We’re so pleased to have author Chris T. Kat with us today on her Breeding Stations blog tour. Enjoy our short chat and then be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget below for the chance to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card.
TNA: Hi, Chris, I’m glad to have you back for your Breeding Station blog tour.
CTK: Thank you, Lisa, I’m very glad to be back on The Novel Approach. 🙂
TNA: What are a few of your favorite things about writing Sci-Fi?
CTK: Breeding Stations is the first sci-fi book I’ve written. I wanted to try my hand at writing in this genre for a long time, but always balked. There’s so much to consider when writing sci-fi—the characters (humans, aliens), setting, plot, etc. I feared I’d tie myself into knots trying to create a world and plot that would come across as believable. In the end, I absolutely loved writing Breeding Stations and its sequel, Final Battle. It’s also the first time I wrote both books in a series one after another. It made everything much easier, and the books flowed. There were often times in which I could barely keep up with the story. Normally, I write about 1500 to 2000 words on a writing day. During the writing of Breeding Stations, I wrote 4000 to 6000 words in each session. Says something about my excitement, right?
But to get back to your question: my favorite thing about writing sci-fi is the creation of new worlds and a different take on society and social rules. I love to play with gender roles, and certain expectations, and did so freely in Breeding Stations.
TNA: Do you remember the book you read, or movie/TV show you saw, that first sparked your love of Science Fiction? What book/movie/show was it, and what are some of the things you loved about it?
CTK: My father and my grandmother were both big fans of science fiction and horror movies. I grew up watching Star Trek, the original series. I remember that I regularly visited my grandmother on Saturdays. Whenever a new episode of Star Trek came on, no one was allowed to speak a single word, and I got to sit on my grandmother’s lap. Unfortunately, my grandmother died at a young age.
My father kept my interest in all things sci-fi, though. We still watched Star Trek and later on Star Wars—much to the dislike of my mother, who doesn’t like sci-fi or paranormal. Later on, I discovered the paranormal genre in books and devoured whatever I could get my hands on.
What I loved about Star Trek? Hmm, the first thing I remember is Mr. Spock, the way he behaved and spoke. Second thing is his interaction with Captain Kirk and Dr. McCoy. I absolutely loved their relationships. When it comes to Stark Trek: Next Generation, I adored Mr. Data and loved all the technology introduced throughout the series.
TNA: What are some of the futuristic inventions (i.e. teleportation, food replicators, etc.) that you wish were a reality you could see in your lifetime?
CTK: Teleportation is something I’d love to see in reality. It would allow me to see my best friend who lives in the USA (I live in Germany) more often. Having thousands of miles between you and your best friend really sucks…
I’d also love to see the changes in medicine and medical treatments in my lifetime. How much suffering could be stopped with new technologies and better understanding of the human body? That would be awesome, in my opinion.
TNA: If a habitable planet were discovered in a distant galaxy, and the United Nations decided to band together to attempt to populate it with volunteers from all corners of the world, would you consider being a pioneer in that movement? Why or why not?
CTK: That’s a difficult question. While I’d definitely be interested in being a pioneer, I probably wouldn’t do it in my current position. The kids are still young and I wouldn’t want to pull them out of their normal environment. A few years ago, we actually thought about relocating to the US, but didn’t go through with it because of our children. There’s a lot to think about before making a life-altering decision.
TNA: Finally, if you had to pick a favorite USS Enterprise captain, given the choices of Kirk or Picard, who do you think was the better captain and why?
CTK: I never thought I’d say this but—Picard. For a long time I didn’t want to watch Star Trek: The Next Generation, because I didn’t believe they could hold a candle to the original Star Trek team. However, I realized later on that I didn’t watch the show or the movies for Captain Kirk, rather Mr. Spock and Dr. McCoy. Even when I was a kid, William Shatner’s acting skills never really convinced me. Captain Picard felt more layered to me. He was more serious, more in command, but he always took good care of his crew. Well, at least that’s how I feel about these two captains—other opinions will most likely differ. 🙂
Blurb: Spunky commander Berit Turner is known for two things: his huge libido and his lack of a filter—he says what he thinks. Berit sets his mind on being part of the mission to Ligador, to make sure the planet is habitable for humans. He’s ecstatic when his team is assigned to the task force. A delegation of Nadisc, a humanoid alien race, accompanies them, and passion ignites between Berit and their commanding officer, Tom. But Berit is determined that Tom is just another notch on his bedpost, as he doesn’t do relationships.
The excursion to Ligador goes wrong from the beginning, when they discover Ligador has been established as a breeding station by their worst enemy: the Tash’Ba. Dinosaur-like creatures become the team’s worst nightmare, and staying alive is going to take everything they’ve got… and then some.
About the Author: Chris T. Kat lives in the middle of Europe, where she shares a house with her husband of many years and their two children. She stumbled upon the M/M genre by luck and was swiftly drawn into it. She divides her time between work, her family—which includes chasing after escaping horses and lugging around huge instruments such as a harp—and writing. She enjoys a variety of genres, such as mystery/suspense, paranormal, and romance. If there’s any spare time, she happily reads for hours, listens to audiobooks or does cross stitch.