them so much, they really shaped my love for the genre as a whole.

  • Recommend a great science fiction book or movie that we might have missed you didn’t create?

I watch a LOT of movies. I try to be a very visual storyteller, so movies are my best source of inspiration. Europa Report is a movie I watched on Netflix that I loved. It’s not a very high budget film, and didn’t seem to be too popular, but I thought the story was so original and intriguing that it’s one that always sticks with me.

  • Anything else about you or your novel that you would like us to know?

Like I mentioned earlier, it’s going to be a trilogy. The trilogy name is The Legacy of Cameran Monroe. The next novel in the series, Gifted, will be released early next year.

  • What’s the best way to find you online?

Facebook is the one I check most frequently, and my page can be found at facebook.com/semaccready. I am also on Twitter (@sarahmaccready) and Instagram (@semaccready).

Talented (The Legacy of Cameran Monroe Book 1)