On Tuesday February 21, 2012 at 8pm EST, Libdrone Books hosted author Jenn Thorson on a Twitter chat event to discuss her humorous science fiction novel There Goes the Galaxy. Check out http://libdrone.info/ to read a review of the book. There, you will also find a link to
a free copy of Thorson's short story "The Hyphiz-Deltan Job," which is a prequel
to There Goes the Galaxy.
The transcript of the Twitter chat event is as follows:
libdrone @Jenn_Thorson How long did it take you to write
TGTG, Jenn? (check out Jenn's book at http://t.co/fekNmKjS)
Jenn_Thorson This was a work I did over about a decade on
libdrone @Jenn_Thorson Wow. 10 years is a real labor of love
it seems to me
Jenn_Thorson I came up with the idea in college and it was
revised over a number of years. The college material was pretty awful. But I just felt there was something there.
libdrone @Jenn_Thorson So the story kept drawing you back as
a writer and your published book is the result of a long creative process?
UberECOcool WOW! 10 yrs straight out of college?
Jenn_Thorson A long process, but I know a lot about the
universe now, which helps so much for new material.
libdrone @Jenn_Thorson So you plan to continue writing about
the settings and characters introduced in TGTG and your earlier short
Jenn_Thorson Yes, I'm working on a sequel, called The
Purloined Number. That should be done in a year or so.
libdrone @Jenn_Thorson How do you
react to be compared such greats as Adams and Heinlein?
Jenn_Thorson It's flattering certainly but I'm still
learning. I think people are going to bring what they want to the work. But I do appreciate the enthusiasm. I've felt pretty fortunate to have the reception I've had with it.
libdrone @Jenn_Thorson I have to ask, of course: were you a
fan of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.....is Bertarm an Arthur Dent for
Jenn_Thorson I am a fan of the Guide. But I wasn't thinking of Arthur Dent when I wrote Bertram. Bertram I think is a
little bit of all of us trying to find our way today.
libdrone So Bertram is your everyman?
Jenn_Thorson An Everyman with his own faults and fears,
certainly. The universe in the book is so strange, I felt we needed that normalcy to get acclimated.
UberECOcool @Jenn_Thorson You've got a lot of story packed
into one book. How
did you decide to put it all out at once?
Jenn_Thorson There were certain points I wanted to hit with
this book. The next one takes a different path. It was a logical breaking
libdrone About that oh-so-striking universe, Jenn...how the
heck did you choose the proper names in it? ... some sound almost like things
we all say. Others....wtf??
Jenn_Thorson The names are a combination of jokes, clues,
scrambled words, Latin names...
libdrone @Jenn_Thorson I'm embarassed to admit that
sometimes I didn't get some of the names. Were any of the clues essential? Or do you have a favorite in joke you
Jenn_Thorson It's all right if you didn't catch some of it because none of the names
affect the plot. If someone gets a pun, great, if not, it's okay, too. I didn't want to hinge anything important on someone getting a joke or pun...
Jenn_Thorson You had asked earlier about Adams, but my influences
actually included works from writers like Wodehouse and Lewis Carroll, too.
Also Jean Shepherd. Space has just given me a chance to play around and make
things more surreal.
UberECOcool @Jenn_Thorson Sounds like you read a lot when
you were younger. How old were you when you started writing?
Jenn_Thorson I got serious about writing when I was 11. I
wrote a mystery book for a class project. I wanted to create the next Nancy
UberECOcool @Jenn_Thorson How did
u decide to go #independent with #publishing, if I might ask?
Jenn_Thorson I chose to do it because the story felt
relevant to today, and because humorous scifi isn't a huge market for
traditional publishers right now.
libdrone @Jenn_Thorson To me you seemed reluctant at first
to go the #indie route, but then BOOM.... was expecting your next question to
be about how to use smashwords....next I hear from you you're sending me a
Jenn_Thorson Yes, I wasn't sure until I did some more
research and realized I would be missing out on an opportunity that was a good
fit. Like Bertram Ludlow, I don't make decisions lightly. :)