Today I am interviewing Alice Henderson, author of the new science-fiction novel, Shattered Roads, first book in The Skyfire Saga.
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DJ: Hi Alice! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Alice Henderson: Hi DJ! Thank you for having me here. I’ve written officially licensed novels for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Supernatural, and The Ghost Whisperer, and have written material for Star Wars video games. For my own original work, I feel very strongly about including themes about wildlife and climatology. I do pro-bono work for a number of wildlife non-profits, including bioacoustic wildlife surveys and mapping. I was selected to attend the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop, the NASA-funded writing workshop devoted to bringing accurate science to science fiction, and strive to uphold that in my work.
DJ: What is Shattered Roads about?
Alice: In a future laid waste by environmental catastrophe, a menial laborer discovers an ancient alarm system warning of an asteroid on an imminent collision course with Earth. Science has long since been abandoned, and she must journey across a storm-ravaged landscape to find a legendary group of people who held onto science and are humanity’s only hope.
DJ: What were some of your influences Shattered Roads and the series?
Alice: I’ve always been inspired by books that recognized unsettling traits in our society and projected them out into the future, portraying how our society would develop if we stayed on the current path. Fahrenheit 451 is an excellent example of this. I also loved books in which characters wander through a world where history has been forgotten, exploring crumbling cities that the reader can recognize, like The White Mountains by John Christopher. That’s also a great example of a story in which characters start out isolated and ignorant and end up fighting for altruistic reasons. That’s always appealed to me. Continue reading