Special thanks to Mira Grant for answering 5 questions about her recently featured book – Parasite (Parasitology Series)
Mira Grant was born and raised in Northern California, where she has made a lifelong study of horror movies, horrible viruses, and the inevitable threat of the living dead. In college, she was voted Most Likely to Summon Something Horrible in the Cornfield, and was a founding member of the Horror Movie Sleep-Away Survival Camp, where her record for time survived in the “Swamp Cannibals” scenario remains unchallenged. – From Mira’s Homepage
#1 – What was the impetus for Parasite?
I read a few books about parasitic infection, and I thought they were absolutely fascinating. Everything else came from there.
#2 – You put a lot of work into the science behind your ideas. Is this important to you as a scifi writer? Why is this?
Absolutely. Science is the core of “science fiction.” If I were writing soft SF, I would put equal research into the psychology or sociology behind the idea. Without solid science, the story falls apart.
#3 – You reflect on the nature of health care and big pharma. Are you trying to reflect on the state of these organisations in our current day?
To a degree, yes. The profit-driven nature of privatized health care leads to some oversights and some cut corners that I consider very dangerous. I am not anti-science: I am anti-poor applications of same.
#4 – This is the first of a series. What do you have in mind for your protagonist – Sal?
Stuff. You’ll have to read the books!
#5 – Are you working on any new books/projects you can tell us about?
I’m currently writing the third and final volume in the Parasitology series, and a novella to be published by Subterranean Press next year, about flesh-eating mermaids. The usual.
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