One of the things we indie authors like to do is spread the word about our own kind. We got involved in blog hops and such so that we can introduce our readers to some new and fantastic voices. Peter Cawdron, author of Xenophobia and Feedback and other wonderful works,contributed to From the Indie Side, the speculative fiction anthology I was a part of recently. Check out our Q&A below!
What are you working on?
I’m currently working on two stories: The Children’s Crusade set in the Kindle World of Kurt Vonnegut and My Sweet Satan a science fiction story set in orbit around Saturn.
For me, writing is about taking on a challenge. None of my novels are conventional, but they’re all interesting. They all have some aspect I found difficult and challenging, and that helps me grow as a writer.
Writing in Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five universe has been particularly challenging, especially as Hugh Howey did such a wonderful job with his Peace in Amber, but I’m determined to do Kurt proud. Rather than diminishing great writers like Kurt Vonnegut, I think Kindle Worlds helps to make his stories more accessible to a new generation.
How does your work differ from others in its genre?
I like to make hard science fiction easy.
Hard science fiction is a bit of a misnomer, it’s not hard to understand, it’s hard in its adherence to known science. You can have all the X-Wing and Tie-Fighter battles you want in hard scifi, but you’ll never read about fighters banking in the vacuum of space like an airplane.
Why do you write what you do?
To help readers appreciate the wonder and beauty of life. Some might complain that science has taken all the mystery out of the universe, but science has revealed how wondrous, vast, beautiful and lonely the stars can be. In the midst of a sea of darkness, our world is a beacon of life. That’s something to be appreciated. In each of my stories, I try to subtly place nuggets that will set the reader’s mind on fire with excitement and hope for the future.
How does your writing process work?
I write from the heart, but that doesn’t mean I don’t plan. I’ll make rough sketches of stories on paper or on my iPad so I know where a story is heading, but I’m not slavish about the details, allowing the story to develop naturally.
My “secret ingredient” is running in the forest. No kidding. I’ll have a few rough ideas, go for a run, clear my head of any of the concerns from the week, and out there among the trees and on the gravel paths, I’ll realize what’s needed to give a story some zing. Running is a great cure for writer’s block.
Thank you for inviting me to be part of your blog.
You’re welcome, Peter!
Meanwhile, you might also want to check out Susan May’s blog, who put in a massive amount of work to make sure the anthology got off the ground.