Q: Can you tell us a bit about your current projects?
A: I've finishing final revisions on ROGUE PLANET, my Star Wars novel, setthree years after Episode One (and the only novel between Episode One andthe forthcoming Episode Two). But I know nothing about Episode Two!
Q: Where do you get your inspiration from?
A: From all around me. Life, family, friends, people, books, newspapers,magazines, music!
Q: What where the major challenges taking on Asimov's vision with Foundationand Chaos?
A: Working in Isaac's universe was more of a treat than a challenge. Somecoordination with Benford and Brin was necessary, to fit our books together,but for my part, setting my story on Trantor--one of my favorite Asimoviancreations--and using characters like Daneel made it a real pleasure, and aprivilege.
Q: Is it ever possible to write the future?
A: To predict it? No. To guess at it? Of course! To guess using informedcritical faculties--well, that's what we like to think science fiction does.But we rarely peg the details.
Q: Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
A: To keep writing! Persistence and self-education are the keys. Nobody canteach you how to write--you have to teach yourself, using the examples ofothers for inspiration. And when you're writing, stay away fromgarbage--read and view only those works that inspire. Otherwise your ownwork could feel tainted!
Q: When you're not writing, what do you like to do to relax?
A: Hang out with friends and family, listen to music, watch movies, read... theusual.
Q: What has the Internet meant for you as an author?
A: It's been a great place to get in touch with what people are reallythinking. And to make contact with readers and other writers. Egalitarian,wide open, like the Wild West!