Saturday 17 March 2018

Author Interview3: J.S. Fields

Today I welcome J.S. Fields to the blog to answer a few questions for Interview³.

J.S. Fields Author Interview³
1) Tell us 3 fun facts about your writing history
1. I’m a scientist, so I’ve been writing for magazines, journals, books, and conferences, for about fifteen years
2. The first thing I ever wrote was a very long, very dirty (well, dirty for a junior high school kid) Star Wars fanfiction where Luke and Mara Jade get it on. LITTLE DID I KNOW…
3. I’d rather write than watch TV or movies, because when I write, I know there will be good representation, and the characters I want to kiss, will kiss. I like the control.

2) Describe your writing style in 3 words
brisk, intense, queer

3) Name 3 of your literary influences
Timothy Zahn (shssss, I don’t have a Star Wars EU problem!)
Patricia C. Wrede
Tara K. Harper

4) Share your 3 favourite books
Dealing with Dragons, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Handmaid’s Tale

5) What are your 3 essential writing tools?
Laptop, glass of water, my super comfortable arm chair that I only bought for pregnancy but now can’t bring myself to get rid of no matter how bad the springs have gotten

6) Where are your 3 favourite places to write?

I really don’t care where I write as long as it is quiet. I can’t write with any sort of noise, not even music. I dream of having an apartment above the Manulife Center in Toronto, with a view of the skyline. That would be ideal.

7) Name 3 items on your writing wish list
- I’d like to do a book of short stories all within the Ardulum universe, that explore some of the nooks and crannies, like Yorden’s past, the origins of the Mercy’s Pledge, how Neek and Yorden met, etc.
- I’m drafting the first book in a new fantasy series now and I would love to see it A) finished and B) with a big five publisher, mainly because it has a nonbinary protagonist and it would be amazing to have that be an option on the shelves of a Barnes & Noble
- I’d like to try a straight up romance. I’ve never really even read romance, so I’d have to ‘study’ first, but I think it would be a really interesting experiment.

8) What are your top 3 tips for aspiring writers?
I don’t think I have three. Just one. Write. Doesn’t matter what, or how much, or how. Just. Write. Every day. It’s the only way to get better.

9) Tell us 3 of your writing plans for the year ahead
- The second book in the Ardulum series comes out in October
- Am currently doing edits for the third Ardulum book, which will come out next year
- I am desperately trying to shine up my fantasy WIP with the nonbinary protagonist and cool magic fights with fungi!

10) Tell us about your latest release
Ardulum: First Don is a space opera with a hard science base. The tech is based upon my background in wood science and the cutting edge research I get to interact with on a daily basis. At the heart of the story is Neek, a pilot of a dilapidated tramp transport, who is forced to reconcile her hatred of her homeworld’s religion with the slave child she has sworn to protect—a child who bares a striking resemblance to Neeks’ gods. There’s a great deal of nerdy science in the book as well, specifically revolving around cellulose and manipulation of the material into biometals, food printers, and even telekinetics

Ardulum: First Don
J.S. Fields
NineStar Press
27 February 2017
Adult Sci-Fi (Space Opera).
Slow Burn FF Romance

The planet that vanishes.
The planet that sleeps.

Neek makes a living piloting the dilapidated tramp transport, Mercy’s Pledge, and smuggling questionable goods across systems blessed with peace and prosperity. She gets by—but only just. In her dreams, she is still haunted by thoughts of Ardulum, the traveling planet that, long ago, visited her homeworld. The Ardulans brought with them agriculture, art, interstellar technology…and then disappeared without a trace, leaving Neek’s people to worship them as gods. Neek does not believe—and has paid dearly for it with an exile from her home for her heretical views. Yet, when the crew stumbles into an armed confrontation between the sheriffs of the Charted Systems and an unknown species, fate deals Neek an unexpected hand in the form of a slave girl—a child whose ability to telepathically manipulate cellulose is reminiscent of that of an Ardulan god. Forced to reconcile her beliefs, Neek chooses to protect her, but is the child the key to her salvation, or will she lead them all to their deaths?

About the Author
J.S. Fields is a scientist who has perhaps spent too much time around organic solvents. She enjoys roller derby, woodturning, making chainmail by hand, and cultivating fungi in the backs of minivans. Nonbinary, but prefers female pronouns Always up for a Twitter chat.

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