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Gary Starta is a former journalist who studied English and Journalism at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.
His love for science fiction compelled him to write his first novel ‘ What Are You Made Of? ‘ published in 2006. Inspired by Isaac Asimov, the science fiction novel focuses on intelligent artificial life and whether sentient androids should possess the same rights as humans. The androids in Starta’s novel are created as hybrids – part machine, part human – further blurring the line between human and machine. Starta foresees a near future where humans will be forced to decide if intelligent machinery is indeed a life form. Possibly, in this near future, some humans will possess computer enhancements to overcome disabilities becoming hybrids themselves. The line between biological life form and mechanical life form will continue to be examined in a follow up novel now being written.
Starta cites Stephen King and Dean Koontz as inspirations for his 2007 novel ‘ Blood Web ‘ which is also reminiscent of the The X-files television/movie series. Contemporary authors Laurell K. Hamilton, Rachel Caine, Jim Butcher and Kelly Armstrong also fuel his aspiration to create paranormal suspense. The follow up novel to ‘ Blood Web ‘ – ‘ Extreme Liquidation ‘ explores Caitlin Diggs’ supernatural gifts including the ability to see the future in dreams and to read a person’s character through emotions. Updates on the publication date for ‘ Extreme Liquidation ‘ will follow.
Starta’s crime novella ‘ Murder By Association‘ blends mystery with forensic investigation. It is a departure from previous books because it contains no science fiction or paranormal elements. Additionally, Starta foresees his 2008 novella ‘ Alzabreah’s Garden ‘ – a fantasy romance – as another out-of-the-box effort.
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Welcome to the Fantasy Sci-Fi Network, Gary Starta. As one of our newest FSFNet members and an exciting sci-fi writer, we are keen to find out what makes you tick.
What other writing have you done?
I have done mysteries including the Stanford Carter Murder Mystery series, the Camden Investigations (a trilogy) beginning with Coalescence and the Caitlin Diggs series.
What makes your writing unique compared to others in the sci-fi genre?
I tend to combine genres, calling it fiction on the fringe of genre. I don’t like being in boxes.
I like that idea.
What made you choose this genre?
I loved it as a teen, starting with the Star Trek series and then discovering Isaac Asimov. When my girlfriend demanded that I continue writing again and then I had to think about what…in a moment…science fiction came to mind.
What’s the story behind your book title?
A detective must face his prejudice against androids when a murder occurs on the newly populated colony, Ceres.
What’s the basic plot of your book or series?
When murders occur on Earth’s first colony, a lack of evidence encourages Det. Benson to believe an android is responsible. The humans believe they are colonizing a barren planet, but there may be past inhabitants.
Which is your favourite character and why?
James Starkman, the android, who retains his dignity throughout the story despite being accused of murders.
He sounds like a very sophisticated android.
How do you develop your characters?
I develop characters as I write them. A little detail I include in one chapter will usually blossom in following chapters.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to write a book?
I would tell them to be persistent and follow their heart.
What are you working on now?
I am working on book three of the Stanford Carter Murder Mystery series.
What’s your writing routine?
I plan and write a chapter each week and then work with my editor to sculpt it.
That sounds like an efficient partnership.
How do you handle marketing on social media?
I currently am making videos and invite readers of this blog to partake in the discussion about artificial life. It seems the robots are nearly here. A man recently built a bot that resembles Scarlett Johannson.
Please leave your comment at my YouTube video for a chance to win a free book…
What are your writing plans for this year?
I will be hopefully be releasing my next book, I Bought the Sun for a Dollar.
Who would you like to be stuck on a deserted planet with?
Scarlett Johannson as ‘Lucy’.
Who would you choose to read your audiobook?
What’s your favourite pet?
You can be any fictional character for one day. Who would you be?
Lt. Commander Data.
Yay! Another Trekkie in the group. I wonder if you be brave enough to turn on that emotion chip.
* * * Quick quiz * * *
Favourite food: Spaghetti
Silliest saying: It’s hard to be a bright light in a dim world.
Best holiday spot: Florida beaches.
Favourite song at the moment: Stressed Out
Star Wars or Lord of the Rings: Lord of the Rings!
Best superpower: Never having writers’ block!
Number one thing to do on your bucket list: Become a bestseller…
Now, that truly would be a superpower hehe.
Thanks to Gary Starta for beaming in today to our interview space shuttle. Let’s check out Gary’s links.
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Book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lV7hsAqVb4E
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