Interview: Tanya Huff

Tell us a bit about your story.  What’s it about?

Bottom line, it’s about making choices. About doing what has to be done, regardless of the cost.

What was the genesis of the story—what was the inspiration for it, or what prompted you to write it?

So many of the armored suits aren’t so much worn as they become part of the wearer. What kind of person choses to do that to themselves.

Most authors say all their stories are personal.  If that’s true for you, in what way was this story personal to you?

It’s a story about choice and choice is always, in every case, personal.

What kind of research did you have to do for the story?

Most of my research involved re-eading my five Valor novels, trying to pick out details of the “heavies” that I’d threaded through. Although I did also have to pull out the reference books for specs on munitions and APCs—you can’t make changes until you know where you’re starting.

What is the appeal of power armor/mecha? Why do so many writers—or you yourself—write about it? Why do you think readers/viewers/gamers love it so much?

When you put on power armor, you’re Superman—only without all that annoying angst.  Who wouldn’t love that?

What are some of your favorite examples of power armor/mecha (in any media), and what makes them your favorites?

It all goes back to Aliens 2. The supplemental exoskeletons the Marines wore to handle the big guns—they were just such a natural extension of the Marine’s abilities—and Ripley stepping out in the loader to take on the Queen.  Everything else grew out of that.