Janet Kravetz is The Author of The Week
Hello author Janet, welcome to BrandEducation! What’s your favorite word and why?
PEACE. From world peace to individual peace in the heart and peace of mind – I feel this is the most beautiful word in all languages, because that’s the origin of other beautiful words like contentment and love.
What is your favorite thing about being a writer?
With my YA writing I get a chance to inspire a new generation of global leaders, doers, dreamers, and thinkers through the written word. Perhaps even one day through the collective, bonding experience of watching the story unfold on the big screen. Sci-fi is a genre that has great potential for equally capturing the minds and hearts of both dreamers and doers, while perhaps setting plausible near-future visions for us to seek out or avoid. A good Sci-Fi book or movie is hopefully terrifying enough in its dystopian nature and at the same time inspiring enough to make us want to seek out more prosperous and sustainable futures for humanity.
What makes you laugh the most?
Silly animated comedies like Minions or the Croods. I don’t have time to watch many of them, but that’s what I do when I want a good laugh.
If you were a superhero, what powers would you have?
I would help people move towards peaceful, constructive self fulfillment, because that’s the key to inner peace and world peace. That’s also the main goal for the protagonist in my debut sci-fi novel Sky Curse.
What does literary success look like to you?
A literary success is when I get feedback on my writing that says that I’m meeting readers where they are at but at the same time challenging them to start asking questions about the world around them. Perhaps even Challenging them to see the world in a different light.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I like walking on the beach with good company and playing tennis. Luckily, Nova Scotia is surrounded by the Atlantic ocean, so there are a lot of nice beaches around.
What are your guilty pleasures?
I love eating exotic fruit like papaya, pineapple, guava, passion-fruit etc’. They are not native to Canada, so they are quite expensive. But if I could, I would have been eating fruit salads for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Where do you dream traveling to and why?
I want to travel to Mexico and Italy because the protagonist in my debut sci-fi novel Sky Curse traveled there, so that piqued my curiosity. I do like swimming and walking on the beach, so Mexico is a top priority, as it’s known for its tropical weather.
State a random fact about yourself that would surprise your readers.
On my trip to Barcelona 10 years ago I was surprised to discover I could understand the locals in simple conversations without ever studying Spanish. I guess I understand a bit of Spanish because I watched some telenovelas as a kid with Hebrew subtitles, like the Argentine telenovela Antonella or the Venezuelan telenovela Topacio.
Your motivation and the purpose of your book?
I aim to educate readers and start a public discussion about the interconnected topics of environmental sustainability, technological advancements and mental resilience. As a sci-fi author I think that the future facing humanity is both exciting and very unpredictable. Sky Curse series is a highly entertaining educational piece as well as a call for action to debate the following questions, as those questions are not reserved for science fiction fans anymore. These are the most pressing questions of the next decades: Would people live, work, compete, collaborate and integrate with machines? Would humans become interplanetary species? Will people face climate chaos and severe climate anxiety? Will there be new world wars over natural resources? Will the collective mental health of humanity only deteriorate with time?
What is one thing in your book that will surprise readers? (no spoilers though!
Scribble’s Worth Book Reviews says “While this book is largely fiction, steeply based in the science fiction realm with dystopian highlights and overtures, there is more than meets the eye. As you dig deeper into this book, you’ll discover some educational nuggets buried here and there.”
What are you working on next? More books?
The Second book in the “Sky Curse” series is already half written and will be called “Trial by Fire.” It will shed light on some of the unresolved mysteries of book 1, while presenting new mysteries and adventures.
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LinkedIn : Janet Kravetz, Facebook: @AuthorJankra, Instagram: authorjanetkravetz,