Interview with Author: AW Cross
It is a great pleasure to welcome A.W. Cross author of Pine, Alive (Foxwept Array Book 1).
Welcome A.W. 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 more about you and your stories better!
What does the title of this novel, series or set of stories signify?
The title of the book, Pine, Alive, refers to both the source inspiration and the “theme” of the book. It’s an SFR retelling of Collodi’s Pinocchio, and the name Pinocchio means “pine nut.” So the name references the source without being too on-the-nose. The character, Pine, is a sentient android in a time and place where her sentience isn’t yet equated to being truly alive by the world in which she lives, which is one of the themes explored in the book.
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 do! I always try to use names that have a meaning relevant to the story or are a nod to something or someone. In Pine, Alive, for example, all the characters names reference their counterpart in the original Pinocchio in some way. For example, James’s last name, Cruicéad, means cricket in French (I’m Canadian), and that is the role he plays in the book.
What prompted you to write in this genre and who or what inspired you to?
I’ve always loved both SFR and fairy tales. I was reading Pinocchio to my son one night during the week when I was planning what my new series would be about. In the middle of the story, inspiration struck!
What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer and do your characters reflect some of these attributes?
I think for me, the most important attribute for remaining sane is being strict about making time for self care. I have Crohn’s disease, so managing stress (of which there’s a lot when you’re an author) is incredibly important to my well-being. Unfortunately, I’m not always successful!
What kind of research did you have to do for the novel, series or set of stories that was different from others?
For this particular series, I’m reading a lot of fairy tales and researching their origins, themes, interpretations, and how they’ve changed with those different interpretations. I like to start as close to the original story as I can, then incorporate some of the various changes that have been made to them over the years. And, since there are also science fiction aspects to this series, I have to research scientific concepts such as artificial intelligence, dream therapy, ocular influence, genetic mutation…things like that. I used to be a scientist, so I enjoy this part of the research almost as much as the fairy tales, though I have to try to keep it brief—there’s a rabbit hole of great research out there!
What makes you laugh?
I love memes! I find they’re always a great pick-me-up. And pretty much anything that comes out of my four-year-old’s mouth. Right now he’s going through a phase where he’s telling everyone, “ya basic!”
What makes you cry?
Sooo much. Usually the news and whenever people are awful to each other. I also have my heart constantly broken by movies, TV, and books. I cry A LOT, lol.
What are you a fan of and is this reflected in your writing?
I always add little easter eggs of things I like in my writing—but of course I can’t tell you what those are, or it would ruin the hunt!
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