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Heat, fiction, Issue 17, December 1, 2011
Victory Crayne, Oh boy. I was born during the big World War II, but naturally didn't see any action. In my early years, I read voraciously, both nonfiction and science fiction. One year I read one hundred novels--a record for me. I've been married, got a bachelor's degree in physics and math, worked as a chemist, got a masters degree in business (MBA), worked as a computer programmer, and finally as a technical writer. In between those careers, I did odd jobs, which helped me understand a wide variety of employment. In recent years, I've been a professional editor for those who write novels. Now I'm semi-retired and get to spend a lot of time writing my own novels. This is heaven, folks!
Get to Know Victory...
When did you start writing? My first attempts were at age 26, but I realized I needed to finish growing up more, so I put that goal on my mental bookshelf until I got to age 50 and found a group of writers on the Internet. That lit the fire again in me.
When and what and where did you first get published? Hey, right here on NewMyths.com in Issue 11, June of 2010, with "The Twelve Minute Clock." I've published several newsletters and have several articles published in the Interent.
Why do you write? My Muse is a bully. If I don't allow her enough time on the keyboard, she takes over my brain and forces me to do it.
What themes do you like to write about? That's a tough one to answer, since I like to write a broad spectrum of themes in both science fiction and mystery, as well as some fantasy and general fiction.
What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? Another tough one to answer. I've been reading novels since I was a kid. The early classic science fiction authors (Asimov, Bradbury, Clark, and Heinlein, sometimes called BACH) stimulated me to write SF. In more recent years, I've been reading a lot of mysteries and thrillers too, by David Baldacci, Robert B. Parker, Sue Grafton, Nelson DeMille, Michael Connelly, etc. Is it any wonder than my current novel is part science fiction, part mystery, and part thriller?
In the last few years, I find myself writing stories with richer characters.
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