Featured Interview With A.L. Hawke
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was born and raised in Los Angeles. I spent a few years in the Midwest, but then settled down again in Southern California.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
When very young, I was into reading J.R.R Tolkien and Mary Stewart. I loved the Arthurian legends – Mary Stewart’s Crystal Cave series.
I finished my first attempt at a novel, a science fiction, when I was in High School. It wasn’t very legible, written in blue ink (fortunately for my readers, books are printed not handwritten. I have awful penmanship)
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
My favorite genres are science fiction, paranormal romance and transgressive fiction.
A few favorite authors: Stephanie Meyer, Brett Easton Ellis, Frank Herbert, J.D. Salinger, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Marion Zimmer Bradley.
Stephen King inspires me.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
Candy Savant is a science fiction novel set two hundred years in the future exploring the future of gender.
Candice Harlow (Candy) has just graduated from Arkite University and is arranged to work in the elite Savant program with supreme overlord Elise Jackson. But Elise not only directs Candy’s genetic research, she also fancies her. The two of them succeed in their work, but their creation is shunned by their all-female society leading to peril.
Candy Savant shares many plot elements from Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein, as well as being influenced by dystopian novels like The Handmaid’s Tale, Brave New World and 1984.
Although Candy is clearly the protagonist, I was really drawn to Elise’s character. Writing a story around a crazed megalomaniac dictator and her interplay with the kindhearted innocent Candy helped the manuscript flow faster than any other book I had ever written before.
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