Now, obviously, All-The-Way House is not your first published book. Are there any writers, or specific stories, that you think of as having a big influence on All-The-Way House but not on anything else you’ve written?
Probably the biggest literary influence for this particular novella would be Laurie R. King’s Mary Russell books and stories. A big chunk of All-The-Way House takes place in the past, in the early 20th century and the mid-18th century, and it’s a real challenge to re-create a past time period well. King is better than almost anyone at immersing you in a particular time and place, and she’s done a particularly superlative job of it in the Russell tales, which take place between 1915 and 1925 in various locales around the world.
I sat for an hour for a live chat with Dan Leckie and Cris Fox of The Scotch Trekker to talk about all things Star Trek. I talked about my Trek fiction, how I got started watching Trek, how I got started writing for it, my feelings on the characters, the challenges of tie-in fiction, writing about the shows for Tor.com, and a bunch more.
Back in 2003, I wrote what I still consider to be one of my best novels, the Star Trek: The Lost Era novel The Art of the Impossible, which covered eighteen years of history in the period between the TOS movies and the start of The Next Generation.
How does this book make a contribution to the genre?
Mostly by shining a light on the mistreatment of animals and on posing the rather dicey moral dilemma, as the actions of the killer in this novel can be viewed as righteous. Yet he’s still a mass murderer.
On Tuesday the 2nd of February at noon Eastern time, I’ll be doing an AMA (that’s Ask Me Anything, for those of you who aren’t up on the hip lingo the kids are using), mainly to talk about Animal, but in truth to answer any question you might have. It’ll be in r/books, so come on by tomorrow and check it out!
In case you missed the live broadcast last Wednesday, now you can see a very broad-ranging discussion of Star Trek and its influence, legacy, and other stuff. We covered everything from the original series to the just-finished season of Discovery. Host Russ Colchamiro, author of nifty-keen books, is joined by me, Derek Tyler Attico (Strange New Worlds 2016, Star Trek Adventures), and Jarrah Hodge (Women at Warp, TrekkieFeminist.com) for this nifty-keeno discussion.
Were there any surprises in the writing process for this book?
We knew intellectually how badly animals are treated all over the world, but the detailed research done to make the instances of animal cruelty in the novel accurate was sobering, to say the least. The sheer number of ways that animals are harmed is bad enough, but the reasons are often so incredibly shallow and pointless.
Every third Monday on Second Life, Con Sweeney hosts “The Mystery Hour” in the VR setting of Second Life, and his guest for January will be me! Check me out Monday the 18th of January at 9pm EST to talk about Animal and other nifty writing stuffs. It’ll be livestreamed on the Tube of You at the link below.
On 14 January 2021 at 8pm EST (that’s tomorrow night), I’ll be the guest on Kingdom of Graph (part of MyFandomTV) with Marco Guerrero and Michael Berkowitz. It’ll be live on YouTube at the link below, so check it out!