Author Interview with Andrew Saxsma

Posted by on Jul 2, 2013 | Comments Off on Author Interview with Andrew Saxsma

9781482369953_p0_v1_s260x420Author interviews are back! I promised you a return to more variable content and this is me coming through, though a bit more slowly than I’d hoped.

Today I’ve got an interview with author Andrew Saxsma. His book is science fiction and is called Lonely Moon. Here’s the blurb:

Earth lies in ruins, destroyed by an unknown enemy. Humanity flees their burning homeworld, seeking a safe place to hide before they can be hunted down and eradicated.

Alliance Captain Michael Hane watches helplessly while his wife and unborn child fall victim to the random slaughter of Earth. With time running out, he is burdened by the last bits of humanity to find a way to stop this menace before it wipes the galaxy clean of every last human being.

And now, on to the interview:

1. What’s the first word of your book? (You can exclude articles, pronouns or prepositions.)

The first word of Lonely Moon is ‘Captain’.

 

2. Tell me something about your book that I can’t find in the blurb.

Lonely Moon is about one man’s journey, but what you won’t see in the blurb is where this man’s journey goes.  Captain Hane’s story deals heavily with the concept of humanity, what it means to be human, how dangerous emotions can be, but also how unique those emotions make us.  This journey examines us with a lens and lays bare our faults and celebrates our resilience as Hane tries to stop our extinction.

 

3. In one word, describe your main character. (You can expand afterwards, but limit your initial response to one word.)

Vulnerable.  Captain Hane is vulnerable.  He witnesses the death of his wife and unborn daughter while he stands helpless to stop it.  He’s strong, but his strength is limited by that vulnerability and his inability to make peace with what he saw.

 

4. Where does your book take place? Tell me about why you picked that location.

Lonely Moon takes Captain Hane everywhere from a futuristic New York City, to an established human colony on a foreign moon, and all the way to the edges of the galaxy.  These locations were all crucial to the story, and to quote one of my characters, Leo, “Strange things exist on the edges of the galaxy”.  It is this unknown, this ambiguity that fuels the story along as Hane unravels the mystery of what has truly befallen Mankind.

 

5. Tell me about your favorite character that you’ve written.

Oh brother.  I don’t know if I should pick a favorite (my others might be jealous).  I will say, though, that Captain Hane would have to be one of my most well-rounded, and well-balanced.  His true character flaw is also humanity’s saving grace.  Thus, weakness is strength, so to speak.  He’s sad, he’s mad, he’s tired, he’s adrenaline-pumped.  He’s a lot of things, and he displays those things quite adequately throughout his story, and, I would dare say, he does so with complete believability.

 

6. What’s your favorite verb?

That’s a tough one.  There’s so many to choose from.  My gut is telling me ‘Imagine’, because that’s what I do on a daily basis.  I imagine characters, stories, interactions, all on a daily basis, and then I record them, as I see them.

 

7. What’s the last book you read?

The last book I read was Stephen King’s IT, and it was my third time reading it in the past seven years.  It’s truly an inspiring story, not only from a plot standpoint, but also for its amazing characterization.  It’s really one of my favorites.

 

8. Who was your favorite fictional character as a child?

This one is easy.  Roger Rabbit.  When I was a kid, I’d make my mom rent the VHS at least once a week (why we didn’t buy it, I’ve no clue), and I’d lay on the floor in front of the TV, and watch it, over and over.  To this day, I could recite the whole movie by heart.

 

9. Tell me about an event that contributed to your decision to become a writer.

Truth be told, I studied Theatre in College.  While it remains one of my passions, writing has always had its roots entangled around my heart and soul, in a way that Theatre never has.  I remember, my senior year in high school, in English class, we were given a creative writing assignment.  In all my years in high school, that was the first time we’d ever had the chance to do so.  I know, right?  Anyway, I wrote this 300 word story about a pirate by day, who changes into a sea-monster at night, as sort of were-sea monster.  It was fun, and the first piece I’d ever written creatively, and I enjoyed every moment of it.  It wasn’t until after college that the very prospect, the idea that I could write as a career finally dawned on me.  It’s something I’ve caught, and I’m just running with it.

 

10.    What would you tell past you, if you could send a letter back in time?

Write now, write often, write honestly.  People’s opinions are inconsequential, and should never dissuade any part, any piece of you, should never compromise you.  Do what makes you happy, nothing less.

Thank you, Andrew for stopping by.

Links of note: Twitter, Blog, Lonely Moon on B&N, Lonely Moon on Amazon,

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