Part of my Fourth of July celebration was seeing another author interview posted! Els Ebraert, the owner of B for Bookworm, asked several excellent questions. One of my favorite ones was, “Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?

“That’s a great question! I suppose that many people might be inclined to immediately want to be one or the other, but I really had to ponder this inquiry for a while. Being the “hero” in any story has a certain appeal. Who doesn’t want to enjoy the spotlight and fame that being the person on the side of good may gather? On the other hand – Dracula. After all, he remains one of my most favorite characters of all time. So, the idea of becoming immortally infamous is also appealing.

Ultimately, I think that one of my most favorite types of characters is redemption characters. In so many ways, they are us. They are human – not perfect, not idealistic, but rather contemplative and likely to change. So, here’s how I answered Els question:

I’ve always been a fan of redemption characters, so I guess that I’d have to say the ‘good one’ who starts off bad. I love complicated characters who struggle, even if their internal struggles aren’t revealed until later in the story. I’ll admit to really enjoying the paths of Jaime Lannister in The Game of Thrones and Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series.

Another question that I enjoyed answering was, “Why did you create a galaxy in The Transprophetic series with only humans and no aliens?”I considered having aliens species, and I’m not entirely ruling it out for future books, but for now, here’s my answer:

As a kid growing up on Star Wars and Star Trek, I certainly love the concept of alien life forms. However, in literature and film, there is a tendency to categorize each “species” with specific human characteristics – Wookies are gentle but strong, Vulcans are logical, while Hutts and Ferengi are greedy.

I wanted to weave complex characters. Humans are terribly complicated and emotional creatures, and prone to doing the unexpected while still maintaining their core values and personalities. I thought that creating a world with multiple species would become confusing. Additionally, while my writing is meant to be entertaining, I also want my readers to question their thoughts, assumptions, believes, and how they treat others. A galaxy with humans is the best way to achieve all of that.

Read the entire interview on Els’s site at The Betrayal of Ka – Oliver Shea / #Interview @sheaoliver

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