What element was it that got “Goodnight Earth” going for you?
I liked the idea of a proto-ring forming in the sky because of how I blew up the moon in the two former stories. I wanted to write this story to stand apart from the others and set it much further in the future. I also have had the idea of genetically modified super-soldier children bouncing around in my head ever since I saw Dark Angel on TV way back when. I wanted to do my own take on it and felt that given how things might shake out with my apocalypse, this was a good setting for that idea to get some legs.
The setting showcases a post-apocalyptic American South; what prompted this narrative choice?
I liked the idea of a character stuck on a river. Plus, through looking at loosely realistic projections of what might happen if the moon exploded, I realized it was possible for the weather and oceans to be very volatile. The American South seemed like it would be a dangerous, but potentially still better-than-other-places location to live. And I liked the Mississippi river, since it is such a main artery for the USA. I could picture new settlements and old surviving cities returning to using shipping to get people and goods moved around.
Karron chooses not to help the Children, then changes her mind quite deliberately to save Ishim, then later chooses not to choose. What drew you to want to show choices in these ways?
She chooses not to choose? I guess I didn’t see it that way. She decides to leave the river, which is a huge thing for her. She’s been drifting through her life, trying to be something she isn’t. Every story of mine in this Triptych has been, at its core, about a woman making a choice. I continued that theme for Karron.
What’s next for you? You’ve worked in a variety of mediums; do you have a favourite?
Novels forever. I mean, I’ll still be writing short fiction from time to time, but my future is full of fantasy novels. My favorite medium, though? Novellas. I feel like my real strength and happiness is in works that are fifteen to twenty-five thousand words, but alas, my cats and husband like food, so I’ll be writing mostly novels for the rest of my life probably.
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