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I'm mostly a novelist these days, but I have written short stories in Fantasy, Science Fiction and horror.
I think people enjoy a series. When you like a story, many readers want more of the same, which is dandy, if the author and the characters have more to say.
I suppose if I was to have to pick a few, Ursula LeGuin would have to top the list. It was while reading her work that I decided I wanted to be an author.
I myself was born in Sacramento, California in 1966.
I have to do more close research and fact checking for the science fiction. This is not however to say that writing good fantasy does not involve doing good research.
I have a better internal and intuitive understanding of folklore and myth than science and technology, so in that way fantasy is easier.
I graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in Communications and left formal education behind.
I feel SF is going through an experimental phase right now.
I did not want to write a story about the invasion of Earth, so I had to create a race capable of living nearby, which meant to either on the Moon, on Mars, or on Venus. I picked Venus.
I describe my plots as follows; A character is walking down the street when all of a sudden a piano falls on them. They spend the rest of the story digging out from under that piano. How they dig, how long and how well, this all depends entirely on the character.
Fortunately, many people also enjoy a stand-alone as a sample of something new, like trying the special at a favourite restaurant one night instead of going for the usual.
First and foremost, The Quiet Invasion is a first contact story. What would we do if we actually found evidence of alien life out there? It's also about politics.
Fantasy is, of course, booming, and I think it's beginning to stretch its range as well.
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