We’re here with another interview with a newer member of our community. The title of this column is “Lower Decks,” hearkening back to the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode titled “Lower Decks,” in which junior officers aboard the Enterprise-D speculate on the reasons for recent unusual actions taken by the command crew near the Cardassian border.
This month’s interview is with the writer behind Lieutenant Junior Grade Kudon playing a Vulcan male Engineering Officer assigned to the USS Resolution.
GALVEN: Thank you for accepting to do this interview with me! Could you tell us a little bit about yourself for our readers out there?
KUDON: Happy to share! I live near the Boston area in Massachusetts. I’m 41 and I teach high school history and economics. I grew up and went to college and grad school around Boston and am finally starting to branch out with some travel outside New England, which sadly COVID has put a limit on for now. When it’s over I want to go back to Montreal. But right now I’m using my summer as a teacher to do my simming, take some online classes in French and acting, and get some reading done that I often do not have time for when the school year starts.
You don’t play the typical Vulcan and write him figuring out emotions. What do you set your style of character development with when you begin writing?
It was challenging at first, because I was not quite sure how much about my character I should plan in advance. But you and others in Starbase 118 OPS both gave me great advice to let the character unfold naturally. Acting classes I have taken in the past year and a half actually helped a lot, since when I was writing my first sims, rather than thinking too cerebrally, I would just ask myself questions like “How would Kudon react to this situation?”, “What kind of things would he say?”, or “How would he talk?” and my emotional instincts basically carried me along to develop a more consistent character. He has decided to explore emotions, but he never had role models, since growing up on Vulcan, just about everyone suppressed emotions. So what I did at the start, and still do now, is think to myself “How would someone behave who had little guidance regulating emotions and had to figure it out on his own?” A large number of my sims flow from how I answer that question.