You should go check these blogs out! They rock. Now onto my post, an Author Interview with S.J. Kincaid, the author of Insignia. This book was amazing. One of the best I've read in a good long while. I'm so glad I picked it up off the new shelf! Onto the interview. When did you start writing? I began writing very young. I began seriously writing when I was 21, though.
Good to know that some published authors started early. :) When did you know you wanted to be an author? When I was a junior in college. I was on a school year abroad, and instead of relishing my time in Scotland, for some reason, I just began feverishly writing-- something that had been a mere hobby until that point.
Wow! I've always wanted to go to the How much did you write before you were published? In the years from 21-27, quite a lot. Apart from a brief time when I had a soul-sucking job at CareerBuilder, I always found the time to write something.
What are a few of your favorite books or authors? Legacy by Susan Kay. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. Looking for Alaska by John Green.
What is your favorite part of writing? When I spontaneously get a much more awesome idea that blows away all my previous plans for a story.
What's you least favorite part? Meeting specific deadlines and making sure all the little details are consistent.
Can you describe Insignia for those of us who haven't read it? It's the story of Tom Raines, a teenager who becomes a government weapon in a futuristic world at war and gets himself entangled with a girl who just happens to be the deadliest warrior on the enemy side... And all the trouble that ensues.
What does your writing process look like? Very chaotic and unorganized. Usually when I vow to not write for a day, or when I have something important to do, or I decide to go to sleep, I get a rush of sudden inspiration and have to go to the computer.
How did you come up with the idea for your amazing setting and time period in Insignia? I was reading an article about drone warfare, and the idea of two enemies on opposite sides of a futuristic conflict waged entirely remotely just came into my head.
If you could meet anyone in the world from any point in history, who would it be? One of the major heads of a religion: Mohammed or Buddha or Jesus Christ, so I could see how charismatic they were in person. Or alternately, maybe Nikola Tesla or Einstein or Leonardo DaVinci so I could be astounded by sheer genius.
How did you get published? I wrote manuscript after manuscript until my seventh manuscript finally caught the interest of a few publishers.
Do you have any advice for writers looking to get published? Persist, and grow a thick skin.
What has been the most surprising thing for you as published author? The long, long, looooong wait periods for everything.
Are there any hints you can give me about the next book in The Pentagon Spire Trilogy? Certain rash decisions come back to haunt certain people. Anything else you want to say? Nope. Thanks! Thank you, Ms. Kincaid! And thank you guys for reading.