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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

GUEST BLOG: VIJAYA SCHARTZ

HOW TO RECONCILE THE LOVE OF HISTORY AND THE LOVE OF SCIENCE-FICTION AND WRAP THEM UP IN A ROMANCE - By Vijaya Schartz


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?

But the real challenge is to have a Medieval society living alongside an advanced intergalactic civilization. And of course, that’s what I love to do. I did it in my ongoing series THE CHRONICLES OF KASSOUK, and to a certain extent in SNATCHED. Another challenge is to take a hero and a heroine at the opposite end of the spectrum and make them fall in love. Then you have a rich tapestry for the setting, a wide range of emotions for the characters, and an exciting plot to enjoy.

ABOUT VIJAYA SCHARTZ

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

5 comments:

Linda Andrews said...

I love the mideveal elements in your stories set against the ease of technology of the alien races. Allthough I have to admit I hate that the humans get treated as inferior:-) But that just makes the conflict sweeter. Why did you decide to end the series with Blue Lioness and go back to the beginning with the Ark book?

Vijaya Schartz said...

Thanks for the comment, Linda. Many readers did ask for the prequel. I also realized that there was a story in what happened before. Now I am having lots of fun writing it and gathering all the threads I threw in the four books and weave them into an exciting beginning.

Celia Yeary said...

Vijaya--what an amazing imagination you have. Years ago, I went through a Science Fiction period, only reading those books I found in the library. That was well before eReaders and even the thought that I might write a book.
I loved those stories--then...Western Historical romance caught my eye--I'd never read a romance, and wow...I was hooked.

To create an entire new world is a formidible task for an author, but it sounds as though you have just the creativity for that.

I enjoyed learning a little about you--since I knew practically nothing, this has been fun.
Congratulations on your grand success, and best wishes for your future releases.
Celia
ps--I love your hair.

Vijaya Schartz said...

Thanks, Celia, for all your kind comments. The sci-fi bug is difficult to resist, isn't it? But I love writing these stories. Hope the readers enjoy reading them.

shadow_kohler said...

The sci-fi bug is hard to resist! Your books sound great! I cant wait to read them. Thanks for sharing!
shadow_kohler(at)att(dot)net