An Interview with Sci-Fi Authors Alex and Andrew Salter

What inspired your story, (Seven)? Our family and a love for fantasy and science fiction.

Would you tell me about where the book takes place? A distant galaxy in a solar system with thirteen planets. While some of these planets don’t seem habitable, most are with just a bit of scientific help. It is a diverse system with the different races living together mostly in harmony. Each planet has its own governing bodies, some more than one, but each planet has Tribunes that are part of a System Council. This System Council oversees the issues of the system in a diplomatic manner.

Why (location)? We have always love science fiction and have had a desire to write something that takes place in that sci-fi realm.

How long did (Seven) take you to write? The idea came to us many years ago and was something we would discuss and research throughout those years. When we finally decided to write the book it took us about a year to completely finish the book.

How many books will there be in the (Seven) series? At the start we were thinking about it as a trilogy, but over time the story has grown throughout the writing process so we hope it will be more.

Will there be a movie for each book? Andrew: There are no plans for a movie. Alex: But if Amazon Prime wants to hit us up, we are open for discussions.

Who are some of your favorite or most influential authors?

Andrew: Brandon Sanderson, C.S. Lewis, Frank Herbert, John R. Erickson, Patrick Roth fuss

Alex: K.A. Applegate, George R.R. Martin, J. R. R. Tolkien, Jules Verne, Brandon Sanderson

What other types of books do you like to read?

Andrew: I love reading in general but do love old classics, mysteries, and Louis L’amour westerns which my Uncle got me into before I was even a teenager

Alex: I love the classics, Swiss Family Robinson, The Lost World. I also enjoy mystery/thrillers such as the Pendergast series.

Do you write anything other than novels?

Andrew: Not at the present

Alex: I dabble in poetry but nothing too serious

When do you like to write?

Andrew: I write mostly at the end of my day as I have usually been thinking throughout the day of different ideas or scenarios. So, the end of the day is a good time for me to write as I have usually gone over these ideas and scenarios gaining a sense of what to write.

Alex: I find it a little more difficult writing when I first wake up unless it is something I have been thinking on and planning out for the day before. I normally have so many thoughts about the story when I am writing that I can sit down most anytime and get my creativity sparked pretty easy, unless work was hectic that day.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

Andrew: When you start writing do not seek perfection, seek a story. Write down that story and then edit when you have finished that story. I have started multiple books and never finish them because I was seeking perfection in each line, perfection that I would never find. Write your book then try to make it the best book you can, while also knowing it will never be perfect. That is what has helped me the most.

Alex: It’s incredibly easy to start a book, the problem is the finish line. One thing I mentioned to Andrew early on in the writing process was let’s just finish one, and I am so glad we did. We achieved our lifelong dream of publishing a book that we wrote. Also start with an outline, but don’t be afraid to vary from the outline. The book we outlined, and the final book are not the same book. They are similar but there are some pretty big changes that happened alone the way that made the book better. Those changes wouldn’t have happened if we were married to the outline.


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