What’s the hardest part of being an author?
Waiting for feedback. There isn’t a lot of instantaneous reactions an author can get. Since I tend to weave a humor into my stories, it’s a double edged sword as I don’t know if a joke bombs or not right away. If I could tie someone down and force them to listen to my books I would, but I’m terrible at writing Vogon poetry.
Can you give us a short synopsis of Dwarves in Space?
Captain Variel Tuffman runs a little smuggling business out of an old cruise ship. She’s got a dwarf as a pilot, a dark elf as an engineer, an orc as a doctor, and a couple higher elves for tenants. It was a pretty sweet gig until her old life roars up from its grave. A Knight from the human Crests is tracking the ship and possibly Variel as well. She has to own up to her treacherous past, take down the woman in a dragon ship, and keep everyone from mutinying.
What inspired you to write this book?
I kept thinking out of all the Tolkien clones and D&D based fantasy books out there why has no one ever dropped a few thousand years on the characters and given ‘em lasers? I’ve found a great freedom in being able to create not just cultures but entire planets around all those mythological species. I don’t just keep to the elves, dwarves, orcs either. I’ve got sirens, kitsune, djinn, efrete, rusalkas, banshees, and any other mythological creature I find fascinating running around. It opens up a chance to satirize not just sci-fi but fantasy too.
I also wanted more female captains. There aren’t enough of those out there.
How many hours per day do you spend on writing?
Two to two and a half when I’m actively working on a novel, which gives me somewhere in the 3K word range. When it’s my decompress or editing time, an hour or so.
Name your top five favourite books.
In no particular order I’d have to go with: Lord of the Rings
Oh god, do I have to pick just one Discworld book? Okay, um, Soul Man.
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
& American Gods
Title: Dwarves in Space
Author: Sabrina Zbasnik
Genre: Science-Fiction / Fantasy
Thousands of years after the jewelry’s destroyed, the sword reforged, the dragon ridden, and the indecipherable prophecy translated into a recipe for sugared biscuits, the dwarves turned to that final frontier: space. And along came the elves, orcs, gnomes, trolls, ogres, and those vermin-like upstarts, humans.
Dwarves in Space is Tolkien merged with Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in a horrific transporter accident.
The Elation-Cru is not the flashiest ship, nor the newest, or even has all of its bolts attached; but she can fly. Well, sort of wade through space, and that’s when all the parts are working. She supports a sugar addicted dwarven pilot, an elven engineer, an orcish doctor, a silent djinn, and the lone human trying to hold the entire thing together with duct tape. Variel, the captain, has been hiding from a secret for the past five years and time’s finally run out.
When she goes against her common sense and fights to save her onboard assassin/renter from a job gone sour, she finds herself before an ex-colleague that knew her in her previous life as the Knight of the realm. The entire ship is sent on a mad dash across the universe — from a decaying space station, home to the wackiest species the galaxy has to offer, down to the Orc homeworld, which wouldn’t be so bad if Variel hadn’t spent most of her previous life fighting in the war against them. Chances of survival are nil and slipping fast.
S.E. Zbasnik has a degree in genetics, which means there may or may not be a horde of monkeoctopi doing her bidding to take over the world. Bringing that scientific approach to the fantasy world is her game, trying to put some common sense into magic and magic into common sense.
She currently lives with her husband and beloved dog, who dress up like Sherlock Holmes and solve mysteries in their spare time. She spends nearly of all her time in Nebraska but that’s because it is impossible to leave without finding the lamppost. She lives in a house that has at least four walls and there are some other souls wandering forlornly calling to their lost lives within.
She loves and hates writing as she both loves and hates herself.
She’s a huge video game nerd especially for Dragon Age, Mass Effect, and Bioshock as well as Doctor Who and makes fan art in her down time.
She’s a neutral good assassin, so it’s best to not get on her bad side.
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