Debby Feo: Most of my stories are science fiction or historical, so I begin by researching the story’s science or historical period. After research, I fill in the storyline from a list of ideas that I wrote down before and during the research. I prepare spreadsheets for the characters and charts of the physical areas and keep everything in a binder.
TLR: In which genres do you write? What intrigues you about these?
DF: Science fiction, historical fiction, and children’s poems and stories. The first two allow me to express my own ideas and interpretation of facts and events. The third lets me connect with children and teaching them to read and dream.
TLR: What tips do you have for other writers?
DF: Keep a notebook nearby to write down ideas.
TLR: What are your thoughts on the creative process in general and your creative process in particular?
DF: Ideas can come at any time, so be alert. Write them all down and don’t evaluate them immediately. Several seemingly unconnected ideas can add up to a great idea.
TLR: Where do your ideas come from? What inspires you? Intrigues you?
DF: Wanting to learn more about a particular science field or historical period.
TLR: What about upcoming publications? Awards and other accolades?
DF: I have two books coming out soon. Blood on the Moon is my fifth vampire novel. It combines my love of science fiction with my vampire series. Saturnial School Scenes is my second children’s sci-fi book and the first in my Titan series. It is about the adventures of school age children on Titan, Saturn’s largest moon.
TLR: What are you working on now?
DF: I am spending most of my time on the second book in the Titan series. The title is The Caves of Titan. Since the first book, an indigenous race of cave dwellers, the Cenote, have been discovered on Titan. I am also working on several poetry collections.
TLR: Where do you see yourself as a writer in five years? Ten?
DF: I would like to get a movie deal for my vampire or Titan series. Since my vampires move through time, the series could be educational for young adults.
TLR: What challenges have you faced as a writer and/or with a particular project? How did you meet them?
DF: Maintaining confidence in my ability as a writer. My first poem was not accepted until 2008, almost three years after my first submission.
TLR: I’d love to hear about your networking, marketing, and promotional experiences – including tips for other writers.
DF: I tweet and I have a Goodreads author page. I blog on Goodreads and post announcements on Facebook. I have two Facebook pages: “Grandpa’s Chair” and “Debby Feo’s Publishing Page.” I also maintain a bibliography page on Amazon and Smashwords.
TLR: If you’re a fiction writer, who are your favorite characters? How did they come into being, and what do you love – or loathe – about them?
DF: My vampires: Gaius, Quintus, and Searlas. Gaius was born in Rome as a vampire. Latter in life, Gaius adopted Quintus, who he found beaten severely on the streets of Rome and suffering from amnesia. Searlas is Quintus’ biological son.
TLR: I know you’re also a poet. What forms do you like to work in?
DF: I have experimented with different forms, including haibun and haiku.
TLR: Anything else you’d like to add?
DF: Your encouragement and books about writing have inspired me to try different forms of writing.