Sci-Fi November is a month-long blog event hosted by Rinn Reads and Over The Effing Rainbow. It was created to celebrate everything amazing about science fiction. From TV shows to movies, books to comics, and everything else in between, it was intended to help us share our love and passion for this genre and its many, many fandoms.
Today I am interviewing Peter Fugazzotto, author of the new science-fiction novel, Into Darkness.
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DJ: Hey Peter! Thanks for stopping by to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Peter Fugazzotto: I’m one of those authors exploring the brave new world of indie publishing. While I’ve had short stories published in more traditional magazines like Heroic Fantasy Quarterly and Grim Dark Magazine, my longer works have all been indie published. I’m focused on dark fantasy, science fiction, and horror.
Part of the courage to blaze the writer’s path comes from my background in martial arts. I train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, a form of submission grappling (think chokes and armbars), and stick fighting. I am a brown belt in BJJ and won a World Championship as a purple belt (old man division). So I have learned to accept obstacles as the path which prepares me for the writing life.
My main goal as an author is to write good stories that entertain readers and make them want to come back for more.
DJ: What is Into Darkness about?
Peter: Into Darkness is an action-packed science fiction thriller set on a deep space mining colony gone dark.
In a future world of warring AIs, company agent Marley – half-human, half-machine – agrees to a mission to bring a deep space mining colony back online.
But when Marley and her mercenary crew crash land on the colony, she soon realizes that the colony holds dark secrets. Horrors that threaten her life and the future of humanity.
And she will have to decide who lives and who dies.
DJ: What were some of your influences for Into Darkness?
Peter: The initial seed for Into Darkness was Joseph Conrad’s incredible novella Heart of Darkness. But I wanted to push this through a lens of science fiction with a touch of horror.
Some of those science fiction influences have been the Alien movies and books (including those written by James A. Moore and Timothy Lebbon) since they have a strong sense of action and horror. Continue reading