Part three of the practice author interview.
I have a real author interview lined up, one which I must work on over the weekend. Oh, real interviews are hard: What if I say the exact wrong thing to make people hate me? I think that might be worse than people ignoring me. Well, worse to my psyche. I have no idea what generating negative publicity will do for the books that I’ve published.
So, more Elisabeth Barette interview questions are at the ready. Let’s begin.
Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?
My family started me reading; the books I read started me writing.
My grandparents, parents, and siblings were voracious readers. I don’t recall a time when books and periodicals weren’t around. My parents read aloud to me when I could not read for myself. When I started reading, I joined the rest of the family as a relentless reader. The habit of consuming the written word set the foundation for writing stories. As I read, some stories left me wanting more. I wanted to add to the story. Sometimes, I wanted to change elements which I didn’t like in the story. I imagined and daydreamed new endings and continuing adventures for the characters which I had grown to love and hate.
Then, I began to write my own stories with my own characters. I wrote short stories at first. Then, I wrote a fiction novel. I’ve written novels ever since.
What were your goals and intentions in this book, and how well do you feel you achieved them?
Every book I write is meant to entertain readers, first and foremost. The first book in the Cryptid Series, ‘Til Undeath Do Us Part, examines how I believe modern thinkers would approach mythic and potentially magical beings of legend. Who wouldn’t want to get a supernatural creature or being into a laboratory to understand where it fits in the natural world? What are they, really? Which myths and legends are accurate, and which are inaccurate? How would I react if the paranormal were proved normal, if the supernatural was suddenly part of the natural world?
I’m not sure how well I achieved those goals, but I ask the questions and work to come up with the best responses I can give while trying to share with readers a world which captivates me.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
I think what I enjoy most about ‘Til Undeath Do Us Part was how the series evolved since I first contemplated it. New characters were introduced, and elements which made the series drag were removed. Researching cryptid and mythical beings from around the world was–and still is–great fun. The events of the first book affect the entire world, not just a local region. With this in mind, I had to expand my knowledge base. Some things stay in mythology, still, yet others step out of mytho-history and into the historical record.
I suppose, then, that I enjoy the challenge of writing this series the most.
What is the most important thing that people DON’T know about your subject/genre, that they need to know?
The series, itself, is a fictionalized attempt to scientifically approach paranormal events and cryptid/mythic creatures. It’s set in the modern world, on Earth. I believe paranormal science fiction exists as a genre (the X-Files television series being an example of it), yet I’m not quite sure how my novels fit into the genre. Elements of romance, science fiction, and paranormal fantasy are in every planned novel. I can’t assign rules on any genre or subject with authority. This may open me to criticism from genre purists, but I am happy to enter that conversation, for their input can make me a better writer.
The Dome Trilogy (Dystopian Earth Future Science Fiction)
- Nightmare Specters (2012)
- Solaray Dawn (2014)
Available in print and ebook formats.
The Cryptid Series (Paranormal Science Fiction/Fantasy)
- ‘Til Undeath Do Us Part (Release Date: April 1, 2015)
Available in ebook formats.
More novels in the Cryptid Series are on the way, all of which I hope will delight readers.