Hello, L.M. David interviewing Garry Rogers author of Corr Syl The Warrior. This interview is part of a Blog Tour conducted by Saskia Book Services. Because this is part of a tour, the usual blurb will not be added.
Welcome Garry. Let’s begin with a little background information.
Q. Tell me a bit about yourself.
A. I like exploring and planning. Once I learned about science and marketing, I decided I wanted to be a scientist or a business entrepreneur. I earned a PhD and studied plant interactions for several years before founding and becoming CEO of a successful computer business. I enjoy planning anything from meetings to research projects to marketing campaigns. Not much of a conversationalist, my favorite activities are camping, boxing, dancing, and drinking.
Q. Briefly describe what your book, Corr Syl The Warrior is about.
A. The book is about a young warrior whose community calls on him to investigate and devise a response to aggression by a neighboring community.
Q. What is the character Corr Syl like?
A. Corr Syl is not very complicated. He has a few secrets and ambitions, but none so powerful to interfere with his friendliness and generosity. Apart from becoming a warrior, Corr has always wanted to be an effective comedian (many Tsaeb do). His jokes usually fail, but he never gives up trying. When Corr’s local district council calls on him become its agent, Corr wants to refuse, but as the danger becomes apparent, he moves ahead with no reservations.
Q. Corr Syl is a Tsaeb warrior. Describe what being within the Tsaeb is like.
A. Tsaeb is a name for an ancient multi-species civilization. Immediacy, the philosophy of consequences, governs the Tsaeb. The Tsaeb have moved past mere sentience to sapience. They have evolved an instinctive sense of responsibility. Thus, the Tsaeb civilization has almost no rules for individual behavior. Among the Tsaeb, all are equal, and all are free to do as they please.
Before Immediacy, the cardinal emotions fear and desire, and their many derivatives, ruled the actions of the Earth’s intelligent species. As natural selection enhanced intelligence, Earth’s creatures built machines of conquest and defense that eventually threatened the existence of the planet. The warrior guild formed as Earth teetered on the brink of annihilation. The warriors provided the moderating force and the Immediacy ideal that saved the Earth and let sapience flourish.
Warriors include those Tsaeb that choose to undergo the years of intense training required to master combat and war. During the long reign of the peaceful Tsaeb civilization, the need for warriors has declined and few are left. Corr Syl is one of only 21 warriors in a district of half a million intelligent beings. Occasional dangerous individuals and species appear, and then the Warriors become essential.
Q. Describe the Wycliff District. (See map below)
A. Wycliff District is one of 2,100 Tsaeb districts that form a continuous mosaic covering half the Earth’s lands and all its oceans. Wycliff occupies a high desert valley about 30 miles wide and 60 miles long. The few services needed by the District’s half million residents are found at the District Center. The Center occupies a large hollowed out mass of emergent granite bedrock on the banks of the valley’s principal stream, White River.
Q. What genre is Corr Syl The Warrior? And is it a favorite genre of yours?
A. The book fits best into the #EcoSciFi subcategory of Science Fiction. All its premises, events, and characters are possible within the limits of our current understanding of psychology, society, philosophy, and the natural world.
Q. Who was the easiest character to create and why?
A. Ralph MacKinnon resembles a best friend who died young. My friend was a champion boxer, a natural comedian, and an idealist.
Q. What was the hardest part to write in Corr Syl The Warrior?
A. My chief challenges are finding new expressions for old situations, and providing the hidden motivations and traits needed to turn characters into real people.
Q. Will there be a sequel to Corr Syl? And if so, what is the working title and will there be returning characters?
A. The sequel is in progress. I will probably title it “Corr Syl the Terrible.” Some of the principal characters remain, but there are new secondary characters.
Q. What inspired you to write Corr Syl?
A. The union of my concern for nature and a strange image I saw once as I came out of corpse pose.
Q. You are a self-published author. Why choose this over traditional publishing?
A. A traditional publisher handled my first two books. They sold more copies, but there weren’t any other benefits. I like setting my own standards and schedule.
Q. What advice do you have for other writers wanting to get published?
A. For nonfiction, my advice is to strive for accuracy and significance. For fiction, I am not qualified to offer advice. Corr Syl is my first fiction novel. Perhaps after the sequel I will have something to offer.
L.M. David: This concludes the interview with Garry Rogers. I wish him the best of luck with Corr Syl The Warrior and his current work in progress.
Garry Rogers has a PhD in Physical Geography. He taught at Columbia University and UCLA, and currently serves as President of the Agua Fria Open Space Alliance, Inc. He has published three nonfiction books, and hundreds articles in peer-reviewed science journals and conference proceedings. He is currently working on a sequel to his debut novel Corr Syl the Warrior, and a second volume on Arizona wildlife.
When an armed patrol crosses the border into Wycliff District, the Wycliff Council sends Corr Syl to investigate and recommend a response. Corr soon learns that spies have infiltrated his district, and already many lives are at risk. He catches a glimpse of something truly evil, and with no time to spare, must choose between a safe response that might fail, and a sure response that might start a global war
Corr Syl The Warrior is available in paperback and eBook through Amazon.com. It is also available through Createspace.