Author of dark fantasy and science fiction. They/them. Surrealistic dreamer of undefined gender. #writingcommunity #amwriting #fantasy
1) Tell us about your current projects. What is it about and how did you come up with the concept?
My current ms is fantasy, so no sci-fi, but the last one was sci fi.
A story of sociological and political changes in a world isolated from the rest of the known universe. Centuries of isolation fostered a strict religious and authoritarian system, which is now challenged by a group of young people. Driven by the wish to have more of a future than what society allows them, they’re willing to accept help by a warmongering empire. Desperate for change, they target the speaker of the authoritarian rulers : Iarethe, a personality of unknown origins, but with a hypnotizing voice and the power of words. Hoping to brainwash him to sway an obedient population to stand up for themselves and take back their freedom, they’re willing to take drastic measures which threaten to break the group apart.
2) How did you get started writing science fiction?
I’ve always been a fantasy and sci-fi nut.
3) What specific sub-genres within science fiction do you write in and why?
Science Fantasy. I feel more comfortable with worlds I can make up completely by myself. I like to be in control, I guess. Though I love to add some steampunk here and there.
4) What tropes do you think are important for that sub-genre?
Hm, I usually just write. I’m not much into researching tropes. But if I have to name one, I’d say it is the precursor civilization. I don’t think it always has to be a super advanced one that suddenly disappears without a trace, but I find the idea of re-discovery intriguing.
5) Do you prefer to write in first or third person and past or present tense?
Third person, past tense.
6) What is your favorite part about being a writer?
I like to create races. I love to figure out their languages, culture, genealogy, politics, religion, history, economy and relations with other races, and then build up on that.
I think just the idea of creating something that was not there before, or not there as I envision it, is fascinating.
7) What is the hardest part about being a writer?
Imposter Syndrome. I think every writer sometimes feels that they aren’t good enough, or unworthy to grace the world with their ideas.
8) What stories or authors influence your writing?
Vonnegut, Robertson (indie author, but I enjoy his stuff,) Douglas Adams, Anthony Burgess, but I’m also influenced by Comic book authors like Grant Morrison (The invisibles, We Three, The Filth) Alan Moore, and Warren Elis (Transmetropolitan, Crooked Little Vein.)
9) Recommend a great science fiction book or movie that we might have missed you didn’t create?
Of Men and Monsters, by William Tenn.
10) What’s the best way to find you online?
Twitter, I have a blog, but since I’m trying to concentrate on writing to get this monster done, it’s inactive.