Author Interview - S.E Gilchrist

As writers, escaping to a world we create in our minds is a day-to-day occurrence for us. Some (non-writers, obviously) think this strange or downright nutty, others envy the emanative streak we weald at will to create our faraway places. Often it is too faraway, mystical lands or realms and but other times it can be a modern day story and not far from our real lives, in truth.


Personally, I think that is the very reason I write historicals. If my stories are set in a time gone by, I feel that my readers will not perceive the characters in my stories for me or those close to me. Sometimes those I write about are built from those around me and often (more often than not) they are made up of little pieces of different people I encounter or dream about. Poor Gerard Bulter is getting a hounding at the moment, but I do not know him (sadly), so it is just my perception of what I want him to be that builds, thus my hero is born.


World building to me is much the same, you pick pieces of what you like or dislike about the world, depending on what you are trying to create and go from there. My very talented guest today is an old hand at would building (and I really do mean that in the most complementary of ways) and has been kind enough to share some of her world building methods with us. Enjoy!


What is you most indulgent pleasure?

English high tea, complete with those cute little cake tiers, squishy creamy cupcakes, finger food and bone china.


Coffee, tea or a cocktail, like me? *screams* “WAITER! Slippery nipple, please!”

I love nothing better than a pot of tea (made from REAL tea leaves (preferably China) and not Bushells, thank you very much) and sipping it from a bone china cup and saucer. Gives me that...aaaaaaaaahhhh feeling.


Are you a Masterchef?

Thank god for vegemite and bread otherwise we’d all starve.


Favourite place in the world that you’ve visited? Mine is the local chocolatier – she does such good work.... *salivates*  

Lord Howe Island. Completely serene and you can walk everywhere not to mention feed fish that brush against your legs and snorkel in the most crystal clear lagoon. But I’ll pass next time on the deep sea fishing expedition especially if I’m hung over --- interesting burly.


What is your favourite type of hero? (Damaged, rogue, quite achiever?)

I’ve got quite a soft spot for the gruff and prickly type, all bluster on the outside and soft as butter on the inside. Emerson from the Amelia Peabody series would probably have to be the first book hero I fell in love with, think he’s gorgeous.


And how does this mix with your favourite type of heroine?

Pretty good actually, cause I try to make my heroines strong, determined and with an ability to laugh at themselves and their mistakes. They usually carry baggage of their own too.


Why do you write what you do? (Erotic, historicals, sci-fi etc)

I like the world building, the ability to make my own rules and have my characters live unconventional lives and see how they react in the face of both dangerous situations and difficult decisions. (Does that make me a sadist?) Researching myths, legends, techo geek stuff, history, anything to do with space travel is what I live for. For example I was discussing with my youngest son only yesterday of what part of a space ship I could have damaged by a missile hit. I needed something that feasibly the characters would be able to repair themselves once on terra firma. We came up with the cooling system. Apparently since there is no atmosphere in intergalactic space, you can’t expel the heat outside. So the heat generated by circuitry / electronics / people etc is dumped into a heat sink and then dumped into the actual engine. Some is put into the hull of the ship and this radiates out by way of a slow process. Immediately I had an idea: if there the cooling tubes are damaged / leaking and too much heat is radiating out through the hull then my heroine’s ship could be detected via both light and radiation as when in stealth mode she attempts to creep/drift past the enemy’s orbiting space station.  It gave me a few nail biting moments in my ms. Research is king.


How do you expand on your craft? Do you attend writing conferences etc?

Love the RWA conferences and have attended three so far. How-to books are a favourite of mine and I’ve done too many on-line courses to mention. I can see myself in the future continuing to encompass all three as I ‘hone’ my craft. So much still to learn.


How is your bookshelf organised? Alphabetically or in total disarray, like mine!

Bookshelf? Singular? Snort, I have seven bookshelves and my books still double up on the shelves and tower in piles on the floor. I need more bookshelves. No wait, I’ll just have my own library.


SE can't remember a time when she didn't have a book in her hand. Now she writes stories where her favorite words are ...'what if' and 'where'? She combines passionate romance with action and adventure set in dangerous worlds. Her heroines are valiant and know exactly what to do with their alpha heroes. SE enjoys making both of them work hard to be worthy of their 'happy ever after'.

She lives in an urban/country town in New South Wales, Australia and writes in the romance genres of futuristic/sci-fi, fantasy, historical and post-apocalyptic


Her debut single title release, Legend Beyond the Stars published by Escape Publishing will be released 10th January 2013. This story is a hot sci-fi romance / adventure and is the first in a planned series set in this world


Earth is struggling to cope with disastrous climate changes and an exploding population. When the United Earth Corporation is offered a proposition from alien traders to transport the first wave of colonists to a new-earth in exchange for precious metals and minerals, they accept with few questions asked. But the traders have another agenda.


Alana Knight, a captain in the United Defence Force, whose only child was still-born, has focused on her career. She volunteers for this mission, seeking redemption from a disastrous mission where soldiers died under her command. On board the space ship, she learns of a war raging for supremacy of the Seven Galaxies and possession of a renewable energy source that powers intergalactic space travel. A power that can be transformed into a terrible weapon. The former Darkon Guardians are determined to fight to the death rather than reveal the secret of conversion.


When the colonists are betrayed and sold, her mission is re-defined. Nothing will stop her from keeping those in her care safe and from finding a passage home. But her new captor is nothing like she expects.

Embroiled in a cycles long war and the consequent unleashing of the retro virus, Commander Tarak El Rajan of the Darkon fleet, is human, male and equally determined to retain his payload. With his race on the brink of extinction he is under strict orders to transport all females to the planet Isla for research purposes. His duty is to ensure the continuation of his race and the defeat of his enemies, despite his weariness with war and death.

In a world of uncertainty, where the wrong decision could mean the death of an entire race, the last thing either of these two soldiers expects, or needs, is to fall in love.




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