Monday, April 26, 2010
I just write whatever story comes to me, regardless of what genre it fits into. Typically, the genre ends up being science fiction, but that isn’t a conscious decision on my part. I get a story idea and a few images from the place or situation and just go from there.
There is almost always a technological angle to my stories, though. That’s probably because I have a science and technology background. My major in college was Computer Science, and I spent well over a decade in that field.
Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
Happy for a whole day, huh? That’s a tough one. I don’t usually think that way. I think more in moments. Happy moments: the first time I saw my children’s faces, the first time I held my printed books in my hands, the first time I noticed the wedding ring on my sleeping wife’s hand.
How has being published changed your life?
You know I really enjoy being a published author. I love meeting other authors and readers. Having people discuss my characters and my work. The feedback I’ve received. It’s exciting! Often a bit of an emotional roller coaster too, but I still really like it.
That’s the biggest change, probably. If you market your book at all (which you should!) you form connections with many, many new people.
I think you also gain a bit of stature. People look at you now as if you have the publishing biz figured out. Like you should be wearing tweed jackets with elbow patches and smoke a pipe...
What are you reading right now?
I’m still in the final stages of revising my second novel, plus spring is starting to show its face around here. Consequently I’ve found it hard to focus on reading a novel-length story. So I’ve been reading a short story collection called “Shepard Moon.” The stories are all based on the characters and situations of the 70s-era sci-fi show “Space 1999.” Fun stuff.
What is your current work in progress?
By the time this is posted, my WIP will probably be surviving a household with three children under six. (My wife is due May of ’10.) That’s OK, though. After having two books release in under a year, a bit of a family-based distraction is probably a good thing.
I’m already starting to sketch out ideas for the third book in the DarkTrench saga, however...
What would be your dream vacation?
If it were reasonably safe, I think a trip to space would be great—either in Earth orbit or maybe a spot on the moon. How cool would that be? If not space, then maybe a submarine ride.
How do you choose your settings for each book?
If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
If it is someone who is not currently a friend or family member, then this is tough, because so many of my literary heroes are long gone. Hmm…maybe Ray Bradbury or Frank Peretti? Those guys can move me with their writing.
I've met Frank Peretti once. What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
Probably watching movies. At this stage in my life my free time is fairly limited. The kids are young enough that someone has to be responsible for them at all times. But when my wife and I go out, usually it is to dinner and a movie. And when we have quiet time at home, often we’re watching movies then too.
It’s good practice for being a writer, though. We need to train ourselves to compose impactful movie-like scenes and compelling stories.
What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Distraction, mostly by things that seem pressing at the time, but ultimately are not. The “tyranny of the urgent” as it is sometimes called. The only way to defeat that, though, is to have your writing time carved out in stone. Tell yourself you will write during these times, and nothing—short of a family emergency—will tear you away.
What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Probably the answer to the last question. Designate yourself a time for writing, and stick to it.
Tell us about the featured book?
The Superlative Stream is the second book in the DarkTrench Saga series, which began with A Star Curiously Singing. At the end of that book, a couple of the characters were headed off into deep space, so this book follows their story. Near the end of A Star there was evidence to suggest that some supernatural force other than what the characters have known is out there…waiting. So, ultimately the quest of The Superlative Stream is to find the True God of the heavens. I think it is a very unique and enjoyable story, with a lot of unexpected twists. I hope it surprises people.
Please give us the first page of the book.
The first two chapters can be found here: http://www.marcherlordpress.com/The_Superlative_Stream.htm
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