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Interview with ‘Schrodinger’s Gat’ YA author Rob Kroese

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Robert Kroese is the author of several humorous fantasy novels, including ‘Mercury Falls’ and ‘Disenchanted’. His latest novel is ‘Schrodinger’s Gat’, a “quantum physics noir thriller.” He has graciously agreed to talk with us about his books.


For what audience do you write?

I write for anybody who can understand dependent clauses and doesn’t mind occasional profanity. Most of my books are classified as “science fiction” or “fantasy,” but they span all sorts of subjects, from religion and history to quantum physics.

Henry: That give me an idea for a sci-fi picture book, ‘The Little Quark That Could’.

Tell us about your latest book

In my ongoing effort to stymie publishers trying to figure out how to classify my novels, Schrodinger’s Gat is a thriller that relies heavily on the principles of quantum mechanics. It’s sort of a philosophical sci-fi noir thriller.

Henry: I too am working on a book that crosses boundaries – a sci-fi coffee table book.

What will readers will get from the book?

I think there’s a common misconception that science has somehow replaced religion — that science is somehow more certain and reliable than philosophy and other modes of thought. I’d be thrilled if I could get a few people to question that idea.

Henry: While I don’t see any conflict between being scientific and spiritual, I do prefer that my car be engineered by people that understand the laws of physics. 🙂

What aspect of writing do you find most challenging?

Probably deciding which ideas are worth pursuing, and which ones I need to let go.

What is a powerful lesson you’ve learned from being a writer?

It’s essential that you be excited about what you write. If you’re an aspiring novelist, write the novel you want to read.

What’s been a memorable experience you’ve had as a writer?

Last year at this time I was in London, speaking at a conference about self-publishing. That was pretty awesome.

Do you have any strange rituals that you observe when you write?


Henry: Brevity is the soul of wit.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

I choose not to answer this question to protect those close to me.

Henry: Ah, so your superpower is discretion.

If you could have three authors (alive or dead) over for dinner, who would it be?

Thomas Jefferson, Kurt Vonnegut and Mark Twain.

Henry: Nice combination. This is the literary equivalent of pairing wines with food.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

The Babel fish, from the ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’. Such an ingenious idea. I wish I’d thought of it.

Henry: For those who haven’t read the book, Wikipedia helpfully summarizes. “The Babel fish is small, yellow, leech-like, and probably the oddest thing in the universe. It feeds on brain wave energy, absorbing all unconscious frequencies and then excreting telepathically a matrix formed from the conscious frequencies and nerve signals picked up from the speech centres of the brain, the practical upshot of which is that if you stick one in your ear, you can instantly understand anything said to you in any form of language: the speech you hear decodes the brain wave matrix.”
It is a universal translator that neatly crosses the language divide between any species. The book points out that the Babel fish could not possibly have developed naturally, and therefore it both proves and disproves the existence of God.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

What is this “not writing” you speak of?

Henry: So, the answer is “sleeping”.

What would you like it to say on your tombstone?

“He lived.”

Henry: A highly attainable, if not ambitious, goal. Well played, sir.

Where can readers find your work?

Amazon, Amazon, Amazon. My publisher is owned by Amazon, and a lot of bookstores have apparently decided they can punish Amazon by not stocking books they publish. In reality, they’re only hurting readers and writers, but I guess it helps them feel like they’re doing something against the big, bad Internet giant. So the short answer is: the easiest place to get my books is Amazon.com.

This article is also posted to the San Diego Children’s Books Examiner.


Author: Henry Herz

Children's book author

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