Today, I get to interview the wonderful Susan Kaye Quinn. She’s someone I get to gush over fun science stuff with – like scientists freeze light – and, I’ve been able to read a couple of her books (I’ll provide links throughout and at the end).
R.w.Foster: What is your process for getting in the mood to write?
Susan Kaye Quinn: Belting out “Let It Go!” at the top of my lungs, scaring the cats as well as all my fears away.
R.w.F: In my opinion, the greatest enemy of a writer is Procrastination. How do you defeat this dreaded beast?
SKQ: By openly attacking my fears with a steak knife and some creative action; as well as actively immersing myself in my work once I start. These two have greatly cut down on my procrastination activities.
R.w.F: Do you have any advice for those who want to start writing?
SKQ: Write a lot. Write some more. Don’t endlessly fiddle. The dichotomy between writing fast and writing well is a false one – the more you write, the better you’ll get.
R.w.F.: What do you label yourself as?
SKQ: I don’t like labels – for me or anyone else.
R.w.F: What were you doing at midnight last night?
SKQ: Wishing I was asleep.
R.w.F.: Name one movie that made you cry.
SKQ: If it’s well done, almost any movie can make me cry.
R.w.F: If you were a type of tree, what would you be?
SKQ: Weeping Willow
R.w.F.: If you were a color, what one would you be?
SKQ: Polka Dot
R.w.F.: When was the last time you laughed so hard your stomach hurt?
SKQ: I don’t know, but it was certain to be something my kids did.
R.w.F.: Would you rather be immortal, but dependent on blood, or age 1000 times slower than everyone else?
SKQ: I’d rather have nanites in my brain that will enhance my intelligence, make me independent of my wetware, and give me an immortal robotic body. It’s possible I’ve written a story about this.
R.w.F.: Would you tell us about your latest (or an upcoming) release?
SKQ: I’m deep into writing my YA SF Singularity series – about a future where most of the world has ascended into hyper-intelligent human-robot hybrids, except for the Legacy Humans left behind, preserved for their biodiversity like the rainforest. The first novel of the series, The Legacy Human, tells the story of Eli, a Legacy Human boy who wants to be an ascender… until he finds out he’s something altogether different than he thinks. I’m working on the second novel, The Duality Bridge, which should release in August. Along with the novels, I’m writing a series of companion short stories, the Stories of Singularity, that explore all the dark corners of the Singularity universe that I can’t get to with the novels. The first of those is out— Restore, a story about a med bot ruled by unconditional love, rather than the three laws of robotics.
Susan Kaye Quinn is the author of the Singularity Series, the bestselling Mindjack Trilogy, and the Debt Collector serial, as well as other speculative fiction novels and short stories. Her work has appeared in the Synchronic anthology, the Telepath Chronicles, the AI Chronicles, and has been optioned for Virtual Reality by Immersive Entertainment. Former rocket scientist, now she invents mind powers, dabbles in steampunk, and dreams of the Singularity. Mostly she sits around in her PJs in awe that she gets to write full time.
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