I’ve been a huge fan of author D.Wallace Peach [Diana] since I read her speculative fiction novel, The Bone Wall , so when she asked if I’d like to be interviewed about Vokhtah, I felt honoured. Then I read her questions, and I could barely contain my joy. Here’s a taste:
THE most original sci-fi book I’ve ever read is Vokhtah by Andrea Flory. The depth of her world-building and character-construction is highly creative and intensely alien, right down to the language these insect-like creatures use. I’ve been wanting to interview her and finally got the chance. Welcome Andrea!
1. You decided to create an alien world without humans. Lots of authors do that, but their characters are often “human in disguise” with human-ish thoughts and emotions and cultural variations. Your characters are definitely NOT human. What inspired you to create a completely alien species?
Aaaah Diana! Thank you for inviting me, but…you’ve opened a real Pandora’s box here. What inspired me? I could say it was the original Mr Spock played by Leonard Nimoy, or the character of Dexter, the ‘good’ psychopath, or the aliens of The Left Hand of Darkness by the late Ursula K. Le Guin, but that would only approximate the truth.
To give you a genuine answer I would have to change your question to ‘Why do so many humans create aliens in the first place?’
To that question, my answer is that we’re looking for answers about ourselves.
You can read the whole interview, and Diana’s review of Vokhtah here:
I’m off to chat to people on Diana’s blog, and I’d love to see you there as well.
D. Wallace Peach is a sci-fi/fantasy writer that I have followed for quite a while now, usually by lurking around her blog – Myths of the Mirror. But she caught me and did me the great honour of reading Miira. And she liked it. 🙂
This is a quote from her review:
The pace is steady and yet I flew through the book because I could NOT put it down. Exquisite writing, gorgeous descriptions, high tech science, and human pathos that grab the reader. I’m a fan and gladly recommend this book to readers of science fiction and anyone who enjoys an unusual human story.
And then she invited me onto her blog. Of course I said ‘yes!’, but I’m still gobsmacked just to be asked. Please come say hello to D. and all her friends. Partay… 😀
A Human Story: Guest Post with Andrea Flory
I’ve been enjoying the adventures of Leine Basso for a couple of years now, but it was not until I listened to D.V.’s interview this morning that I realised Leine is supposed to be pronounced as ‘Lane’. In my head I always heard Leine as ‘Laney’. Well, Laney no more! But I still really like the character. 😀
If you’re interested in some more tit-bits from and about D.V.Berkom, click on the URL below and then listen to the podcast of her interview.
I am a huge Hugh Howey fan. I’m also 3/4 of the way through Dust. What else could I blog about on a Saturday morning but an interview with one of my favourite science fiction authors? Um, that was a rhetorical…
So without further ado, here is the link to a fascinating interview with an incredibly likable young man!
View at Medium.com
[Note : my thanks to the Passive Guy for pointing me towards the interview].
A huge thank you to Lord David Prosser for making me feel like a real author! The interview is here. I don’t sound like too much of a dork do I?