About 8 months ago, Lewis from Libertopia Cartoons sent me some interview questions for an interesting project he was doing.
Goofball me, I waited 8 months to answer them. Now, it’s too late.
Or so I thought! Lewis graciously posted my interview last week. Here it is!
Give it a read over on his site. It looks much better over there. Here is the link.
1. Could you tell us a little bit about your work as a writer (genre, why you like this genre, any particular messages you convey in your writing)
The focus is science fiction, specifically dystopian, cyberpunk and space opera because I think the future is bleak and I want to do something about it.
I tried the activism route. I tried blogging. Now I’m trying novels.
All of my stories feature morally righteous protagonists in search of something they need to survive but frustrated by all kinds of SJWs, authoritarians, moochers and other unpleasant creeps.
I want my readers to vicariously experience a struggle for freedom, as inspiration for the real struggle for freedom that I plan to organize in the future.
When people have lost faith in a better future and are in passive couch-potato mode, the way to bounce them out of it is via the imagination.
So that’s why I do that. I also hope to make a little money along the way to keep myself in lentils and tea.
2. How did you get started in this area (enjoyment writing as a young person, mentors that encouraged you, etc).
I wrangled an adult library card to the Philadelphia Free Library in 1980 and haven’t looked back since. There I discovered all the great science fiction names from Heinlein and Asimov to Dick and Bradbury, among others – including A Boy and His Dog, which may have traumatized my 10-year-old self.
Then in college in Chicago I discovered Rand, Kafka, Hemingway, Bukowski and my desire to be a novelist solidified. Since then I’ve been working on gathering the time, money and skills required to make a serious go at producing literature that thrills, chills and produces tears.
My greatest motivation along the way was my dad, who told me I’d never amount to anything more than a ditch-digger or a gas-pumper. Then there was my first boss after college who almost drove me to suicide. That time I almost got eaten by a shark off the Atlantic coast of Colombia sealed it for me. It’s bestseller or bust for me!
3. Do you have any favorite books, movies, artwork, games, etc that you find inspiring?
Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead moved me and gave me confidence. Kafka’s short stories reminded me of the delicious absurdity of 99% of the human population. Bukowski’s straight-talking dereliction told me I could do this, too. Philip K. Dick, Robert Heinlein and perhaps especially Ray Bradbury’s Zen in the Art of Writing also are among my favorites.
4. Do you have any unique experiences so far as a writer?
Every day I sit down to write brings something new for me as I fight mostly my own emotional limits. It takes a lot of belief in yourself to accept the idea that 8 months writing a novel is anything but a self-indulgent waste of clean air, rice and toilet paper.
5. What might your goal be for the future working in this area?
I’m planning to publish 10 more books in 2016, include a space opera series about a space pirate named Rork Sollix, a technothriller about a pacifist made to fight the war on terror and maybe even an epic tale about the free city of Gran Pacifica, a massive Pacific Ocean seastead under attack from the imperial powers of China and the US.
I plan to keep writing, even if it’s on an obsolete 2005 iPod while distributing jury rights pamphlets from a prison cell in Hoboken. Whatever it takes.
6. Any recommendations on how liberty-minded people could get involved in their community as a positive influence?
I think it’s a horrible idea, frankly and no offense, for libertarians to get involved in their communities.
Libertarians are widely misunderstood, unappreciated and even actively disliked.
What we need to do is build our own libertarian communities and then commit hard-core to them.
By hard-core, I don’t mean submitting a dozen dank memes per day to a Facebook group. I mean real communities of real people in real places you can find on a map.
We will never convince the population of the value of liberty by words alone. We need action. We need to create working models. And then we can show off how awesome we are.
Then we won’t need to say a blessed thing!
I wrote about that a bit here:
- Screw Activism. Build Community.
- Libertarians Really Should Go Back to Somalia
- A Voluntary World by 2064
- Nothing Left to Say, Only Do Now
7. Where can readers find out more about your work (and where to purchase your work)?
Go to Amazon.com/author/georgedonnelly and there you will find an agorist novel (Lando Cruz), the first libertarian science fiction anthology in a decade (Defiant, She Advanced), a cyberpunk novella hated by SJWs (Pink Slip Prophet) and a cautionary tale of a voluntary republic gone wrong (Death Shop).
I’m spreading a message of liberty and I need more readers, especially readers willing to step forward and leave an honest review of my work, be that a 1-star rant or a 5-star panegyric – either one works for me.
My website also has blurbs, covers and reviews of my work.