** Author Bio **
Gloria Wickman is a prose fiction and comic book writer. She received a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and minored in French at the University of Wyoming. In addition, she has studied comics writing and creation through courses from Comics Experience taught by former Marvel comics editor Andy Schmidt. When not writing or reading, Gloria can be found taking walks around her neighbourhood, playing video games, or attempting craft projects far beyond her skill level.
** Author Interview **
Kasper: Hi Gloria Wickman, it’s wonderful that you have joined the Fantasy Sci-Fi Network. Comics are something that most of us have grown up with, and we’re all keen to find out more about you and your comics. Hop on aboard and we’ll fire up our FSFNet interview space shuttle. ☆҉ ‿➹⁀☆҉ ☆҉ ‿➹⁀☆҉ ☆҉ ‿➹⁀☆҉ ☆҉ ‿➹⁀☆҉ ☆
What other writing have you done?
Aside from some short stories, I’ve also written some comics as well. I’m currently working on a heist story set in turn-of-the-century Hawaii, and I have a finished short comic called “Aces & Eights” available on my website at gloriawickman.com
Ohh…I love a good heist story. I can’t wait for that one.
What made you choose the science fiction genre?
I have loved sci-fi since before I even knew what a genre was. I grew up on Star Wars, Star Trek, and a host of 50’s alien movies, so it fused into my personality pretty early on. I love the endless possibilities it presents, the chance to see things completely different from anything on earth, but above all, I love the sense of adventure in the genre.
How did you go about developing your cover artwork for The Sun Never Shines on Ariadne VI?
I wanted a cover that showed a bit of the planet, Ariadne VI, and represented the climax of the book, when Commander Riley is faced with a tremendous cliff she must overcome. Luckily, there are some places on earth that had a similar feel, so I used some pictures of them to make the finished image.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to write a book?
My first advice would be to make an outline first, or at least play through the story in your head. I know some great writers like Joe Hill can just sit down and go, but for me, even if I have a great character in my head I still need an idea of where I’m going otherwise it’s just endless pages of people snarking at each other without a plot.
What are you working on now?
At the moment I’m deep into revisions on an urban fantasy book that is still, unfortunately, without a title. I’m hoping to have it done by the end of the year, but we’ll see how it goes.
What do you do when you have writers’ block?
I have two methods for writer’s block. The first is to take a walk around my neighbourhood. I don’t force myself to think about the story as I’m walking, but usually something will pop into my head by the time I’m done.
The other method I use is something I call, if you can’t write well, write crappy. I think a lot of writer’s block comes from having the editor voice running through your head when you need the creative one talking instead. So if I’m stuck on how to start or end a scene, I write the worst possible version imaginable, or I make a list of a bunch of ideas that I could use. Most are terrible, but usually after I get all the terrible ones down on paper, a better one will fall out and I can go from there.
Trying to write crappy actually sounds like a lot of fun. Great idea.
If you could only take three books with you through an interstellar portal, what would they be?
First I would take an empty notebook because I have a feeling I’ll probably need to take notes about whatever is going on on the other side of the portal. Second, I would take a how-to book on traveling through interstellar portals because I will most definitely need that. Finally, I think I’d take The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy because that book never fails to cheer me up on a bad day.
List some great books you have recently read:
In terms of fiction, one of my favorite books that I read this year was The Martian by Andy Weir. I was hooked from the first page and I think I finished it in one or two days. I almost always prefer books in the third person, but the main character’s voice was so strong that I realized I needed to re-examine my prejudice against first person stories.
For nonfiction, I picked up an older book at a library sale recently called The Lost Civilizations of Africa by Basil Davidson. Most people already know something about Egypt, but I learned a lot about the empires of Mali and the cities of Zimbabwe. The part that interested me the most was the complex trade going on between the eastern coast of Africa, and India, China and Indonesia. I majored in anthropology, so history and trade between cultures is of special interest to me.
I like that you have eclectic taste.
What is your favourite quote?
There are a lot of quotes I like, but one of my favorites is by Amelia Earhart, “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.”
Where would you like to travel to?
Everywhere. An item on my bucket list is to visit all seven continents (yes, even Antarctica!), but I’d especially love to go to France and Korea because I’ve studied the languages.
Favourite food: Bing Cherries.
Silliest saying: Looks like the shoe’s on the other hand now. (I’m fairly certain this is from a movie, but my sister and I have used it jokingly for so long I’ve forgotten where it came from)
Best holiday spot: anywhere with family
Favourite song at the moment: “Ah! the good old days” (아! 옛날이여) by Lee Sun Hee
With writing, are you a plotter or (seat-of-your) pantser? I’m definitely a plotter. I think of outlining as making a map for a trip. It’s there so I don’t get lost, but if I want to explore something along the way, I have no problem putting it aside and heading into the woods.
Star Wars or Lord of the Rings: Star Wars.
Best superpower: Teleportation. It would really simplify my traveling plans.
Number one thing to do on your bucket list: Finish the dang book I’m revising. If I keel over before I do, I will be very pissed.
I’m with you on the revisions, Gloria. They do seem to take longer than the writing did. Good luck. I’m sure it’ll all be worth it when your new book arrives. Thanks so much for coming and sharing your thoughts with us all today.
Interviewed by Kasper Beaumont, author of the Hunters of Reloria fantasy series. www.huntersofreloria.weebly.com
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