Writer to Writers
Answering a Difficult Question
Friends and fellow writers have asked about my writing, but I’ve found it difficult to describe my work concisely. In this short post, I hope to answer that question. By writing this, I hope to have created, rather than ruined, good opportunities for conversation.
Awkward Pigeonholes: Genre and Style
My writing spans a set of genres surrounding ‘speculative fiction’, dabbling with the surreal, science fiction, fantasy, or cyberpunk.
Generally, I start with a very simple idea, usually a technology or an insight, and write almost as a stream of consciousness, imagining a world where that aspect is integrated into society, or known only to some.
My writing reflects my own interests and perspectives, so I describe and explore aspects that would fascinate me if I found myself in that situation. For that reason, most of my writing documents a process of discovery, staying with one character throughout. There are exceptions of course, and I do not have rules that restrict my style.
I have a few scientific publications under my belt, along with an ongoing library of technical material for my day job. As I write this, I have not yet published work under my own label, I cannot yet claim to be a successful author, but I can confidently say that i enjoy writing as a leisure pursuit. [edit: now, I have published a couple of short story anthologies, and a novel series is on the way]
Some of my stories have been with me since I was an imaginative child. Others are carefully-planned grand operas (pretentious works-in-progress), and some were typed out from nothing in a couple of hours. It is refreshing to note that the latter can be as powerful as the former; a strong idea, along with dramatic implications, can sometimes be communicated in just a few words, to have a lasting impression on the reader.
Show Me Something?
Feel free to read the limited selection of stories that I’ve chosen to publish. Accompanying each story is an Author’s Blog (like this), which provides some writing insights. Critique is always welcome, and reviews always help.