Welcome to the thirty seventh edition of 10 Questions With…
Today our guest is:
Before we start the questions, tell us about yourself.
I’m a scientist, a photographer and a writer. I was born in the U.K., grew up in Tuscany (Italy), and lived in 4 different
European countries and 4 different U.S. states before settling in New Mexico. Genetics is not only a good chunk of the work I do for a living, but also a great source of inspiration for my stories. You can find out more about my books on my website. I also have a photography website where I sell prints and other gadgets, and my composite work is currently showing the Fuller Lodge Art Center.
1.) What is something that many people might not know about you?
I’m an introvert and I shiver every time I have to speak/do anything publicly. I do it anyways because I’m also a very driven person. 🙂
2.) What inspired you to write your first book?
Genetics inspired my first book, Chimeras. In particular, the concept of pseudogenes, genes that we inherited from older species (insects, reptiles, and so on) and that, as we evolved into new organisms, became deactivated. Most people think that there are “cat” genes and “monkey” genes and “crocodile” genes, in other words genes that are specific to one species. In reality, we all share a great portion of our gene pool, but different genes are activated across different species. In other words, we all share an enormous portion of DNA, but, in additiona to a common core set of genes, cats have certain cat-specific genes activated, monkeys have other genes, and so on. Once I learned that, I racked my brains thinking of ways to activate those ancestral genes. Turns out, in some rare case, it is indeed possible to activate them. The field that studies these mechanisms is called epigenetics and it’s an absolutely mind-blowing part of genetics.
3.) Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Many books inspired me throughout the years, but it’s rare that I would go on and love _everything_ one particular author has written. There are two exceptions: Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Raymond Chandler. I know, they have nothing in common, LOL. I absolutely love the magical realism of Marquez’s books. One Hundred Years of Solitude is one of those books I could read over and over again and find something new in it every time. As for Chandler, I love his witty, sarcastic prose. The man was a metaphor genius.
4.) If you could have dinner with any author, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Raymond Chandler. Though I’d ask him to please put away his pipe.
5.) What book are you reading now?
Ready Player One by Ernst Cline and I must say I’m blown away. I really wish I’d thought of it myself. I’m not a video game player but I can totally see the kind of future Cline envisions. I also think he did a great job with the story line and characters.
6.) Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Oh, many. Definitely all the authors I’ve met through Samuel Peralta’s Future Chronicles (Peter Cawdron, Ann Christy, Nick Webb, just to name a few), and the authors I’ve met through Nick Cole’s and Michael Bunker’s Apocalypse Weird series, like Chris Pourteau, Jason Anspach, Kim Wells, David Bruns, Eamon Ambrose, and Michael Hicks. And then of course, I can’t leave out Tony Melchiorri and Nick Sansbury Smith, whose work and dedication to the field is a constant inspiration.
7.) If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in any of your books?
I keep finding lots of repetitions that I’d completely missed the first time around. I hate that, but somehow I’m blind to my own repetitions. Did you see that? I keep doing it. 🙂
8.) Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I just published The Gaijin Girl, a short story set in working on the Mayake Chronicles. After writing Akaela, the first book in the series, people kept asking me who the Gaijins — the dominators of the Mayake people — were. The series is set in a dystopian future where only two human races have survived: the technologically advanced Gaijins, and the genetically defective Mayake who survive thanks to nanobots and robotic prostheses. In the first book, I never describe them in book 1, so I thought a separate story from their POV was needed.
I also just finished editing Athel, the second book in the series, and sent out ARCs to my readers. Anyone who would like an ARC in exchange for an honest review can request one after signing up for my newsletter.
9.) If you were to get rid of one state in the US, which would it be and why?
I don’t have an answer to that and if I did, it’d slip into politics, and I’d rather keep politics off the plate right now. Now, if you asked me instead which politicians I’d want to get rid of ….
10.) A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?
“Hola sen~orita, quiere baillar con migo?”
And of course I’d say yes because even though I don’t dance, who would pass on the chance of dancing with a penguin wearing a sombrero?? 😉
Go ahead, pimp whatever book you want:
Akaela, book 1 in the Mayake Chronicles, a hot new release in Cyberpunk for the month of June and the highest rated in Steampunk
Chimeras, a hard-boiled detective thriller with a genetic twist, and 2014 International Book Award medalist.
Gene Cards, a noir, futuristic thriller, winner of the Stargazer Literary Prizes and a 2015 semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Awards.
GIVEAWAY: E.E. Giorgi would like to giveaway five copies of The Gaijin Girl. To enter all you have to do is answer the following question in the comment section below:
What’s the next dystopian book that you would like to see on the big screen?
This giveaway will run until Friday morning, October 23, 2015 at 8:00 am (est). Good luck to everyone.
I would like to thank E.E. Giorgi for joining us today. I hope you enjoyed learning about her as much as I did.
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