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P.K. Tyler – You’ve written under multiple pen names. Why do you choose to write with different pen names & does each pen name signify a different genre of writing for your readers?

Sabrina Locke – In the best of all possible worlds it would be wonderful to write all the things under one name. For many writers doing just that has been a successful strategy. For them. What seems to be true in my experience is that connecting specific pen names with genres and sub-genres helps readers identify the books and understand quickly how they fit with reader expectations.


PKT – What drew you to writing science fiction, and what other books do you have planned in this genre?

SL – I’ve loved SF for as long as I can remember. I think I was in fifth grade when I discover Isaac Asimov and started plowing through the Foundation series. In this genre, I’d like to continue writing about the characters from my story in Beyond the Stars. They’re hanging out in my head at present like three good friends who won’t quit bugging me when we’re getting on the road again.

 

PKT – What science fiction authors have inspired you?

SL – I have a vivid memory of reading Ursula LeGuin’s The Left Hand of Darkness. (Pav – ME TOO!  I love that book!) Who could forget reading that book? More recently, I enjoyed Kay Kenyon’s The Entire and the Rose series and Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan books.

 

PKT – Do you have the concept for a story in your mind fully before you begin writing, or are you a writer who meticulously plans out each piece of the plot?

SL – Some part of my brain (that does not play well with others) knows all, sees all, and has very little patience with my day-to-day brain that would jolly well appreciate a few more details than say, an image. Or a word. Or a feeling. The latter is what I’m stuck with most of the time so I roll with it. I’ve learned (the hard, slow way) that when I plot in meticulous detail the result is about as interesting as a bucket of bolts. Unlike most pantsers, I hate writing into the dark. I want to plot. I want certainty. I want ease and comfort. My creative brain says, “So what? This is what you’re getting. Deal with it.”

 

PKT – In your opinion, do you think the world is headed for a dystopic or utopian future?

SL – Well, I’m about to buy an RV, which will prepare me for the zombie apocalypse, right? (And I figure I’ll survive as long as I refuse to become anyone’s moral compass!)

Actually, I don’t think we’re headed in either a dystopic or utopian direction. Our future will probably be a mix of good and bad, inspiring and horrific–just like the present.

 

PKT – What world leader do you think would have the best chance of leading the globe to world peace and happiness?

SL – Um, none. Ever since reading Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, I’ve believed that true change originates at the grassroots level and comes from gifted amateurs and outsiders. So I think geeks and weirdos will probably save the world.

 

PKT – Your short The Last to Fall was recently published in the space opera anthology Beyond the Stars. Can you tell us a little bit about the story & what science fiction elements you used in it?

RW –

The story is about the moment the sixteen-year old daughter of ambassadors is forced to wake up to long-held secrets and deal with what grows from that moment. I decided to place the story in a universe where humans could not travel beyond our solar system in their original, organic bodies, but transferred their consciousness into created forms. The catch is that a link remains to the original body stored in a tank back home. The ambassadors can live for centuries, but only as long as the link with the original body is maintained. Is this possible, logical or remotely scientific? I don’t know, but speculating is the fun part.

 

PKT – Where do you draw the line between science fiction and fantasy stories?

LS – Like many authors, I connect fantasy with magic. Of course, here we must insert the famous Arthur C. Clarke quote because that line between advanced science and magic is becoming more and more blurred all the time. As I’m not a purist (despite my love of Asimov), this doesn’t bother me in the slightest because the story’s the thing. And always will be. I’ll forgive a lot for an amazing story.

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Fast Five:

PKT – Aliens or Predators?
SL – Aliens

PKT – Coffee or Tea
SL – Coffee

PKT – Computer or pen and paper?
SL – Both

PKT – Facebook or Twitter?
SL – Facebook

PKT – Ebook or Paperback?
SL – Ebook

 

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