Interviews Around the World with Judy Gill

Today at Interview Around the Globe we have another Author Interview. If you decide that you want to contact her. Their information is in the post.

Welcome two our second week. Lets just right into it.First let introduce our Author.

Welcome to “Interviews Around the Globe” with our newest author Judy Gill. Welcome Judy. Come and Meet Judy Gill and then I will jump into the Interview.

You can Contact Judy Gill at these sites:

Twitter: @semitica

Describe your *Latest/Recent* book in 20 Words or Less?

Winter on Storn can kill. To survive outside the ship, refuge is mandatory. Some will live, but not all.

Where or how did you come up with the idea for your story (in this book)?

Ideas are everywhere. I hate cold, snowy winters and have lived through five. But the memories persist. Writing them helps hold back the nightmares.

How important are names to you in your book(s)? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you that you?

As a general rule, names just come to me. In REFUGE, however, each has a specific use–the first syllable, arbitrarily assigned by the servos at birth, followed by the letter combination identifying which Auto Lactation Chamber the newborn was placed in. Hence, Trin, reared through his first 366 days of life in ALC “T” suspended from wheel “O”, is known to all as “Trinto”.

Which of your characters (in this book) is your favorite and Why?

I had to think about this for a while, but discovered my favorite is Starta, the villain, because he was such fun to write. He’s a total jerk, self-serving, officious, the kind of bureaucrat we all love to hate. The servos would have done the entire population of the planet Storn a big favor if they’d dropped him from the birthing tank on the way to his ALC.

Was there a certain scene *in this book* that was harder for you to write than others?

 Yes. One of my primary characters had to die. I fought against it, but there was no real choice so I made it as terrible and as dramatic as I could manage, then softened the next scene to make it as touching as I could.

If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?

Starta–Alfie Allen. Ansel–Marina Sirtis. Trinto–Rob Lowe. Lartek–Morgan Freeman

What was your favorite part to write and why?

The last scene. I’d braided all the trailing ends together and could envision the scene as if it was being enacted before me. The group of battered survivors, the improvisations they’d made to create an atmosphere of some comfort, and the strangers arriving, seemingly out of nowhere. The responses of the group, the reactions of the strangers. I loved weaving that together.

Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?

Many authors–so many I can’t keep track, but those who come to mind immediately are Heinlein, McCaffrey, and Elizabeth Lowell.

Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

I read some of them because if someone tells me I got a really good one, I post it on my website. I never respond to them on the site where they appear. A book is what it is. Some will like it, some will not. What matters is that I feel satisfied by the way it worked out.

What are you working on now? What is your next project?

I’m writing the second book in The Chronicles of Storn (REFUGE is the first.) The third is yet to come as well.

Bonus Question: Characters often find themselves in situations they aren’t sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?

Me, personally, or one of my characters? If you’re asking about what I do in a really tough situation, say someone’s trying to mug me, the last time that happened, I stared at the guy and laughed out loud because it felt totally surreal. I mean, I’m a woman, five-foot-two, who wears no jewelry, doesn’t dress in designer clothes, and rides an old, rickety bicycle to get where I’m going in Costa Rica. I said, “Do I look like I have anything you’d want?” The poor guy just sighed and went in search his next victim. I figure one of my characters would likely do something similar. (And probably speak the native tongue as poorly as I do.)

Thank you for taking part. Your responses were entertaining to reading. while I read your responses. I felt like I wanted to pick it up and read it. That was a first for me. I would like to thank Judy for coming by Interviews Around the Globe.

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