Interview with Author: Carmen Webster Buxton
It is a pleasure to welcome Carmen Webster Buxton author of Alien Bonds.
Welcome Carmen to The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl and thanks so much for taking the time out your busy schedule to help us get to know you and your stories better.
What does the title of this novel, series or set of stories signify?
The series is called Wakanreo because that’s the name I gave the alien world. The first book is called Alien Bonds because the protagonist finds herself tied to the world—and to one particular Wakanrean—in a way she never expected.
Do the names of the characters in your novel have some sort of significance or importance to you? If so, give a few examples…
I confess to a certain pettiness in that sometimes the bad guys are named after people I didn’t like, but other than that, I don’t tend to name characters with any scheme in mind. Mostly names pop into my head.
What prompted you to write in this genre and who or what inspired you to?
I loved science fiction and adventure stories when I was a kid, but when I look at the far future, I want something familiar, something I understand, so I add romance. Even my books that aren’t romances almost always have a love story or two. And I love reading about different cultures and customs, real or made-up. My favorite authors include Ursula LeGuin, Jane Austen, and Georgette Heyer.
What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer and do your characters reflect some of these attributes?
One reason I’m a writer is I want to control the story. I want the characters to say and do what I want. But left unchecked, this tendency can result in stories only I would want to read. So I have to be willing to listen to what other people think about my stories. Certainly, the more agreeable of my characters are willing to learn from others.
What kind of research did you have to do for the novel, series or set of stories that was different from others?
In making the aliens very like humans, but still different, I had to decide what could be different and what should be the same. For example, I was going to give the aliens “cat-eyes” with vertical slit pupils but in reading about evolution, I discovered animals with slit pupils evolved as four-footed creatures who hunted close to the ground, which helped them see in shadowy places like under bushes. Since the Wakanreans are slightly taller than humans, I opted to give them round pupils.
What makes you laugh?
The unexpected, especially when it includes a dose of karma. I love seeing someone who deserves it get their comeuppance when they least expect it.
What makes you cry?
Pretty much anything at all sad. I don’t just cry reading sad books or watching sad movies. A commercial on TV can make me tear up.
What are you a fan of and is this reflected in your writing?
I love to be amused. This is certainly reflected in my books to some extent, although they are not primarily humorous. But in terms of what I look for in a book, I want to be transported to a different time and place and I want to care what happens to the characters in the story.
Is there anything else you want to add about the story, series that has not already been mentioned?
Come visit Wakanreo!
What is the best way for readers to interact with you?
Comment on my blog (http://carmenspage.blogspot.com/). Or if it’s a private question, my email is on the ‘About’ page on my blog.
Carmen Webster Buxton author of Novels: The Sixth Discipline, No Safe Haven, Tribes, The Nostalgia Gambit, Shades of Empire, King of Trees, Saronna’s Gift, Turnabout, Alien Bonds and Novella: Where Magic Rules
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