Welcome to BookView Interview, a conversation series where BookView talks to authors.
Recently, we talked with Lauren Wright about her writing and her recently released science fiction novel, The Barkuu: Dawn of a species (read the review here)
Does a big ego help or hurt writers?
Humility is important when creating, lest you taint your creation.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Originality. The point is to tell a story, not be a writer.
How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
The editing process, I engaged multiple editors and learned a lot from both.
Have you read anything that made you think differently about fiction?
I think all fiction should make you think differently.
What are your favorite books?
“The Jester” By James Patterson, is one of my favorites. I’m a big fan of Dean Koontz, read dozens of his books.
Tell us some more about your book.
There is a second book in the works, the idea is to continue the story of both part One and Two i.e. In Part 1, you get to see what happens to the people at the camps and the blinking red light; as well as continuing the stories of LJ and Evo, Mika etc. Part 2 Continues the story of Tock and Evie, Akoni, and the evolving story of Planet Earth. There is a great deal of story, how does one break it up and put it into one book.
Tell us a little about how this story first came to be. Did it start with an image, a voice, a concept, a dilemma or something else?
Writing is a voice. The strength of a voice is in its value. People value entertainment, they love stories. So, write an entertaining story that speaks; one that exposes us for our weakness, but offers hope for a brilliant ever after, should we simply work together.
What’s more important: characters or plot?
A well thought out plot is king. Characters are just as important, only are secondary and tailored into the plot.
Which scene was most difficult to write? Why?
I would not say difficult, but memorable. In the scene where the girl is hanging upside down from the tree, and the people she knows all around her the like. Some recently deceased, blood still steaming, when she has a conversation with one of the Barkuu. To best portray this conversation, you must imagine yourself in her proverbial shoes. So, imagine as accurately as you can; you wake up to slaps on the cheek. You are hanging upside down, arms bound and hanging by your legs. You realize that you are face to face with an alien who is about to plunge a knife into your neck. You quickly look around to see many from the camp hanging around you, some already bled out. Your friends. Just imagine that, it will stay with me.
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