It's great welcome writing duo, James Courtney and Kaisy Wilkerson-Mills, authors of the soon-to-be-released series, StarChild. First, what's your trilogy about?
StarChild is a science fiction/dystopian trilogy set around the year 3211. The United States fell, and a new nation, City-State emerged.
City-State is a vile nation that aims to control its citizens through horrific government policies and regulations. The President is moronic, citizens are labeled and identified by intelligence, and the health care system aims to destroy all of the S-Class geniuses (citizens of exceptional intelligence) to keep civilization somewhat ignorant to government control.
James and I have a blog that tells the stories of various residents of City-State: citystatewritings.wordpress.com
None of the narratives in the blog appear within the novels- the novels have separate plot lines. The information in the blog will give you more insight into our creation.
What inspired StarChild?
James served in the United States Navy for a number of years. His love and first-hand experience of politics inspired many of City-State’s rules and processes.
Plus, James and I love dystopian literature. It is fascinating and intriguing to “foresee” the future of the United States.
If your trilogy was made into movie who would you cast in the lead roles?
Oh my! That would be a dream! I would love Kevin Spacey, Robert Downey, Jr., and Zac Efron to be part of StarChild. However, that may become a little expensive, so up and coming actors (at this particular time) would be fabulous!
Do you find it difficult writing as a team?
Absolutely not! We find it ten times easier to write together! If I am stuck on a section or chapter, I send it to James and vice versa. Brainstorming and prewriting are vital to the writing process, and we bounce ideas off of each other effortlessly!
Additionally, James and I are very honest with each other. If either one of us does not like an idea, we communicate those thoughts and work together to make the storylines and the characters enjoyable, intriguing, and clear for readers.
James and I were friends in high school, so when he asked me to assist him with his writings, I knew the process (and the end product) would definitely be successful.
What do you plan to work on next?
James and I are currently engrossed in the entire The StarChild Trilogy. We are feverishly working on Book One: StarChild. Obviously, this will take a while to complete.
Additionally, James and I hope to publish a separate anthology of short stories that connect to the novel: Tales from City-State.
Lastly, we have a few interesting characters from the short stories and the novels who can “take on” their own novels!
James and I intend on being very busy with City-State for quite some time!
What are you reading at the moment?
I am a full-time English Instructor at my local community college, so as of now, I am reading lots and lots of research papers, essays, and other various assessments. Summer is coming, so I will be able to actually read a novel!
James is currently reading the Divergent series! He says it’s great!
What do you like to do in your free time when you're not writing or reading?
James and I both like to spend time with our spouses. He is married to one of my best friends, Kelly, and they live in Colorado (as stated before, we all went to high school together). They love their three dogs, and they also love to bike around the trails of Loveland, Colorado.
I am married to my main squeeze, Randy. He is just about to graduate from nursing school and take the final nursing exam to obtain his official certification as a Registered Nurse! I am very proud of him! Randy and I love to exercise and play with our pets, Amaya the cat and Molly the dog.
Where can readers find out more about you?
The main blog on WordPress: http://citystatewritings.wordpress.com
Google Plus - http://google.com/+jamescourtney
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/citystateshorts
Twitter: Kaisy – SciFiWriter @KaisyWMills
James – Dystopian_Scifi @jamesacourtney
Many thanks and let us know when Book 1 is released!