Hello everyone. I thought I would share this author interview with a fellow Sci-fi writer Bonnie Milani.
This Writers of SciFi Interview is with Author Bonnie Milani. Follow her at:
Question 1) When did you first realize you wanted to be a Sci-Fi writer?
About the time I figured out how to put words together.
Question 2) What authors and books inspire your writing?
Wow, that’s a tough one. Dickens (baaaaadddd style to copy but addictive reading), Austen, the Bronte sisters, up through Heinlein, Asimov, Pohl, Anderson, Norton, and the writer who quite literally got me to actually start writing Sci-Fi, C.J. Cherryh.
Question 3) Are you an extrovert or introvert? How well do you like book signings and other interaction with readers?
Total extrovert. LOVE meet’n greets! LOVE signings – it’s just that I’m here in LaLa land, so there’re neither many bookstores left nor people willing to show up for a signing unless that person’s a ‘face’.
Question 4) What is unique about writing in your genre?
Sci-Fi, to me, is a technological society’s answer to the ancient world’s mythology. We can’t believe in anthropomorphic gods anymore; even accepting miracles is a challenge these days. Yet to be human is to need to let your imagination roam, to create, to explore. Sci-Fi is the one medium that lets us do so by exploring the possibilities in the tech we’re beginning to create.
Question 5) Have you ever created a character with an actor or a person you know in mind?
Only before I actually started working with the Industry.
Question 6) What inspires you to write?
Life. News magazines. History. Politics. Religion. Crazy relatives…
Question 7) Are you Self-, Indie-, or Traditionally published? Why?
Both traditionally (small press) & indie. I’m glad I went small press to start; my publisher was able to get my debut Sci-Fi novel, ‘Home World’ onto the shelves at Barnes & Noble, as well as into Canada’s Indigo chain. I wouldn’t change the experience for anything. But working Indie requires me to learn to understand the business side of publishing, and I think that’s a necessary piece of knowledge for all writers. Besides, I LIKE working on cover art!
Question 8) Do all authors have to be grammar perfectionists; or do you use a Copy Editor?
With a Master’s in Communication from Stanford, I don’t typically find grammar to be my greatest challenge in writing. There’s such a wealth of alternatives…
Question 9) “Writing is a get-rich-quick scheme.” And, “All writers are independently wealthy.” How true?
Hah! To quote Stan Lee: “’nuff said!”
Question 10) Plotter or Pantser (free flowing)? Do you write from an outline, or just start writing and go with the flow?
I tried just going with the flow when I first started writing waaaaayyyyy back in the day. Never got a story finished that way; always landed myself in a corner with no place for the plot to go. It was terribly difficult to teach myself to outline, but I’ve found the discipline of making myself work out the whole story to be invaluable. Even if the final product winds up bearing no resemblance to the outline at all!
Question 11) What is the secret to becoming a best-selling author?
You tell me we’ll both know. In truth, I believe it’s a combination of producing professional caliber work with a systematic, consistent dedication to market identification and outreach.
Question 12) Do you write book reviews? How important are reviews for your work?
Definitely! I generally won’t review a book I couldn’t finish, but I believe reviews are essential to indie authors’ success. Me, I am ALWAYS hungry for more reviews! Not that I’d stoop to hinting or anything…
Question 13) Do you have a favorite book or series you have written? Which one?
Each story I write is my favorite until the next one comes along. But I have to admit to a special fondness for ‘Liquid Gambit’. It’s the Casablanca tie-in, y’know?
Question 14) What are you working on next?
I’m trying to clear my decks to dive back into ‘Home World’ and get the series going. I have a generation of stories in my head for that universe!