Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Virtual Book Tour: The Stark Divide by @jscoatsworth #interview

Date Published: 10/10/17
Publisher: DSP Publications

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Some stories are epic.

The Earth is in a state of collapse, with wars breaking out over resources and an environment pushed to the edge by human greed.

Three living generation ships have been built with a combination of genetic mastery, artificial intelligence, technology, and raw materials harvested from the asteroid belt. This is the story of one of them—43 Ariadne, or Forever, as her inhabitants call her—a living world that carries the remaining hopes of humanity, and the three generations of scientists, engineers, and explorers working to colonize her.

From her humble beginnings as a seedling saved from disaster to the start of her journey across the void of space toward a new home for the human race, The Stark Divide tells the tales of the world, the people who made her, and the few who will become something altogether beyond human.

Humankind has just taken its first step toward the stars.

Book One of Liminal Sky


What is the hardest part of writing your books?

Honestly, I think it’s just finding the time. My books run between 85 and 100K, and that’s a lot of words to write, let alone redraft and edit. Sometimes I wish I could do this full-time, but then again, doing it in bits and pieces gives my brain time to run and play in-between, and maybe come up with new ideas and directions for the story. :)

What songs are most played on your Ipod?

Let’s see… here are my top five:

248 times – A Girl, A Boy, and a Graveyard, by Jeremy Messersmith
245 times – World on Fire, by Sara McLachlan
232 times – Frozen Pines, by Lord Huron
217 Times – Audition, from Were the World Mine, by Wendy Robie
191 Times – Wish I Could Fly, by Roxette

All of which are songs I’ve used as inspiration for writing. A Girl, A Boy and a Graveyard was a great inspiration for me for this book – the whole idea of the ships in the story being a Frankenstein combination of living flesh and metal. And Frozen Pines has been instrumental in the writing of the sequel, “The Rising Tide.”

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

Yes, a number of them. They vary by story type/series, but I have beta readers whom have read many of my works and know the stories and my writer voice.

What book are you reading now?

I’ve been neck deep in writing two books a year now for a couple years, along with some assorted other stories, but the last one I read was “Uncommonly Tidy Poltergeists” by Angel Martinez. I love her writing.

How did you start your writing career?

I actually started in High School, and eventually wrote my first novel, which was then soundly rejected by ten major publishers, which sent me into a twenty-year writing tailspin. But my current writing career started in 2013, when I came back to writing, and picked up steam with the publication of my first published story, “The Bear at the Bar,” by Dreamspinner Publications for the “A Taste of Honey” anthology.

Tell us about your next release.

After “The Stark Divide,” my next planned release is “Lander,” the follow-up to my gay sci fi “Oberon Cycle” series. It’s the story of a half-world and the two kinds of people who live there, and the crisis that envelops them all when the planet’s sun threatens the planet with a massive solar flare.

I also plan to release my Sacramento-based serial tale, “The River City Chronicles,” as a book in both English and Italian in the spring. Finally, “The Rising Tide” should be out next fall.
About the Author

Scott spends his time between the here and now and the what could be. Enticed into fantasy and sci fi by his mom at the tender age of nine, he devoured her Science Fiction Book Club library. But as he grew up, he wondered where all the people like him were in the books he was reading.

He decided that it was time to create the kinds of stories he couldn’t find at his local bookstore. If there weren’t gay characters in his favorite genres, he would remake them to his own ends.

His friends say Scott’s mind works a little differently – he sees relationships between things that others miss, and gets more done in a day than most folks manage in a week. He loves to transform traditional sci fi, fantasy, and contemporary worlds into something unexpected.

Starting in 2014, Scott has published more than 15 works, including two novels and a number of novellas and short stories.

He runs both Queer Sci Fi and QueeRomance Ink with his husband Mark, sites that bring queer people together to promote and celebrate fiction that reflects their own lives.

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