Thank you so much for taking part in Thrill Week II and being here at Tea Time with Marce
Your books include, mystery, paranormal, dystopian and science fiction - Which one have you enjoyed writing the most and which one do you enjoyed reading?
The weird thing is, I don't read a ton of mysteries or paranormals or dystopias. Most of what I read these days is historical fiction, fantasy, and occasionally cyberpunk. I read the way I write, actually, always trying to find something new that I haven't tried yet. The new project I'm working on is a modern-day SF about cloning. I hope readers are willing to follow me as I jump from one cool idea to another.
Who are your favorite authors? Recommend a book to my followers that you think is a must read.
My favorite authors include people like Victor Hugo, Neil Gaiman, and Bernard Cornwell. The book I'm recommending to EVERYBODY these days is Insignia by SJ Kincaid, kind of a cyberpunk Harry Potter about how World War 3 is being fought by teenage gamers. It's completely and utterly awesome.
How do you deal with social networking, bloggers, interaction with fans etc?
I love interacting with fans, and when people email me or hit me up on twitter/facebook/etc., I always try to answer. If I'd had access to this kind of open communication when I was a kid, I can't even tell you how many authors would have been really sick of hearing from me.
What is your usual response when you see the cover and how involved are you with the process?
For the most part authors have very little, if any, input on our covers. That seems strange to some people, but it makes a lot of sense: My job is to write books, but the publisher has an entire team of people who's job is to get people to READ those books. They're very good at their job. Harper in particular has been very good about sending me progress shots of their cover designs, and asking my opinion, which is awesome, but at the end of the day they make the decisions. They don't tell me how to write the books, so I don't tell them how to design the covers :)
Any upcoming events that you would like to share with us?
If you're a PARTIALS fan, there's a novella coming out on August 28 called ISOLATION, which gives some really cool backstory for the world, through the eyes of Heron, one of the side characters in PARTIALS. She's a much bigger character in the sequel, FRAGMENTS, and ISOLATION was a chance to tell some of her story and give the fans something to tide them over until FRAGMENTS comes out next Spring.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I am a huge fan of boardgames--when we moved last month I took the time to catalog them all, and I own 224. I actually love almost every kind of game, including roleplaying games and card games and tabletop miniatures. I'm kind of a huge geek, if that wasn't already clear, and I love it.
Do you feel pressure on writing a book that could become a movie?
I always hope that my books will become movies, but I don't go out of my way to write with that in mind. A book needs to be its own thing first, and I want to make each book the best it can possibly be, as a book. I'm a little different from a lot of people in that I WANT a movie to be different from the book; not wildly, needlessly different, but not slavishly similar either. I don't see the point of watching something I've already read. A director and screenwriter need to be ready to put their own stamp on something, to make it the best it can be as a movie regardless of what the book was like. The process of adapting art from one medium to another is absolutely fascinating to me, and I want to facilitate that, not stand int he way of it.
I really appreciate you doing this interview. You have made me rethink about trying your dystopian read Partials. If I am a fan I should go on the journey with you.
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