Today I am happy to introduce sci-fi author, Chad Descoteaux.
Tell us about your book(s). Is there one in particular you are promoting right now? What is it about?
I have written four science fiction novels that combine grounded characters with fantastic worlds and light satire. My latest is called ‘The Inter-Terrestrial’, which is about an alien scientist struggling to return to Earth to meet his long-lost, half-human son. Strong, but not preachy, anti-racism message in a multi-generational space opera.
What genre(s) do you write in? Who is your audience?
I write science fiction novels. My audience is young adults, nerds who wait outside the theatre for the latest science fiction or superhero film, but who also like to read.
How do you come up with the ideas for your stories?
Well, a lot of what I write comes from me taking something that I either find absurd (like celebrity gossip) or downright hate (like racism) and coming up with a science fiction story that expresses how I feel about it. So, I come up with something I want to comment on and then come up with a story.
What is your favourite scene in your book?
Well, I’m not going to spoil anything. But I think the end of ‘The Inter-Terrestrial’ is my favorite scene, just because it is a very happy, satisfying ending, despite the seriousness of the subject matter.
Tell us about your main character? What makes him so special?
My main character Bloxnor (yes, he’s an alien) is someone who overcame great prejudice in his youth, which was passed onto him by his grieving mother after her husband was killed. Now, as an adult, he sees that the thing keeping him away from his son is a different kind of prejudice, one that the other aliens in our solar system have against humans. He has strong, admirable resolve to do what is right, despite the narrow views of those around him.
What would you like readers to take away from your book?
Racism is stupid and needlessly destructive. The best-looking people on the planet have a mix of blood in them, so just try to understand people who are from a different place from you and you may learn something. Or create something better.
Are you self published, traditionally published, or a hybrid? Why?
I am self-published. My books are on the Amazon Kindle. I feel that this will allow me to have more creative control over my work and establish a brand.
How do you market your books?
My Facebook page, Turtle Rocket Books, along with @chadscripts on Twitter and the Turtle Rocket Books Instagram page.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
Most people say “flying”, but I always say “telekinesis”. That way, I can move things with my mind…and fly too! If you can lift other things, you can lift yourself, right? The main character in my novel ‘The Exoskeleton Chronicles’ can turn himself into a giant, bulletproof grasshopper, but I don’t know if I would want that one.
What new projects are you working on or are excited about right now?
I am working on my fifth novel ‘Working-Class Superheroes’, which is an original story with characters that poke fun at the superheroes we are all familiar with. There is a Batman-type (except he’s dirt poor) and a Superman-type (who is very arrogant and may just be the villain).
Thank you, Chad, for being here today. One of the things I love about good sci-fi is how it explores humanity — sounds like that’s what you do.
Places you can find Chad and his books:
Veganarchy 1st book
The Tattler 2nd book
Exoskeleton Chronicles 3rd book
Inter-Terrestrial 4th book