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Superversive Sunday Spotlight: Tamara Wilhite

Welcome to this week’s Superversive Sunday Spotlight. Every week we will chat with a Superversive author that you really should be reading.

This week we welcome Superversive author, Tamara Wilhite:

How long have you been writing?

I started writing science fiction and horror in high school. I ended up submitting a science fiction short story as my college admission essay. Freelance tech writing has been a full-time job since 2015.

Which writers inspire you?

Robert Heinlein, for one. Then again, I’m named for one of his characters. My stories are probably inspired by Heinlein, Niven, Pournelle. Throw in some Anne McCaffrey, Octavia Butler and CS Friedman. On the non-fiction side, I’d say Dave Ramsey, Isaac Asimov and Carl Sagan.

So, what have you written?

Freelance writing pays the bills, and there are around ten thousand of ghost-written articles out there that I wrote for pay. I’ve written dozens of short stories and several novels. The shorter stories have done much better, and that’s what led to my anthology “Humanity’s Edge”.

Currently, I’m more focused on non-fiction such as my science fiction, fantasy and horror focused columns for Liberty Island Magazine and the National Fantasy Fan Federation (N3F) Magazine. The content ranges from speculative non-fiction to author interviews to book reviews.

What draws you to Superversive writing?

Aside from the fact you were willing to publish one of my short stories in one of your anthologies? I’ve interviewed several Superversive contributors for my columns with Liberty Island and N3F.

What are you working on at the minute?

One interview with D. M. Wozniak, and another with Allen Goodner. Those will probably be published end of 2020 or January 2021. Several engineering articles for clients.  

Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?

Goodreads puts me at 20 books so far this year, equal numbers non-fiction and fiction. I’m in the Unsafe Space book club, and we’ve been alternating reading classic dystopian literature (1984, Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451) with nonfiction like “Madness of the Crowds” and “The Righteous Mind”. I periodically read and review science fiction, horror and fantasy novels. I was keeping up with the “Pop Culture and Philosophy” series, when they were focused on sci-fi and horror.

How can readers discover more about you and your work?

Read my weekly column at Liberty Island Magazine. My novels, novellas and audio book are on Amazon. And there’s a fair chance you’ve already read something I wrote, whether it was troubleshooting dishwasher error codes to the role of uplifting sci-fi in inspiring kids to enter STEM.

Thanks for sharing Tamara. Be sure to check out Tamara’s books and be sure to check back next Sunday for our next chat with a Superversive author.

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