David Mack, national bestselling author of more than twenty novels and novellas, including Wildfire, Harbinger, Reap the Whirlwind, Precipice, Road of Bones, Promises Broken, and the Star Trek Destiny trilogy: Gods of Night, Mere Mortals, and Lost Souls, was interviewed recently for UFOP: Starbase 118, where he spoke about writing for Star Trek and writing in general.
In the interview, located here, topics included: writing as a sole author vs. writing with a group of authors, canon, avoiding stereotypes, villains and advice for aspiring writers.
According to Mack, one of the challenges in writing for Star Trek is adhering to canon, even if canon is contradictory (which has happened more than once in Star Trek), and keeping characters consistent. “As for how we do that, few years ago most of us relied on editorial feedback and the Star Trek Encyclopedia,” said Mack. “These days, e-mails and websites such as Memory Alpha and Memory Beta have proved to be the greatest resources at our disposal.”
David Mack’s website is located here.
UFOP: StarBase 118 is a Star Trek PBEM RPG that has been in existence for fifteen years. Their website is located here.