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Gary Starta writes multi-genre fiction labeling it ‘fiction on the fringe of genre.’ The mixing of SCI FI with urban fantasy, paranormal suspense and mystery is expected and found in his most recent works: Demon Inhibitions and 9 Incarnate.
Gods of the Machines is a sci fi novel for readers who don't normally read the genre, mixed with romance, mystery, crime and suspense, it is fiction on the fringe of genre. A top ten finalist in 2010's Preditors and Editors Poll for science fiction, the novel addresses artificial intelligence and the quest to categorize its place in society.
What makes you proud to be a writer from Florida? I really don’t associate my location with my writing as I have relocated from New Jersey, however I do think writing is fascinating because an author can write and take the readers to places he or she may have never even visited. The strange thing is that I wrote a forthcoming novel several years based in Tampa FL and never expected I would relocate to an area right near it!
What or who inspired you to become a writer? Simply being a reader has probably inspired me to write but the few that come to mind are Isaac Asimov, Stephen King and Dean Koontz.
When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? That was in fall of 2004 when I began writing a couple of short stories and one morphed into a novel. It was my first novel to be published entitled: ‘What are you Made of?”
Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? I definitely believe my past as a newspaper reporter contributed greatly. I think that background and style of writing was very helpful as I took the plunge into creative writing in 2004. I believe it subconsciously helps me to structure my writing.
Do you come up with your title before or after you write the manuscript? I usually have the title beforehand and use it as an inspiration or guide for the novel. The title comes usually with the first few ideas for a plot
Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? Although I’m mixed genre, I would say SCI FI is my preferred genre because I have such a big interest in science theory. The idea that science theory can someday become science fact never fails to fascinate. I like to excite my readers about those possibilities.
What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? Having finished product to show for my efforts I guess. Also receiving feedback from fellow authors and the readers is very rewarding.
Have you had a negative experience in your writing career? If so please explain how it could have been avoided. I don’t find anything negative because sometimes those so-called bad experiences are learning experiences. We learn by trial and error by writing just as our characters often do.
What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? The pleasure of writing a chapter is always rewarding because your mind seems to travel as you do it. I find it a meditative, peaceful and enjoyable process. I don’t think I could achieve that state in a simple meditative state.
What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? I think that your relationship with your characters can often become real on some level. If you create characters that allow you to expect how they behave and react in all situations you often become one with them as strange as it sounds. When these characters finally reach the readers and they comment on your characters it is a surreal experience. You know that character is just on a page but it seems they are living outside of that realm. Your love of your characters and stories is necessary because it may take a while before readers come along to enjoy them.
Is Caitlin Diggs based on a real person? Strange enough she isn’t but I do feel she exists somewhere, possibly in another universe just as she does in my novel Demon Inhibitions.
Is Celeste/Bastet the cat based on a real pet? Yes, she is. I have a beloved pet whose character and appearance closely resembles Celeste.
Who is your favorite author? I’ll say Dean Koontz. I enjoy his dialogue and I think it continually inspires me to be as sharp, believable and humorous.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with us? I would like to announce Dead Market is a forthcoming novel about zombies affected by BIG Pharma. It will publish with my first traditional publisher in 2014.
Featured Selection: 9 Incarnate – by Gary Starta
In 9 INCARNATE Egypt’s great gods and goddesses arrive by comet bringing hope of unity and secrets of the pyramids. However, the beloved Isis isn’t among the Arrivals and preternatural investigator Caitlin Diggs begins hearing the goddess in her head. Could Diggs’s previous exposure to a crystal artifact substantiate the belief that Isis has stored her essence on Earth and consequently now shares her human body?
Perplexed, Diggs turns to a scientist to explain the Arrivals, not to mention the weirdness which includes a coinciding mass disappearance and assassination of the president. Diggs surmises the deities may be preparing a new Egypt until a lethal threat of global warming emerges. More perplexing, is her co-alignment with Isis an alliance or hindrance? Diggs may have to make the ultimate sacrifice if she is to keep Egypt’s past from ending Earth’s future, and all the while maintain her integrity.
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