Feature Interview: Wes Prewer
Wes Prewer joined Iceberg Publishing’s author list in July of 2006, becoming the first writer outside the Tam family to do so. In summer 2007, his second novel, The Campaign Equation: Pathfinders, will be released, marking the conclusion of his highly successful foray into the Equations universe. His next fiction project, The Seas of Sand series, is already well underway.
Talk to us a bit about your experience working on The Campaign Equation series. How did you get into writing in the Equations universe?
Well, it started shortly after I began doing the cover art for the pocket paperback editions of the Equations novels. I started writing a few little “reports” for a new part of the Earther.net website, the Genesis Free Press. It was meant to be a sort of official fan-fiction. That went on to become the foundation for the first Campaign Equation, Retaliation. Actually, if you read the introductory pages to Retaliation, you’ll find out that the name of the series really took some thought.
Writing in a universe that was created by someone else must be tricky. How have you liked the experience? What sorts of challenges have you faced?
Absolutely, writing in the Equations universe has been immensely tricky! I had to go back and forth between writing and picking Kenneth’s brain about things that I could write and things that I couldn’t. Certain ideas I’d proposed about plot and characters were cut after we talked. But looking back at them, I’m glad they didn’t make it. They wouldn’t have worked –– they weren’t accurate presentations of Earthers.
But it’s been a rewarding project overall?
Absolutely, it was an incredibly rewarding project. It’s been one of the best thing so far to happen in my career, along with the cover artwork I’ve done. Working in the Equations universe let me get experience writing a full length novel, and let me test out my ideas and characters in a universe that’s already proven successful.
Seas of Sand has been getting a lot of pre-release interest. Tell us a bit about what we can expect.
I’m not too sure how much I can say about it. However I will tell you that it’ll be a different type of science fiction universe than Iceberg readers are used to, more land based sci-fi than space based. It’s a lot darker and grittier than the Campaign Equations, too. Basically, it’ll take place on Mars, with human civilizations in the distant future, and right in the middle of a planet-wide war. North versus South. Winner take all. That sort of ordeal.
So this will be a series? What are your plans?
Yes, it’ll be a series. I don’t want to spoil too much, but I’ll just say that I’ve planned three arcs, and Seas of Sand is the first. It’ll probably be a trilogy, and it’ll introduce the reader to the universe. The next two arcs will plunge readers into a far larger story that’s been set up by the first books.
If you don’t mind the question, how old are you?
I just turned 21 this past January.
Some would say that’s pretty young to be writing novels. What do you think about young people writing? Is it really as daunting to get into as young people might think?
I encourage it –– the world needs more young authors! I started into writing novels by happy chance, got a crash course in publishing. and absorbed all the knowledge I could. It was a real learning experience, but now that I’ve been through it, I understand more of what it takes to get from ideas in my head to a book in my hands. That’s all made working on Pathfinders a lot easier.
What are some of the ways young people can get started on the road to being published?
I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time, but there are many ways to get into it. If you have an idea, don’t just let it stay in your head. Hammer it out as a draft, go over it yourself and fix the small and glaringly large mistakes, and then see if you can get a parent, guardian or even a teacher to look over it. Use the net, find other writers, trade ideas and help each other out. Remember, there are many publishing houses in the world, taking advantage of digital print technology. That means it’s easier for them to take a chance and publish young writers, so look around, and when you think your manuscript is ready, start submitting.
What advice would you give to people who are interested in writing books?
Write. A lot. Frequently. Don’t force yourself if you’re blocked, just let it come to you. Relax in your downtime, and when you feel the need to write (you’ll know it), then just sit down and write.