Friday, 1 March 2013

#Interview with Misa Buckley #sfr #sfrb #scifi #romance

Please tell us a bit about yourself: I was born and raised in Manchester, which is where I still live with my husband of almost 18 years and our five children. I grew up watching Star Trek and Doctor Who, and so became a huge fan of science fiction. But I didn’t start writing until 1999, when I discovered fan fiction. One thing led to another and now I’m a published author of speculative romance.

Tell us about TIN CAT: a disabled comic book store owner has her life turned upside-down when the cat she’s adopted turns out to be a cyborg created by a criminal mastermind. She has to save the world, helped by a very sexy but mysterious time traveller.

A year after the accident that put her in a wheelchair, Amber Gerald has more or less gotten used to living with her impairment. It doesn’t make a difference to running a comic book store anyway, and the customers have been the best support group she could have wished for.

When she rescues an abandoned cat, Amber has no idea that she’s interfering in the mad scheme of a time travelling bank robber. Or that the man that walks into her store dressed like Blade is about to become her bodyguard.

Between being an unwitting owner of an android cat and falling for a cybernetic bounty hunter, Amber finds her life a whole new level of weird as science fiction becomes a very real factual threat.

What inspired you to write this particular story?: Originally it was for a submission call for geek heroes, inspired by a whole glut of family sci fi movies, including The Cat From Outer Space, and too many Saturday afternoons spent in Forbidden Planet. 

Which comes first for you – a character's looks, personality or name?: Looks tend to come first, though more or less along with the personality (one tends to reflect the other). Names will either come immediately or be a pain in the butt.

Any tips for aspiring authors?: Write lots. Read more. Join Absolute Write. Follow Writer Beware. Write what you love, love what you write. And never ever give up.

Questions for fun:
If you had the power of time travel, is there anything you would go back and change? I’d travel back to Los Angeles, 2009 and tell myself to get out of bed and go meet Cliff Simon. Damn jet lag *sighs*

Which fictional universe would you like to live in and why? Probably Stargate’s. I love the idea of almost instant travel to other worlds. Plus, Atlantis is very pretty at night :D

If you could have three wishes, what would they be? To make enough as an author and cover artist to buy a house, to travel to New Zealand, and to go back to L.A.

Which fictional spacecraft/mythical creature/mode of transport/unusual pet would you like to own, and why?: Does Baal count as a pet? Heh. Hmm, probably Talyn (Farscape) The idea of sentient spaceships intrigued me and Talyn was beyond beautiful. His captain wasn’t bad either…

Coffee, tea or wine?: Oh, please. Wine.

And to finish:
What is your favourite book? (aside from one of your own!): Tigana, by Guy Gavriel Kay

Favourite genre and why?: Ugh, that’s hard. I think I’m going to plump for Steampunk, because I love the mix of historical setting and madcap fantasy. Also, it has krakens.

Favourite colour?: Um, blue. LOL

Upcoming news and plans for the future?: After TIN CAT, I have BAYNE out in May, STAR ATTRACTION in July, and the first of the Archangel trilogy out in August. Future plans include writing ALL THE THINGS, perhaps attending a writers’ conference, and hassling Cliff Simon wherever possible. 

Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us! You’re welcome! :D


  1. Thanks for having me, Pippa :D

  2. SQUEEE!!! Another Scaper. Talyn and Moiya are two of the most beautiful ships I've ever encountered.

    1. Moya was beautiful, and I loved Pilot.


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