Friday, June 15, 2018

Guest Blogger: Lucy Andrews

Please tell us about your latest book? What can we expect from you in the future?
Crater’s Edge is my debut novel. It’s Science Fiction and set in 2235, on a distant planet called Taidor which Earth is in the process of colonising. My main character, Kalen Trinneer, is an engineer who is sent to Area 20 to sort out problems in the deep mines of the site. Machines have been behaving oddly and the miners have been getting sick and injured. Kalen shares his work with a Duplicate, who lives in an alternate time zone. The story unfolds as Kalen tries to find answers to the problems at Area 20 against the back drop of a society with rigorous segregation between time zones. Kalen’s search takes him on a journey where he finds danger, love and betrayal. I’ve tried to keep the story full of surprises with twists and turns all of the way to the end when Kalen finally discovers the truth. I loved writing it and am now writing a sequel.

How do we find out about you and your books?

Why did you decide to write Science Fiction?
I decided to write the sort of book that I enjoy reading. With SciFi I could create my own world, create an exciting adventure story and deal with issues that society will face in the future. I wanted to take my readers to places outside of their normal every day experience.

How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?
My characters in Crater’s Edge are purely fictional. I think you have to have a certain degree of life experience to create believable characters and situations.

When did you first think about writing and what prompted you to submit your first MS?
I’ve always felt that I was a writer, but had to put off my literary aspirations because I worked full time. Over the years the feeling grew until eventually I couldn’t put off writing a novel any longer.

Do you have a set schedule for writing or do you just go with the flow?
I don’t have a set schedule. Sometimes I become so immersed that I write for hours without noticing the time.

Where do your ideas come from?
My imagination and sometimes, vivid dreams.

What kind of research do you do?
Although Crater’s Edge is SciFi, I did check various technical or scientific aspects so that the story would appear credible.

Would you like to write a different genre than you do now, or sub-genre?
I like to read books that take me out of contemporary society, so I also enjoy reading historical novels. A few years ago I visited a place with such an amazing history that I’ve had a nagging desire ever since to write a novel based on it.

What do you think of critique groups in general?
I’m wary of them so I haven’t used them. I think misplaced or too much criticism can easily destroy a new author’s confidence. I don’t think it’s a good idea to have too many people criticising the same book. What one reader enjoys another hates. Everyone has a different viewpoint. I would rather have two or three people I trust look over the finished MS.

What do you do to relax and recharge your batteries?
I like to go out for a long walk in the countryside followed by a good lunch in a country inn. If it’s raining I enjoy staying in with a good book.

Please tell us about yourself?
I live on the south coast of England and spent most of my professional life working as a lawyer in London. After deciding on a career change, I studied psychology and did research. I’ve now given up the day job to focus on writing. I love history and for many years, I took part in English civil war re-enactments as a musketeer. Now, I usually go out walking in the countryside at weekends. I also have extreme wanderlust and travel whenever I can.

Do you have a favorite author? Favorite book?
Michael Crichton is my favorite author, but The Tommyknockers by Stephen King is my favorite book.

Who are some of your other favorite authors to read?
Philip K Dick, Hugh Howey, Michael Crichton, Conn Iggulden, Stephen King, Ken Follett, Iain M Banks. I’ve read everything by Philip K Dick.

Are there any words of encouragement for unpublished writers?
Believe in yourself and never give up.

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