GUEST POST–ROXANNE BARBOUR


Two years ago, I had the pleasure of reading a really great YA novel titled, “An Alien Collective”, by Roxanne Barbour.

Ever since then, I’ve been on the lookout for new material from this amazing author. On March 18th her newest novel, “Revolutions: A BRITE Alliance Mystery” was released by Whiskey Creek Press. And I can’t wait to dive into it.

In the meantime, I thought I’d bring you an interview with the amazingly talented Roxanne Barbour.

 

Roxanne, thank you for allowing me to interview you for my readers.

The pleasure is mine. And I love the layout of your website, by the way.

Thanks so much for the compliment. I appreciate you. So, when did you first realize you wanted to write?

I have been an avid reader all my life – especially in the areas of science fiction and mysteries. I was probably in my twenties when the notion of writing popped up. I started collecting and reading book on writing, but I never got around to any actual writing. Life always seemed to get in the way. Then I took early retirement and decided the time was right and, for me, it was.

What inspired you to write Sci-Fi YA?

I had been reading a lot of young adult fiction at the time I decided to begin my second novel, so it seemed like the natural place to start.

(By the way, my first novel has been given a decent burial. J )

As you know, I loved “An Alien Collective”. It was inspired. How’d you come up with the idea for this novel?

Because I had decided to write a YA novel, I wanted to throw a bunch of teenagers into a difficult situation. And what better way to do it than to include alien teenagers into the mix, since I love science fiction. So the question of my novel began with “Why have all these teenagers been thrown together?”, and the plot went from there.

Are you intending a follow-up to “An Alien Collective”?

Yes. In fact, the way my plotting is going, it’s turning into a trilogy!

Oh, that makes me happy. More of the Collective to come! Tell me, what made you switch from self-publishing to traditional publishing?

Being quite an introvert, I found self-promotion quite a challenge. However, traditional publishing now includes self-promotion, so I can’t ignore it. And I am starting to get an inkling of what works for me, so it is getting less stressful.

Do you think you’ll go back to self-publishing or is traditional publishing the best choice for you?

For my current WIP (tentatively titled: “Alien Innkeeper”), I’m contemplating giving self-publishing a try again. Apparently, the current trend is to “hybrid” publishing.

What advice to you have for new authors trying to make the choice between SP and TP?

Go with what feels right for yourself. Both paths are fraught with frustrations, so focus on your journey of personal growth.

I call writing “F & F” – fascinating and frustrating.

Tell us about Revolutions? How many books do you currently have planned for this series?

“Revolutions” is a police procedural in the near future based in my home town of Vancouver, Canada. My protagonist is a detective in the future RCMP and is also an avid bowler. Earth has recently joined the BRITE Alliance, a group of alien worlds. And to welcome Earth to the Alliance, the Intergalactic Bowling Congress has awarded the current competition to Earth in Vancouver. Tari is on Canada’s bowling team and is practicing when a murdered alien is found.

I have quite a few novels planned for this series, as we explore the worlds of the BRITE Alliance.
(I adore J. D. Robb’s (Nora Roberts) “In Death” series, by the way.)

What’s next after Revolutions?

June 2015, Whiskey Creek Press will be bringing out my novel “Sacred Trust”.

This is a New Adult Science Fiction novel.

Roxanne, thank you so much for coming and hanging out with me for a bit. I am truly grateful you agreed to let me interview you for my readers.

This has been fun! Your questions certainly made me think about how I am plotting my path.

If you’d like to contact Roxanne or keep in touch with her, you can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Amazon.com, and via email at hyperlight@hyperwarp.com.

 

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