Stephen:And so on, with lots more about:
The themes and issues surrounding human sexuality are front-and-centre in your pitch for Demi-Monde, but what Im most curious about is the identity of the characters for these stories. Are there any principle characters that will form a central thread through the novel, and if so, could you describe them? To put it other words, are you intending to explore a particular culture or cultures ideas about sexuality or are your aims more universal?
Well, the planet the stories are set on was settled by South Asians, so many of the humans in the book are from that ethnic background. Several generations away from Earth, but some of them have held on pretty tightly to their cultural heritage. When it comes to sex, love, and marriage, you can expect some of that to play out in an arranged marriage culture. Its a topic Ive explored before, in stories like Seven Cups of Water, (Bodies in Motion), but with a science fictional twist. In the first story, you meet Jitender, a young Indian-descended college student your typical science geek. But Anna, the blonde girl hes dating, is from a planet several systems away, and her fathers corporation is deeply involved in the interstellar war thats breaking out around them. Thats going to have implications for their story.
- the intersection of erotica and science fiction
- the mosaic novel as a form
- crowdsourcing and Kickstarter
- writing with kids
- writing process in general
- and the ethics of writing in other cultures
Thanks to Stephen for taking the time to interview me! Much fun!