Author of Spooky Action at a distance
Hi friends and readers! This is a really exciting post for me, and one I hope you enjoy, learn something, maybe let out a laugh or two, and most importantly, give the writer I’m about to interview, Felicia Watson, the opportunity to earn and gain some new readers.
This is the first official interview I’ve done that is separate from the typical book reviews I’ve posted. I think not reading the book gives me the opportunity to see the person with more of an open mind and without any pressure to say something one way depending on how I felt about the book. So, not having yet read the author’s works, I went into the interview knowing as much as most of you probably do about her, not a lot! I have purchased the audiobook of the first book in the series called “We Have Met The Enemy” and am already enjoying the style of smart space opera set in the far future.
Felicia Watson started writing stories as soon as they handed her a pencil in first grade. She’s especially drawn to character driven tales, where we see people we recognize, people who struggle with their mistakes and shortcomings, acknowledge them, and use that knowledge to grow into wiser human beings.
When not writing, Felicia spends her time chasing after her not-so-brilliant, but darling and beloved dogs, is chased by her truly brilliant, darling and beloved husband, is known to friends and family as an amateur pastry chef, and still finds time for swimming and her day job as a scientist.
I want to thank her for agreeing to the interview and for being cool about answering some of my not so normal questions. I hope you guys enjoy!!
What pushed you to pursue writing?
I think I’m just a born story-teller. As long as I can remember, there have been stories inside of me and I’ve always wanted to share those stories with an audience.
What books do you feel influenced you most, which writers?
In science fiction, Ursula K. Le Guin greatly influenced me. I love everything I’ve read by her but especially, “The Left Hand of Darkness” and “The Lathe of Heaven”. Just now, I finally got around to reading, “The Dispossessed” – and as always, I’m in awe of her world-building and story-telling prowess. In non-science fiction authors, I love both Jane Austen and Hunter S. Thompson. An incongruous duo, for sure, but they share an enviable way with words.
Congratulations on your recent release of “Spooky Action At a Distance” which is the second book in your series. For those unfamiliar with your work, can you tell us more about the title of your book? I love it, and was even more intrigued when I found out the term is actually a scientific term, a very interesting one!
‘Spooky Action at a Distance’ is what Einstein called a quantum entanglement. The story imagines a quantum entanglement on a massive scale – a region of space where time-space is continually shifting and refolding. As the book begins, two ships which were sent out to explore this phenomenon have become trapped and are in need of rescue. The title worked for me another level as well, since the underlying theme of the book is about the distance between all humans – the one that arises because we judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their actions. I wanted to explore how that distance affects the interactions between people and how they can recognize and bridge that gap.
Can you tell us more about the struggles, and the joys of being a writer/author?
One of the struggles, for me, is in finding the correct way to tell the story: the right combination of characters, plot, pacing, and most especially the right words. Some days it all flows and some days it is almost painful to pull them out of my psyche. The other struggle as an author is in finding your audience. Getting it published and then marketing your book. The joys are a mirror of the struggles: those wonderful days when the words flow and the story comes together and you realize you’ve created something that never before existed– a kind of magic. The greatest joy, though, is connecting with an audience – when you read a review, or a comment, or talk to a reader and realize your story touched them.
Quick Fire Questions:
If you HAD to write an Epic Fantasy, what would you call it?
River of Fire
What was the last Meal you ate?
What was the last text message you sent?
And I want ‘award-winning author’ added to my epitaph
If you were able to make one scientific discovery that would change the world, what would it be?
Oh, as a molecular biologist I feel like I should say something about DNA editing but the truth is I’d like to discover the secret to faster-than-light travel so my scifi stories could become something of a reality
What is your favorite scfi movie/show?
Star Trek – all of it! The shows, the movies, old and new.
What are you reading now?
Well, I literally just finished “The Dispossessed” by Le Guin today and I have a couple of indie-written scifi novels cued up. Just have to decide which one. (I’m on vacation right now and having plenty of time to read is such a luxury!)
Have you ever had a book idea based off of a “sleeping” dream? If so, can you tell us more? Funny you should ask – I dreamt I was watching a movie last night about animals preparing for some sort of apocalypse which they could see coming but none of the humans could. It starred a very clever mouse played by Tina Fey. I almost feel like I need to write that story now. I think I’ll cut the part where the mouse fell in love with a gorilla though – that didn’t make much sense. 😀
(The last time I had a dream that I thought would make a great book, I wrote it down right away, and later read, being very disappointed in how little sense it made)