grydscaen by Natsuya Uesugi
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Author: Natsuya Uesugi
EBook: 288 pages
Release Date: July 21, 2011
Follow the lives of the main characters as they come together in the backstory to grydscaen:retribution, the fi rst volume of the grydscaen saga. Faid is tired of life on the run in the Echelons, trying to keep his psychic power in check, he founds the Packrats establishing a safe haven for psychics. As a hacker he uses his jack to support his neurocyne habit. Lino is recruited by the Psi Faction and is sent on a mission to kidnap Faid. Riuho, Lino’s half brother becomes a prisoner of the Elite military and they experiment on him, train him and subject him to mind control, then send him out on a mission. On his return, Riuho is set on escaping and recruits Faid who hacks into the Psi Faction systems. They escape and return to the Packrats leading up to the start of grydscaen:retribution.
Question1: Do you have a daily writing routine?
I write the grydscaen novels and related grydscaen short stories, as well as create comic books regarding stories in the grydscaen universe. I just finished a comic book of the grydscaen short story “A Storm’s Coming.” My routine for that was to write a little bit everyday. That story is in 5 parts and I wanted to ensure that the story flowed so I usually don’t leave too much time between writing sessions. I don’t know if you would call it a routine. I usually write when I am inspired, that might be many hours or a few minutes. But I am usually writing or drawing when I am not working so I guess it works out.
Question2: Where do you do most of your writing?
Most of my writing takes place in a corner of the main room in my apartment. I have an old Mac computer which I got from art school with a Wacom tablet and a printer. I have other computers, I am a geek so I have a few but the Mac seems to be where I do the majority of the writing or proofreading tucked away in the corner under a phone that looks like a payphone from New York City streets on the wall.
Question3: Where did you grow up? Can you tell us a little about it?
I grew up in Manhattan and spent my time when I was not going to school running track, studying French and Japanese and going to music school. Music school was a large part of my childhood. I took theory and flute and piano and won many music competitions while I was in high school. When I graduated from high school I also had a graduation concert at music school. My life was full of music and running track. I went to states and ran the relay, 200 meter 400 meter, long jump and high jump. I had fun running track and playing soccer. I did a lot of activities. I was also on the honour role at school so my high school life was pretty busy.
Question4: What is your motto in life/writing?
I have a few but I guess you can say “You can do anything you set your mind to.” I have not ever started something I couldn’t finish. I am going to art school right now because I couldn’t do that out of college. I went to an Ivy League college but always wanted to go to art college so now I am doing that.
Question5: What inspired you to write your book?
I work in technology as a systems analyst and I think that technology has always inspired me. My parents were computer programmers and they used to talk about code, mainframes and systems at the dinner table. I think that is why grydscaen is if you boil it down about hackers because I heard that while I was growing up. The first hacker I created for grydscaen I created in the 9th grade. His name was Rom who’s name stands for Read Only Memory. He is still in the grydscaen story and actually plays a large part in grydscaen: beginnings. I never forgot where I came from.