Interview with sci-fi novelist Y.T. Cheng

The spotlight
is shining on sci-fi writer Y.T.
today. He’s chatting with me about The Human Inside.
I am 22 years
old and I am currently residing in Portland, Oregon. I am studying for my
bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and also continuing to write books on the
side. I have been writing and discovering the stories on my mind and in my
imagination since my first year of college. Now I continue to write and seeking
out more in my skills as a writer.
Please tell us about your current
The Human Inside is a new story about the challenges that
humanity faces post World War III. It is centered around cybernetically
enhanced teens called the amborgs who are brought up and raised to make a change
in a chaotic world. They encounter friends from a completely new perspective in
human physiology and enemies as well as they work every day after their augmentation
to relearn themselves, educate and learn about the world they face. It follows
a group of characters that begin to develop interesting and unique
personalities that make for a memorable cast in a creative story.
What inspired you to write this book?
A dream
actually. There was one evening when my mind produced a story of my would-be
main character. In my dream, he was not entirely human and I knew that he was
special. I woke up from that dream and I knew I had stumbled on a story and now
it’s led me to here. I saw a main character that was going to join the ranks of
other notable characters throughout literature and I wanted to take a shot at
writing a novel.
Excerpt from The Human Inside:
In the 22nd
century, the world is undergoing a change bordering towards a complete
dystopian setting. A special group of cybernetically enhanced young adults
known as amborgs has been released into the public hoping to turn things around
for a better environment for many innocent people. Following the exploits of
one particular boy in their ranks, their actions will be tested in their experiences
as an evolved form of humanity. But there aren’t enough of them and an enemy
lurks in the shadows, making preparations to see that they fail the people they
were built to save. Are you ready?
What exciting story are you working on
The sequel of
The Human Inside will be joining the
series soon. The sequel reunites the characters of the first novel and brings
about another adventure which I hope will be another great one. The third book
is also in the works as well as a few requested stand-alone stories involving
other characters from my friends.
When did you first consider yourself a
Never in my
life did I consider myself a writer. Not a typical or common answer but that’s
actually the truth. I didn’t consider myself a writer until after I was given
the choice to publish.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
My work day
is weird. Nothing really consistent. I am considered a hobbyist author if
you’ll consider that a specific title. I write at the times you could say when
I don’t work my regular jobs. Eh in this case, it means I stay up late at times
or I write whenever I am allowed free time. Sometimes, it is hard to write even
with my schedule but because my stories are decaying in my mind, I have to get
it written down. Prioritizing isn’t easy because I don’t consider myself to be
able to deal with stress loads but it’s not impossible. I make it my goal to
safely write and it helps decompress my stress.
What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
I like acting
out and speaking the dialogues of my characters in certain scenes. The only way
I feel people can relate to them is if I give them lines that make sense and
make them say things that people would say under those kinds of circumstances.
Unfortunately, this makes me mutter a lot and I get a lot of stares when I
began to talk like I have multiple personalities. It’s not a mental problem, ha
ha. It’s just me escaping to be with my characters.
As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
pilot. It was always a fun thing for me to do and I wanted to shoot for the
skies. Quite literally. If I wasn’t going to be a writer, then I would
definitely pick something along the lines of flying above ground.
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
Unless I get
asked specific questions, answers are always going to come up short. I do
encourage other writers to write down their ideas. Don’t perceive your ideas as
bad. Instead, just think of them as the first steps to a novel or a story that
you think others would like or critique about.

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