AUTHORS OF SCIENCE FICTION: ED GOSNEY
Tell me a bit about yourself, what’s your name and where are you from?
I’m Ed Gosney, and I grew up in the small town of Martins Ferry, Ohio, directly across the Ohio River from Wheeling, West Virginia. Besides writing fiction, I make my living as a business proposal writer. I’ve also been an English teacher, served in the Army as a journalist, and held a number of different part-time jobs through the years. My wife and I will be celebrating our 30th anniversary this August, and we have three children: our oldest daughter will be graduating college this year with an English degree, our son is finishing his second year of college as a video game design major, and our youngest is in 8th grade.
What originally drew you to science fiction?
As a kid, I have fond memories of watching Star Trek in syndication with my oldest sister and my dad, and later I became crazed with The Planet of the Apes movies, and the TV series in 1974. I started reading the novelizations from those TV shows and movies, and haven’t looked back.
What was the first science fiction book you read?
It was either Pierre Boulle’s The Planet of the Apes or one of those old Star Trek books that were based on episodes of the Original Series.
Do you listen to music when you write? If so what is on your playlist?
Not always, but when I do it’s usually a musical score, or my CD of Dudley Moore’s Songs Without Words. That one packs an emotional punch, so it can be great to play while writing certain scenes. Lately though, I’ve been stuck on playing Jesse Stone: The Ultimate Collection. If you’ve ever watched any of the Jesse Stone movies with Tom Selleck, you can’t help but notice the beautiful music Jeff Beal composed, and I love to write while playing it.
Some authors take part in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), myself included. Have you ever taken part? If so what was your process for cramming 50,000 words into a mere 30 days? Also, was your book a result of taking part in NaNoWriMo?
I’ve always wanted to, but I realize I’m a slow writer. When I got a contract to write a novel for the late “Apocalypse Weird” bookverse, I churned out 70,000 (Transmutations) words in about five months, which was fast for me. I love the idea for NaNoWriMo, and maybe someday I’ll challenge myself to do it, but probably not until I’m retired!
Can you tell me about your book and what inspired it?
My first novel, Prometheus Stumbles, came to me in a dream. In the latter part of the 21st Century, a man finds himself on the run for his life, being chased by people he discovers are far from ordinary, and he realizes he lives in a world that he doesn’t know as well as he thought he did. I’ve also written a couple of short stories that take place in this same universe (Dreamworld), “Practice,” and “The Thundering Grind of Jurassic Gears,” which is currently in the newest Future Chronicles anthology, The Jurassic Chronicles. I have a more planned for Dreamworld in the future.
The other novel I mentioned, Transmutations, is a fun twist on the zombie apocalypse craze. Instead of zombies, I have human-insect hybrids, created by science and a dash of the supernatural.
What are you currently reading?
Too many books! I’m usually reading about 15 books simultaneously, but I’ll keep it short here by mentioning that I recently started The Book of Lost Tales, Part One, by J.R.R. Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien. And lots of comic books. I write a weekly blog on my website, Cool Comics in My Collection.
Where can people go to find more about you and your work?
The best place to go is my website, www.edgosney.com. It contains a short bio, a book section that has links to buy any of my books or stories, and my comic book blog. I also have a pretty wide web presence, including Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and comicbookrealm.com.
Thank you for reading my interview with Ed!
If you’re a space opera fan then check out my new series The Alorian Wars