I loved History since childhood. Ancient History, Medieval times... and I also loved Science Fiction. Not every kind, not the horror or the depressing kind. I prefer the idea that beings who have evolved beyond our technology would also have ethics and morals to match. Although I imagine if they were humanoid, and if they had a brain compatible to ours, they would certainly have similar emotions, dreams, passions, concerns... and weaknesses.
I guess what I like about these opposite periods is that humans of the time live in totally different surroundings, with a different set of problems to solve, and a different attitude toward life. And there is no better challenge for a writer than stepping out of the comfort zone of a familiar contemporary setting and imagine what it would be like to live in a different time, a different space.
I traveled extensively and that helps. Most cultures I create in my books benefit from a vast multi-cultural experience gleaned from my travels. The slums of Mumbai inspired my description of the slums in the Borealis Space station for a novella in an anthology from Desert Breeze Publishing (Coming in October 2011). Human poverty, disease, and misery are not so different, no matter where and when.
Maybe in the back of my mind is the question, what would happen if all our technology was wiped out in one strike? How would we start again and evolve? Would we return to a stage of savage survival, with bands of hoodlums imposing their will at gunpoint? Would we organize in peaceful agricultural societies? Would religion disappear, go underground, or become more prevalent? Would we be able to preserve our past History? Would the children, unable to read and write for lack of schools, forget everything that came before them? Would the new society have to relearn everything from scratch?
Born in France, award-winning author Vijaya Schartz never conformed to anything and could never refuse a challenge. She likes action and exotic settings, in life and on the page. She traveled the world and claims she comes from the future. Her books collected many five star reviews and literary awards. She makes you believe you actually lived these extraordinary adventures among her characters. Her stories have been compared to Indiana Jones with sizzling romance. So, go ahead, dare to experience the magic, and she will keep you entranced, turning the pages until the last line. Find more at http://www.vijayaschartz.com