If you’ve seen the TV mini-series, Epilogue; read Stargate 1: The Drift; or seen “Rascals” on Star Trek: The Next Generation, you’ve seen Diana Dru Botsford’s work. She is a producer, writer, and professor, to name a few of the jobs she’s had (See her IMDB site and website). I met her at Seton Hill University, in the Writing Popular Fiction program. And she’s asked me to answer four questions for her to post on my blog. So here goes:
What am I working on?
I am writing a sequel to my book, Cog. Although the sequel is set in China, it will contain some elements of my first book. My protags, Bo, Chenglei, and Mei, will team up to defeat rogue elements of the Chinese Army, while running game simulations of a post-apocalyptic world, and another world teetering on the brink of war. They will have to combine their reality with both virtual realities to get the answers they seek. I’m also working on adapting an anime screenplay into a novel, and trying to help crowdfund that.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
My books feature minority protagonists, which you don’t find very many of in science fiction. I also try to delve into worlds that cyberpunk doesn’t usually explore, such as the art world, repurposed shopping malls, and Chinese economic development zones.
Why do I write what I do?
I’ve been watching science fiction since I was 3, and reading it since I was 9, so I’ve grown up with it. It wasn’t until after I read Neuromancer by William Gibson, though, that I gave serious thought to writing science fiction. I would write funny little science fiction short stories featuring the people I worked with on my job, but it was mostly for laughs. When I decided to become serious, I enrolled in Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction Program in order to learn how to write a book, and since then, I read science fiction with a more critical eye, and try to think of ways I can adapt various elements to a cyberpunk landscape.
How does my individual writing process work?
It varies. For short stories, I will think of an idea and if I have a deadline, will write a bit almost every day until it’s done. For my second book, since I don’t have a deadline, I’ve been very lackadaisical. I need to set myself a writing schedule and work through the plot details as I go. Since I’m a pantser, I don’t write detailed outlines, but I do need a general one so I don’t wind up in left field.
However, I’ve also had the time with my second book to incorporate more influences into the plot and characters, which I think will make for a richer experience for the reader.
Next up on the blog tour:
Carole McDonnell, who is a reviewer and novelist. Her spec-fic novels are Wind Follower and The Constant Tower. View her website here.