Aug 15, 2014

Of Sudden Origin Interview

When did you realize that you wanted to become a writer?
The inkling began in the 4th grade. I wrote a sequel to another kid’s goofball pirate story. While reading it aloud to my fellow classmates, I had them rolling off their chairs with laughter. The power to entertain, to cause people to think… heady stuff.

Is being an Author all you dreamed of, or did it just happen? The best and worst thing about it?
I love telling stories. I’m less fond of the business side. It most certainly didn’t just happen. It required and continues to require a tremendous amount of dedication.
The best thing about it? When the tale tells itself. The muse is an incredible phenomenon. The experience of sitting down and having a story pour forth (seemingly from the ether) is a magical one. I am often just as surprised as the reader at how the story unfolds.

What was the very first thing you ever wrote?
The first real work (with a fleeting hope for riches) was a screenplay. It was a dystopian look at terrorism during an effort to terraform Mars (Humans had global warmed their planet to the point where Mars was looking like the only other option.) Just to remind everyone how long climate change has been on the radar, I wrote that when I was a kid in 1987.

What made you create (your book)?  How did it come to you?
The Of Sudden Origin series sprang to life from a frustration with the improbabilities/impossibilities within the science of the zombie genre. I love the notion of the zombie apocalypse, the struggle for survival, the unstoppable monster, how humans respond to disaster, and I wanted to tell a story where it seemed almost too plausible and therefore, all the more frightening.

Who is your literary hero?
Hugh Howie. Not just because he is a really good writer. He has quite literally laid the foundation upon which so many independents have built an author’s career.

How much of your characters are based on your traits or someone you know personally?
I have no doubt that I have met bits of them all of my life. Many are likely within me. Being a fiction writer is not very different than being an actor, where the characters are derived from the sum of experience.

Describe your main character in six words.
I have two main characters, but the same words fit both of them: self-reliant, brave, smart, adaptable, quick-thinking, lovable,

Describe the world you’ve created in six words.
Utterly, relentlessly, brutally, terrifyingly, page-turningly, intense

What scene was your favorite to write?
In Part 4 The Crucible (semi-spoiler alert) the combined protagonists have barricaded themselves into the smallest refuge available. There is nowhere left to run. The combination of conversations and events that take place in this small space  (while a horrible death is tearing down the door) is just precious to me.
What scene was the hardest for you to write?
No particular scene. I place my characters in impossible situations without knowing myself how they may or may not survive. If I suffer from writer’s block, it is during the times when I have to pull a literary Houdini for my characters. Such extrications require a lot of conscious and subconscious work, and often a lot of research.

What are you working on now?
Bastion Saturn is an action packed space opera that takes place at the end of this century. Saturn’s moons have become a haven for those who don’t want to be part of a collective mind (singularity) back on Earth. It’s more or less a Western. Once again, I concern myself with the science behind the tale: in this case: the nano world, AI, robotics, deep space survival, gravity, terraforming, rocket science.
I am also writing the third serialized novel for the Of Sudden Origin universe. Titled Hostile Intent, it takes place a year after the events of Children of Fiends. So much fun. What a world.

Goals? Accomplishments? Improvements?
1) Supporting my family as a fulltime author.
2) Recognition within the science fiction world as a significant author.
3) I hope to make every reading experience as good if not better then the one before it.

Are there any authors or books you recommend?
Innumerable I’m afraid. My influencers range from Ken Follett, James Clavell, Robert Ludlum, Edgar Rice Burroughs and Isacc Asimov, Robert Heinlein to Steven King, Scott Sigler, Elmore Leonard, Colleen McCullough and Hugh Howie.

What's your favorite thing to do when you're not writing?
Day to day– spending time with my family.
Otherwise- traveling the world.