Ghost no more… interview at Lakefront Muse

That was such a lovely headline I had to put it on this post too. Writer Mary Metcalfe invited me to her blog today, but we dispel the ghost stuff pretty quickly. We’re also talking about character versus plot, how author promotion is evolving, self-publishing, why my first attempts at writing were science fiction (short version: I was trying to irritate everybody).

Mary has a sweet story on her blog about the moment she first knew she had to be a writer. Do check it out – and answer the same question for yourselves here, if you feel so inclined…


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  1. #1 by acflory on July 28, 2012 - 2:16 pm

    I enjoyed your interview but didn’t have the option of commenting via WP so I’ll do it here. I still love science fiction for it’s ability to create extreme stresses in order to discover how people respond to them. Because science fiction deals with possibilities, no matter how remote, those stress tests seem more ‘real’ than say an extreme situation in fantasy. I hope fantasy fans don’t shoot me down in flames now!

    • #2 by rozmorris @dirtywhitecandy on July 28, 2012 - 2:30 pm

      Thanks! I agree about the difference between SF and fantasy. A short story that crystallises for me the best that SF can offer is Light of Other Days by Bob Shaw. It centres around an invention – slow glass – which slows light down so that it takes decades to pass through. He makes startling, poignant use of it.

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