AMA about allowing characters to create themselves in alternative Sci-Fi cultures.
Three Earths. Three visions of humanity. How can a writer juggle all that?
While creating the alternate earths of the Beta-Earth Chronicles, I needed a wide cast of characters who would not only be interesting as themselves, but also as representatives of their cultures, countries, and very different backgrounds.
I’ve often said most of my characters created themselves, and that is somewhat true. I create the setting, scenario, and needed characteristics, and then let the character step into the picture and let them often take it from there.
Of course, it’s rarely as simple as that. But I do think new characters need the space to stretch, grow, and assert their own personalities, tastes, needs, desires. For me, watching a new character come to life is one of my favorite creative joys.
I'm here to answer any questions you have about the craft of writing and world and character building in fiction. I look forward to interacting with you.
Starting in fall 2015, Wes Britton’s science fiction series, The Beta-Earth Chronicles, debuted with The Blind Alien. Throughout 2016, four sequels followed including The Blood of Balnakin, When War Returns, A Throne for an Alien, and The Third Earth. Return to Alpha was the sixth volume of this multi-planetary epic with a new novella and short stories to come in 2018.
Britton earned his doctorate in American Literature at the University of North Texas in 1990. He taught English at Harrisburg Area Community College until his retirement in 2016. He serves on the Board of Directors for Vision Resources of Central Pennsylvania.
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