"Drunk Off Your Own Ideas": An Interview with Anne Joyce.
Today is all about science fiction! I had the opportunity to talk to Anne Joyce, a sci-fi/dystopian writer whom I connect with through Instagram. If you like anything relating to the future and what may come with it, then I'm certain you'll like what Anne has to say.
First things first, tell us a little bit about yourself!
I grew up in a small, narrow-minded town. I was a nerdy kid who got made fun of a lot and had very few friends, so writing became a great outlet for me. My first book, When the Chips Are Down, was a Finalist in the MARSocial Author of the Year Contest and my latest novel, Arid, was published in 2018.
How long have you been writing for?
Since I was a kid. I would make up stories with my dolls or just about any prop I could get my hands on before I knew how to write. I was writing comic books and short stories in grade school and wrote my first book when I was in my twenties.
What was the first time you realized you wanted to take writing seriously?
When I saw a political post on social networking in 2007 or 2008. It was a conspiracy theory video that sparked the idea for When the Chips Are Down
What drew you to writing sci-fi?
Current events basically. I like to write about dystopias because we’re living in one. I draw inspiration from what’s happening around us and build upon it.
Can you pitch us your book?
It's the distant future. The earth is scourged by nuclear warfare and natural resources have become scarce. The country is overtaken by wealthy moguls who dominate the water supply and sell it back to the public at ridiculous prices. After a drastic crime increase "indigents" who can't afford water are stripped of their belongings and forced out of town to live in squalor by an army of brutes called Purifiers. Life becomes less brutal for Joshua Wyman and his group when they begin to occasionally receive food and other basic amenities after Joshua is deemed useful. When a blatant abuse of Purifier power during a routine visit leaves them reeling Joshua and his friends reach their breaking point. They devise a plan to steal the Purifiers' vehicle during their next visit and escape their hell. Their journey across the uncharted wastelands filled with murderers and thieves proves to be far more than this civilized, benevolent crew bargained for. Growing tensions within the nearby towns may cause the two worlds to collide, creating an epic storm.
If you visit my website https://aridbook.com/ and sign up for my newsletter, I’ll send you a FREE copy of When the Chips Are Down. You can also download the first 3 chapters of Arid for FREE and if you’re not totally hooked (which I think you will be), it won’t cost you a dime.
What other projects do you have?
I’m currently writing a prequel to Arid called “Parched-The Days Before Exile.” I’m also going to make Arid available as an audiobook this year.
Where do you glean your inspiration from?
Political news and current events. I often see something happening in the world that disgusts or worries me and I build upon that situation. I kind of make it a worst-case scenario with lots of action.
What was the world-building process like for you?
For Arid it was exhilarating. When you start writing a novel, you’re kind of drunk off of your own ideas. As it becomes more complicated, you want to be drunk for real!
What are some of the challenges that came from writing sci-fi and how did you overcome them?
I had writer’s block more times than I can count. The more convoluted the plot became, the more struggles I had. Going jogging helped me figure out a lot of things. My mind can generate so many more ideas when I’m moving than stationary.
What advice would you give to other sci-fi writers?
For any genre of writer, I’d tell them to join writer’s groups. Do a lot of networking. We’re all in this together. Also, study up on weaponry and fighting techniques because there are usually a lot of fighting scenes in post apocalyptic science fiction. You can always make up weapons if your story takes place in the distant future but it’s good to know about current firearms and weaponry to make your scenes more realistic.
Thanks so much for talking to me, Anne! It was wonderful to hear about your projects and your thoughts on science fiction!
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