This week’s author interview is with the wonderful S.Z. Attwell who wrote the Aestus books. I recently reviewed Aestus: Book 1: The City which was a 5 star read. If you’re yet to read my review, you can do so by clicking here. If you haven’t read these books then you need to as soon as possible! Aestus: Book 2: The Colony is on my TBR for July/August and I can’t wait to get stuck into it.
Since writing my review, countries around the world are starting to experience sweltering temperatures like never before. Hopefully Aestus stays a work of fiction and doesn’t one day become a reality.
Before I get too depressing on a Sunday, here’s my interview with S.Z. Attwell:
At what point did you decide to be an author / publish books?
I’ve wanted to write since I was really small. When I was a little kid, I would go to the library and get entire stacks of books and bring them home and read through them in a few days. I had notebooks and would write stories – I had a little short story published as a child, plus a poem, and got runner-up in a TV writing competition as a teenager, but that was it until recently. But I’ve always wanted to write, almost since I can remember, I think. Publishing – I never had anything I thought about publishing until recently. I loved my stories, but to show them to the world? Talk about intimidating.
How do you overcome writer’s block?
Sometimes I write a scene from another character’s point of view. Sometimes I take a break. Often I think about what needs to happen, and just mechanically start putting down information, but that’s just to hopefully get the ideas going.
Was there anything you edited out of a book that you later wished you kept in?
Not so far!
How do you find the inspiration for new novels and storylines?
Aestus was, quite literally, my reaction to a late bus while waiting in a miserably hot bus tunnel on a summer evening with an incoming thunderstorm, and wondering what humanity would do if climate change got worse (God forbid). Where would we go? If we couldn’t go north (or south, in the Southern Hemisphere)…could we go underground? What if my bus were to go down into the earth after work? Then I started thinking about what that might look like, what issues people might face, etc.
Often my stories are built on an image – my shadow as I walk down the edge of Boston Common on a winter night, which became a scene in my pirates YA WIP (work in progress) – or a concept (a moon colony, for example, although I’m not currently working on that. Just a thought.).
If you could give one tip to someone wanting to get into writing, what would it be?
Read. A lot. And practice. But mostly read.
Is science fiction a genre you’ve always had an interest in?
I think so. Not consciously, maybe, but I really like books that make me think/wonder. I bought some old “astrolithography” pieces recently – etchings of the view from an asteroid, or from the surface of a planet, as imagined by artists many decades ago. I miss that sense of wonder, that sense I used to get from staring up at the stars as a child. That’s one reason I asked my cover designer for Aestus to give me an older-sci-fi-style cover.
I get that from a lot of sci-fi and speculative fiction. It’s also a fun genre because there are so many things you can do with it.
If Aestus was made into an audiobook, who would you want to read it?
Ooh. I don’t know. I have to think about that one!
Who is your favourite character in the Aestus books?
Ahhhh I can’t say! I love Jossey but my true favorite is someone else.
I can say I love Thompson. He’s silly and sweet and I love him.
Is there an Aestus: Book 3 in the making?
I am mulling things over right now.
Is there another genre of writing you’d like to explore in the future?
I really love historical fiction. It involves a lot of research but I love history too so I don’t mind. I’d also like to maybe write kids’ mysteries.
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Where to Buy Aestus:
Amazon (USA) book 2 also available – click here
Barnes and Nobel (USA) – click here
Amazon (UK) book 2 also available – click here
Waterstones (UK) – click here
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