IndieView with Christine D. Shuck, author of Gliese 581: The Departure

You can test this by throwing your book on the floor. Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? And there are aspects of me and many of my friends and family in the other characters. I did it myself using an image I purchased from Dreamstime and a format from The music distracts me, which is frustrating, because I love music and it is very influential on the creative process. But during the actual act of writing? Not at first mind you, but yes, as the story develops and I know where I want to go, I will usually come up with the name of the chapter and just write in a few lines to describe what it is about before moving on, or returning to a chapter I am currently working on. About You
Where did you grow up? I have two major storylines, with three different time frames going on. First for content, to make sure where I’m going makes sense and that I’ve been thorough enough. In today’s market, I think that whether you are traditionally published or are an Indie author, you need to market, market, MARKET yourself. I can be in a room filled with people, children yelling, absolute chaos, but NO MUSIC. I’ve been reading quite a bit about it, trying to build my email list, get more reviews, get interviews (like this one!), and generally get myself out there without making a complete pest of myself. As the crew of Calypso learn of the fate of Earth, one of them becomes convinced that the fate of the human race is sealed, that God has deemed them unworthy, and that it is his job to ensure that the crew on Calypso also die. But I’m open to advice! If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? What would you like readers to know about you? What is happening here? I haven’t gotten much response. Did you hire a professional editor? About Writing
Do you have a writing process? I have dozens of stories in my head just waiting to come out. You can test this by throwing your book on the floor. What came easily? Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? If you aren’t willing to learn, to jump up on the bandwagon, toot your horn and convince folks to buy and read your books, you will never make a living at it or even know you exist. So, say I am writing in a chapter and I stop for the day. Be open to criticism but do not let it stop you in your tracks.. A book is not your baby. I do what it takes to make ends meet and I never stop dreaming. And I’ve got a list of “to do’s” a mile long. When I pick it back up again, I read the chapter at hand, or at least the last few paragraphs. Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? Gliese follows a group of scientists and explorers who leave Earth on the spaceship Calypso for Gliese 581g, in hopes of exploring and settling this new world 21 light years away. We all know how important it is for writers to read. Around ten months with three major edits. I modeled a couple of the characters, the CEO of EcoNu and the pedophilic medical examiner off of real-life foes. I remain endlessly optimistic. Where do you live now? Which has to say something for the dark, nihilistic corner of my mind! Shuck – 28 January 2018
The Back Flap
In the final days of the 21st century, Daniel Medry and a crew of brilliant and talented scientists and researchers leave Earth on a mission to the Gliese system – the first extra-solar journey of its kind. Do not allow your fears or doubts to control/inhibit your progress. Shortly after their departure, a terrible virus is unleashed upon Earth, highly infectious and nearly 100% fatal. Mainly it was the blending of the two stories that was difficult. That said, I find it highly ironic that I tend to utilize them in both my fiction and non-fiction writing. However, there are still several major edits to go through after the manuscript has been completed. Be open to criticism but do not let it stop you in your tracks.. Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? Do not allow your fears or doubts to control/inhibit your progress. Soon the colonists will learn that they are some of the last unaffected humans left. The second story was simply the idea of wondering what it would look like if a group of scientists and explorers were headed for Gliese 581g with a saboteur aboard. One thing that has become abundantly clear after having written six books and self-published five of them – writing, editing and publishing is only HALF of the job. I began with a “snippet” in 1997. Do you have a target reader? A book is not your baby. Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? This gets me back into the story and I will change some wording as I go. Yes. Probably those who favor reading sci-fi, dystopian, TEOTWAWKI (the end of the world as we know it), and post-apocalyptic. Where did you get the idea from? One was the “snippet” I began with in 1997 and referred to as the Plague Tales. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) The whys and wherefores eventually worked themselves out. Get your copy of   Gliese 581: The Departure from Amazon US or Amazon UK. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? Don’t we always borrow from ourselves and the world around us? Eventually I get around to answering them and the story develops from there. I didn’t know where it was going or what it was about, so it languished for years until shortly after the discovery of Gliese 581g by Steve Vogt in 2010. Also I agonized over where to place the chapters. If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? However, as one reader pointed out, after noting that they were fans of none of those listed above, this book (as well my others) are character-based. And then a writer friend of mine handles the line edits. And if the challenge of establishing a colony on a distant alien world and re-creating the human race wasn’t enough, someone on board is trying to kill them all. By the way, do NOT do this with a baby. Do you listen to music while you write? For now, I’m winging it. When did you start writing the book? I teethed on Robert Heinlein novels. I so wish I could! Do you outline? Yes, as I stop and start, I tend to edit as I go. Hogan’s Voyage from Yesteryear remains one of my favorite sci-fi utopian stories, I adore Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern series and there are far too many others to count. Killing people off. End of Interview:
For more from Christine, visit her website, follow her on Twitter, or like her Facebook page. I absolutely detested creating outlines in school! I wanted it to build suspense, but not be too hard to follow. If so can you please describe it? Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? In the home of my dreams, with the man I fell in love with (well, he was a boy then) at the age of fifteen. Christine D. I learned that lesson the hard way. Will Daniel and the rest of Calypso’s crew survive the journey? It rolls in, I write it down, and then it sits there, sometimes for years, before I figure out what is happening. Between them I also read it out loud to my husband and do my own edits that way. The other half of it is marketing. I currently clean houses and care for my elderly father, and I teach community education classes and we are renovating two properties on each side of our property into future Airbnb’s. Just a few months after departure, a bioengineered virus on Earth makes a leap from pigs to humans with devastating results – killing over 99.6% of the population and dramatically limiting the surviving population’s fertility. From beginning to end? We live in an 1899 Victorian in Historic Northeast Kansas City, Missouri with our young daughter. See, the book is just fine. And that’s something we can all relate to. I was born here in Kansas City, Missouri and grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona and San Francisco, California. I ask myself a lot of questions: Who is this person? Sitting in a drive-thru, waiting for my lunch order, I thought, “What if a woman were to drive up to the window stark naked, park her car in front of the window and proceed to eat until her stomach ruptured?”
I know, my mind goes to dark places! Frankly, the silence is demoralizing. I derive enormous pleasure killing off my enemies (and the rest of the human race) through literary means. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, and all of Baum’s Wizard of Oz. James P. Actually, that was a role my eldest daughter did for me on this book so I didn’t hire it out. I guess I figure if an agent can get me to a publisher, and a publisher can get me published – those are both things I’ve already done myself. Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? Be persistent! And getting a plump marketing budget with a publisher isn’t a given, so what are they doing that I can’t do for myself? See, the book is just fine. However, having the discovery of 581g “discredited” (I actually talked with him and the discrediting was flawed, so it might still be there) a few months later slowed me down until I realized, “This is fiction, I can do whatever I want!” and began again in 2015. By the way, do NOT do this with a baby. I mentioned “snippets” earlier – usually it is a scene. And when it comes to non-fiction, I pull out all the stops and have a very organized and proper outline for my book! One way or the other, make it look professional, otherwise, you have just spent hundreds, if not thousands, of hours crafting something that people will pass on by. And I’ve always been a DIY, “pull yourself up by the bootstraps” kind of gal – so I guess I’ve questioned why I would hand over a massive percentage of my income-earning potential to someone else who might, or might not, open a couple of doors for me. Toss in space travel and you have to call it sci-fi, toss in world-killing virus and you have to call it dystopian – but this book is about people and how they respond to crisis, loss and danger. About the book
What is the book about? More importantly, I take steps, every day, to make those dreams come true. What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? How long did it take you to write it? But I have also loved classics such as L.M. It was actually the compilation of two stories. I have. Edit, be professional, edit again, look professional, edit some more, write well (that probably should have been listed first), and read every day. Except for Madeleine L’Engle’s example of writing within certain families at different points and time (all of my fiction so far exists within the same universe and there are family names to crop up repeatedly in all of them), I can’t point to a specific way that they influenced my writing, but they fed my love of stories, and I fell in love with their characters, the worlds they opened up to me, and dreamed of what it would be like to live in those pages as one of their characters.