So, what have you written and where can we buy or see them?
I've written five books so far, a trilogy comprising of 'Revelation', 'Revolution', and 'Resolution' . This is followed by 'Reality Sandwich', a post-apocalyptic romance, and my latest novel 'The Schrödinger Enigma'.
You can find out more about them and links to purchase them at https://www.gregkrojac.com/books
What are you working on at the minute?
My work in progress is 'The Girl With Acrylic Eyes'. The title’s an homage to the ballet Coppélia, which tells the story of what happens when a doctor makes a life-size dancing doll, and Franz, a village youth, becomes infatuated with it, setting aside his true heart's desire, Swanhilda. The alternative title of the ballet is ‘The Girl With Enamel Eyes’. In my book, Coppélia is a sexbot who rebels and refuses a client of the brothel where she works. Far from being a piece of erotica, this book deals with the ethics surrounding sexbots and the ramifications of one becoming sentient. And with a great twist at the end – I like twists!
What genre are your books?
The main genre is science fiction, but they can be placed under sub-genres too. 'Reality Sandwhich' is science fiction but also a romance
When did you decide to become a writer?
I’d lived in Brazil for six years and had been going through a particularly bad time. What actually happened to me sounded like something that you might read about in a book, so I started to write the book (as a form of self-therapy, I suppose). It didn’t help, so I abandoned it, but I did discover that I enjoyed writing. I started writing my first book, a contemporary thriller - under my real name - mainly to see if I could actually write a book. (It’s not out there at the moment). Once satisfied that I did have the stamina to write a novel, I settled on writing in my favourite genre - science fiction
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I admire those who plan everything out ahead (I’m sure it can make life easier) but there’s no way that I could do that. I’m solidly in the ‘pantser’ camp or, to put it another way, I write organically. Of course I don’t go into a book completely blind – I have a concept and a general direction that I want the book to go in – but I don’t plot everything out beforehand. Part of the reason that I enjoy writing my books is because, like the reader, I don’t really know what’s going to happen in advance. The advantage of this is that characters can take you off in a completely different direction, leading you down different rabbit holes and sometimes even solving a plot problem for you. A good example of this occurred whilst writing ‘Revelation’ (the first book in the Recarn Chronicles series), I was at a loss as to why the antagonist could be in such a hurry to perfect human cloning until he revealed that he was suffering from a muscle wasting disease. Of course, there does come a point (usually around the final third of the book) when I have to take the reins again, and tie everything together, but the characters often dictate the path until then.
How can readers discover more about you and your work?
My Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/gregkrojac and my Twitter handle is @Scifi_greg. My website is www.gregkrojac.com
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I try to be original. If I wrote only according to the latest trend, I don’t think I’d enjoy writing the stories as much as I do. For example, I can’t imagine ever writing a superhero novel, even though cinema-goers and comic-readers seem to have a thirst for them. It just wouldn’t entertain me sufficiently, and that would show in the finished product.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
These days you absolutely have to research before writing a book – especially if it’s science fiction. If you don’t, there’s bound to be an expert in the field out there who can challenge your science – or anything else for that matter. For example, I have visited Washington DC (but only for two days back in 2002) so a current resident of the city helped me with information about the subway system there, ensuring that my survivors in The Schrödinger Enigma followed the correct route.
I collect relevant YouTube videos and articles, reading/watching some before starting to write and setting some aside for later to see if the story takes me in a particular direction. The Schrödinger Enigma required a lot of research – especially regarding Quantum Mechanics (a subject about which I knew nothing previously). The next book, The Girl With Acrylic Eyes, will also require a lot of research, in particular a lot of reading of relevant articles by Dr Kate Darling, a robot ethics professor at MIT.
Tell me about a principal character in your book(s). What makes them memorable?
That’s a tough question. I suppose one of the most memorable is the main antagonist of The Recarn Chronicles. He reincarnates into another body after each death so he is actually five different people at different times, and we see him develop from being a cruel vengeful creature to a ruthless narcissistic Machiavellian character. He goes from a ten-year old boy who remembers his past-lives and settles a grudge from a former life, to becoming the all-powerful leader of the Illuminati. He really is a nasty piece of work.
What was your hardest scene to write?
I think sex scenes are probably the most difficult scenes for non-erotica writers; we have our own built in limits and boundaries (as we’re not actually writing for the erotica audience) and it’s tough to get it right. ‘Revolution’, the second of the Recarn Chronicles books, has a rape scene and I was very worried about writing that. The last thing I wanted to do was describe it in detail and risk it being titillating rather than the horrendous act it is. Hopefully, I managed to do so successfully.
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