Monday, June 9, 2014

10 Questions with Science Fiction Writer Roger Venk (@RogerVenk)

This Author Spotlight features New Zealand-based science fiction writer Roger Venk.

Roger is the author of the science fiction COPPERLAND trilogy, which includes CALLISTO (see above), COPPERLAND


As well as the forthcoming DISCIPLE 13.

1.How did you get into writing?
As a youth my Influencing literature was nineteenth century science fiction, HG Wells, Jules Verne. Novels such as The Time Machine and The Great Romance (New Zealand). Also the works of J. R. R. Tolkien. Always told stories around the farm about space and aliens. So I thought I would write some of it down.

2.What do you like best (or least) about writing?
Personal fulfillment that I have written this story about faraway places in space or the distant future. I least like the editing and the grammar.

3.What is your writing process? IE do you outline? Do you stick to a daily word or page count, write 7 days a week, etc?
I write when I am inspired, I could write for days on end, or wait for a month.

4.Who are some other writers you read and admire, regardless of whether they are commercially “successful?”
Wells, Tolkien and King. An odd but interesting few. I admire what Rowling has achieved also.

5.Should the question mark in the above question be inside or outside the quotes?

6.What’s your stance on the Oxford Comma?
I don’t use it.

7.What is your book CALLISTO about and how did it come to fruition?
Lying under the stars for nights on end on the farm in Matamata NZ, it became the beginning of the greater saga, never intended to be but a story that has been with me for 25 years. It’s about Michael Cameron searching for answers to an extraordinary power growing within him, but by chance finds himself hunted by a dangerous inhabitant from a race long hidden in our solar system.

8.What’s your current writing project?
Disciple 13

9.What book(s) are you currently reading?
Memoirs of Chris Hitchings

10.Who or what inspires your writing?
Film, astronomy and science.

Finally, is there anything you’d care to add? Please also include where people can read your published stories, buy your book, etc.
My books are available on Amazon kindle and Publishmeshop NZ.

Thanks, Roger. I'm looking forward to DISCIPLE 13.

Be sure to visit Roger's website:

And follow him on Twitter:!/RogerVenk

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