Interview with A. Nation

Author of A Cat on Mars

I'm retired and writing as much as I can. I have 24 novels and several novellas published. My genres are science fiction, urban fantasy, and travel mysteries.
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How would you describe <A Cat on Mars> to a new reader?
  • A cat's adventure to Mars
What was the inspiration behind <A Cat on Mars> ?
  • I wanted a prequel and a companion novella for my Domino Sagas from the cat's point of view
Which authors do you admire? How have they influenced your writing style?
  • Rita Mae Brown, Isaac Asimov, Mary Higgins, J.A. Jance
Can you tell us a little about the locations in your book?
  • From the city streets to the Moon and then on Mars
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
  • Read as much as you can thoughout grade/high school and save everything you write.
What's your writing process?
  • I make a list of the scenes I need to start. I work on one scene at a time
Which character in <A Cat on Mars> has had the greatest impact on readers?
  • Frederick the cat
If <A Cat on Mars> 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?
  • A snarky voice
How have readers responded to <A Cat on Mars>?
  • This is a very cute futuristic cat story. I love how most of it is from the cat's perspective. The dialog between the cat and other animals is adorable. - MSB
Where next? What are you working on now?
  • A novella about my grandmother who traveled in steerage across the Atlantic Ocean in 1904
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Frederick, the cat, lost and alone as a kitten was rescued by a good Samaritan. His present owner found him in time at the animal shelter. Little did he know this human was going to take him on an adventure no cat has done before.