Yvonne Arlott – Science-fiction Writer Interview
Alien attacks, action and adventure. Just some of the things to expect from our Science-Fiction Writer Interview with Yvonne Arlott and her brilliant novel, Prelude To Annihilation…What can readers expect from your debut novel Prelude to Annihilation?
I tried to write the book with an emphasis on fast paced action and adventure but also some mystery as a group of survivors of an alien attack discover more about a device the aliens have come looking for on earth. I hope readers will find the book an easy, exciting and enjoyable read that takes them to an imaginary world that explores ideas about the universe and beyond.
What obstacles did you encounter when writing the story?
I found that whilst I had a storyline planned out, when I came to writing some of the chapters I wasn’t finding it exciting or enjoyable, so ended up changing the whole storyline and rewriting vast amounts of the book.
Also, having never published a book before I discovered there was a lot I had to learn about the editing and printing process. Even just typesetting the manuscript into a suitable format for printing was a much bigger task than I had first realised and I felt very fortunate that TJ INK was able to help guide me through.
What is it about the genre of science fiction that you are so passionate about?
I’ve always been excessively inquisitive and would ask countless questions about everything but would never be satisfied with the answer until I knew why. That is what drew me most to science fiction as there are so many unanswered questions about the universe and life and there is also the potential to perhaps one day find answers that will amaze us. It could even be that our wildest speculations are nothing compared to the astonishing reality of what the truth really is and I find that exciting.
What kind of research did you do to prepare yourself for the writing?
As much as I was able. I researched various aspects of the book with regards to plant species around in the time frame mentioned in the book, to try and ensure it was credible. Also, I had to do some research into nuclear fission but predominantly the book is derived from my imagination and so not a huge amount of research was needed.
‘By self-publishing I would be able to maintain full control over the look and design of the final book and all decisions regarding the book.’
Why did you decide to self-publish your novel?
I did consider submitting the book to agents but it’s difficult to find agents who are prepared to even consider science fiction novels and also I decided that by self-publishing I would be able to maintain full control over the look and design of the final book and all decisions regarding the book.
This meant that I was able to have the book printed by a firm based in Cornwall and therefore was also able to submit to the Made In Cornwall scheme which it was subsequently accepted into.
How long did it take you to get a hard copy of your book once you had the manuscript edited and ready to go?
I received the entire order of books three weeks from the date I completed and emailed the final approval forms for the proofs.
Are you happy with the end result?
I am really happy with the end result and the quality of printing.
‘I think the main thing you need to do is enjoy the writing and then also take time to edit it.’
Is Prelude To Annihilation part of a series? If so, what can we expect from the next instalment?
I have the intentions to write a sequel which will hopefully be full of adventure and action and will also explore some of the ideas in the original book further. Whilst the first novel is based on Earth it is my plan to set the sequel in other parts of the Universe. Presently I am absorbed on working on two other books, so the sequel won’t be for a while.
What advice would you give people that want to write a book?
I’ve always thought that if you don’t enjoy writing something why would anyone enjoy reading it? So I think the main thing you need to do is enjoy the writing and then also take time to edit it. When it comes to self-publishing, it can be quite daunting at first, but once you’ve done it, the process is much easier than it first appears.
And finally, why should readers buy Prelude To Annihilation?
Because I think anyone who likes science fiction, action and some mystery will enjoy this story.
For anyone who has been interested by this science-fiction writer interview with Yvonne and would like a sample of her book, the first two chapters are available to read here.