He has been granted lifetime membership to writing groups, books dedicated to him, and is often the first person I go to when I need assistance with anything to do with writing.
His name is Enos Russell.
I hate to use a broad stroke to describe a multi faced human being and all that encapsulates Enos, but if you’re in the Houston writing world you need to know this man.
Over a dozen titles in his name, but none of it would have come to fruition without his beloved Enid. She is the brains of the operation by far. A truth that Enos has mentioned nearly every time I meet with him.
I don’t know what else to say, other than he’s known me from the beginning of my career and I will never forget all that he’s done for me. Enos Russell is not just an award winning sci fi writer, he’s an amazing friend.
And now Enos answers my infamous 20 Questions!
Twenty Questions With…Enos Russell
- Every writer has that one book that made him or her want to be a writer, what’s yours?
– ELR – Stanger in a Strange Land a 1961 science fiction novel by American author Robert A. Heinlein.
- How old were you when you started writing?
ELR – 70
- Name four authors that you’d love to have lunch with.
ELR – John Campbell, Robert A. Heinlein, Haruki Murakami, and Mary Shelley.
- What would you eat?
ELR – Crow
- How do you plot out your work?
ELR – Wetware all the way. I think about them.
- Do you write in the morning or evening?
ELR – Yes
- Is there music on?
ELR – No, I write outside on the patio.
- What inspired your last story?
ELR – except for short fiction, I write in series. So, technically book 2 inspires book 3. I save the shorts for ideas I get whenever I find something interesting in current research. I ask the question about writing Life Code in general, “What could go wrong? As I posted on FB, I am in the middle of my research for the 2nd Meret Mather Mystery Technothriller, SKV, about Genomic Ransomware, trying to avoid too much science speculation AND addressing the question “What could go wrong?” when I spotted an article that showed three Americans won the Nobel in Biology for discovering how genetic material and be coded to act as a timer. I am concerned about how much time we have before this is weaponized.”
- Name three books so good you wish you wrote them.
ELR – I enjoy a good story but have never wished I had written one I read.
- What television shows, movies, or albums do you believe are written well?
ELR – anything by Aaron Sorkin
- Which actor would you cast in the protagonist role of your most recent piece?
ELR – Scarlett Johansson to play Finna in the SEEKER series. Here’s a pitch for the first story, Finna’s Quest: “While Finna battles in the crusades for Eleanor of Aquitaine, a time traveler kidnaps her to fight in a Steampunk war across the galaxy. THE SEEKER – Finna’s Quest, High Concept Science Fiction, is the first novel and the Origin Story within a seminal series that pre-dates all of our published stories. Follow Finna on her thousand-year mission to lay the foundation for the emergence of Homo Evolutis and save Earth from destruction.”
- Which of your pieces was is the hardest to write?
ELR – My wife and I have published 25 novels and short stories. The most difficult story I have encountered is “Goth Glamm.” You may remember it from Critique Circle. Here’s a start on its pitch: “If you remember puberty and claim you enjoyed that part of your life, this story is not for you. A Sixteen-year old Glam discovers she is losing her newfound womanly appearance while gaining shapes and hair in other areas. She tells her parents her body is turning her into a male and pleads with them for help. Her ex-counter-culture parents freak out, blame her for using bad drugs, unhealthy sex, and improper diet. Glamm decides to runs away and looks for solutions in the streets.
- Which was the easiest?
ELR – My first published story, Flash Fiction, an 800-word piece of humor titled “To Find a Thief.”
- Which of your pieces did readers ‘get’ when they told you their thoughts on it?
ELR – my experience with ‘live’ feedback is that they first claim they couldn’t put it down and then proceed to ask a few questions about the science or technology.
- What are you working on now?
ELR – Okay, make me feel bad. I have ten unfinished works in progress. All are novels that currently have about 20k words each. Just like good wine in the cellar, I constantly spin them to keep the corks wet. The next to be published, in November, is GENECAUST
- What story do you have to write before you die?
ELR – out of deep respect for my former agent I took a vow to uphold her wishes for me to: “Just write the next damn book.”
- What’s your best fan story?
ELR – a former student from long ago posted on FB, “I could not stop reading it.” The book was ONSET.
- What sentence have you written that you feel encapsulates your style?
ELR – I’m going to cheat here. After all, we’re getting close to 1.5 million words so I’m going to give you a short paragraph titled ‘Tiny Voices’ from RESET.
“One day, in church, her anxieties had their epiphany. As she watched a pregnant relative in her eighth month begin to walk the length of the church toward her mother’s closed coffin, Chloe wondered if she could detect sound from the woman’s womb. She had heard them from other women carrying babies and while the other voices in her head frightened her, the little ones, the weenie ones, the ones from the womb, were different. They were special. Their small sweet sounds gave her comfort.
“On that day, long ago, Chloe sat at the end of her row holding tight to the wooden back of a pew. Unable to release her grip, she turned and stretched toward the aisle as far as possible in anticipation of the pregnant woman’s passing.
“But as she watched her draw closer, she heard nothing. The shape hidden under the woman’s dress remained dark. Empty. The absence of sound, the nothingness of it, sucked the soul from Chloe’s being. She pushed against the wooden pew trying to turn away from the aisle as the woman and the dark void passed. Frightened and confused, she withdrew into herself and spoke to no one for days.”
- Have you ever based characters off of real people?
ELR – not as such. My research into modern genomics usually led me to current Nobel Prize winners. The closest one is from my first book “Deadly Awakenings.” In the book, her name is Elizabeth and she is more an inspiration than a characterization.
- Who’s your favorite character?
ELR – Chloe in ONSET, RESET, MINDSET
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