Hello everyone, I am aware I have been on an unannounced hiatus, but to be honest I needed a break from everything, even reading, but moving on, today I’m interviewing the author Eric Carter, whose wrote a marvelous book Innate, you can check it out here, and my review of it here.
I hope you all read it!
Thank you sir for doing this!
Who was your inspiration for the character of Chance?
I have had Epilepsy my entire life. To encourage young epileptics, doctors and caretakers are quick to point out extraordinary people with epilepsy. Because of that, I had always wondered if I somehow perceive the world differently because of my epilepsy. I thought it would be really interesting to take that concept to an extreme level, to a place where the actual disorder is a superpower. So, I wouldn’t say that Chance is me by any means, but the concepts explored in the book certainly flow out of my experience and thought process.
What was your experience while writing this book? Did it change your perception of authors?
Writing has always been enjoyable for me. Writing my first novel was a big task, but I loved every moment of it. I don’t think it changed my perception of authors as much as it amplified what I already thought to be true. One, writing a novel is difficult, and it takes a lot of dedication. Two, you could write the same novel forever unless you make yourself stop. Editing could go on and on and on, but at some point, you have to publish. Those two things really sunk in when going through this process.
What inspired you to write this book?
I don’t see many, if any, epileptic heroes. I don’t see many disabilities framed as abilities. And, I don’t see a lot of first person present (especially in young adult books). Accordingly, I wanted to explore all three of those concepts.
Which character is the least like you?
I hope I’m least like Scab, General Palmer, and Dr. Jacobs, but I imagine there’s a little bit of me in every character. That’s generally the way it works if we’re writing honestly.
What can we look forward to in it’s sequel?
More characters, more settings, more adventures, and a much much bigger Unseen than we were introduced to in the first book.
I hope you all check out his book, thank you once again sir for doing this!!