Its been a while since I had an interview to write up, but this morning was delighted to find and email from Ian in my inbox. Ian is an indie author who likes to inspire others to science through his writing. I can totally relate. Like myself, Ian writes in both the science fiction and science fact genres. I believe a little bit (or even a lot) of truth is necessary to push the suspension of disbelief. And if readers get to learn something along the way – even better. Ian has the passion of any scientist and teacher wanting to share his fervour with others. With subjects ranging from quantum mechanics, biogenesis, aliens, and the colonisation of Mars there is bound be be something in his vast collection of compositions to entice the most avid sci-fi fan.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a semiretired scientist living in New Zealand, and a widower with
an urge to write. I self-publish ebooks, fiction as well as archiving some of my scientific theoretical work, and I also compose a little piano music. My cat Horatio is my constant companion.
Who are the literary heroes that inspire your writing?
The two authors that made a big impression on me when young was John Wyndham, and Fred Hoyle, a famous scientist who wrote a thrilling story but showed something of cosmology at the same time. One of my ambitions then became to write stories that illustrated what science is all about.
Why did you decide to become an indie author?
In part because of age. I went into business for myself about thirty years ago, and at lunch time I would write a little for amusement. Over the years I began to have a serious collection. I tried to get an agent, but living in New Zealand meant I was not much use in promotion in the US or UK..
What were you before you were a writer?
I was, and still am, a research chemist. I have been involved in developing new products, and I also carry out some theoretical work, for my own amusement. I set up my own company, and while the original purpose failed, it has kept me financially fit for over thirty years.
If you could give one piece of advice to new indie authors what would it be?
Back yourself, and don’t le others discourage you. Equally, do not expect miracles.
What’s your number one cure for writer’s block?
I don’t have it.
What is your greatest accomplishment to date?
My alternative interpretation of quantum mechanics.
Look out the closest window. What’s the first thing you see?
Someone cutting a macrocarpa hedge that has got out of control.
Name one thing in your refrigerator that probably shouldn’t be there.
Two jars put there by my late wife. I have no idea what is in them.
What do you least like about writing ?
Marketing. It is not very creative in my hands.
Finish this paragraph: “Helena shook the flashlight, hard. She …”
was sure there was life in those batteries because she had put fresh ones in two weeks ago. Nothing happened. She shook again. There was a momentary flash, then nothing. She held her breath. Yes, she could hear creaking on the staircase. Someone was coming up the stairs. . .
Latest Book: After the Zombies
An advanced civilization evolved from Cretaceous life on Earth that had been transported to a nearby planet. It is a theocracy, and there are some who believe it is their holy task to recover the planet of creation, Earth, from those pesky mammals. Only Baht, must do what no other unacknowledged female has ever done or there will be interplanetary war.
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