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Why do you write in your genre?
I find that science fiction is particularly intriguing due to its speculative nature.
What draws you to it?
The depth of the minds that set the bar for us over so many years. Vern, Wells, Burrows, Heinlein, McCaffrey, Asimov, Pol. If you can't find inspiration there then it's doubtful anything ever will.
What world-building is required?
Look up and study everything, geology, astrophysics, faster than light travel, string theory, foreign languages and cultures and customs, evolutionary theory, biology, alternative child bearing. If you can consider it, study it. Everything becomes the mortar from which your story is built.
Name one thing you learned from your hero/heroine.
That's easy. Family is not determined by blood but rather by common experience and love.
Do you have any odd or interesting writing quirks, habits or superstitions?
I believe in listening to the voices in my head. Ask any good fiction writer and they should say the same thing. Characters become so real and vivid they will speak to you in their own voice. Writing is one of the few avocations where borderline insanity is an advantage.
Are you a plotter or pantser?
A bit of both actually. I set a rough outline in my head and turn my characters lose in it.
Look to your right – what’s sitting there?
My side table and phone.
Anything new coming up from you?
There are at least two more books in this series and two more in another totally different line.
Do you have a question for our readers?
What do you look for in a book that grabs and holds your attention?
Each new world comes with new challenges, and to meet that challenge the children are evolving.
When Pieter, and other gifted children like him, become the target of government research they must fight not only for their lives but the future of their kind.
Read an excerpt:
Mary’s telepathic shout jolted him out of a sound sleep. As his eyes opened flashes of blue light filled his room. He turned his head to check the common area between the cells. Arcs of lightening sizzled through the room. Kakogo cherta, he thought, watching the dancing discharge.
It’s Mike. He’s having a nightmare. Mary sounded frantic inside his mind.
Can’t you switch him off?
He can’t hear me.
Pieter stood and approached the barrier between his cell and the common room. The crackling discharge reminded him of a small Tesla coil his teacher brought to class. The lightning followed any hand or finger that touched the glass sphere. But this was on a scale he had never seen.
His eyes focused on the room across from his and caught sight of Joan watching the lights. They were all watching, too terrified to do anything to stop it.
Pieter pressed his hand to the clear wall and immediately the blue, static lights flowed to the spot. He felt no pain. The electrical discharge stopped at the other side of the wall, just like the Tesla coil in school. The pops and crackles from the common room made him wary. As he listened he could hear the electric lock mechanism on his door cycle on and off every few seconds.
Has he ever done this before? He asked.
Not like this, Mary replied. Not this bad.
Pieter listened for his door to open and pushed his hand against the clear panel.
About the Author:
Archer earned a degree in herbs and creative writing. He was a four-year Letterman on the Varsity Competitive Meditation Team.
After graduating in 1978, he took a year off to hike the Jack Kerouac literary trail. He became a top freelance gun-for-hire with dozens of ad agencies across the south and southwest. As a way to deal with the proliferation of Disco, he took up Zen Archery.
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