This week’s Thursday Throng author interview is with James Murdo, author of Siouca Remembers. James was born and still lives in London. He graduated from university with a Masters degree in Physics, which added fuel to his early love of science fiction. Siouca is a member of the advanced Wanderer civilisation; they are coming, but what do they want?
What is one thing people wouldn’t usually know about you?
I have an identical twin brother.
What did your best review say about your work?
I absolutely love being compared to my favourite authors. Iain M Banks, Alastair Reynolds, Brin, Simmons…!
What did your worst review say about your work?
An early review once that said there were many “racists” in my book, instead of “races” (spoiler, aliens feature!). While not a “worst” review (and it makes me laugh), it was still very much unwanted.
How important are the names of any characters in your book?
I try to have consistency: early humans have short, simple names; alien races have similar sounding names, typically along a theme. For example, data-lects (AIs that guard information networks for the Wanderer civilisation) have Indigenous American-derived names; Roranians have Germanic tints.
How did you choose a title for your book?
I think about it for ages, solicit opinions and make a decision. I might even ask people on Twitter. Then, a month later, a thought pops into my head at the most inconvenient time and that’s the one I go for. ‘Siouca Remembers’ came to me in the shower.
Are there any occupational hazards to being a writer?
The one “they” don’t tell you about: Toe-stubbing! It’s why people wear shoes to work. Same rule now applies when I’m writing at home.
Have you ever wished you could do, or be, something else?
Astronaut, archaeologist, medical doctor. I’d say I only have mild Grass-Greener Syndrome though, I’m happy where I’ve ended up!
Do you think there is any elitism attached to different book genres?
I do, but everyone thinks they’re hard done by, don’t they?
What is the biggest challenge you faced when writing your book?
Reducing the technical verbiage. I forget that we’re not all scientists. Sorry.
Do you have a favourite writing resource to share with my readers and other writers?
Yes, actually. I’ve created glossary generation software (you can find it on my website – sorry for the plug!) that helps authors identify terms for their glossaries. I did it because I write in the hard sci-fi genre, which generally needs a glossary, and they can take a lot of time.
You can find Siouca Remembers in paperback and Kindle format.
You can meet James on his website here: https://www.jamesmurdo.com/
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