I’d like to welcome J.J. Green to the blog, she’s a talented science fiction author that writes a blend of space opera and humorous science fiction. She’s also been featured in multiple science fiction anthologies available on Amazon. All of her work is highly rated on Amazon, and she’s built up an impressive catalog of books, so if you enjoy scifi, then you’re likely to enjoy her work. Let’s move on to her interview.
Briefly introduce yourself and your writing.
Space opera and funny science fiction series are my specialities, and over the last year and a half I’ve released seventeen books! My work’s also been included in several anthologies. My backlist includes two collections of short stories, a novella set in near-future Taiwan, and two series. Carrie Hatchett, Space Adventurer is my first series. Humorous scifi books along the lines of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Carrie Hatchett would also appeal to readers who like Dr. Who. My second series is the space opera serial, Shadows of the Void. Fans of Star Trek would enjoy the Shadows of the Void books, though they also probably appeal to Star Wars fans, too—lots of aliens and space battles!
When did you get started writing and make the decision to publish your work?
Like most writers, I suppose, I entertained the daydream of writing for a living from my schooldays onwards, but it was only when I moved to Taiwan and gave up my career that I started taking my writing seriously. I wrote short stories at first and had several published in online scifi magazines. After that, it took me a while to work my way up to writing whole science fiction novels and series. My readership began to build around mid-2016. Long may it continue to grow! I love hearing from my readers and chatting with them about their likes and interests.
What’s your favorite part about writing?
My absolute favorite thing to do is to imagine my characters’ stories before I write them down. For instance, I’ll be on a train looking out the window, apparently doing nothing, but all the while a dramatic scene is playing out in my mind. It’s probably a good thing that I don’t drive at the moment!
What projects are you currently working on?
A prequel to my Shadows of the Void space opera is my current project. In several books in the serial, an important event in the main character’s history is referred to but never fully explained. The prequel tells that story. When the prequel is finished, I plan to write the final book in the Carrie Hatchett, Space Adventurer series before returning to Shadows of the Void. I also have another science fiction series in the pipeworks, and the first book should appear around April or May 2017.
Where do you get your ideas for your work?
I read New Scientist and frequently check websites like Science Alert for the latest scientific innovations and discoveries. However, anything can spark an idea for my writing. I’ve been inspired by an overheard comment, a news item, a chance encounter—nothing’s safe from being included in a story!
What’s the most rewarding part of being an author for you?
Even if I were to become hugely successful, I don’t think I’ll ever stop appreciating the simple pleasure of knowing that readers enjoy my work.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I’d like to thank Drew for the opportunity to appear on his blog.