The authors of Love Across the Universe sat down and answered a series of questions about writing, science fiction, romance, and more.
One of the things that new writers are told is “Don’t quit your day job!” Most writers don’t make enough from selling books to do it full time. But needing to have a day job to pay the bills isn’t the same as loving your job. We asked the Love Across the Universe authors what career (other than writing) they would want.
Elsa M. Carruthers—“All B+ut You”
I would probably be some sort of health practitioner like physical therapist/message therapist,etc.
M.T. DeSantis—“The Princess of Sands”
I think I’d take a stab at voice acting. I’m a big Disney buff, and it would be fun to lend my voice to a character, specifically a villain.
Traci Douglass—“A Dream to Build a Kiss On”
When I was in high school, I dreamed of moving to Paris and becoming a world famous fashion designer. I think I’d like that.
A.E. Hayes—“Tristan’s Tryst”
I was trained to be a professional opera singer well before studying writing (I always wrote, since I was a four-year- old kid, but I didn’t think it would be a career—just a hobby with maybe one or two small stories that could end up in a magazine somewhere). With all of my training and performance experience, I would go back into that lifestyle in a heartbeat. I doubt I have the stamina now, but my heart contains two deep passions: musical performance and writing. I’m so grateful I had the chance to pursue the former, and am grateful to currently have the chance to partake in the latter!
Serena Jayne—“You Only Love Once”
Museum acquisitions with a very big checkbook. I’d be dangerous.
I’ve never wanted to do anything besides being a writer. I suppose I would be a professional tour guide, which was my day job for a while. Also, Pirate. I’d do that again in a heartbeat.
I’d be in the vanguard of a settlement ship bound for all points up and out. Imagine all the worlds out there…wow.
Cara McKinnon—“The Pirates and the Pacifist”
The other career I’m trained for is theatre. If I had two of myself, I would still be making costumes and singing in musicals. But there’s only one of me and only so many hours in a day!
Sheri Queen—“Red Sand”
I have absolutely no background in this area, but I’d love to be an antiquities dealer who travels around the world to acquire rare objects.
Mary Rogers—“Breakfast on Pluto”
I was an English teacher, and I loved it. I was inspired by Mr. Rogers, and sometimes consider doing it again.
I am lucky in that I have a job I love. I am a librarian so when I’m not writing books, I am reading books or recommending books. It’s a pretty awesome deal.
I’ve sometimes thought it would be great to run a non-profit organization dedicated to a cause that really matters to me. I’m sure in my retirement, I’ll have more time to devote to things like that, even if not at a directorial level. Volunteerism and fundraising for good causes (in addition to writing) would be how I’d spend my time if money were no concern.