About H. Peter Alesso:
As a scientist and author specializing in technology innovation, H. Peter Alesso has over twenty years research experience at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). As Engineering Group Leader at LLNL he led a team of computer scientists and engineers in innovative applications across a wide range of supercomputers, workstations and networks. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a B.S. and served in the U.S. Navy on nuclear submarines before completing an M.S. and an advanced Engineering Degree at M.I.T. He has published several software titles and numerous scientific journal and conference articles, and he is the author/co-author of eight books.
What inspires you to write?
I love words.
That wasn’t always the case. My first infatuation was with numbers which explains my career as a research scientist. However, with maturity came insight into the elegance and efficacy of words. I learned to express myself in narratives rather than in algorithms.
Tell us about your writing process.
It takes me about a year to write, edit, and prepare a book for publication.The time seems to fly by when I get going into the project. My work habits are ‘slow-and-steady,’ but do not follow a rigid regimen. I let the day unfold and find a quiet time to do some writing when I feel I have worked out some ideas in my mind.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I discovered that basic human behavior—emotional and physiological reactions to specific internal and external stresses—could be well-expressed though stories. What makes a science fiction story special is that the tension originates at unexpected locations with unusual characters and strange circumstance, all of which combine to produce surprisingly ordinary human responses.
I’ve enjoyed this wonderful form of entertainment all my life. Now I find pleasure in manufacturing the adventures for myself. I offered a scientific basis for the fictional science I described. I hope the reader will feel that my books are based upon hard science with characters responding with normal human behavior.
My characters are presented as complex people. Their behavior is multifaceted—sometime predictable, sometimes not—but their response always fell within the spectrum of past human reactions.
What advice would you give other writers?
My advice for aspiring authors is to work with an experienced editor. From time to time you can find yourself so immersed in your work that you may lose perspective. An outside voice can keep you focused on the truth you are trying to tell. You may not know if you are actually producing the impact you desire, until a knowledgeable editor offers an honest evaluation. Your editor can help you recognize when your book is ready for publication—when the characters are properly defined, the plot arc is adequately developed, and the settings are clearly described.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Science fiction offers an author an opportunity to express his ideas and opinions in many field and project their development over the future.
In the past, the scientific speculation of science fiction has helped spark the curiosity of researchers in many fields. As a result, I believe science fiction should start on hard scientific principles. I researched the technologies included in the story and tried to predict their development path into the next centuries. For example, genetic engineering is current an important social topic and humanity faces difficult choices ahead.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
We are moving more and more to a digital environment which allows great access to more self-publishing authors. The public will decide which of this offerings are worth retaining, but the public will benefit from the growing variety and abundance.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: science fiction
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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