Today I have the wonderful Brian Yansky, author of Alien Invasion and Other Inconveniences answering a few of my questions.
How did the idea for Alien Invasion and Other Inconveniences come to you?
I’m not really sure where any of my ideas come from. I just know that I have more of them than I’ll ever be able to write. I will say that when I started thinking about writing about aliens I knew I wanted to write about what happened after the invasion. So many stories about aliens have been about the invasion. I thought that writing about what happened after the invasion might be fertile ground. Also, I thought it might give me a chance to write about colonization, which is something that is historically both interesting and troubling to me.
Approximately how long did it take you to write Alien Invasion and Other Inconveniences?
The first draft only took a month. It just came flowing out of me. It was a volcanic eruption. Unfortunately the revisions ended up taking about a year.
What’s the hardest part of writing? What’s the easiest?
Hardest part is first drafts, always first drafts. Easiest part? Writing the following words: THE END.
What are some of your favorite books?
There are too many to list. Some books that come to mind right now are Philip Pullman’s HIS DARK MATERIALS trilogy, WONDER BOYS, HARRY POTTER for sheer fun, CATCH-22, SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE, CATCHER IN THE RYE, MARCELO IN THE REAL WORLD, and ELSEWHERE. But these are just a few of many that are like old friends.
What’s next for you?
More aliens. I can’t help myself. For some reason I’m going through an alien period now. I have a couple of ideas for alien novels. I like to claim that aliens are underrepresented in literature and I’m trying to make a place for them among the zombies and vampires and unicorns and wizards and dragons, but really I just find that aliens give me a great space to work in. It’s not that there isn’t plenty to write about here on Earth but why settle for one world when I can write about the whole universe?
I can't wait Brian! I think aliens may be the next big thing, don't you?