Interview with Angela Guidolin
What genre do you write and why?
Science fiction. It seems I can’t write in any other genre. My new book, Across Spacetime is based on how I met my husband. The idea was to write a romance, but it soon morphed into a SF romance story.
I love science fiction because, to use Ray Bradbury’s words, it “is the most important literature in the history of the world because it’s the history of ideas, the history of our civilization birthing itself. … Science Fiction is central to everything we’ve ever done, and people who make fun of science fiction writers don’t know what they’re talking about.”
I would add that a good SF story always deals with very human problems, even if the characters are aliens or is set in a distant future. For example, in the film Avatar the indigenous people, the Na’vi, are blue, have a tail and live on a moon of Pandora. What they face, though, is what indigenous people all over the world have been facing throughout history: dispossession of their lands, ridicule, and subjugation.
Tell us about your latest book.
Across Spacetime is a science fiction romance novella, on sale from 31 March 2017.
It’s 2651. Humans have colonised most of the Solar System, and have a vast theoretical knowledge of the multiverse. The Martian Branch of the Earth History Institute decides to put that knowledge to use by offering a few lucky students the chance to spend a short while on a different point of the spacetime continuum for research purposes.
Samir, a young Terran, takes this opportunity to experience
in the ' London 90. A
few years later he happens upon another time traveller, Beatrice, a young
Progressive (human from the outer planetary systems). They fall in love despite
a very wide cultural gap and must decide whether to stay in the past, where
they feel free to be together but where they don’t belong, or go back to the
future, enjoy the comforts of their very advanced technology and face the
prejudice of their society.
This story is very dear to me because it’s based on how I met my husband and no, we’re not time travellers. We do come from very different cultural backgrounds though. This is both very attractive and difficult to handle at the same time.
What formats is the book available in?
Ebook and print.
What advice do you have for other writers?
The usual ones, because they are fundamental: read as much as you can of everything, get lots of feedback especially from other authors in your genre, work the social media and never stop writing.
What's your favourite quote about writing/for writers?
It’s one by Stephen King, from his book On Writing: “As with all other aspects of the narrative art, you will improve with time, but time will never make you perfect. Why should it? What fun would that be?”
It reminds me that writing for me is a passion, so fun is a big part of it., and that my manuscript will never be perfect. Once I feel it’s as good as can be, I must let it go and submit it for publication.
What's the best thing about being a writer?
It’s the creation part, it’s seeing new characters and worlds come to life. It’s being able to transform my personal experiences, especially the painful ones, into something beautiful that can help the readers to see their own lives from a different angle and therefore find answers and solutions to their problems, or only have some respite from their everyday struggles.
Where can people find out more about you and your writing?
They can find me here:
US Amazon: http://amzn.to/2mhQbkC
My website: http://www.angelaguidolinauthor.co.uk/
Who is your favourite character in your book and why?
My favourite character is Beatrice, the female main character. There’s a lot of me in her. Although my childhood has been a normal one, I was very sensitive and often felt disconnected from the people around me. Like Beatrice, I went to
when I was in my late twenties and it was a fantastic time in my life, full of
challenges and rewards. London
Why do you think readers are going to enjoy your book?
Well, to start with, Across Spacetime holds the fascination of time travel. Samir and Beatrice see life from the point of view of two outsiders and therefore readers will rediscover the little pleasures that make life worth living.
They also face tough choices and must find the courage to follow their dreams, even though it means to disappoint or defy their families. Readers who are going through a bad patch will enjoy some encouragement.
Last, but not least, Across Spacetime is ideal to read out with a partner, as it is written in the first person singular, and Samir and Beatrice tell the story from their point of view in alternate chapters.
Where can a reader purchase your book?
Across Spacetime can be preordered on Smashwords: http://bit.ly/2krdFDx or Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/2k6A3l7 for now.