If you have been reading then you know that I have been doing spotlights and book reviews. Well, recently I thought that it would be cool to do little interviews with some of my fellow authors as well. I’ll be doing at least one interview a month for the foreseeable future. This months victim will be JR Creaden, Soon to be released author of Young Adult Sci-Fi awesomeness! Let’s all give her a round of applause and check out her links after learning a bit more about her, her writing stylings, and maybe even a sneak at her book stylings. We’ll just have to wait and see what she’s willing to spill! Onward HO!
JR began her authorial career as a child disgruntled with song lyrics. After some early success with poetry and essays, she spent decades distracted by songwriting and academia until her story dreams became too interesting to keep to herself. RE: MORSE, the first book in JR’s YA Sci-Fi series Contact Files, will soon be ready for public consumption or vivisection. Her goal is to share stories that inspire readers to embrace cultural diversity, the promise of science, and the value of humor and imagination to build a future that’s more Star Trek and less 1984. When she’s not writing, JR enjoys exchanging “your mama” jokes with her children, floating in lakes, and slaying virtual dragons.
Our Crazy Line of Questioning:
Del: What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
JR: The toughest part of writing RE: MORSE was restricting the narrative to only Hugo’s point of view. The secondary characters, who are every bit as vital to the series as Hugo, vie for my attention. For each scene I’ve written, I’ve had to keep a separate file open to jot down the other characters’ thoughts and reactions. Even these don’t always make sense, I admit: Badan leaves cryptic messages that I’m only beginning to sort out; Tehban writes in an odd haiku style of 6/6/4/3; Shini sketches bizarre landscapes; Rixx doodles flowers. Every scene won’t necessarily be revisited in future books, but key scenes will definitely continue to influence later plots and character arcs.
Del: Publishers often speak of “the bridge” in regards to storytelling, connecting the familiar to the new. How might you frame ‘RE: MORSE’ in those terms?
JR: Originally, I saw RE: MORSE as a mix between Star Trek and Dr. Who. As I’ve written, however, I see it very differently, more like Enders Game meets A Wrinkle in Time.
Del: Have you ever intentionally tried to make your readers cry?
JR: Yes, it’s at the end of Volume Four. Let me know if it works?
Del: What is your guilty pleasure?
JR: White sheets. If I could make all of my clothing out of soft white cotton sheets, I would. I like to hide beneath them, wrap them around me, and drag them through the house. There’s something magical about the blank expanse, like the thrill of a blank page.
Del: Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
JR: I read three or four published books per month. I’ve not fallen in love with any new authors recently, but my standbys are: Isaac Asimov, Tom Robbins, Frank Herbert, Margaret George, Ray Bradbury, Tad Williams, CS Friedman, JK Rowling, Gregory Maguire, and Neil Gaiman. I am always on the lookout for more female authors, but I’ve not been able to connect with very many published female writers in my genre.
Del: Thanks for your time JR! It’s been a blast!
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