Interview with Charlie M. Wight

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I'm Irish, specifically a Dubliner. I spent my early childhood living in the inner city and then moved out to the burbs when I was 7 or 8. My family was working class, so its not like I had access to technology or lots of books, but I did have a library nearby and wore a track in the carpet there over several years.

In my teens I traveled Europe working, and in my late 20's spent several years working in London as a contract programmer for assorted company's and newspapers.

I have no idea in the world where this massive interest in technology came from! Not from my childhood? Well my dad worked as a linotype operator, setting type for newspapers. This was before digital typesetting, It's is an obsolete technology now. The machine he used was huge, ten feet tall, six feet wide, it printed lead typesetting blocks for the newspaper. So that was interesting, but mechanical. The technology was fundamentally the same as the Gutenberg brothers machines in the 1400's!

I was always mesmerized by computer technology and science, its an addiction. I have two major addictions, technology and jalapenos! I learned my first programming language at age 12, in the early 80's. I ate my first Jalapeno in the 90's! Clearly I'm genetically susceptible to shiny things that go bleep and hot things!
When did you first start writing?
Ahh okay, right so In Lucem Solaria is fiction and I've written a lot, like millions upon million of words, thousands of reports. But they were all business marketing plans for online applications, advertising pans for applications or specifications for online applications. Instructions and specifications are not exactly writing now are they? Well they are but they are not free use of ones imagination or artistic.

In Lucem Solaria is my first fictional book, so truthfully, in the context that the reader is interpreting the question? Well, I started writing....erm... four months ago!

I did write a fictional Sci-Fi short story as a teenager for the school magazine. It won too, but they printed someone else's story because mine was 20k words! Most of the technology in that story, from 1982...well its all around us now. Smartphones, tablets, landing on Mars by AI machines, TV stations based on content streamed over the internet, the internet itself! I thought at the time I was being wildly optimistic... I was wrong.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Machines can be programmed with intelligence or designed in such a way that they bootstrap to intelligence. But there's a very great difference between an intelligence designing things based on its well, intelligence and conscious awareness which is something completely unrelated.

I know I am here, in this universe, I can see me in the miror and I know that the person in the mirror is the outside shell of the person inside. I'm me, I consist of my mind which is housed in this body.

Very few living things have this ability. Humans have, many other apes do, dolphins do. But machines do not! Why not? Well thats In Lucem Solaria. The machine in the book is able to 'relate' to other minds. It makes decisions based on this awareness of another beings self awareness. Sometimes that means it makes the wrong decision, even though it is millions of times more intellectually gifted than humans.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Ahh, lots of things. I think primarily the term 'Get yer friggin thumb out!' won the day!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Give me a break I only published my first book yesterday, ask me in a years time.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Rationalizing decisions made by people who do not exist. Putting myself in the shoes of folks who are different to me. In the Book I have to try put myself into the mind of a machine that surpasses the entire worlds intellectual capacity combined. Its also not only non violent, but it has a problem with emotions that were the result of an evolutionary process here on Earth. So it has no fear, until bad things happen to it. No instinctual fear, it has to 'learn' what fear is. Thats really hard! How would a rabbit think like a physicist? Well that me pretending to be Solaria.
What do your fans mean to you?
What fans? I've been here 24 hours, you mean all two of my fans?
What are you working on next?
The other 4 books in the series, plus two written by two characters from the books! which should be interesting. They are both Elysian, they think differently than we do. Seriously, maybe I need a psychologist? How did I get myself into this mess?
Who are your favorite authors?
Isaac Asimov, Carl Sagan, Robert Heinlein, Richard Dawkins in terms of his non fiction and biology stuff, his anti religious stuff is just puerile. I know he's talking to others and not me, but its childish. How can the Author of the 'Selfish Gene' , a work of genius... think that will pan out.

Anyway Sci Fi is great.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Coffee! Next Question.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Hmm... theres a lot that me and George Morris have in common here.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Lots and lots of research. Wikipedia often times gives me ideas about which subjects I'll go look for... Wikipedia is the internet version of a drug dealer giving free samples hoping to addict a customer base. It gives you enough to get interested... but just enough to get interested and no more!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yep, mentioned it above.
What is your writing process?
Put fingers on keyboard, activate brain, set weirdo-meter to full volume, initiate madness. Oddly I have never suffered from this 'writers block' I'm not even sure it exists... does it? how so? What is it, like when you mind freezes and stops thinking? How can you continue breathing and working stuff out?
Published 2016-06-29.
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Books by This Author

In Lucem Solaria - Birth of Queen Bee
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 117,110. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
In 2024 the world's first conscious super intelligence, Solaria, is developed by Dr. George Morris. For the rest of his life she will remain the worlds best kept secret. But the world is falling apart, humanity is on the cusp of extinction, The problem is humans are mortal, machines not so much. So if George is to avert disaster then Solaria must give him immortality.