Interview: Al Onia

11 Jan

A great bundle of science fiction books is currently being offered at https://storybundle.com/scifi, consisting of six titles from Bundoran Press and six by some great writers who have befriended the press over the years. As an added bonus, we will be running a series of interviews with the authors about their contribution to the Bundle.

Next up: Al Onia

What inspired you to write Transient City? How does this book fit into the rest of your writing career?

The “endless memory” phenomenon was the starting point for the lead character but it evolved into a noir SF setting and an homage to British popular culture of the 1960’s. Transient City was the easiest book I’ve written; the plot, characters and setting became intertwined with each other and added depth I couldn’t have reached treating them independently.

Who is your favorite secondary character in this book and why?

I have two, Shoes because she developed from “one of the cast” to a compelling character on her own (one I chose as co-star in Transient’s sequel Rogue Town). The other favorite character is the city itself. Once I began picturing the detail, it took on a life of its own as either a haven or an obstacle for many of the characters.

What themes appear most strongly in your writing? What makes you particularly care about those ideas?

The idea of an individual transcending circumstance and internal barriers to “do the right thing.” True heroes are often overlooked to focus on fame rather than substance.

Are you a plotter or a pantser or some combination of the two? Do prefer to writing or re-writing? Do you write every day or when the muse strikes you?

I am definitely a pantser. I revel in the ideas which appear once I start typing. I outline as I go, seldom more than a few chapters ahead. I know the overall arc most times but I don’t commit to anything until at least half way through the first draft. I do prefer the energy and idea flow which accompany the first draft of any project. Re-writing is hard but the reward in it is the resonance one can control to give the work more substance. I write every day, whether I’m creating, re-writing or editing. I strike a time balance which allows progress, ultimate completion but doesn’t drain the muse.

Do need privacy to do your writing or do you prefer the social ambiance of a coffee shop or writing retreat? How do you balance your writing with the rest of your life?

I prefer to work in private. I have a dedicated computer space with a door for word-processing and a sunny deck for editing and early note-jotting. When I’m working on a project (which is most of the time), I make it my top priority each day, no distractive reward activities until I’ve done a hour or two first thing in the morning. When I was still working in a paying career, I’d try for 30-60 minutes before work and the full hour at lunch.

If you could give one piece of advice to a budding writer, what would it be?

Seek therapy. If you’re not convinced there’s better ways to create than writing, then seek fellow writers to support and be supportive of. Oh yeah, and write with the goals of finishing what you write, finding your voice and learning from each effort.

 

To learn more about this great bundle of books, visit https://storybundle.com/scifi.

To connect with Bundoran Press, visit our web-site, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @BundoranPress

To learn more about Al and his writing, visit: http://ajonia.com/

 

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  1. Advice to Writers (from the Bundle) | bundoransf - January 21, 2019

    […] Seek therapy. If you’re not convinced there’s better ways to create than writing, then seek fellow writers to support and be supportive of. Oh yeah, and write with the goals of finishing what you write, finding your voice and learning from each effort. (Al Onia) […]

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