"You've written now five going on six novels. If they are in a series, why is the story format in each one written differently?"
~My first book, Similar But Not the Same, began just as a writing exercise for my writing group. It was a self test as to whether I could write. When I finished the story, I was hooked and had to work on the next story, which came from a prompt we did in writing class. My stories aren't as different as you may think. In all of them, to a certain extent, bring two to three character events together to drive the story to its combined goal.~
"You have wrote a mixture of heroine/heroes in your novels. In Found and in the new one, Return, the protagonists are a group of people versus one antagonist. What are the challenges you face to maintain a point of view whose gender or species is different from your own?"
~I have lived a lot of years, watched a lot of movies, and read many, many books that help me understand how to think like someone else. Women usually have a larger repertoire of vocabulary and men like to keep communication to a minimum. As to the aliens, by describing each of the five species, I am able to imagine what they might say. These people have a different culture than the humans do but they are also very much like us. They care about their children as a guarantee of their future. They have a stronger connection to their animal world on how they live, eat, and make decisions. In Similar, I started the story with the aliens to get the reader familiar with them and realize that they are not much different in their logic from us.
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