Michal Tran (Treezy Archangel): Writing, traveling, experiencing
Greetings! Hello! Howdy! All those things. I know I was slacking and didn’t post an article on Friday, but I’ve had a hectic week. Although I won’t be posting an informative article this Friday either, (It’s Thanksgiving weekend here.) I might have a funny story to share. So stay tuned. 🙂
Now, I do keep up with my weekly interviews, and I won’t intentionally not conduct those. So let me introduce you to Michal Tran, a writer from Czech Republic. Michal is the Czech version of Michael. Although Czech Republic is known for beer, he’s a wine person. (sigh) He goes by Treezy Archangel on his blog, which was created in the image of certain rappers in America and a nickname of one of the Mass Effect game characters.
Michal will be moving to Ireland soon, tomorrow in fact, which will be the first time he sets foot in an English-speaking country. At 21 years old, Michal is excited, and he’ll surely have a lot to write about. He has kindly agreed to take part in a virtual interview.
Michal, thank you for agreeing to an interview today.
What is an important goal for you?
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I try to read and in general, dedicate time to personal development. I’m interested in science a lot, physics most particularly, but also in moral philosophy, veganism, making the world better, and art.
What do you hope to achieve with your writing?
Making a living one day, and changing the world the day after that.
What are you currently working on? How did you begin working on it?
I had to play with a lot of ideas before finally setting up to start anything. That was perhaps a year or two ago. I love fantasy and science fiction. When I personally look at fantasy, I see an opportunity for a beautiful story and drama. When I see science fiction, I see a different kind of story. A deeper one, one seeking understanding of the world and trying to predict the future. In fantasy, I look for beauty. In science fiction, I look for beauty and explanation of the world. Now, I’m not saying fantasy cannot be deep. I had actually finished an outline for a fantasy novel first. It was nice, but it was only about an adventure and what you’d expect. The things I’m working on now are much more complex, and require more research into psychology.
The Big Black Box is about the last man in the universe. You can see where the things get difficult. That’s why I’ve decided to finish an easier setup first. It’s called Where Earth Is, and it’s about a group of survivors. Some hundred people are stranded on a Super-Earth with no way of contacting Earth for help. Their colony has been destroyed by a mysterious storm. The main character is a retired soldier in his sixties. The story is obviously set in a future where the civilization has gone to depths of sophistication we cannot imagine (interstellar travel is pretty hard to acquire). Because most of the people on the colony are just farmers, and the lows, the behaviour in those stressful times does not correlate with the future-age level. Some of them do stupid things, some do smart things, but all-in-all, they try to survive together. Unless they have follow a different goal of course. Like control or acquiring knowledge.
What inspires your writing?
When I started working on the novel, I was a deep believer. I plotted all sort of things relating to God, destiny, and such. Throughout the past year, I’ve transformed into a fully reason-based mindset. I don’t believe fairy tales and old wives stories anymore. I don’t care about opinions. I look for facts. Nowadays, I always look to science to tell me what to do. Science is actually a motherload of fascinating ideas, many of them still not covered by fiction. In Where Earth Is, the religious motif is still present, but only in how people abuse it more or less. I must say it is much harder to plot a novel when God isn’t there to save you, and you can’t just explain everything with destiny. Yay.
What genre do you enjoy most, and what draws you to the genre you write?
Science-fiction. Like I’ve already said, it’s the genre with the most potential. Quality plots utilizing vision of science and future.
Give us insight to your main character.
Colonel Grant is a retired military guy in his sixties. And he is determined to get the survivors home, to Earth. There is no point hiding it’s almost identical to one of the Battlestar Galactica protagonists. Choosing a main character this age was really getting out of my comfort zone, but it was worth it.
Would you like to tell us more about your book?
Being a man of reason and science, I accept the fact that there is no such thing as free will. That doesn’t necessarily mean the choices we make aren’t important. When one is aware of their own psychological biases, they can basically own everyone around them. In the provided excerpt, the main character wants to educate and train the wives of the farmers so that they all get a better chance of surviving. Those are desperate times for everyone, and he is right about his goal. He basically gives the girls two options, which he didn’t create, he is just aware of them. They either have to wake up, get out of their comfort zones, and change, or they can die. Not going with the first option will probably cause the death of everyone. Now of course, the women are proud and don’t like being talked down like this. They lived in the colony so most of them weren’t provided the future-age modern education to make them more aware of their own psychology. Grant never had it either. He means well, and perhaps could accomplish to train them one day. That’s where Gina comes in. She is very well aware of theirs, Grants, and hers own psychology. And she is a military too. Which puts her in the perfect position to come up with a plan to manipulate the women into toughening up. Grant is a fairly old man, so he has many biases of his own. Now in reality, it could work either way. But Grant is prejudiced against women, still he understands Gina’s role in this, so he lets her take over.
Were you always good at writing?
No. Relative to today, I was horrible years back. And by horrible I mean average teenager level. At least I hope I got better. Also, I don’t really write in my native language anymore.
How has the English language become your choice in writing?
What authors inspire you?
Orwell, Bradbury, Heinlein and Dawkins. It’s the perfect mix of quality science fiction with a little bit of actual science to it. I am also likely to like almost any classic book. But 1984, Fahrenheit 451, and Starship Troopers do it for me.
Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you overcome it?
Not anymore. The only thing you need to do is to write anything that comes to your mind. Like a random scene with any of your characters. That does it for me at least.
If anything interesting happens, you can be sure to find it on my blog, which has future development of my writings and related things. I also have a Facebook page connected to it.
BONUS QUESTION: If the world ended like it did in your book, what would your first steps be?
Thank you, everyone, for taking time to meet one of our fellow writers. It’s always interesting to see where people come from and who they are as writers. 🙂 It was real nice to get to know Michal and a little about his work. I look forward to seeing him more in An Author’s Tale.
For those who are celebrating Thanksgiving, I hope you have a fantastic and safe day. I’ll talk to you soon!
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