And that's how I start myself. I usually go back a couple of pages, maybe to the beginning of the chapter, and I start reading. And as I'm reading, I'm tweaking - putting in a different word, changing the syntax, putting that clause over there, you know that sort of thing.
Aside from sales, the letters from readers have been primarily positive.
Science Fiction is not just about the future of space ships travelling to other planets, it is fiction based on science and I am using science as my basis for my fiction, but it's the science of prehistory - palaeontology and archaeology - rather than astronomy or physics.
Each book has been different and has been challenging in its own way to write.
I started writing to please myself, a story I would like to read, and that is still true.
I could write historical fiction, or science fiction, or a mystery but since I find it fascinating to research the clues of some little know period and develop a story based on that, I will probably continue to do it.
From the beginning, the series has been story driven - I began with a story idea - but research feeds it.
I probably read 100 times more than I write, but that way when I move my characters through it, I know.
I really fell in love with Africa.
Of the two, I would think of my work as closer to Science Fiction than Fantasy.
The idea led me into the research, which continues to give me more ideas for the story.
My fiction is reviewed by the mainstream press, by science fiction periodicals, romance magazines, small press publications and various other journals, including some usually devoted to archaeological and other science material.
From the beginning, when I first got an idea for a story and wondered if I could write it, it has always been the story that has driven me.
I can move my characters through it easily, because I understand the background; I've really studied it.
I can't tell you any more than any other writer can tell you why they write, and I don't know what my influences are.
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