Life in Writing
This week I had the chance to interview sci-fi author Christi Smit, author of Gamma Nine. Read about his interests and upcoming works in the interview below:
Q. Where are you from?
A. South Africa
Q. Do you have a job other than writing? What do you do?
A. I have a day job, but it is nothing as fantastic as being a writer. During the day, when I am not on some distant planet or in the next solar system day-dreaming, I am video game server manager. In short I maintain and set up gaming servers for companies who provide users with competitive leagues, etc.
Q. Why do you write sci-fi and fantasy?
A. I hesitated when asked this at first. Only because there are so many reasons that it would take myself, and other writers like me, years to explain why the universes created by our own minds and the minds of established writers just make sense to us. If I had to give you a short answer it would be that it makes more sense to me than anything else. I connect to the blaster and blade easier than other genres, and when it was time to pick up my own pen and write my own stories there was no real choice in the matter. The siren songs of the void called my name long before I ever had a chance.
Q. What are you currently working on?
A. I am currently gearing up to write Book 2 in the Gamma Nine series.
Q. Tell us a little bit about it.
A. Oh, I can’t give away too much, that would just spoil all of the wonderful things I have planned for my characters. All I can say is, Book 1 was the foundation of the universe and Book 2 takes all of the action and drama and just runs with it.
Q. When will your next book be released?
A. By the end of 2016, but I will be giving my readers some other things to read as they wait for Book 2.
Q. When did you decide to become a writer?
A. I always wanted to create stories. My mind was never on this planet to begin with, it was always off on some other world plotting and scheming. My notebooks look like a mad scientist’s and my mind is full of ideas upon ideas. But, the idea came from my future wife more than a few years ago when she gave me the courage to put my head down and study to be a better writer. After years of honing my skills and practicing on my own I had everything I needed to start my debut novel. I can’t wait for the rollercoaster ride that has started. If you listen closely you can hear me go WEEEEEE far off in the distance.
Q. Where do you get your inspiration on what to write?
A. The inspiration comes from anything and everything. I hear or see something and my imagination takes it from there and then I write it in one of my notebooks. It is really as simple as that.
Q. What are some of your hobbies outside of writing?
A. Video games help me relax, movies with my future wife and just talking to her as much as I can. Other than that my writing keeps me pretty busy and tired most of the time. My brain switches off every weekend and turns into useless goo for at least 48 hours, that is when I need to do as little as possible before the new week of challenges and the daily rat race.
Q. What book are you currently reading?
A. I just finished World War Z again and will be reading the Harry Potter books again.
Q. Who are some of your favorite authors?
A. Orson Scott Card, Dan Abnett and J.K Rowling.
Q. What do you do to market your books?
A. I try and connect with as many people as possible. I don’t try and sell them my books as a product, but I rather try and share my stories with them as much as I can. Gamma Nine is the first in a long plan of getting my work into the hands of like-minded people. I use social media sites and I am currently waiting on a review from a wonderful blogger named Morgan to come out later this month. My marketing is slowly but surely growing. I don’t see the need to rush it, my novel is already out there so I can take it easy and do it right, reaching more and more people as word spreads. Being an author is a test of patience, and I will not fail it. Your interview will also help, and I thank you for it.
Q. Of all the books you’ve written, which is your favorite, and why?
A. Maybe Gamma Nine is, maybe it is on that I have not written yet. Only time will answer this question.
Q. If any of your stories could be made into a movie, which would you choose?
A. Any of my stories would work well as a movie. It would be difficult to pick just one. That is like asking me, if I had children, which one is my favorite. I wouldn’t be able to answer it.
Q. If you could be friends with a fictional character (Including any from your own stories) who would you choose?
A. My future wife would hurt me if I did not say someone from Harry Potter, but I think I would love to meet any fictional character. Most of them are written so beautifully by their creators that any of them would be wonderful friends or interesting adversaries.
Q. Does your taste in movies and shows line up with your taste in books? If they differ, how so?
Q. I love Science Fiction, but I have grown to love other movie genres as well. This is because as I got older my interests have broadened and more and more things interest me.
Q. Do you have a certain place that you like to do your writing? Does environment affect your work?
A. On my couch or at my desk. Environment does affect my work in some ways; I can’t work around too much noise or other people. I prefer writing in solitude with music drowning out the world while I put pen to digital paper.
Q. Of all the books in the world, why is yours worth taking the time to read?
A. How does one answer that without sounding boastful? I guess it would have to be because my novel is an exciting ride and anyone that likes Science Fiction should give it a try. I take great pride in my writing style and I think my work can connect emotionally with readers on some levels. Or if you want an easy answer - if you like pew pew, then read Gamma Nine.
Q. Leave the blurb to your latest book.
A. We thought we were the kings of the known universe. But something ancient, a ravenous evil, had been waiting for our race to free it from its planet-sized prison. It carved a bloody path through our star kingdom, consuming everything in its path. The Titans were our last hope against the Beast’s insatiable hunger. Would the Titans stand against evil, or fall before it?
Q. What makes the main character of your latest book interesting to read about?
A. That is another difficult question to answer because my novel contains more than one main character in most cases. But I think there are traits of each of my characters that people can identify with. That and a dash of good humor make my characters unique and interesting.
If you enjoyed this interview and want to know more about Christi and his work. Check out the links below:
Goodreads author page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14959385.Christi_Smit
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GammaNineSeries or @GammaNineSeries
Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Christi-Smit/e/B01D04HVRW/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
novel website: http://gamma-nine.com/
Daniel M. Quilter is the author of A Soul Divided. On this blog he'll interview other authors, review books, share nerd wisdom from popular sci-fi and fantasy, and occasionally share his insights on writing. See a list of his works or see what he's working on.
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