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What is the working title of your book?
Well, working title is a perfect fit. The piece of work in question is still a construction site set up in the middle of an impact crater, an it’s called The Deeplink. But long ago, when I was only toying with the idea of writing a novel about a human-alien crucible, I called it The Dark Pulse, or An Impossible Connection, but what it mostly felt like for me was Voluntary Torture For Lack Of A More Lucrative Hobby Like Knitting.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
From my life-long fascination with tense, impossible relationships (not necessarily romantic in nature). Relationships that normally don’t happen, that could never function in real life, and that seem to grow—incidentally—out of a twisted cooperation of circumstances, and the attempts to prevent these very relationships from happening.
What genre does your book fall under?
Definitely science-fiction. Hopefully psychological thriller, or maybe suspense, not entirely sure. But really, what’s in a genre? All I care about is making it an interesting read. The more I work, the more I realize that accomplishing such a feat is phenomboggingly hard, so I manage my energy carefully, and leave the fine-print for later.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Hm… *ponder, ponder* The best candidates would be… Rooney Mara, Niall Matter, and a large amount of CGI to play the aliens. Also one of my favorite actors of all times, Jeffrey Combs, and Ray Liotta as the main bad guy from behind the scenes.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
I’ve so far been unable to write such a monster as a one-sentence synopsis that actually makes sense to people. So to not completely bug out of this question, here’s the latest pitch line I’ve written for the story. It’s rather vague, but I still find it useful as a beacon during this furious time of dismantling and rebuilding, called revision.
Taryn Harber will go down fighting before she surrenders to the alien invading her mind, but as her identity becomes corrupted and the death toll grows out of proportion, she must defeat the greatest enemy she’s ever faced — herself.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I’ll try for represented, mostly because I want someone competent to handle the business and legal side while I write. Also, I’m not in this for the money. I have a full-time job that I’m not going to give up unless I’m forced to, so any businessy aspect of publishing that can be taken care of by someone else is a weight off my shoulders. But if this road proves impractical to me or doesn’t yield the long-term results I want, I’m gonna self-publish. Either way, it’s all just a means to an end, to get the story read and enjoyed, and I’m Machiavellian in this respect.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Recently, 6 months. But it took me a lot more to realize I could dare to write a novel, to lure this particular story beast out of my synaptic jungle, to settle for English, to rule in favor of science-fiction with all its goods and bads, to test run several narrative styles and see which would fit, to re-plot the whole thing to improve suspense, to to to… well, you get the picture. And of course it’ll take some more time still until it’s readable, but that’s ok. I’ve gotten a lot faster with practice, but that doesn’t really matter, there’s no reward for writing faster, only for writing well. Time is just a property created by movement through three-dimensional space, anyway.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Yikes! I always freeze when asked to compare books, because I experience them as sharply separated from their ilk or genres, and always live with the shame of not reading as much as I’d like. So no idea. Maybe a combination of Octavia Butler’s Lilith’s Brood and Kafka’s Metamorphosis if it would have happened to a mutinous Elizabeth Bennet? Ha ha ha! *sigh* I have no freakin idea.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
I wish it were something philosophical and meaningful, but in reality it was Twilight. It was like a kick in the rear, telling me I’ve got to get moving right away, not wait until I’m wiser.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Well, it’s got cool aliens, and some deep personal transformations going on… The theoretical physics underneath the worldbuilding is extrapolated from plasma cosmology, not the Big Bang Theory… The theme revolves around the different meanings of control and identity. And… it’s got cool aliens in it.
Now on to tagging other writers. I’ve got so many great ones to pick out of, but it’s gotta be only 4, so… I’m gonna mix it up.
Short story and scriptwriter Mike Keyton
Science-fiction writer Peter Cawdron
Cross-cultural literary writer Guilie Castillo Oriard
Teen and YA writer Jaye Robin Brown
And for those of you doing NaNo, keep your fingers to the keypad and your inner critic tied up in the basement. Have fun and good luck!