Interview With The Author Of “Beyond Event Horizon”: Ligeia Wang

INTRODUCTION

A traveler with a passion for photography and history, Ms. Ligeia Wang is the author of Beyond Event Horizon. The novel belongs to the sci-fi category, although flavors of various other genres can be tasted in it. Futuristic science, ancient history and religions mixed to some ink and paper gave birth to a world where microcosm and macrocosm collide in a state of uncertainty and danger.

The plot is simple. Imagine a world where everyone is perfect.

A world where everyone “decided” to give up on EVERY sort of pleasure to work better.

NO MORE FREE TIME AND RELAX

NO MORE PASSIONS

NO MORE LOVE

NO MORE ANYTHING… anything except work.

In that world,  opposing laws where enstablished to make sure everything stays that way, controlling people in their every move. A bulletproof system, isn’t it? Well, now immagine… what would happen if someone changed their mind? What would happen if someone introduced a little bit of anarchy?

Someone did.

In a spaceship.

Beyond their known universe.

Literally on the edge of a black hole.

 

TIK TOK… TIK TOK…

 

The countdown started… the experiment begins.

What will happen?

Well… to find out you’ll have to read the book 😉

 

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INTERVIEW

1. Good morning, how are you?

Good morning to you, I am well, enjoying the cooler weather of autumn, life is great. Just set the release date of my second novel ‘The Sage and The Watch’ for October 29th; I’m excited and really anxious.’

 

2. How do you feel about your debut book being released?

In one word: relieved. It has been a long time and process coming, so to have it actually launched, it was just a lot of excitement, but more so, relief.

 

3. Did you have any fear regarding whether or not it would’ve been liked by your readers?

Since writing (as with most artistic endeavors) is subjective, I don’t really have too much fear in readers’ reactions. We all perceive things on our own accord. Fear limits, so going through life with a little fearlessness helps with creativity.

 

4. What’s the story (or stories) behind your book’s story? How did you get those ideas?

I have a passion for history, the more esoteric the better. And I tend to use my random research as inspiration for my works. There were plenty of historic influences behind Beyond Event Horizon. It was a blend between a very notable Victorian insane asylum and the occurrence upon a pre-dreadnought battleship built for the Imperial Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet. Sprinkle in a little bit of my own discourse on society, and voila!

 

5. What are the main messages you want to transmit with your novel?

The primary message I wanted Beyond Event Horizon to convey is the acknowledgement of our limits defined by others and by ourselves, some seen and some unseen, and to have the courage to go beyond them.

 

6. What’s your favorite part of the plot?

Each part of the plot has its own unique value, there’s not really one favorite that sets itself out, they are individually equal and adds to the whole. I suppose I do have a soft spot for when Potemkin, my protagonist, discovers books and Frank Sinatra for the first time – a point when his perception began to open to a wider view of the world around him.

 

7. What’s the thing you like the most about the sci-fi genre?

Having written a gamut of genres, I find science fiction to be both the most liberating and challenging. There are no rules in sci-fi. The world is open. Imagination can run wild and there are no restrictions. But with that comes the challenge of defining a world, a population, a culture, nothing is set, and so the writer must be sure to examine each detail of the created existence – a tough but thoroughly rewarding experience to say the least.

 

8. Do you have a specific target audience?

Anyone who is interested in a challenging, entertaining read filled with historic references and exploration of the human condition.

 

9. Although futuristic, this novel explores current society and its ancient, religious and philosophical roots. What are the parts of history that have inspired you the most?

The mutiny that occurred on the Russian battleship Potemkin served as the core point of the novel. The Victorian asylum, Bethlem (Bedlam), became the basis of the setting, a hearty reference to the orderly structure that is the crew’s life, and many of the characters took their names after various historic figures who found themselves as residents there. Sparta also played a very large role in the development for structural government inspiration of the planet in my novel.

 

10. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve discovered through your researches for the book?

One of the weirdest things I found during my research was a fellow by the name of James Tilly Matthews and his Air Loom Device. He was sent to the asylum after a stint protesting during the Napoleonic Wars. There he revealed to a doctor that a group of villains were torturing him with a device called the Air Loom. Matthews gave in great detail the device and believed Jacobin terrorists were after him along with influencing the British powers including that of Prime Minister, William Pitt. Conspiracy theories, mysterious villains, torture devices, a pacifist, and a war – how much stranger can it get?

 

11. When was your passion for writing born?

I discovered by passion for writing during my university days. Before then, I truly didn’t know that I was cut out for it. But after helping a friend develop a proposal for a show, I learned that writing was right up my alley.

 

12. How did you start following it?

Friends in film school at the time had ideas and not enough time to write scripts, so I volunteered to help. Film scripts are much like outlines for novels. It was a natural progression to move onto novels from that point on.

 

13. When did your career truly start?

I have always liked challenges. Life cannot be too even, goals should always be present. So, one morning when I was driving to work, a title popped into my mind more novel than movie. And that is when I knew the next challenge was to endeavor onto to novel writing. That was when the career-obsession-madness began.

 

14. What is the part you’ve been struggling the most with when writing it?

As humans we tend to fall into patterns, and our ways of thinking often reflects in our writings. The most difficult thing for me is to break from my very thoughts and remind myself, as development of plot and characters progress, that they are not looking through my eyes with my experiences, but they are of themselves individuals that are entirely independent with different motivations and perceptions and to understand them for who they are and not for who I am.

 

15. What is the part that, on the other hand, had just flowed naturally right out of you?

After I understand my characters and the plot’s progression, the story takes its natural course and the characters flourish.

 

16. Who is the character you relate the most to?

The characters in Beyond Event Horizon struggle with their own set of accepted standards. In that manner, I relate to all of them in different ways, but Ignavio has a special place in my heart. He tries more than the rest and still he cannot maintain what is demanded of him. Even through everything, he has an indelible enthusiasm of life I think most of us would envy and strive toward.

 

17. Did you write every day or did you take periods of writing alternated with gaps of relax?

Writing is an obsession. Even when pen does not meet paper, my mind still works out characters or plots. If not that, then research takes over. I would say each and every day during all hours there is some segment of writing going on.

 

18. How many hours a day did you write?

I strive for a minimum of 1500 words a day of true novel writing excluding that of development. A great amount of writing is done without any comprehension of time.

 

19. Did you write mostly in the same place or did you change it often?

Always in the same place. I am a creature of habit. If my surroundings change, the productivity dwindles. So it is my little writing nook in front of my laptop with a framed picture of Nikola Tesla staring at me and typically some Chopin playing.

 

20. Who are the people who have influenced you the most?

The dreamers, the optimists, the doubters, the naysayers of the past and present; they each play a part.

 

21. I’ve read that you’re planning to publish four more novels. The Sage and The Watch, Monsters of Drogheda, Omerta, The Beginning of the Fitzhughs. If I understood well, these first three are sequels of your debut novel, Beyond Event Horizon, while the fourth is the beginning of a new saga on its own. Please, can you tell us more about them?

  • Beyond Event Horizon is actually the one and only science fiction novel I have ever penned as of now, it will be a stand-alone even though there are a few readers clamoring for a sequel.
  • The Sage and The Watch is a contemporary first person told from the point of view of a 20 year old stock boy without much of a future and the curious set of circumstances that happen in his neighborhood for him to redefine his thoughts on success and reassess his life.
  • Monsters of Drogheda is a Victorian literary piece which delves into a sheltered world of a girl whose choices isolate her into understanding who the true heroes and monsters are in her life.
  • Omerta is a novel set 1930’s Italy, Palermo to be exact. Ambra takes the oath of silence achieving his goal of landing in the Cosa Nostra, only to realize that his dream rests in breaking his oath of silence.
  • The Fitzhugh series is first series I attempted and it involves a few well-established families in the Victorian era who find themselves at the tug and pull of social and familial conflicts, discovering who they are and who they must be through progression and regression.

I find history scintillating and the depth of humanity fascinating, so I crave to explore both through my writings.

 

22. What are your projects for the future?

I am constantly writing, typically working on two or three novels at a time. Currently, I am in the early stages of developing a new contemporary novel, at the late stages of developing my next science fiction with more leanings toward fantasy, wrapping up the sixth and final novel in the Fitzhugh series, and deeply into writing the sixth novel of my mystery series.

 

23. What are the things you consider the most important in your life?

To borrow the succinct words from Thomas Jefferson:

life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

 

24. Do you have any dream (both related and unrelated to your writing career)?

To obtain fulfillment through different aspects of life, to never stop learning and thinking.

 

25. What is your main goal as a writer?

My main objective is to transport the reader into a world where they feel richer for the experience.

 

26. What self-publishing related advices would you give to aspiring writers?

It is quite the effort but with tremendous rewards. Find yourself a good editor and never, ever, be ashamed to ask for help. It takes a village to raise a child and it takes just as much to publish a work.

 

27. And what are the writing advices you’d give them?

Never doubt. Always push forward. Put pen to paper, and never be afraid to make a mistake. Do not ever limited yourself, be open, always try a new challenge, be it a new type of character, a new genre, whatever. Thirty novels in, I never thought my first published book would be a science fiction, finding myself quite comfortable in literary historical fiction, but here we are.

 

28. What are the best writing advices you’ve ever heard and/or read?

Just keep writing.

 

29. Is there anything else you’d like to tell the world?

Life is beautiful; find those beautiful things that capture you and cherish the time you have.

 

30. And last but not least, I’m gonna ask you the most difficult question I could ever ask a writer… not “what’s the meaning of life?”, not “are we alone in the universe?” and not even “is there anything beyond death?”. No, they’re nothing compared to this question… what is your n1 favorite book? 😀

Ha! Great question. There are countless great minds and works out there, and each bear within them a unique magic of mankind. Though I do not have a favorite book, there are two authors who certainly helped shape my love for writing and reading: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie.

 

THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR GIVING ME THIS INTERVIEW!!! 😃

IT HAS BEEN A TRUE PLEASURE AND I WISH YOU GREAT LUCK WITH BOTH YOUR CURRENT AND FUTURE NOVELS 🍀📝📕📙📘📗📚📖

 

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