The charming Valya Dudycz Lupescu invited me to participate in a blog tour about craft. Valya’s the author of Amazon bestselling novel, The Silence of Trees, and founding editor of Conclave: A Journal of Character. Her comic, STICKS & BONES was crowdfunded by Kickstarter and picked up by First Comics. You can read her answers on her website.
Here are my answers.
1. What am I working on?
I am revising a near future science fiction novel about a family on Mars that I wrote at a public library in Australia. It’s fun and gentle and it’s called The Long Hour. A colony on Mars is funded in part by reality TV shows, people are addicted to music, an alien object shows up and only a kid can get it to work, stuff like that.
I’m also about halfway through writing a contemporary fantasy novel called Bad Guys, which is about elves and artists and magic in rural Iceland. I spent some time in Iceland this past summer and so the details are quite real: 24 hour daylight, volcanoes in the distance, geothermally-heated water, sheep with horns, stories about outlaws.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I like to think that my work is really funny. My first novel The Loving Dead has a lot to do with zombies, and for as hilarious as zombies are, I haven’t seen a lot of humorous literature about them. I also try to portray people as realistically and honestly as I can, which means you might not like them.
3. Why do I write what I do?
Science fiction, fantasy, and horror are more real to me than fiction that limits itself to mundane experiences. If my work can make people laugh, inspire nightmares, or keep a reader from being bored on an airplane, I’ve done my job.
4. How does your writing process work?
The term “writing process” is a bit generous for what I do, as it implies intent and structure. I get into phases where I write every day, and that’s the best. In between I have phases where my energy goes towards paying the bills and my other creative endeavors, and I maybe only make notes or write a little bit. There’s also the fermentation periods between finishing a book and revising it. I’m finding that some time away is really useful.
Next up look for Ken Scholes to answer these questions on Monday May 26. Ken is the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of over forty short stories and four novels with work appearing both in the US and abroad.