With the release of Static Ruin (paperback, Kindle), writer Corey J. White is concluding the VoidWitch Saga trilogy he began last year with Killing Gravity and continued with Void Black Shadow. In the following email interview, White talks about what went into writing this novella, as well as his next project, the upcoming cyberpunk novel Repo Virtual.
In reading the sci-fi novella Killing Gravity, the first book in Corey J. White’s VoidWitch Saga, I was reminded of both Star Wars and the video game Destiny. But in talking to White about the second book, Void Black Shadow (paperback, Kindle), he not only didn’t mention either as being influences on this new novella, but he didn’t cite any movies, TV shows, games, or even other books as having an impact on his science fiction space opera story.
As one of the most interesting sci-fi novels of the last few years, Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice — and its sequels Ancillary Sword and Ancillary Mercy — have undoubtedly inspired other authors in a variety of ways. But perhaps none so directly as Corey J White, who got the idea for his space opera novella Killing Gravity (paperback, digital) while reading Leckie’s novel. Though in talking to him about the first book in what he’s calling The Voidwitch Saga, White admitted that he was not only inspired by more than just Leckie’s book, but by anime and music as well.