GALAXY: Milky Way, PLANET: Earth, SPECIES: Humanoid. OCCUPATION: Author, GENRE: Sci-Fi…
IDENTIFICATION OF HUMANOID: Eileen Troemel
Writing has been a love of mine since the 3rd grade when one of our assignments was to write a story. I remember spending much time writing silly things about Flora’s Flowers and other similar things.
I don’t remember a time I didn’t love to read. I may have been born with a book in my hands – or maybe I just read a lot because all of my family does. One of my favorite childhood memories involves climbing into a red maple tree on our family farm to read a book on a hot summer day.
I’m a farm girl, proud of it and miss farming as my parents sold out of farming when my father’s health failed. I grew up working hard, reading, writing and creating.
I had my kids young and kept writing until I had three kids under five. Then they got older, and I found myself longing for something and rediscovered writing. I started with writing poetry – some awful and some not awful. I moved into writing essays, articles, and short stories.
My first novel, a romance, I started in the 90s. Once I got the first novel under my belt, I knew what my life needed. I’ve got a great husband and three amazing daughters who support me in my writing.
Aside from writing, I have a large extended family who annoys and amuse me. I love to research family history, crochet and read. I’ve crocheted since I was 12 and had an obsession with making things. My nieces and nephews appreciate this as they are the usual recipients of what I crochet.
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ALEXA WAYNE (AW): When did you find out you would want to write novels?
EILEEN TROEMEL: I started with stories when I was eight. I don’t think I connected writing my stories with writing a book ever. I thought about journalism as a career, but it didn’t happen. Instead, I took a path which led me to kids and working, often two jobs, to make ends meet.
In my late 30s, I found I didn’t like me very much. I started journaling which included poetry and then other ideas. As time passed, I talked about writing with my oldest daughter. After her sisters were in bed, she and I would talk plot points. From there, I realized I could do this – I could write an actual novel.
AW: You mentioned your work, all set in science-fiction or cyborg settings, would you let our readers know why you are attracted to that genre?
EILEEN TROEMEL: One of my earliest memories is my father staying in the house to watch the moon landing. I remember how odd it was he didn’t immediately go outside to work. I guess it made me wonder about it – though I was only four so not a lot of deep thought at the time. I saw the original Star Wars movies in the theater – often.
I also watched the original Star Trek in reruns. Space offers options – lots of them. The characters don’t have to look like humans – or act like us. They can have a variety of skills different from us. There are many possibilities like stirring a pot and reaching to grabbing a handful of noodles.
Each of those noodles is an option and then putting them into some semblance of order. Science fiction is limited only by our imagination. What can I dream up this week? Will it end up being something that might occur in the future?
More than that though, science fiction genre offers an array of sub-genres like romance, wars, paranormal, aliens, and so on. It’s a matter of putting characters in a setting which could be utterly alien to them, and the readers. I think science fiction offers flexibility and perhaps the most creativity.
AW: When writing about sci-fi, do you do research and if so, how far do you go with your research?
EILEEN TROEMEL: It depends on the story. I tend to write off the cuff, so I’m not necessarily looking for much information. I’ll start with a scene or character I want to write about, and the story develops from there. Now that doesn’t mean I don’t sit with Google at the ready. I do.
I’ve researched things like hanging, accounting departments, weapons, and a variety of other topics. I don’t tend to plan my books. They tend to come to me. This process means I don’t do much preparation for writing until the story takes me there. Research is fascinating and distracting. zOne thing I have to remember is that I don’t have 40 days to get sidetracked or distracted by one detail.
AW: What is most important to you when writing your novels?
EILEEN TROEMEL: The story. From the time the reader opens the book, I want them to be engaged. I want them to be unable to put the book down because the story makes them laugh, cry, and everything in between. The story needs to move the reader.
AW: Which authors influenced your writing in science-fiction?
EILEEN TROEMEL: Thank goodness you didn’t ask for my one favorite one – that’s an impossible question. Growing up I read Clifford the Big Red Dog books, The Witch Next Door and other things which were a little off reality.
As an adult, Piers Anthony, Anne McCaffrey and Patricia Wrede are three big ones – though Patricia Wrede is a little more fantasy / paranormal than science fiction. However, there were others like Slipt by Alan Dean Foster and A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle fascinated me.
AW: Which of your novels is your favorite and why is it your favorite?
EILEEN TROEMEL:This is like asking me to pick a favorite child. My Wayfarer series is probably my favorite series. Adara goes from a shy, under-confident character at the beginning of the series to a balanced strong, determined woman by the end.
For stand-alone novels, it would have to be Draconian Peace. In this novel, the Draconian people are in turmoil with the humans dealing with racial conflicts. The two things I like the most are the connection the two main characters make and the effect this has on society.
AW: Do you believe in alien visiting our world, by that I mean in abduction or close encounters of 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th kind?
EILEEN TROEMEL: There’s more to our universe than we know – anything is possible. I think it would be arrogant of the humans on this earth to think we are the only sentient beings in the universe.
AW: What made you decide to be self-published?
EILEEN TROEMEL: I worked with several publishers to try to get published. Unfortunately, none of them followed through to completion. Each time this happened, I felt crushed. I tried the traditional publishing route for more than ten years. I know several authors and they were opting out of the traditional.
As more of them successfully self-published, I was mentored by them with advice and patience. Self-publishing is empowering yet tricky. You pretty much are jumping into the deep end of the pool and hoping you can swim.
You have to know the best business practices, marketing, editing, cover design, and so much more. Most important you have to know when to hire someone when you lack a particular skill. Holding my first book felt incredible. The pride and sense of accomplishment were over the top.
AW: What sets you apart from other science-fiction and cyborg authors?
EILEEN TROEMEL:In my writing, you’ll find women who are strong or learning to be in stories where personal relationships matter more than any battle.
At the same time, the women, and the men, are willing to take on the battles if they are needed. I believe I offer a good story with moving events and exciting characters wrapped up in a science fiction format.
AW: What can readers look forward to from AUTHOR NAME in 2019?
EILEEN TROEMEL:I’m working on Hostile Magic, the sequel to Wild Magic, a fantasy novel, which launches the first part of this year. I’ve got a WIP about aliens coming to our world to help us after a plague.
This one has lots of twists and turns with flying transports, battles, politics, and personal connection. I worked on it for over a year, but I’m hoping to finish it this year and shift from the writing stage to production. Other than these two, I have a couple of sequels I am hoping to move from the back burner to actively work on them.
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