~~When drug addled assassin Isadora DayStar finally snags a major interplanetary killing job, she thinks it will both support her habit and revise her status as the laughingstock of her profession. Instead, she embarks on a journey that brings her face to face with her tortured past.~~
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am an ex-entertainment maven—well maybe not maven—worker bee, lol! I've worked in pretty much every aspect of the industry from music to radio to film and television. Before that I was a journalist as many authors are; it's a nice background to be able to draw from. For me, though, real writing is fiction. As a journalist you're mostly reporting facts and news even if you're writing a feature article. With fiction you are creating something from your imagination—from nothing really.
We’d love to hear more about your book.
Isadora DayStar can be pretty dark for some readers; for others, they love it. I tried to create an unlikeable character but she took off with the story and I think grew into a sympathetic loser. I have a thing for underdogs especially military underdogs. I don't know why—maybe it's because I try to make them grow in some way, to learn their inner strength.
Would you like to share any upcoming projects.
I'm very, very superstitious about talking about projects before they happen. It's a bad old habit from my Hollywood days—you'd be surprised how many people believe in them. Let's see what can I tell you? I have a couple of stories that have major romantic plots; in fact the stories are built around those romances! Yes, I'm just as shocked and surprised as you!
What do you like about writing SFR?
The sheer freedom of it! I can create any type of world, make up alien beings, military settings/plotlines and I can make up technology though mine doesn't go too deep. There are a lot of different plotlines and characters you can come up with that have little rules. It's a very creative genre and I think many people who don’t read science fiction don't really recognize that.
What do you find challenging about it?
The technology can be a challenge in several ways. First, you're trying not to be repetitive or too like other stories, film or fiction and that's a big challenge. Secondly, I understand how some authors prefer more realistic technology and I'd love to write it too—I think I understand enough science to use it in major and scientific ways like setting, conflict, or plotline but I also get caught up in the adventure of the plots and tend to overlook science a bit—plus it takes me a long time to create real scientific settings/plotlines.
What is your favorite SF book or movie?
There are so many. The Alien series is a big influence; Star Wars of course is a gigantic one—I think those first two are what make me write more adventure than science; Bradbury—all of his works; Asimov as well. It's hard to narrow it down to one or two.
Favorite mode of fictional travel?
That is such a great question! I don't think I've ever been asked that. Since I love military influenced stories, I love smaller fighter ships but I also love big luxury private ships as well—tourist or transport ships for the public. I like to put in bars and beds and to make them almost antique at times, kind of like the Queen Mary with better technology, lol!
After a long detour through the entertainment industry, P.I. Barrington has returned to her roots as a fiction author. Among her careers she counts journalism and radio air talent. She lives in
Southern California where she watches the (semi-wild) horses grazing in the hills behind her house.
Her work includes:
Future Imperfect Trilogy (Crucifying Angel, Miraculous Deception, Final Deceit)
Independence Day (Zippered Flesh: Tales of Body Enhancements Gone Bad anthology)
She can be contacted via email: firstname.lastname@example.org and loves to hear from readers. Her websites:
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