Michael Mehalek of Writing is Tricky tagged me in a ten-question blog hop called the Liebster award. So here goes…
1. Where did the idea for your current Work-in-Progress (WIP) come from?
I had seen several news stories about China investing in Africa and did some further research. I discovered that the Guangzhou area of China was known as Chocolate City because of all the African businessmen that had come there for import/export opportunities. Many had married Chinese women to help them in their business, and I wondered what China would be like when these couples’ children grew up.
2. Quote a favorite line from one of your favorite books.
“Really bad media can exorcise your semiotic ghosts. If it keeps the saucer people off my back, it can keep these Art Deco futuroids off yours.” ~ William Gibson, The Gernsback Continuum (short story)
3. Now quote your favorite lines from your current WIP
The scent of stale Tsingtao and rancid urine forced Bo to crank open an eye in half-hearted reconnaissance. Iron-framed lanterns hanging overhead told him he had fallen asleep on the living room couch, confirmed by the twinge in his back caused by the second-hand temperfoam. Memories flitted across his mental landscape—a big project with a big percentage, hence the big party. Data display in his periphery blinked a 63.5 percent chance of getting back together with Mei, based upon last night’s conversations and pheromone output. A higher than usual chance, he thought. He winked off the display, anything beyond offstream proving to be information overload.
A hangover nagged at the edge of his consciousness, a feeling quite familiar. He rolled off the couch and onto his knees, letting the vague pain take center stage before clawing his way to vertical.
4. What unique challenges has your current WIP had that your previous ones did not?
Since the story takes place in China, I have to do a lot of research on the country. My last book took place in the Washington, D.C., area, where I’ve lived for the past 30 years. I’m also using more themes, which I have to try to figure out how to tie together.
5. If you saw your main character at a party, how would you react?
I would sit quietly in a corner and observe him, and see what I got right and what I got wrong.
6. Who would play your main protagonist/antagonist if your current WIP were made into a movie?
Bo would be played by Will Demps
Hao would be played by Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Mei would be played by Amandla Stenberg (in a few years)
7. What are your biggest inspirations for writing?
To inspire Black filmmakers to create visual media to reflect the diversity we see in the world today, which, in turn, will inspire the children of today to bring about a better tomorrow
8. Summarize your WIP as a haiku.
Guangzhou future days
Taiwan nuclear danger
Programmers save world
9. What role does music play in your writing?
Not that much. I can only listen to classical music when I’m writing, which doesn’t exactly evoke visions of the future, and I’m not good at predicting music trends, so I don’t know what popular music will sound like 65 years from now.
10. What’s one thing you’ve learned about the craft that you wish you had learned earlier?
I need deadlines to help me write, to give me a sense of urgency. Oh, and don’t use filtering. Here’s a great article on it: http://www.scribophile.com/academy/an-introduction-to-filtering
1. Tell us about your work in progress (WIP)
2. How is your WIP different from your prior work?
3. How has writing changed your life?
4. What inspired you to start writing?
5. Who is your favorite character from all your works?
6. Do you like to write villains?
7. What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve learned?
8. How have you grown as a writer?
9. What’s your favorite line from your WIP?
10. Do you like dragons?