My interview with the fabulous and prolific YA Science Fiction author Jennifer Brozek is now available for your listening pleasure. This was the first of my programs without any significant technical issues and was perhaps the best interview so far.
Ms. Brozek not only had some fascinating observations about Science Fiction and writing for younger readers, but also about fiction in general, self publishing versus conventional publishing, mental illness and the relevance of mentally ill characters, and the immortal Isaac Asimov. Guests keep mentioning his name without prompting from me. Really. No joke. Listen for yourself if you don’t believe me.
It was a good show. I hope you give it a listen. Click Here to Listen to the Show!
For those who did not hear the live broadcast, the third episode of Science Fiction Spotlight Radio is online and ready for you to listen to it as a podcast. The guest is Matt Mather, one of the world’s leading thriller writers who has turned his hand to writing Science Fiction with his new Nomad series.
The interview went very well and spanned subject ranging from the popularity of Apocalyptic fiction to the enduring legacy of Isaac Asimov. It’s a good listen and well worth your time.
Hear Paul’s interview of Matt Mather!
You can hear the first episode of Science Fiction Spotlight Radio that I hosted at this link:
The technical difficulties really threw me for a loop, kicked me offline, and killed the live broadcast. But, I was able to get back into the studio and record the show while I still had a guest. Brett Battles proved to be a great guest and the show turned out reasonably well. I’m looking to do better in two weeks on October 17 when my guest will be Jerry Pournelle.
I just posted my fourth video. This one is about the writing process and the degree to which it is so individual that no one can specify how it’s supposed to work. On review, I realize that I sound a bit angry in the video. Be assured that I’m not pissed off at all–this is just how I sound when I get very passionate about something. I’m a very passionate person, especially about ideas, and I can get very “enthusiastic” when speaking about them.
Future videos will be calmer–I think that this level of intensity may be offputting, but I don’t feel like reshooting because I like what I said and, as I do these things without a script to keep them informal, I’m not sure I would get all the same stuff in.
Anyway, I’m really not angry here. It’s just how I get sometimes.
I just posted another video on my You Tube channel, this one devoted to answering questions from readers.
Notwithstanding the distractions posed by the impending release of To Honor You Call Us and For Honor We Stand, I’ve been getting some good work done on the third installment of the “Man of War Series,” Brothers in Valor, the last few weeks. When I’m in the zone, these books practically write themselves, and that’s where I am right now.
Max has gotten out of the jam he’s in at the start of the book (this isn’t a spoiler–I’ve posted a draft of the first chapter on this site), moved through the plot setup for the bulk of the book, and is now in place for him and his ship to be doing what they’ll be doing for most of the novel. I know what most of that is going to be, so we’re in good shape. So, those of you who are worried about getting invested in a series that the author drops along the way should be reassured–I’m writing the third book and things are going well.
Besides, there is the small matter of a contract that obligates me to write the third book. I used to be a lawyer. I understand these things.
When things are going well, this doesn’t feel like work. I’m in space, where I’ve wanted to go ever since I understood what it was.
There is no place I’d rather be.
I’ve decided, against my better judgment, to put up my early draft of Chapter 1 of the next “Man of War” book, Brothers in Valor for you guys to read. I’m well past this part of the book now in terms of writing it now and have put this part through several revisions, so I’m fairly happy with the way it looks and reasonably satisfied that it integrates with where I want the book to go.
The main reason I’m putting this up at this point is to reassure readers that there WILL be a third book and that it is going to come out in a reasonable time frame. I also want to reassure readers that this book is going to be at least as exciting as the others (I think much more so, actually) and will be a fitting continuation to the “Man of War” series.
Lots of fans have written that they liked the tactical razzle dazzle that Max pulls out and that they wanted more. I admit that I have actually held back on that in the earlier books, so I’m experimenting with pulling out the stops in that department. I’m interested in hearing what people think.
You can get there from the menu at the top of the page or by following this link. https://hpaulhonsinger.com/brothers-in-valor-sneak-peak/