Big thanks to Patrick Todoroff for tagging me to answer ten questions in “The Next Big Thing.” No beating around the bush, let’s get right to it.
1) What is the title of your next book/work?
I’m actually working on three things at the moment. The first, deadline-wise, is Crimson Dagger, a novella I’m writing for the indie video game Xenonauts, currently in production by Goldhawk Interactive. The second project, which is also my most ambitious to date, is an audio adaptation of the first book in Epic, Dawn of Destiny. The trailer for this project was actually just released and can be viewed here:
And the third project is the fifth installment of Epic, Enemy One, which has gone through a bit of pre-planning and is “in the queue.”
2) Where did the idea come from for the book/work?
I was always inspired by science-fiction. I grew up watching Star Trek and wasted countless hours of my life playing video games such as X-Com: UFO Defense. Military Sci-Fi was just a natural fit. The human condition has always fascinated me. It’s definitely something that drives me forward, fiction-wise. The imperfection of man is an incredible canvas.
3) What genre does your book/work fall under?
All of the above fall under military science-fiction.
4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
EDIT: This question has been addressed in future blog entries! Check out the explanation here.
5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Epic is the story of man who sacrifices everything to follow what he believes is a calling from God to enlist in a war against hostile extraterrestrial forces.
6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I publish my material independently.
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
The first installment of Epic took six years to write. Right now I’m averaging a book every 2-3 years.I’d love to be a bit quicker, I just have an incredibly busy life.
8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
In terms of overall feel, I’d probably say Black Hawk Down, even though that doesn’t fall under science-fiction. But I think the general feel of being in the trenches of an interspecies war is very similar to the raw brutality of BHD.
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I get inspired by things that happen in life. I know that’s a very general answer, but it’s the truth. So much more important than unexpected twists and gimmicky story elements is just writing about real things that happen to real people. It doesn’t matter if they’re soldiers in an alien war or neighbors down the street – everyone is going through something that other people can relate to. If you can tap into that, and if you can make people have an emotional connection to it, then it doesn’t matter what you’re writing. If people care, they’ll come along for the ride. So in that way, life inspires me.
I’m also inspired greatly by my religious faith. As a Christian, I find that most “Christian-themed” fiction often sugarcoats what a life of faith truly is, which is very, very hard. We fail more often than we succeed. I try to have that represented in my protagonists.
10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
It’s just fun. It’s a series that’s four books and counting. It’s doing things few other series do and going places few other series go, both plot-wise and in tangible areas, such as the audio adaptation of Dawn of Destiny. Military Sci-Fi with a touch of faith. You don’t come across that often!