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Author Q&A ft Romana Drew | End of Innocence Book Tour | Silver Dagger Tours Presents Sci-Fi

Romana Drew tells all on the blog today. End of Innocence is on virtual book tour. The science fiction stops at the blog with an author int...

Romana Drew tells all on the blog today. End of Innocence is on virtual book tour. The science fiction stops at the blog with an author interview. Enjoy!

Be sure to enter for a chance to win the giveaway for a $10 Amazon GC (3 winners) and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).

What are your favorite books/authors?

Anne McCaffery, Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, Arthur C Clark, Piers Anthony, Clifford D. Simak, Kurt Vonnegut, Ursula K Le Guin, Alan Dean Foster, Poul Anderson, to name a few.

A few of my favorite books are Little House on the Prairie, Winnie the Pooh, The Left Hand of Darkness, the Tar-Aiym Krang (and the rest of the Flinx books), A Spell For Chameleon (and the other Xanth books), Mission of Gravity, Glory Road, Something Wicked They Way Comes, The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings (I read those four times.) I thought the Martian was a great survival story.

What book do you think everyone should read?

Everyone should read books, lots of books of different genres.

Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?

For me, the creation and development of characters is easy. They just pop into my head fully developed, as I need them. I have never been successful at making a character list before I write a story. Nor do I understand why anyone would need to do a character sketch. I just make note of how to spell their names and maybe a few notes on physical appearance.

I suggest all writers explore the Myers Briggs personality types. It helps you gain a basic understanding of how and why people make the choices they do, why one person is super neat, and another tosses their dirty clothes on the floor next to the hamper. It can also help you gain a better understanding of how you see the world, why you look at it differently from other people, and whether your type is common or rare.

Some temperaments have lots of presidents, some lot of big business tycoons, and one rare temperament, INFP, has significantly more writers than any of the others. As children, INFP’s also tend to have lots of imaginary friends.

I could have populated a small city.

This is speculation, but growing up with imaginary friends may make creating characters easier. After all, what is an imaginary friend, if not a fictional character?

My characters drive the plot. I know where the story starts and where it is supposed to end. But the characters have minds of their own and take the story places I didn’t plan to go.

That is a very sloppy way of structuring a story. It also tends to make the story quite long.
In a different book, I made a character whose only role is the blow up the palace and get killed rather violently. The first time through, I wrote 20,000 words about this character, his childhood, his relationship with his parents, his wife and kids, his education, etc. None of which had a thing to do with the plot. In the end, I kept about a thousand words sprinkled here and there, just enough to explain why he did it.

I’m not delusional. I know the characters are figments of my imagination, but letting them run free is great fun and makes for more rounded and complex characters.

What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?

I research anything having to do with science to make sure I understand the underlying chemistry, physics, or biology even if I invent impossible tech. If the characters use old tech, such as bows and arrows, I research those to make sure I write them realistically.

Do you see writing as a career?

I am retired. I see writing as a great way to do something that might outlive me. I doubt that I will ever become famous or rich. I just hope you enjoy reading my stories.

Do you read yourself, and if so, what is your favorite genre?

I read extensively. I prefer science fiction, especially coming of age stories. But I also read fantasy and a smattering of other genres. I recently read a crime drama and a regency romance.  

Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?

Right now, I have several going at once. I am in the final editing stages of editing The Prince of Kaloria, in the middle of writing Hideaway Island, and in the middle of writing a serialized space adventure called The Adventures of Robin Mayfield. Episodes are posted on Facebook every Saturday along with a drawing.

If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?

Winnie the Pooh.

What makes a good story?

Good books have exciting and cohesive plots; complex and well-developed characters; easy to read and emotionally engaging prose.

What is your writing process? For instance, do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first?

I start at the beginning and write to the end. Usually, I have to set up a timeline somewhere in the middle. Then I read, and edit, and read, and edit a few time before sending it off to beta readers. Then I read and edit and send it to beta readers, and edit some more.

I wouldn’t advise writing that way because it takes a lot of rewriting and reorganizing, but my characters refuse to follow an outline.

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

I would tell myself not to listen to English teachers. I would tell English teachers that grading a paper with an A for composition and an F for spelling then averaging it to a D is the wrong way around. Please note, I had to write papers longhand. Now, word processors solve basic SG&P issues.

Teaching students that the mechanics of writing, spelling, punctuation, etc., are more important than content, or style, is stifling and harmful. At some point, SG&P must be correct, but none of that will matter if the content isn’t there. A dull, plodding story with flat characters but perfect SG&P is worthless. A great story full of typos has lots of promise. All it needs is a good editor.

I would tell myself to have more confidence and not hide all the things I wrote.

What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?

Writing sex scenes.

How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?

Writing a book takes as long as it takes to type all the words. Editing it into a readable manuscript can take forever. I have a couple of stories that I don’t think any amount of editing will salvage.

Do you believe in writer’s block?

I don’t worry about it. I worry about forgetting ideas before I get them written down.

End of Innocence
by Romana Drew
Genre: SciFi

Lenea's brother spends every clear night pointing a telescope at the same stars. When she confronts him, he lets her look through the telescope. A small sliver speck changes course, slows, and merges with a larger silvery spot. 

In that brief moment, her life changes. Her brother spies on space aliens! Soon she learns the aliens have a settlement in the Kenned Valley, and that her boyfriend monitors their communications.

Then he disappears. 

What do they want, and can her world survive?

Just before he has to give up and go home broke, Captain Seddry finds the perfect world. It is rich in ore, has a breathable atmosphere, and it even has a reasonable climate — an ideal place for a new Langon colony. The fuzzy natives won't be a problem. They don't have any large weapons or even airplanes, making them too primitive to ever find the mining colony hidden away in an isolated valley. Or so he thinks.

I live in California with my husband, and raise baby squirrels for a wildlife care center. I could go into detail about my background and education, but that is rather boring. Let me say that I am quiet, love the outdoors, and never have enough time to do all the things I want to do.

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  1. Best of luck with the book and book tour! I included the tour in the Sept. 15, 2018 edition edition of The BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader:

  2. interesting cover! looks like a good read too.

  3. I think the cover is really interesting.

  4. I liked the book description,and have added this book to my book wishlist.

  5. The cover is jarring.
    Thanks for the chance.

  6. The looks like a good book for my son.


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