I was on Drinking with Authors talking about writing while drinking a nice red wine. Now you can see the video version of the interview on the Tube of You! See below……
At Pensacon, I met some of the folks involved with Drinking With Authors, a podcast that interviews authors while both interviewers and interviewees sip a fine adult beverage. While drinking a bottle of the Her Name is Rioja, the bottle I and my friends helped make, I talked about life, the universe, and everything with hosts Erica Lance and Valerie Willis for the latest episode of the podcast. Check it out!
I talked with the good Mr. Paul Semel on the subject of All-the-Way House, my contribution to the Systema Paradoxa series about cryptids. Check it out!
Here’s an excerpt:
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.
Check it out!
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.