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Friday, August 2, 2013

Author Interview – NS Wikarski

What are your goals as a writer? To challenge people’s assumptions about the way things are. To make the reader think about subjects from a different perspective than they’ve considered before.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? I do my research online these days but I would love to visit all the places I’ve written about. Since the series takes place on every continent, I’ve had to guess at many of the locations I’m using. Someday, I’d like to see if I got the physical descriptions right – if I captured the feel of the location accurately.

Who is your favorite author and why? Jane Austen is a particular favorite of mine. It’s amazing to me that someone who saw so little of the wider world during her short lifetime could make such shrewd observations about human nature. I enjoy her sly humor. She manages to write perceptive social satire without being mean-spirited about it.

Can we expect any more books from you in the future? If all goes as planned, I’ll be producing a book a year each December until the series is finished. That ought to take me to 2017.

Where do you see yourself in five years? Hopefully, I’ll be on a world cruise visiting all the places I’ve written about but have never seen. Assuming, of course, that the Arkana series is finished.

Are you reading any interesting books at the moment? My reading tastes have gone retro lately – primarily Victorian authors. For about a year, I was reading Wilkie Collins novels. I’ve now moved on to H. Rider Haggard. I love the unhurried way that a Victorian narrative develops. It’s a relief to step away from our contemporary sound byte culture. Victorians used language in a much more elegant way than we do now. It feels quaint and cozy and quite relaxing to read something from that era.

Do you have any specific last thoughts that you want to say to your readers? I am so very grateful to the loyal fans who’ve written to me via my Facebook page to tell me how much they enjoy the Arkana series. Since writing is a solitary occupation, it’s wonderful to know that my words have reached somebody out there – that I was able to entertain, amuse, and even spark new thoughts about some old topics. I appreciate the encouragement to keep going.

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Genre – Archaeology / Thriller

Rating – PG

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