Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? Girls inspired me to write. I wrote about them, and I wrote to them. I was very sentimental. Occasionally they wrote back, but they all broke my heart.
What do you consider most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general? The hardest thing is to relax and let the ideas fall on the page. Too often, concerns for grammar, precision, and originality get in the way. Then everything is stiff and dull.
Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it? Being a first novel, it taught me a great deal. I began by creating the backstory and a few bits of dialog. Then I started reading about writing. I read the advice of hundreds of writers. For the first year, I tried to keep track of all their names, but there were too many. I studied several textbooks. I tried and retried different techniques. Now I need lots more practice. I hope my readers forgive me for my fumbling beginning. I will improve.
Do you intend to make writing a career? Writing is my career. After achieving my childhood goals to become a scientist and a business entrepreneur, I believed I was finished. Then the idea for the world of the Tsaeb came along. My boyhood enthusiasm returned and I became eager for new discoveries. I realize now that writing was always part of my activities. It didn’t take center stage because I had other goals: solving research puzzles and expanding a business. Now my main goal is to write well.
Have you developed a specific writing style? No. There are glimmers, but nothing yet.
How did you develop your plot and characters? The theme and backstory determine the plot and characters. Revisions of first drafts
When an armed Danog patrol crosses the border into Wycliff District, the Wycliff Council sends a young Tsaeb warrior named Corr Syl to investigate and recommend a response. Corr soon learns that spies have infiltrated his district, and already many lives are at risk. He catches a glimpse of something truly evil, and with no time to spare, must choose between a safe response that might fail, and a sure response that might start a global war.
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Genre – Science Fiction
Rating – PG
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