For many authors, the beginning of a novel starts with the story. For Amy S. Foster, crafting the alternate reality of her Rift Trilogy (the last installment of which, The Rift Coda, dropped earlier this month) began when her heroine simply showed up in her brain.
"In terms of books, characters just sort of announce themselves," Foster told SYFY FANGRRLS when we sat down for an interview with her about her trilogy, which takes place in a futuristic world in which travel between alternate Earths has been made possible. "And then I'll figure out how to tell their story."
In the case of Ryn Whitaker, the main heroine of The Rift Trilogy, Foster was excited to tell the story of "an unapologetically violent female warrior," but noted that she didn't understand how topical of a character Ryn would become when she first started working on the series.
"I think what we find time and time again with the female warrior trope is that audiences expect a woman to choose between love and power in a way that men are not expected to," Foster said. "I don't think I realized how much I was craving this really multi-dimensional, fully fleshed-out female girl warrior... and I didn't realize how important it would be until I got through the second and third book."
Check out our full interview with Foster below, in which she touches on the difference between songwriting and writing fiction, female warrior tropes, her inspirations, her work, and how string theory helped build the world of The Rift books.