Interview with Eliza Green

How does your writing process work?
I try to work one book ahead. I attended a talk where Irish writer, Sinead Moriarty, talked about her own writing process. She said when she finishes one book she already has another one written. It gives her breathing space. I liked that idea. I don’t like to rush the writing process. It happens more naturally if the deadlines are my own crazy ones rather than it coming from outside pressure.

Readers are vital to any author’s survival, but it is a double-edged sword. With readers comes tons more pressure! Good pressure, I might add.
Why do you write what you do?
I love science fiction. You have permission to come up with futuristic worlds as far-fetched as you like. I admit that I can’t write too far into the future like some Science Fiction writers do. Peter F Hamilton is one writer that springs to mind. I have to believe in the story if I want others to, and a story grounded in reality is where I feel most comfortable.
How does your work differ from others of its genre?
I write down to earth dystopian science fiction that’s set not that far into the future. Can I say my work differs from others who are writing dystopian? Probably not. What differentiates me from others is my style. I said in one of my blog posts that ideas are not original. How we interpret each idea and develop it further is where originality comes from.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! I write for myself, but also for my fans.

They don't realise it, but when I question my reason for keeping long hours writing a book that's giving me trouble, an email from a fan to say they loved one of my books picks me right up. It reminds me why I'm doing all of this.
Where did you get the idea for Becoming Human, the first book in the Exilon 5 Trilogy?
The book came from a short story idea where I imagined a young boy and an alien sitting together. I got to thinking about what they might say to each other. I’m a huge Science Fiction fan, but I can’t remember too many films where the aliens were depicted as anything other than brainless homicidal maniacs. Too few films, apart from Avatar by James Cameron, explore the alien’s point of view. My story gained momentum from there and the ‘secret’ storyline was added.
How does your book cover creation process work?
For my covers, I used a UK-based company called Design for Writers. At the beginning of a new project, they ask me to complete a detailed questionnaire so they can understand who the target market is or what emotions I want the cover to evoke from the reader. They ask me what I like and what I hate about other book covers. The process is very detailed. For all three covers, I had an idea of what I wanted, so I gave my designer istockphotos to show him my concept. He worked on it, gave me back proofs, we deliberated, then thought of other ideas.

I love design. I always have. After you’ve laboured long hours over the words, it’s the fun, visual part! I trust my designer that he will give me the right feedback. If I’m on the fence about two proofs, I rope in trusted friends to help. But that method has its downsides. When you have too many people looking at something and they’re split on which one they prefer, it can make the decision much harder. In the end, I have to trust my gut instinct.
What kind of books, movies or cartoons did you like when you were young? And how did they influence your writing?
I was a typical girl who played with dolls and read books that were appropriate for my gender. But I slipped out of reading very easily. I only picked it up again when I was in my twenties.

Movies and TV were a different matter. I watched a lot of what the boys were watching: The A Team, MacGyver, The Rockford Files. I also devoured Science Fiction; E.T. and Close Encounters of the Third Kind were my first Science Fiction films. My taste in cartoons varied, but I really loved Thundercats and Dungeons & Dragons.

I have a dark side and I think that’s reflected in my writing and reading choices!
What terrifies you as a writer, but also as a person?
My fear is that I’ll regret not having tried new things because they scare me to try. As a writer, you fear criticism, but that is an irrational fear because some criticism can be constructive.
Published 2014-08-30.
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Books by This Author

Breeder
Series: Feeder, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 76,650. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: September 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Anya Macklin wakes up in a strange room with no memory of how she got there. The truth soon dawns that she’s a prisoner. Worse, she’s not alone. Her roommate, Alex, is flirtatious and pushy. He says he’s a ‘Breeder’, and he wants one thing: Anya’s virginity. To survive and rediscover the missing pieces, Anya must fight her greatest battle of all: temptation. Book 2 in the Feeder series.
Duality
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 57,130. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: March 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
HIS REALITY IS SOMEONE ELSE'S GAME. Jonathan Farrell is having the worst week. First a stranger accuses him of murder, then a homeless man threatens him on the Tube, and a sinister note is left at his apartment. Can his psychologist boss help him make sense of it all, or is she being deceived too? A psychological sci-fi thriller. Part one previously published as Derailed Conscience.
Marcus
Series: Exilon 5 Stories, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,770. Language: British English. Published: November 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Marcus is a criminal trying to stay alive in a cut-throat world. But when his unwavering loyalty to his leader is suddenly questioned, he suspects he is being set up. Now Marcus must decide who to trust before it’s too late. A Quantum Silence story and book 4.6 in the Exilon 5 series.
Dissent & Intent
Series: Feeder Stories. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 61,480. Language: British English. Published: October 2, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense
Dissent and Intent are two novellas meant to be read between Feeder and Breeder (coming 2018) DISSENT: Who would you sacrifice to save those you loved? Dom Pavesi's story. INTENT: How low would you sink to find the truth? Warren Hunt's story. 1.5 & 1.6 in the Feeder series.
Isobel
Series: Exilon 5 Stories, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 32,560. Language: British English. Published: October 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Isobel thought she was returning to Earth a free Indigene. But someone has different plans for her. Now she must break free from her new prison.
Intent
Series: Feeder Stories, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,670. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: August 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense
How low would you sink to find the truth? Before Warren Hunt's parents abandoned him to join the rebellion, they spoke of a place called "the Beyond". He believes the controllers at the Arcis re-education facility know where it is. While finding the truth won't be easy, Warren is prepared to do whatever it takes to get it. 1.6 in the Feeder series.
Dissent
Series: Feeder Stories, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,150. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: August 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Who would you sacrifice to save those you loved? When orphaned Dom Pavesi and Sheila Kouris are rescued from their ailing towns, they are taken to Arcis, a controversial re-education facility.The placement of two active rebels in the facility is no accident. If Dom and Sheila are to take Arcis down, they must discard the facility's rules and invent their own. 1.5 in the Feeder series.
Quantum Silence
Series: Exilon 5, Book 4. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 91,970. Language: British English. Published: May 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
THEY WILL NOT BREAK US. Criminal factions rise in a post-World Government era and take control of the cities and people on Earth. Indigenes returning to Earth are captured by the factions. Residents living under the regime of fear are suspicious of the newcomers. But one Indigene may hold the key to their liberation.
Feeder
Series: Feeder, Book 1. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 125,450. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: November 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
An orphaned teenager. A brutal re-training facility. Will she choose freedom or rebellion? To survive the game Anya Macklin must choose between friend and foe. Can she defeat a deadly training system, or will she become yet another victim of the treacherous program? Buy Feeder to join the teenage rebellion today!
Prequels to the Exilon 5 Series: Echoes of Earth, New Origin
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,540. Language: British English. Published: April 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
ONE MAN IS SET TO CHANGE EVERYTHING. ONE INDIGENE WILL RISK IT ALL. Echoes of Earth: Join Bill and Isla as they face new challenges and discover new enemies in this prequel story to Becoming Human. New Origin: Follow Stephen and Anton as they rebel against the changes forced upon them in this prequel story to Becoming Human. Prequels to the Exilon 5 series.
New Origin
Series: Exilon 5 Prequels, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,920. Language: British English. Published: April 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Read the prequels in order: Echoes of Earth, New Origin. ONE INDIGENE WILL RISK IT ALL. The continuing human invasion of Exilon 5 forces the Indigenes to change how they live and how they eat. While Stephen and Anton take calculated risks to protect the Indigenes during the invasion, another risks the entire safety of the Indigenes of District Three.
Echoes of Earth
Series: Exilon 5 Prequels, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,000. Language: British English. Published: April 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Read the prequels in order: Echoes of Earth, New Origin. ONE MAN IS SET TO CHANGE EVERYTHING. Stuck on a desolate Earth no one wants to live on, Bill and Isla Taggart search for meaning in their work. A chance encounter with one man will change their fate forever. Join Bill and Isla as they face new challenges and discover new enemies.
Crimson Dawn
Series: Exilon 5, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 72,590. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: October 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Three weeks have passed since Investigator Bill Taggart learned of his wife’s fate and Anton attacked District Three. New restrictions await him at work. But when Bill demands the conditions be lifted, his boss asks for a disturbing favour in return. Meanwhile, Laura O’Halloran’s failing health forces Bill Taggart to face reality: the answer to her cure may lie with his worst enemy.
Altered Reality
Series: Exilon 5, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 71,400. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: December 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
(5.00 from 1 review)
THEIR LIES ARE ONLY THE BEGINNING. Bill Taggart uses his connections to find a missing Anton on Earth. But his wife’s coded letters reveal something far worse, and far more urgent than locating one Indigene. Book 2 in the Exilon 5 series.
Becoming Human
Series: Exilon 5, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 71,210. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: March 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
(4.78 from 9 reviews)
Investigator Bill Taggart is a troubled man with a missing wife. Ahead of a population transfer from Earth, he is sent to monitor the species known as the Indigenes. Prior attempts to catch them have been futile. The Indigenes are strong, fast, and appear able to "detect" human trackers. But Bill must succeed because he believes they know where his wife is. Book 1 in the Exilon 5 series.