Interview with G. L. Carpenter

What's the story behind your latest book?
I had a dream. Unusual in the sense that I remembered it long after awakening. There was the plot, already formed. All I had to do was write it down with elaboration on characters and situations. Data from research on locations and technologies came easily and fit as if preordained.

So here's a story of one extraordinary man using the emotions and tools that were destroying the planet to save it, at least in his vision of salvation. The success of his plan required that he not be seen as its architect. So in this story others predominate the plot.
What are you working on next?
I'm playing with a sequel to DUST describing life on planet earth 88 years after the nanos. At that time common everyday things would be called magic without knowledge of what the nanos can do. Of course, there are problems that still don't have a satisfying immediate solution.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I awake and realize i'm still alive. Life has limitless possibilities and is to be faced with eyes wide open.
How do you approach cover design?
It is said 'You can't judge a book by its cover'. I think the cover (i.e. the dust cover) of a book should be an icon of the essence of the book. It should give you a hint of what lies within before you read it. It should stimulate your memory of the story when you've finished it. If the story is well conceived such a cover should be possible.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read non-fiction.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
The Kindle app on PC, tablet, and smartphone works for me.
Published 2014-07-18.
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Price: Free! Words: 46,010. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
"It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God - but to create him." Arthur C. Clarke The planet was going to hell. Then a threat from outer space changed everything.This is a story of how a response to that threat, that the creators of the planet's problems could accept, rewrote everything from the economy to human biology.