Interview with A. Nation

Author of The Valentine Gifts: Love on Mars and Other Holiday Stories

I'm retired and writing as much as I can. I have 20 novels and several novellas published. My genres are science fiction, urban fantasy, and travel mysteries.
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How would you describe <The Valentine Gifts> to a new reader?
  • A collection of my characters during the Valentine season
What was the inspiration behind <The Valentine Gifts> ?
  • To interest my readers about the characters
Which authors do you admire? How have they influenced your writing style?
  • Diane Mott Davidson, Georgette Heyer, Isaac Asimov
Can you tell us a little about the locations in your book?
  • speculative science fiction and the future
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
  • Read as much as you can, write as much as you can and save it
What's your writing process?
  • I think about the next scene a few days before I write it down. Sometimes a word comes to me from a TV show.
Which character in <The Valentine Gifts> has had the greatest impact on readers?
  • There are many from my novels
If <The Valentine Gifts> were to be adapted for TV or film, who would you see in the lead role? Who did you have in your mind’s eye when you wrote him/her?
  • Young actors
How have readers responded to <iThe Valentine Gifts>?
  • This collection of short and several longer stories just right for short reading on my kindle. Worth more to me because I got a look at the variety of story lines & characters.
Where next? What are you working on now?
  • Right now I'm gathering research to write about my grandmother
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Outtakes from my SF and UF novels how my characters celebrate Valentines Day and other holiday stories