Going into outer space calls to Astronaut Brooke Jones like the sirens of old, and when the chance to be part of the first manned mission to Mars arises, she is ecstatic. But little does she know the fate that awaits her on the surface of the red planet or the results of her encounter when she gets back to Earth.
Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!
I live in Windsor, Ontario, which is Canada’s most southern city, just south of Detroit, Michigan. I’ve been writing for some seven and a half years now and have just released my fourth novel, The Infinite Within. My previous releases were Lest The Dew Rust Them, Grave Is The Day and The Brotherhood Of Piaxia.
Tell us about your book? How did it get started?
I have always been a fan of science fiction and enjoy watching programs such as the Science Channel and NASA TV. I also had been hankering to write a novel where the main protagonist was a female. Between learning about numerous NASA missions and following the news with what has been happening at CERN and the Higgs boson, I was able to lay the stage for The Infinite Within. Here’s the blurb – Going into outer space calls to Astronaut Brooke Jones like the sirens of old, and when the chance to be part of the first manned mission to Mars arises, she is ecstatic. But little does she know the fate that awaits her on the surface of the red planet or the results of her encounter when she gets back to Earth.
How do you create your characters?
I invent and design the premise for the novel first. Before I write one word I have already envisioned the main plot and how the story will end. The characters need to fit the roles I create for them. Although you want some originality in them, there are certain limitations or they just won’t work in the novel.
What inspires and what got you started in writing?
I have always been an avid reader and would often head down to my local Chapters book store and pick up a book or two from the mark down shelf. I’ve found some great, and some not so great, novels at 80% off. I picked up this rather voluminous book which was part of a successful epic fantasy series by a reputed author. It is always my mandate to finish any book I start. This one was a task. When I finished I had considered the novel to be terrible. I wondered how such writing could be so successful. What surprised me even more was the series was made into a television series. I figured I could do better. I sat down and started writing and over the next ten months completed my first novel. After showing it to some friends and family I realized it was crap. I spent the next several years joining numerous writing groups, both locally and online, and honed my craft. My second novel was picked up by a small publisher and I haven’t looked back. I went on to rewrite that first novel in its entirety and released it as The Brotherhood Of Piaxia. Here’s the blurb – Years have passed since the overthrow of the monarchy by the Brotherhood of Warlocks and they rule Piaxia in peaceful accord. But now forces are at work to disrupt this rule from outside the Brotherhood as well as within! In the border town of Rok, a young warlock acolyte, Tarlok and his older brother, Savan, captain of the guard, become embroiled in the machinations of dominance. While in the capital city, Tessia, the daughter of Piaxia’s most influential merchant, begins a journey of survival. Follow the three as their paths intertwine, with members of the Brotherhood in pursuit and the powerful merchant’s guild manipulating the populace for their own ends.
Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)
I usually have the television playing as a break in the silence but not as something to disturb me. I find my mind works best with a little background noise. It makes me focus more.
How do you get your ideas for writing?
Different novels have had different beginnings. I already detailed how The Infinite Within got its start. In my novel Grave Is The Day the process began with a simple question. I always found the concept of aliens crashing on Earth, such as what is espoused as to what happened at Roswell in 1947, as being ridiculous. I found it hard to believe an advanced alien species would travel trillions of miles only to fail to land safely when they arrived. It seemed ludicrous. Neither the United States nor the USSR had the capacity to shoot down anything in orbit, then why did they crash? My answer? Another alien spaceship shot them down. Hence was born the premise for the novel. Here’s the blurb – In October of 1957, more than Sputnik fell to Earth… Set against the back drop of the Space Race and the Cold War, both the United States and the Soviet Union have a new issue to deal with, aliens from outer space. Both the Braannoo and the Muurgu are at war with each other and Earth becomes the newest battleground in their struggle. Spanning time from the launch of Sputnik to the near future, the interplay of historical events from a new light make you ask the question, could this all be true? The capture of aliens near small town USA unites three players from different quarters, Commander Kraanox of the Braannoo, First Lieutenant Wayne Bucknell as his captor and seven year old Justin Spencer, the first to make alien contact.
When I wrote Lest The Dew Rust Them, it was a simple case of wanting to write a thriller. I am an avid follower of world news and terrorism is always front and center. Applying my own particular flair I devised the plot and began writing. Here’s the blurb – Terrorism in America has a new game…decapitations! Homeland Security Director Robert Grimmson faces the task of catching five men in New York City. They call themselves the Sword Masters with a single minded plan of terror through decapitations. Barely has the task begun when a new arrival at JFK is a man importing thousands of swords! Alexander Suten-Mdjai is a trainer in the deadly art of swordsmanship and Robert cannot help but believe there is a connection between him and the Sword Masters. As he goes about the task, each step in his search is made more difficult through the interference of politicians, the media and his own government. Robert’s examination constantly draws him back to Alexander who regales him with a tale of swordsmanship from his lineage featuring events of mankind’s bloody past and often oddly having a connection to the case before him. With the clock ticking as New York collapses into a deep panic, he must catch the Sword Masters before it is too late!
What do you like to read?
Just like what I write, it’s what I read – speculative fiction. I love how the imagery can take you away. A good novel is better than any movie because you are only limited by your own imagination.
What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?
I like to think of the immortal words of Commander Peter Quincy Taggart from the movie Galaxy Quest. “Never give up! Never Surrender!”