Interview with Dennis Batchelder, Author of Oversight

19 Apr 2023

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write Oversight?

I dreamed up the whole “vike” concept of being able to access your past lives during a family vacation in Brazil. While we were there, We also met my friend’s cousin Bianca, and her mix of warmth, humor, intelligence, and sassiness served as the perfect model for Zelly.

If you had to pick theme songs for the main characters of Oversight, what would they be?

Zelly needs to listen to “Left of Your Joy” by The Collection every time she thinks she’s stuck reliving her past.

What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?

I love speculative sci-fi that’s driven by smart, strong, and kind female protagonists.

What books are on your TBR pile right now?

The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey, and Hollow Beasts by Alisa Lynn Valdés

What scene in your book was your favorite to write?

Zelly getting into her very first vike… she had such a mix of brashness and imposter syndrome!

Do you have any quirky writing habits? (lucky mugs, cats on laps, etc.)

I have a deep need for my wife and friends to immediately read it and provide feedback. Unfortunately, I have a very weak ability to not get offended by their innocent questions… good thing they have thick skin!

If you could choose one thing for readers to remember after reading your book, what would it be?

You’re not controlled by, or even limited by, your past.


Dennis Batchelder is the author of the new book Oversight

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