1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
Caitlin Diggs, my paranormally-tweaked FBI agent, would be my favorite. She is currently responsible for four novels and has brief cameos in another series I started. Since becoming affected by a mysterious crystal, Caitlin is experiencing supernatural abilities. But she doesn’t quite have a handle on them or the reason why she received them. Answers will be coming in two forthcoming novels, one set for June 2012, called Demon Inhibitions. Eventually, Caitlin may come to find the universe is a lot more connected than she once believed.
2. Tell me about your travels.
3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
Tea – mostly green. It’s a healthy antioxidant. I have to get my characters to drink more of it. It helps beat oxidative stress which seems to be prevalent in both the fictional and non-fictional world.
4. What else can you do besides write?
5. Who are you reading right now?
David Wilcox’s book, The Source Field Investigations. It is kind of rare for me to read non-fiction. This book has taken an immediate grip on me. I love science, especially science not yet quite proven, or fringe science. It really influences my stories. Wilcox posits that everything in the universe is listening to one another. So you may say we are part of a tapestry. It’s just that we don’t know how to perceive it because our senses may have stagnated. But if we could envision that everything is connected - from plants to stars we cannot see - we will find we do have a modicum of control over our lives. Wilcox cites one experiment where plants are proven to behave emotionally from stress. It means they have a consciousness. I think it means we can all tap into this consciousness. Finding the way to that mind state will make for some great science fiction stories I imagine.
6. Pop culture or academia?
I would lean to academia as it is a good basis for my stories. But it isn’t really any fun unless you can put pop culture into the mix, I have to admit. I try to keep my stories blended, sometimes mixing sci fi, romance and mystery. I feel a good story should entertain as well as educate.
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
Each story I read or film/TV show I watch brings constant inspiration. If that isn’t enough, there is always real life.
9. Food you could eat everyday.
10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
11. What kind of music speaks to you?
12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
I write the most illegible outlines imaginable. I look forward as a writer to be taken on a ride. It’s nearly always a mix, maybe 50/50 between writing something planned and finding inspiration in the moment of writing it.
13. Celebrity crush.
14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
15. Do you still watch cartoons?
Gary Starta is a former journalist whose love for science fiction compelled him to begin writing novels. His last novel Gods of the Machines was voted a finalist in the Preditors and Editors Readers Poll for 2010. He plans to continue writing novels which incorporate moral dilemma with suspense.