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Welcome to sffworld.com, Adam-Michael. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Well, first, let me say that Iím very honored and excited to be reviewed and interviewed on Sffworld.com. This is a very definitive sci-fi/fantasy site and to be included on itÖwell, like I said, itís an honor.
About meÖsuch a simple question with such a complex answer! Um, Iím from Fairbanks, Alaska, Iím 33 years old, brown hair, brown eyesÖwhy do I feel like Iím composing a personal ad? I love to write, but I also love listening to music and occasionally creating it. I love Bewitched and Madonna and I like to think of myself as a non-conformist thatís always trying to grow and evolve.
Are you a fan of the speculative fiction genre, and if so, who are your favourite authors.
Iím much less of a reader now than I used to be when I was a kid, Iím kind of ashamed to admit. Iíd much rather write than read, and itís hard for me to stick to something longer than a magazine article. I will say that Iíve always been more interested in televised and cinematic sci-fi and fantasy. I like Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Voyager (not too fond of Deep Space Nine or the original series) and I absolutely loved V. Iíve had authors like Octavia Butler and Harry Turtledove recommended to me, so I might be checking out some of their books when the spirit moves me.
Undo The Deed appears to be your first major publication; have you had any other publishing successes?
Nothing thatís really worth mentioning. The rare letter to the editor or commentary. Undo the Deed is indeed the first. Hopefully not my last!
The issue of Time Travel is a major part of your novel. What are your thoughts on the so-called "Grandfather paradox", where if you went back in time and accidentally killed your grandfather, would you still exist and therefore even be able to go back in time in the first place?
Good God, thatís complex. I didnít even know that concept had a name.
I guess it depends on how you look at it. One would think if you had the means to go back in time, youíd be careful enough not to endanger your own existence. I actually donít see the paradox in that. If you killed your grandfather, then you, also, would cease to exist; end of story. The time line would rewrite itself and all evidence of you would be erased. That was big in Back to the Future, wasnít it? That Martyís presence had prevented his parentsí romance, so he was in danger of zapping himself and his siblings out of existence? I had a little of that in Undo the Deed, but not to where it dominated the story. Amanda has a moment during the drag race sceneóin which both her future parents are involvedóthat if one of them dies, she might disappear. She doesnít really stop to think, otherwise, "Oh, I might be keeping my parents apart and preventing my own birth".