VORAKA Magazine’s May 2023 issue features The Space Traveller’s Lover in the list of “Must-Read Books that will blow your mind!”
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The two-page article about The Space Traveller’s Lover contains the sections “About the Book”, “About the Author”, and an exclusive interview. The following is an extract from this amazing interview:
- What inspired you to pursue a career in science and technology, and how has this influenced your writing?
From an early age, I was curious and intrigued by everything in nature. I asked my parents so many questions and read so many books. Science was my favourite subject; I loved learning the facts and wondering about the mysteries. That is why I found myself drawn to science-fiction and adventure books where I could let my imagination run wild. My zest for reading and writing about all things science-related only grew, so it was natural for me to pursue a career in science and technology and eventually be determined to write a book where I delve into these fascinating topics.
- Can you tell us about your early experiences with writing and how you developed your skills over time?
Since I started school, I have loved reading and writing. At 17, I finished my first handwritten book, a collection of children’s stories, which my friends and family enjoyed. But I had so many other interests and hobbies, so I did not see writing as something I should pursue and took it only as a pastime. I concentrated on my university degree and passion for software programming and astronomy ventures. During that time, I enjoyed writing technical reports and presentations about my projects and writing short stories for myself. Although I was always busy with work and family life, my passion for reading and writing never waned.
- How did your university degree and passion for software programming and astronomy shape your writing process?
Many concepts I learned from my university degree, my work as a software programmer and my travels during various astronomy projects are reflected in the story and characters of my book.
In my novel “The Space Traveller’s Lover”, I delve into the most fundamental questions of our times: are we alone in the Universe? What is the meaning of life? Can the brain create and ultimately control any technology? Can we live forever while travelling to any part of the Universe? Can we harness an infinite source of energy?
- What motivated you to start taking your writing seriously after years of viewing it as a pastime?
Apart from being fascinated by science and technology, I also enjoy the intense emotions stirred by love stories. Hence I started wondering, “How powerful can love be?”
I had a lot of ideas in my head, and the more I thought about them, the more ideas came. Eventually, I had to write down all these stories. Seeing all my ideas come to life as written words on a document was such a relief. Then after that, I could not stop. I soon realised that the storyline was developing into a love dilemma set in a science-fiction background where I could let my imagination go free without limits.
The creation process was so enjoyable and satisfying that I had to write something every evening after dinner. It did not take long to set myself targets and goals and take my writing seriously. My book “The Space Traveller’s Lover” was published five years later.
- What was the inspiration behind your book “The Space Traveller’s Lover,” and what themes do you explore in it?
I have always wanted to write a science-fiction book based on all my experience and knowledge and as a homage to my favourite authors, artists and scientists whom I greatly respect and admire.
Apart from exploring the scientific mysteries that make us wonder and theorise, I also explore the impact of climate change and to what extent it will transform our civilisation and our environment. I cover a possible scenario in “The Space Traveller’s Lover” to make us think about the potential consequences. I hope it will make the readers think about our place, duty and responsibilities on our beautiful planet.
At the same time, the fast-paced, intriguing storyline showcases the beauty of the human spirit and the power of love.
- How do you balance your busy career as a software manager with your writing and other hobbies?
As I work full-time as a software engineer and manager, finding time for all my other activities and hobbies, like astronomy projects and travelling, is difficult.
Still, I follow a strict schedule based on priorities and achieving goals, so I make sure I also find time for reading and writing. It is all about discipline, sticking to the plan and celebrating the achieved milestones, however small.
- How does it feel to be an award-winning software manager and a published author, and what do you hope readers take away from your writing?
It gives me great satisfaction to be an award-winning software manager as well as a published author. The fact that I have achieved those milestones in subjects I am passionate about further motivates me to keep creating and accomplishing new things.
“The Space Traveller’s Lover” will take the reader on a journey of self-discovery and self-questioning. The story’s central theme is the love between humans, between humans and aliens and the love for our planet. It will make the readers wonder about their decision-making when confronted with the dilemmas presented in my book. Would we save everything we cherish in this world or give in to otherworldly temptations?
- What was your reaction when you found out that Voraka Magazine is going to feature your book, and what does it mean to you to receive recognition from such a distinguished publication?
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An opportunity like Voraka Magazine featuring my book: “The Space Traveller’s Lover”, is a wonderful experience.
I feel privileged to be featured in such exciting and diverse content about culture and the arts.
With this unique chance to reach thousands of readers worldwide, I hope many of them will read and enjoy my book: Thanks so much!
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