Interview with Cedric Crawley

What are you working on next?
Part 2 of "The Genesis Particle" series. My readers and I are going on a quest across the Galaxy of Light, searching for answers not only to the unfolding mystery of who and what the Shroud of Shadows is, but of what their plots mean for the galaxy. We're also going to explore more about our principle heroes - their hopes, weaknesses, and how they're going to learn to be both independent of one another, and - at a very long distance - still come to depend on each other. In the course of the book, we're also going to be visiting a few different worlds not seen in Part 1. The further unfolding of the "Genesis" universe will be presented in "Roads of the Valiant."
Who are your favorite authors?
Oh, gosh, that's a list! To start though: Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Octavia Butler, Iain Banks, Diane Duane- author of "Spock's World." That's SF alone. I could go on with science and history, but you get the idea I think!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Really, the human condition. Or better said, exploring and understanding it. I enjoy studying science, literature, music, et al., and placing it all in the context of understanding - and being part of - the upward reach of man. I think every human being can, and should, strive to be part of the species' upward reach, and specifically, our reach into the stars.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Oh, a variety of things. It's not enough to just write, not to me. One has to take part in the world. I cook, do martial arts, participate in the political spectrum. Heck, I even head out to Classical music concerts when I learn of one!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Generally it's because of something I heard of that interests me in the broader context of a specific subject.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Goodness. It was an original take-off on Star Trek: The Next Generation. I did it when I was around fifteen or so years old. I had some folks read it. They enjoyed it and encouraged my further writing explorations. There were some criticisms naturally, but they did it in the spirit of improving my skills and were eager to read the conclusion.
What is your writing process?
I begin with the basic concept, expand it through a series of tools I've personally developed, and then begin to write. As the characters indicate other directions they wish to go in, I listen. Sometimes their wishes are not mine! I'll even do a few concept drawings from time to time to get the creative juices flowing!
What do you read for pleasure?
Science, history, novels - mostly SF. I've also delved into reading music for the enjoyment.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle given to me by my dad as a b-day present. I've enjoyed it.
Describe your desk
A combination of cleanliness and messiness! Sometimes there are papers and books stacked on top of each other. Otherwise, it's kinda neat. Kinda.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Speaking truths to humanity- as I have light to understand them- and helping others to see the truth of human existence for themselves. Any writer, I think, tries to say things that will impact others, and to share with others his or her understanding of what it means to be part of the human species. For me, this also translates into reaching forward to what may lay ahead hundreds, perhaps even thousands of years from now. It means trying to say something that humans will relate to centuries after my departure from this dimension.
Published 2014-05-21.
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