Today I’m fortunate to present Julian St Aubyn Green, author of Suffrage – Book 1 The World Key Chronicles.
Hi Julian, thanks for agreeing to this interview.
Thanks for inviting me.
Question 1) What part of the world do you come from?
G’Day. I’m an Australian, born in Perth W.A.
Question 2) What do you think makes a good story?
Stories are the method in which an artist tries to connect and communicate with their audience. For me a story that has a clear underlying message, or a message that is revealed during the narrative is really important. I love those a-ha! moments of clarity when everything becomes clear.
Question 3) What inspired you to write your first book?
Oh dear, now you’ve done it. How much time do we have? I’ll give you the short version. I worked in Finance for many years and the one event which impacted my generation, like the Kennedy assassination was for my parents, was 9/11. Being in finance I had a closer view than a lot of other people in Australia. We were at arms-length from what was happening. Just, terrible images on the TV. And I watched as the world change in response to it. What people did to try and feel safe. On the ten year anniversary, this idea for a story snuck inside my head and wouldn’t go away. I had to write about it, and the idea has personified in my head as a Muse called Wonda, which is short for Wondevil, both wonderful and evil at the same time. She likes to pummel my brain with ideas.
Question 4) What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
Well, I love Nanowrimo. I wish it had been around when I was a kid trying to write my first novel. I tend to do the bulk of my writing during the month of November, which is this insane period of time where sleep, food and sanity is secondary to words, but there is a bunch of other authors riding the crazy wave with you. That sense of community is great. Outside of November I’m still writing, just not at the same intensity.
Question 5) What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
My beta readers and editors tell me I do great scene transitions. I like to use scene ends to amp up the tension. It’s far more fun to drop a hook and leave the reader wondering what is going to happen rather than spelling it out for them.
Question 6) Give us the title and genre of your latest book.
It’s called Suffrage, a word which literally means ‘the ability to choose’ and is the first book in a series. I actually struggled for quite a while with the genre. It takes from a lot of places, but the strongest elements would be science fiction and fantasy, although it also blurs lines into other genres.
Question 7) What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?
Ha ha, well I’m a huge planner. My outline for the novel is a couple of thousand words long. During the 1st major edit, I decided to rewrite some stuff at around the three-quarter mark of the book. I wanted two characters to meet, and when they did, they liked each other. I’m like ‘What the hell? But… you can’t.’ And all the while Wonda is standing in the background growling than this needed to happen. It actually stopped me in my tracks. I had to sit down and really think about why they were attracted to each other, and what it would mean, not just for this book, but the other books in the series. Here I was thinking the author is in control of the characters; finding out they can sometimes flip you off and do their own thing was a surprise, but probably something only another author can appreciate.
Question 8) Do you have an excerpt from your current work you’d like to share?
But book two is still first draft! It’s not ready! It hasn’t been edited! Okay, I’ll share a little bit about Tariq. He’s a new character in book two and I’m having great fun writing him.
“Where did those rascally rebels go?” Tariq said as he sliced through the heavy pressure door.
“You are such an idiot sometimes Tariq.”
“I’m wounded Belya. Turn the other cheek. No, I mean it literally I can still see a hole, it’s freaking me out.”
“Just get that door open.” Belya touched her cheek as the flesh mended. Much of her hair on one side was now ash, filling the air with its acrid scent.
At the clang of metal as the door slammed onto the grating, Belya pushed past him and immediately stepped through, burning her hands on the red hot edges. A gust of roast pork smell fought for supremacy over the pungent aroma of burnt hair and molten steel as the slag burned into her.
“Phew. I’ll never get used to that smell. Reminds me of when Father sentences Lifers. Disgusting.”
“Will you stop reminiscing about your childhood and hurry the fuck up?” Belya snapped as he stepped through.
“Certainly.” Tariq made a small glowing ball of flame that he moved ahead of them like a mobile torch.
Question 9) What can we expect from you in the future?
I’m working on the mountain. The series is four or five books and I hope to get one out a year, but I’m also writing some short stories. I was challenged by an author friend to write outside my normal comfort zone and do a horror flash fiction, which was really fun to write. I started writing more in the same world and one of those stories has been accepted into an anthology called Futurevision, which will be released in September 2017.
Question 10) What was the best money you every spent as a writer?
I’m a big believer in using other people’s skills where it would take a long time to learn them on your own. I did a book marketing course with a great guy called Ocean Reeve and it’s helped me leapfrog a lot of pitfalls I think, and have confidence about what I’m doing.
Question 11) How can we contact you or find out more about your books?
The best place to go is my website.
https://youtu.be/xpykrMfx0yA <- Book trailer
If you are one of the first 1000 people to purchase a paperback, you go in the draw to win the art that the cover is based off. All first thousand paperbacks will be signed by the author and postage is free within Australia if you buy through the website.