What was unique unique about the setting of the book and how did it enhance or take away from the story?
The book is set in the not too distant future making the science, technology and ultimately the story more believable and accessible to the reader.
What specific themes did you emphasize throughout the novel? What are you trying to get across to the reader?
To quote Edmund Burke "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing". This is the basic premise of the book. Humanity discovers they are not alone in the universe and comes across alien beings some of whom are under threat from an unknown enemy and they intervene even though they do not know who is attacking them or why. The underlying goodness of humanity is that they will put themselves at risk for the sake of others.
What research did you have to perform to back up your story? Any research which really opened your eyes or gave you new respect for a topic or profession?
I researched DNA, how life developed on Earth and how it could develop on other worlds along with (very) basic cosmology and of course physics for ideas on the technology that would permit faster than light travel like my fictional Gravity Drive. I was surprised to find the mass of work around Theoretical drives and certainly hadn't realised that it is possible that I may see these drives in action in my lifetime.
What is your method for writing a book? A certain amount of hours every day? A certain routine? Are you a character/story builder or an outliner or some other method?
I try to get into a routine of writing a chapter a day, it doesn't always work though, and I do suffer from distractions or get caught up in research and forget to write! I’m an outliner and not computer savvy, so I used to write the good old fashioned way – on paper - now though, I use two brilliant pieces of writing software "Scrivener" and "Aeon Timeline", but only after 'strong' encouragement from my wife. I can now use these tools to help my characters evolve as I write. I have a rough idea of their role in the storyline; but their personality is as big a mystery to me as to the reader. I can only describe it as like meeting a new acquaintance, who gradually grows in to a friend.
How do you get past writer's block or distractions like the internet?
My wife tells me I don't! But when I realise I am being distracted I leave my desk, have a break, sit in my back garden enjoy the sunshine (when it appears) and then go back to work with a renewed focus - well, that's the theory.
Favourite book from childhood?
I didn't really read books as a child, I was more into comics, my favourite being 2000 AD. I started reading books in my early teens with the 'Stainless Steel Rat' series - comic science fiction novels by Harry Harrison and then the Foundation Series, more fantastic science fiction, by Isaac Asimov.
What are you working on next?
I have just finished Search for the Saiph, book 2 in The Saiph Series (military science fiction), I'm waiting for it to get back from the editor before it's released. As a self publisher I'm now working on the non sexy stuff - book blurbs, advertising, marketing (I hate it, my wife does a lot of it for me) and .. I've made a great start on book 3 of the series, it's called Hunt for the Saiph. So I'm busy expanding on my fictional Commonwealth Union of Planets and their ongoing war with 'The Others' - the mysterious enemy of Earth and it's allies.
What inspires you to write?
I’m an avid fan of science fiction and after years of reading other author’s books, I got up the courage to put on paper the ideas I had in my own head. Over the last 10 years these ideas have gradually evolved in to my first series of books. I just hope readers enjoy what I’ve written in the same way that I enjoy my favourite writers like David Weber and Steve White, who ultimately inspired me
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