Welcome to our Author Spotlight, where we shine a light on writers, authors, and literary wonders worldwide.
Today our spotlight is shining on Science Fiction and Fantasy publisher Starry Eyed Press.
1. First, tell us a little about your book/project?
Our upcoming book, Cosmic Convocation, is a space opera/ science fiction anthology comprised of 20 stories – over 100,000 words – from a wide variety of authors and styles.
2. What kind of research did you do and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
It depends on the project, really. Hard science fiction pieces, especially those set on Earth generally require anywhere from weeks to years of research. Tales centered on emerging technologies in particular demand a certain understanding of the fundamentals for believability. Just because the word “fiction” appears in the term “science fiction”, fact is always the cornerstone upon which suspension of disbelief is possible.
3. If you could tell your younger writing self one thing, what would it be?
Never let your hubris stand in the way of good editing. Editors worth their weight in salt do not make change for change’s sake alone. Good editing makes average stories great and great stories timeless.
4. Can you tell us a bit about your writing space? Is there something you need to have when writing a book?
I work on a laptop, usually, as ideas rarely wait for me to sit down properly during a designated daily writing time. Coffee is essential, though I fear the blend is often a combination of whatever is on hand coupled to the Keurig via reusable plastic K-Cup. The key to making average store-bought grounds something special is a teaspoon of hazelnut or vanilla extract and a pinch of cinnamon before brewing.
5. If you could be a character from any book for 24hours, who would you be?
Perhaps Hari Seldon from Isaac Asimov’s Foundation. Who wouldn't want to be the architect of an entirely new branch of mathematics (psychohistory) that would grant you the ability to make accurate predictions thousands of years in advance? Then when my 24 hours were up, I’d be grateful for everything I managed to write down during.