Kit Falbo writes science fiction and fantasy, and when you open the pages of his books, he wants you to be brought into the story. He loves the craft of writing and squeezes it in while “keeping one on my kids as they run rampant at the local library.” In addition to his 3 novels, so far, Kit enjoys writing guest blog posts on subjects like trauma in fiction, mixing the mundane and unusual, and crafting believable characters. His guest post for Geek Club Books, “A Look at Speculative Fiction through Autistic Eyes,” points out the many benefits of speculative fiction as a social tool and coping mechanism. We recently caught up with him to find out more about his novels.
Tell us about your books and what inspired you to write them.
I have two books and a novella. They are all science fiction. In The Crafting of Chess, you follow a teenage chess hustler who aims to make a more stable life while living with his con-man grandfather by playing a new VR videogame. With Intelligence Block, an interstellar entertainer is trying to make his way as a techno-wizard, streaming, and competing with the help of AI. In the novella The Card Job, a dedicated gamer needs a heist to get what he wants inside a virtual universe.
Connections between people form the core of my stories while I stretch into new and fantastical technologies. My fascination with people, gaming, artificial intelligence, and fiction all blend together in my works. My inspiration is that these are the kind of stories I like, and I want to find out what happens next.
How does being autistic influence your writing?
Being autistic has drawn me to writing neurodiverse characters with focused interests. Characters that I can relate to while making them appealing to readers of every variety. I also feel how I handle my difficulties using my coping mechanisms has been a strong influence on my writing. How I’ve escaped into books has built the depth of my reading experience and how I’ve had to pay extra attention to verbal and non-verbal cues. I like to think that I’ve turned some of my social weaknesses into a strength for my writing. I can take those little essential details many neurotypicals take for granted and work my observations of them into the stories.
Who is your ideal reader and how do you see your books being used?
Anyone willing to pick up one of my books and read some of it is ideal. I want to think my works appeal to gamers, science fiction fans, readers who like interesting characters. My books are to be used for fun, an escape, or something to share and talk about.
What’s the message you want your readers to take away after reading the book?
I don’t feel narratives need a deeper message. If all they do is provide insight into the characters, resolution of a conflict, ideas to daydream on, then they have accomplished a goal. There are always things to learn, ideas that make you a better person, but. One of those are things I feel need to happen. If reading one of my fictions does help in any way, you can be happy to know it has made me smile.
Do you have a proud moment you’d like to share?
I’m proud to even have fans. They are few, and demand I work faster, but it is good to know they exist. I keep on hoping for the milestones of someone I meet on the street, recognizing me from my writing, or maybe even discovering a fan fiction based on my worlds. I guess my inspiration is me wondering what might be in the future if I keep on working hard.
If our readers leave with only one message after reading this interview, what would you like it to be?
The same message I hope they get when they read my writing: A reaction-impression-feeling-fascination something fleeting or lingering that has at least added a little bit to that reader’s day.
What words of encouragement can you offer to other autistic creatives?
Neurotypical or neurodiverse success is mostly about luck. Taking those chances to get noticed. Working on getting your name out. Making new things to share. The randomness of it is to be embraced, and every time you fail a roll, pick up those dice and toss them again.
Discover more about Kit Falbo and buy his books:
- Author website
- @WritesKit on Twitter
- Kit Falbo Author Facebook Page
- Buy The Card Job on Amazon*
- Buy Intelligence Block on Amazon*
- Buy The Crafting of Chess on Amazon*
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