Who’s your favorite antagonist of all time and why?
Q, played by John de Lancie, on the different Star Trek versions. I enjoy his character because he's so self-centered his brand of evil makes me laugh.
Believable characters and events, danger, courage and a strong resolution (unless it's the beginning of a series where room is left for more.)
Anything that ruins a science fiction story, in your opinion?
Speech, idioms, slang and attitudes that are exactly like today's, as if the author has taken 21st century (or 20th, for that matter) characters and shown no advances in ways of speaking, thinking, or problem solving. I have great hopes for human psychological evolution, mentally, emotionally, and societal and enjoy novels reflecting that.
Do you have any writing quirks?
I cannot, absolutely CAN NOT write Chapter 4 in any book I've ever written. If I type those words, the story meets a premature death. To overcome this, I simply keep writing Chapter 3, then when I've finished the book, I go back and sneak Chapter 4 in somewhere between 3 & 5, and all's well. Right now, I'm in about my 60th page of Chapter 3 in The Dirtsiders, sequel to Refuge which, I'm delighted to say, has been getting some very good reviews on Amazon.
What’s your latest novel about, in 25 words or less?
On a far planet "unearthly" kids with ESP are doomed unless hidden in a refuge during a winter none can survive outside of stasis.
THIS or THAT?
Close Encounters of the Third Kind or Men In Black?
“May the force be with you” or “Live long & prosper?”
"Live Long & prosper."
Dr. Who or Dr. Mureau?
Planner or Pantser?
Where can we find out more about your books?
Judy Griffith Gill, on Face Book & Goodreads
@semitica on Twitter
Audra, thanks very much for hosting me today. I enjoyed answering your incisive questions. They all made me think. The toughest, though, was boiling my book description down to 24 words! (Wrote it out on Word, then whittled away until the word counter told me I was within limits.)
Now, I have a question for your readers. Who is Doncer's "topman" in REFUGE? The first three correct answers will win a free download of any of my other books. Readers can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org with "topman" in the subject line.