New Author Spotlight: Daniel Hope

Co-founder and now Managing Editor of the online Science Fiction and Fantasy magazine, Fiction Vortex, Daniel recently self-published his first novel, a science fiction gem called The Inevitable (see my review here).

1. What are your favourite books and how have they influenced your writing?
This probably comes as no surprise, but I’m a real sucker for science fiction. I love old Asimov stories, even when they don’t held up too well over the years. A constant influence is Douglas Adam’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy because I find myself gravitating back to it every year or two. Great concepts really draw me in, too. So stuff by Vernor Vinge, Neal Stephenson, James S. A. Corey, and plenty of others get my attention regularly.

2. What authors have inspired you?
As I mentioned above, Douglas Adams has made a huge impression on me, just because of how effortless his writing feels. Terry Pratchett was another early influence. (I have a thing for British humor apparently). William Gibson also had a huge influence on me because he can make a strange world feel so real.

3. Describe your writing process. How do you handle writer’s block and other challenges?
If I had to choose a single word to describe my writing process, it would probably be “disjointed.” I’m easily stumped by a story, and I feel like the only way to work through it is to break my routine. So I have a half dozen notebooks, half a billion different word processor files, and sheets and sheets of scribbles scattered about. I write on the train, in a cafe, on my bed, just about anywhere but at my desk to get the juices flowing. This makes for a huge problem when it’s time to pull everything together, but it seems to work.

4. What are your future writing plans?
I’ve got another science fiction novel in the works, although it’s a completely different setting and tone than my first novel. I don’t know what will happen after that, but I can guarantee it will involve words.

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