Diana Nakeeb


I was born in Brooklyn in the last century, and consider myself lucky to be alive. My novel, "Venus Turning," is intended for readers of all ages. My original impulse was: is anybody feeling left out of STEM? -- here is a story that you can enjoy while becoming so comfortable with science, you'll want to invent or discover something new yourself. I began by picturing voracious, escapist readers who did not yet have a driver's license. But as my story developed the way it wanted to go, it incorporated more and amusing stuff about my peers. (Yes, I have a background as an educator.) Anyway, I cannot find anything boring in this story, about billionaires and paupers, humans and others.. Try it, you'll love it. The work is fiction -- retro sci-fi -- and yet at the same time, it is all "true," in the ways that matter to readers.

I have also written two other novels, and many short stories. The short stories will appear as a collection next year.

Smashwords Interview

Who are your favorite authors?
Different authors have been my favorites at different times of my life. Growing up, I was in awe of the major American poets, particularly: Edwin Arlington Robinson, Emily Dickinson, and of course, everybody's favorite, Edgar Allen Poe. As a teen, my attention was divided between Sci-Fi (Isaac Asimov, Alfred Bester, and the whole marvelous moosh of pop culture, from comics to films: I never met a superhero/heroine that I didn't like), and -- in American literature, Henry James. How's that for a schizophrenic background? As an adult, I learned to sample translations from every country and culture. I have yet to find a country that has not contributed something priceless, to the world, through its literature. As a college student, perhaps I had a particular taste for French, Russian, and German authors, enough to give me the strength to persist until I could read them in the original texts. And at the moment? There's so much competition among contemporary authors, from Annie Proulx (Brokeback Mountain, The Shipping News) to Khaled Hosseini (The Kite-Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns) and Hector Tobar (The Barbarian Nurseries) -- it would take all day to name just the totally outstanding. It always amuses me when scientists reveal that they are jealous of "Nobel Prize Winners," whom they can count (somewhat grumpily) on their fingers. In literature, there is such an abundance of good writers, from whom I have received so much enjoyment and education, it's too exhausting even to think about, let alone envy.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Got to feed the birds and the cats, both captive and wild.
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Where to find Diana Nakeeb online


Venus Turning
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,820. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
"Venus Turning" is a novel of retro-futurism, with scientists, billionaires, politicians, and just-plain citizens trying to jump into the future before it overtakes them. Where will our favorite billionaires be 12 years from now? What will our pets be 12 years from now? This sci-fi adventure has something for everyone.

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apophis    cats    future    love    space travel