NY Daily News: Q&A about "A Vision of Fire"
Posted at 2:14 PM (PDT) on Monday, October 6, 2014

Q&A with Gillian Anderson: Former 'X-Files' star talks about her foray into literature as co-author of 'A Vision of Fire'
BY Nicole Hensley
October 6, 2014

Gillian Anderson's debut into literature, "A Vision of Fire," hits bookstore shelves Oct. 7. The "X-Files" and "Hannibal" star teams up with sci-fi veteran Jeff Rovin for book one in a trilogy that pits a child psychologist against an impending nuclear disaster. Anderson spoke to the Daily News about the need for strong female characters in fiction, breaking out as an author, and the way the Internet has changed how people and cultures connect.

Why did you put such an emphasis on viral videos in your story?

That's what happens these days. Everyone has a phone, even in developing countries. Every second or every day they bear witness through their video and that is how stuff gets on the Internet. That's how stories are spread. That's how events are reported sometimes when the press can't get in. Sometimes mobile networks are shut down because of it.

It's a global story. ... Our intention was to include as many different cultures and continue to throughout the trilogy and show different aspects of humanity on our planet. It's not just one-sided views on certain countries. We're attempting to draw human beings and hopefully the characters are relatable enough and universal enough that as readers will get to care about them and what the events that are transpiring in their lives.

On the one hand is science fiction and the other is social consciousness, and that's what's important to me. I think we achieve that.

Read the full interview…