An indieview with yours truly

The most excellent Simon Royle publishes what he calls indieviews, interviews with indie authors. And today it’s my turn to talk bollocks.

I’ve lost track of the number of times a supposedly smart, glass ceiling-shattering female character suddenly becomes a simpering idiot thanks to Captain Exposition. This kind of thing:

Him: We need a laser.

Her: A laser?

Him: Yes, a laser. It stands for light amplification by the stimulated emission of radiation, and it was first suggested by Einstein in 1917. In 1958, Charles Townes and Arthur Schawlow theorized and published papers about a visible laser, an invention that would use infrared and/or visible spectrum light, however, they did not proceed with any research at the time. Today, however, lasers are everywhere, used in a variety of industrial and military applications. You’ll even find them inside home entertainment equipment such as DVD players.

Her: You are so clever! Let’s have sex!

8 replies on “An indieview with yours truly”

> If you decide on page 74 that your character isn’t a Jack but a Matt, or that everybody’s Belgian, or that the whole thing would be better off if it were happening in space

OK, next book: “Belgians In Space!”

I think SPACE BELGIANS has a better ring to it.

I might write that, actually :)

I hereby volunteer myself as a part-Belgian to proof-read and/or sanity check it :)

I didn’t mind either. Did have to wait 6 months before I tried to read it as a book though. :-)

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