AUTHOR INTERVIEW: David D. Levine

Tell us about your latest project.

I’m just finishing up a novel, Arabella and the Marsman, a YA Regency Interplanetary Airship Adventure. Arabella is a Patrick O’Brian girl in a Jane Austen world. Born and raised on Mars, she was hauled back home by her mother, where she’s stifled by England’s gravity, climate, and attitudes toward women. When she learns that her evil cousin plans to kill her brother and inherit the family fortune, she joins the crew of an interplanetary clipper ship in order to beat him to Mars. But pirates, mutiny, and rebellion stand in her way. Will she arrive in time?

What do you find appealing about Kickstarter as a consumer and/or as a potential user?

The great thing about Kickstarter is that it allows individuals to transform passion directly into money, without having to modify their vision to meet the needs of a venture capitalist. There are a lot of half-baked ideas on Kickstarter, which is a boon as well as a bane—sometimes the half-baked idea needs only money to become fully baked. (Other times, of course, not so much.)

Might you do a Kickstarter yourself at some point in the future? If so, what kind of project might it be?

I have considered doing one for a second collection of short stories or possibly to publish one of my unpublished novels. I have resisted the temptation so far.

What are you working on now?

In addition to getting Arabella and the Marsman ready for submission, I’m working on short stories for, as it happens, a couple of Kickstarters, and a database project for a writers’ organization.

What’s coming up next for you?

I have several possible novel projects waiting in the queue, including a sequel to Arabella, a hard SF YA novel set on Mars, and a collaborative venture (also YA) with another writer. Plus, as always, short stories.