Interview with KL Tremaine

What are you working on next?
Right now I'm working on a novel, The Crossworlds Affair, which follows up Independent Flight, and a short story that ties the two together. I'm also working on several side projects of various length from flash fiction to novella. The one I'm the most passionate about is an urban fantasy set in Edwardian-era Minneapolis, Minnesota featuring Gratia Countryman, a real, major figure from Minneapolis' past!
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors working right now are Seanan McGuire and N.K. Jemisin. For past authors who inspire me, I look to C.L. Moore - my pen name is an homage to her and her work. Outside of science fiction and fantasy, one of the long-time influences that's stuck with me was Tim O'Brien's short story collection, The Things They Carry.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I ride my bike, and occasionally play video games - my current favorite is Star Citizen: Arena Commander. I'm avidly looking forward to Dragon Age: Inquisition this fall.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I'd rather not!

Seriously, the first story I can remember writing was an execrable little thing about exploring a planet beyond Pluto. I wrote it in third grade and I'm fairly sure that it's lost to time forever, a thing of which I'm grateful.
What is your writing process?
I know this is cliche, but I write a little every day. In the mornings I usually do research - I'm primarily a science fiction author so knowing how to write convincing science is critical to the believability of my setting and its people. I do some writing in the mornings but usually it's less than in the afternoons. Afternoons are writing time.

Because I think it's really important to writing professionally, at the end of my work day I close my document windows and walk away. You HAVE to have a barrier as an author between your professional life and your personal life or your profession will take over.
How do you approach cover design?
I try to let the cover art speak for itself. The cover for Donuts is not one I'm that proud of, but Independent Flight is great, and my artist deserves a lot of credit for successfully translating my design intention into reality.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal - Jeannette Winterson's heartbreaking memoir is an excellent example of opening your veins and bleeding on a page.

Midnight Blue Light Special - Seanan McGuire's second outing in the InCryptid 'verse is even better than the first. It's intensely funny, wry, suspenseful, and action-packed.

The Honor of the Queen - One of the best of David Weber's Honor Harrington series, a hell of a spacer yarn with some interesting story mechanics behind it.

The Things They Carried - Tim O'Brien's sad fictional retrospective on the Vietnam War contains one of my mottoes on writing fiction

Bleak House - Even more so than the Pickwick Papers, this story shows Charles Dickens' mastery of the craft. His characters might not be terribly deep but when they're this fun to read it doesn't matter.
What do you read for pleasure?
Like many science fiction writers, what I write I also read. In particular, I like short stories in the range of 2-5,000 words - enough to sketch out an interesting character and situation, but also few enough to be read in a single sitting.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My e-reading device of choice is my first-gen Google Nexus 7, using Aldiko Premium as the reader software.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, and the series it begins, came out of wanting to have a trans girl main character doing all the amazing, adventurous things that you expect out of good science fiction and a good adventure novel. I also wanted to show that you can write a hell of an adventure story and still have rounded characters and interesting situations, not JUST hold the reader's attention with flash bang and violence. Veronica is a thinker, a doer, and she's got a little bit of a mouth on her. She leaps while she's looking, and she's quick enough and clever enough to land where she wants to.
Published 2014-06-06.
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Books by This Author

Independent Flight
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 30,570. Language: American English. Published: June 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
It only seems simple until your plan meets the real world. Veronica Gray is a promising young officer of the Stellar Alliance’s Interstellar Navy. Jonah Ress is a down on his luck freighter captain trying to make good on his bad debts. Only one will leave Salmani 314.
Donuts and Disasters
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,550. Language: American English. Published: March 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Flying and fighting in the Interstellar Navy was the only thing Sophia Kane ever wanted to do with her career. She was a crack fighter pilot, one of the best, but her ambition wasn't very far beyond the cockpit until the Battle of Syne-Gamma.