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 current novel “Mirrors” is my debut novel and the first in a series. The protagonist, Sarah Davis is looking for her long-missing father. She discovers a dream realm where she has an alter named Sam Brennan and learns that there are people after her father and the formula he’s developed relating to these waking/dream world realms. I had a lot of inspiration coming up with the concept. As a therapist I’m interested in mental health, dreams, the influence of the subconscious mind over our thoughts and decisions. I have incorporated many of those elements into my book. I love when the lines are blurred between reality and fiction, so the reader finds themselves asking “Could this be possible?”

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

My current book would be classified as parallel/alternate universe science fiction.

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

I like to do a mix. My current novel is written in third person, limited POV.

4) What is your favorite part about being a writer?

The creation process. I love when new ideas come to me. I love watching them merge with other ideas in interesting and cohesive ways.

5) What is the hardest part about being a writer?

When I don’t know what to write. Some days my writing feels stagnant and forced, and that’s frustrating. To get past this writing block I like to shake things up by going on a walk, or writing in a new place, or going to do something out of the ordinary, then coming back to my writing.

6) What stories or authors influence your writing?

I love Madeleine L’Engle, Ursula Le Guin, Philip K. Dick, and interesting movies that deal with the psychological/alternate reality: Inception, The Matrix, Waking Life. Also, there are so many great new sci-fi/psychological thriller shows on Netflix.

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

A Scanner Darkly by PKD, you probably didn’t miss this one, but it was one of the first sci-fi books I read as an adult, that really catapulted me into this genre.

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

My book will be available on Amazon sometime in July, so stay tuned! I think it’s a unique concept and I am just so excited to share my story. That’s all.

9) What’s the best way to find you online?

Twitter:

Facebook:
http://facebook.com/AuthorSDWilliams
Blog:
https://authsdwilliams.wordpress.com