Friday, June 28, 2013

Peter Saye, Ennatarian Dreams




AUTHOR: Peter Saye
BOOK TITLE: Ennatarian Dreams
PUBLISHER: Nexgate Press (Autumn 2013)
BUY LINK: www.ennatariandreams.com/ (Details of where to buy are published on the front page)

Why don't you start with telling us a little about yourself? What genre do you write in and why?

Science fiction seems to be my natural genre, but I certainly won’t be restricting myself. I’m more interested in the characters and their journey, rather than the specific genre it’s written in. History has always been of great interest to me and science fiction provides a mirror or reversal of that. As an author you are building an alternative potential history or place which feels like reality.



What got you interested in writing, and what inspired you to write your first book?
There has always been a drive to write for me, but I have stifled it until recently, having had a very busy and full family life. The real push was realizing that there would never be a good time to start writing a book and that I was, if anything, getting busier. So I just sat down and started, without an idea of where I was going, or what I would write. Out of my random muse popped Remos, fully formed in my mind, walking along a sandy lane on the way to a hard day’s toil.  At that point, he demanded to be written about – I had fired my imagination and I knew that I was going to have to make the time.
Do you outline before you write? If not, what’s your initial process?


I use a mixture of techniques to write, but in the main, I’ll outline my plot and then let the book take me to unexpected places, while keeping roughly within the overall structure. On the current book, the first character and the initial scene developed organically, as I was writing. I then had an idea of who I was writing about and a plot for the entire story was worked out over the following fortnight before I continued to write more. The book took me on unexpected tangents as I wrote, but I kept to the plan and incorporated these new elements.
  
What comes first: the plot or the characters?
My first words of the current book started with a character. Once he had formed, his world blossomed out into a plot and other characters filled in the spaces. But a plot is nothing without its characters, so these have to feel real to me and I have to care about them. Once they’re in place, I find myself trying to think what they would do and this often takes me to unexpected places. It’s all part of the fun and I feel that I’m on a journey with them.
Which of your characters do you love/hate/fear/pity the most and why?

Sooni is my favourite character, by far. She is a young girl and a strong female lead who has to grow up quickly to meet the challenges that face her and her best friend, Remos.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Finding the time to write is the hardest task for me. But if I can do it, anyone can. My wife and I have five children two of whom were born just before I started writing. I run my own business, but was also rebuilding my house, and my mother was hospitalized with a serious illness at about the same time the twins arrived! My book was written during late evenings and in any spare moments, if such things exist for me. Revision of the story has also been slotted in around my schedule.

How long does it take to write a book for you?

My first book has taken four years of writing and revision to complete. Although it is currently available on Amazon Kindle, I have recently been approached by a publisher, and we are in the midst of editing and revising once again before re-release in the Autumn of 2013. Having said that, I certainly don’t think that it will take me that long to write another, as I have used the process to gain a sense of who I am as a writer and to develop my style and confidence.  Book two is underway, and the plot is complete.

Describe your writing space.
My usual space is at the kitchen table, late at night, after the children are in bed and I’ve caught up with the dishes! But I tend to take print outs, or a draft copy of the book with me wherever I go, so that I can use any spare snatches of time to write and revise. So the real answer is: Anywhere I can find a quiet space and a few undisturbed moments.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? 

 Having five children, ranging from university age down to nursery, there is very little time in life for anything other than children, work and housework. But I really value the time I have with the children and my home life. I know that it goes by quickly, so I’m enjoying it while I have them at home. I met my wife at a Ju-jitsu club back in the late eighties and we travelled a lot together and were busy socially. 

What books or authors have influenced your writing?

There are two main influences in my writing. John Wyndham has always been a favourite. His stories have a freshness to them that places them out of time, even though events are often set in present day. JK Rowling’s easy use of conversation and rich but unselfconscious descriptions of the world in which the characters live are something that I will always strive to see in my stories.



What do you see for the future of publishing and e-books?

The freedom given to publish a book for a new author, even a printed version, is wonderful. I can only see that developing further. It is a very healthy thing for the industry, as it allows previously unheard of authors the chance to get to market. An author’s career really is in their own hands, if their writing is good.

What are your current books out right now, and what are the books coming up for release?

Ennatarian Dreams is the current book. This is the first in the series and is undergoing a final revision and editing before release in the Autumn of this year by Nexgate Press. Book two is already under way and is scheduled for 2014 release.



Book excerpt:

Slowly, he awoke; or rather he became aware of where he was. Remos had not been asleep, after all; how could he have been, he was standing? A peculiar feeling came over him, almost giddiness, and he realised that this was because he was further off the ground than usual. He looked down quickly, wondering how he could be so high up and yet not be falling, only to see his own huge body below him. He started and stumbled backwards, quickly steadying himself on a metallic wall behind him. What had happened to him? He must be ten feet tall and his body was nothing like the small skinny frame that usually carried him around. Come to think of it, he was normally dressed in not much more than rags, and now he was in a heavy looking, armoured garment, that despite its size and apparent robustness, was the lightest and most comfortable thing that he had ever worn.
Regaining his balance, Remos moved away from the wall and looked up at it, which gave him a giddy feeling once again, as it disappeared high above him and out of sight. He had no way of guessing how high it was but it fitted with everything around him, as turning, he saw buildings of similar stature. He moved forwards, towards a hand rail, which seemed to be at the edge of a ledge a short distance away. Making sure he had a good grip, he leaned over it to see the view and was astounded at the sight that greeted him. He could see a sprawling city below him but also stretching far above. Buildings of staggering size lifted skywards, in front of him. At the very top of these, he could see what he imagined must be a roof, as it seemed to join all of the buildings together. They were totally enclosed in some sort of cavern, which nonetheless, felt like it was outside. A welcome cool breeze wafted over the ledge that he was standing on and a diffuse light made every detail around him clearly defined.
Where could this be? Certainly nowhere on the planet he had lived on so far; and yet, even as he thought this, he knew it was wrong. This was his planet, but he did not know how he was aware of that.
A violent noise suddenly rent the air apart, shaking his very body. It was like a million roaring Delabian guards, all sounding off their disapproval. The noise filled his ears, rattled in his chest and was gone. Another blast sounded, stark silence and then another, followed by total silence again, with nothing but the memory of the sound still crashing through his head. He became aware that he was gripping the handrails very tightly with his massive arms and that he was shaking.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Richard J. Galloway, Amantarra




AUTHOR: Richard J. Galloway

BOOK TITLE: Amantarra

PUBLISHER: Richard J. Galloway

BUY LINK:      


Please tell us about yourself?
Raised amid the heavy industry of the north east of England on a diet of Star Trek, Doctor Who and fantasy novels, I rebelled against my schools assumption that heavy industrial work would be my vocation. Having exhausted the only apparent option, the careers master despaired. "If you don't want to work in the steelworks, where do you want to work?" My reply was, "I don't know." The industry I finished up in would not materialise for another ten years. No wonder the master struggled. From school, via drawing office and architecture, eventually I found myself working with large computer systems.

Career aside, the thread that has bound it all together has been fantasy. I've never lost my fascination with the imagery that a good story invokes. After all, it has shown me worlds beyond this one, and possibilities beyond the steelworks. It continues to do so.

I still live in the north east of England with my wife, family, and a large cat called Beano. The heavy industry has shrunk, but my world of fantasy has grown. I often wonder what advice I would have been given if the careers master had read the occasional bit of science fiction.

Tell us your latest news?
Amantarra will be released in paperback form before the end of the summer. I'm currently having Amantarra translated into Italian. It should be available late in 2013. Saranythia will be published on Kindle and in paperback at some point in 2014.

What inspired you to write your first book?
Amantarra started out as a story about how I got a silver fob watch. To an extent, the plot in the book is true to the actual event, but I'm fond of hidden histories. I like to take the apparent and create fantastic explanations for them. Alternative twists to the obvious. The twist in the story of the watch became the catalyst for a much bigger story, and the focus switched from the watch to the main character, Amantarra. This led to the birth of Valheel, a city built on the inside of a sphere, the creation of Elleria, the death of immortality, and a second book.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
"The important thing in diplomacy," explains Peter Ustinov, "is to have a door that will lock - even if there is nothing behind it." There are a number of things behind my door, but I'm not going to tell anyone what they are, nor will they be openly revealed in the Ascension of Valheel trilogy. The reader must decide for themselves what the hidden messages are. I make no apologies for this because quite frankly I like the power.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? (Has anyone ever realized it?)
All my characters are based on combinations of different traits from people that I know. Some of them are made up of multiple aspects of a single person and some single aspects from multiple people. Some of them are aware that they in my books, others are not. I've based a lot of the events in the books on my own life experiences. I simply take the event and add an alternative explanation for its cause.

What book are you reading now? What do you like, or not, about it?
Currently I'm reading The Daylight War by Peter V. Brett. It's probably true to say that I love the world which he has crafted. The only problem I have with it is that Peter hasn't written the final two books of the series, so when I'm finished reading this book I'll have to wait for the next.

What are your current projects?
I am currently writing Saranythia the second part of the trilogy. Set some ten years after the first book, it moves the story onto the next level for the existing characters. While it answers some of the questions posed in the first book, it creates new ones on a new world with a host of new characters.

Do you ever have problems with writers block? If so how do you get through it?
Is there a writer that doesn’t? I find it more amusing than frustrating that sometimes I write myself into a dead end. "That was going great," I say to myself, "but how am I going to get out of this hole I've dug?" The initial urge is to make the piece work at all costs, but sometimes this is folly. There are a number of things I try to get round the block, and the simplest of these is not thinking about it. I go for a walk and listen to music (hoorah for iPods), or I move onto another chapter leaving the section unresolved for a while. Often a solution will present itself as the rest of the story progresses. Sometimes however, and with great regret, I have to scrap the section. I must have scrapped 50,000 words during the writing of Amantarra. Entire characters have been deleted because their plot threads were competing with the main theme. As I write this I can feel their resentment. Often the block is the perfect place to leave a question hanging in the air. If a solution is found that is.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
The list of my favourite authors is fairly short, but there are still six of them on it, so who do I choose? I think that all in all I would probably go for Peter V. Brett. Peter is the author of "The Demon Cycle" series which so far consists of; The Painted Man (The Warded Man in the U.S.A.), The Desert Spear and The Daylight War. The first two books got me hooked. I found the concept of an advanced civilization being reduced to the dark ages by night attacks by demons totally engaging. According to Peter the series will eventually consist of five books.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Time, or rather the lack of it. I still work full time in the information technology industry, and a lot of my spare time is taken up with promoting Amantarra. I try to write something, even if it's only a sentence, at least once a day.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Having the ability to create and destroy entire worlds at will, and the power to conjure a scene from nothing. Add to this the power of life and death over the inhabitants of those worlds, and the facility to control every aspect of their existence. This is more power than kings could ever dream of. What I learnt from writing was how to be a tyrant. Megalomania is the drug that entices you into the world of writing and keeps you there.

Who is your publisher and how did you connect with them?
My publisher is me. For first time writers the fastest way to get your work exposed is to self-publish. I agree, you probably won't get the publicity that going through an established publisher brings, but it's a lottery just to get your work read by one, never mind actually distributed. The decision therefore is, do you want your work sitting in a slush pile on someone's desk, or do you want it out in the wild getting some exposure?

How can we find you? Website, Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc. - please share your public links.
Web, blog and much more: http://www.richardjgalloway.co.uk
Twitter: @rjgalloway1



Amantarra

A race of beings called the Bruwnan, who, having reached the limits of what was technically possible in the universe, moved beyond it and into a set of dimensions of their own creation. Here, beyond the physical limitations of normal space time they created a virtual city called Valheel which was constructed on the inside of a sphere. For more than half the age of the universe the immortal occupants of Valheel refined the arts and sciences of the physical universe they had left behind. But how many times can you rehash a form of art? How does the mathematical rephrasing of Euclidian physics change the nature of it? Half the age of the universe is a long time to be bored. Amantarra couldn’t honestly put a finger on when she realised that something was wrong, the problem had been masked by the general lethargy that had descended on the city. Valheel had become a city of immortals that felt dead. Her father was the first to voice his concern; "people are disappearing" he confided to his two daughters. The Bruwnan were unaware of it, but they were at war with an unknown enemy. Three hundred thousand years before this story starts, Saranythia, Amantarra's sister, had set out to do something about it. She was never heard from again. Now it was Amantarra's turn, but despite her best efforts the battle follows her to Earth where she is forced into hiding. It's in a small town in England that an unsuspecting John Godbert suddenly finds himself caught up in a war that is older than the human race. Not only is he caught up in it, he is the key to the survival of two species, human and Bruwnan.
The first five chapters are available on my web site: http://www.richardjgalloway.co.uk/amantarra/

Monday, June 24, 2013

L. C. Wright, Castle Grey, A Katt and Mouse Mystery





AUTHOR:                    L.C. Wright                                   
BOOK TITLE:             Castle Grey – A Katt and Mouse Mystery
PUBLISHER:               Createspace                 



Please tell us about yourself
I’m a self-employed investment manager of thirty-five years. I have been writing seriously for the past twelve years, looking for my niche’ in the writing world. I am married to Melissa and we have a dog (the baby of the family) named Barney.

Tell us your latest news?                  
My latest news is that Castle Grey is doing well with those who have read it and the second book of the series, Long Shot, should be available in April.

When and why did you begin writing?                  
I’ve been a student of the art of story telling since my teens. I have always enjoyed looking at the world through eyes with a different slant.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?                     
I’ve always considered myself a writer. It’s something I do and enjoy it. However, I didn’t consider myself a successful writer until my first book was sold.

What inspired you to write your first book?   
Boredom and a hatred for reality television got me started. However, what inspired me was the first time my wife read my work and told me to get my butt back in the other room and keep writing. She loved it and I must give her a lot of credit.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?  
The biggest message of my work as an author is to enjoy what you read. There will always be critics in the world, but as an author, I look for those people who are interested in a great story and keeps them turning the pages.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?  (Has anyone ever realized it?) 
Through experience is the only way we can write. The type of experience will come from every aspect of our existence or those of the people whom we choose to share out life with; intended or otherwise.

What books have most influenced your life most? 
I would say textbooks if you are actually looking for influence. Mystery novels or novels of any kind are designed for entertainment although some authors attempt to embed a message.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?  
Dean Koontz. I don’t write in his genre, but I would love to write as well as he does.

What book are you reading now? What do you like, or not, about it? 
I read fifty to seventy books per year. Some of them are truly entertaining while others not so much. What I do appreciate by any author is to create characters in which I can relate. If you do that, I’ll get hooked.

What are your current projects?  
I am currently working on my Katt and Mouse series. Book two should be finished soon and book #3 will be out in the fall.



If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?   
Not that I can think of. Everyone who has read it and commented has been extremely happy with it. The only negative is that book #2 is not yet available.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?  
I was writing song for a band that I played in when I was a teenager.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?   
Finding the time to do it again tomorrow.

Do you ever have problems with writers block?  If so how do you get through it?  
I’ve been fortunate in that I’ve managed to get through what some would call writer’s block. For me, the key to getting past it is to stop writing and start reading your book from the beginning. Sometimes, stories take on a life of their own. If you’ve forced it to go someplace it hadn’t intended, it will stop you sooner or later.

What do you do when you’re not writing/editing or thinking about writing/editing?  
I don’t know if I’ve ever had that happen. Hmmm???

What was the hardest part of writing your book?   The constant battle between living life and scrounging the time to write.

Do you have any advice for other writers?   
If you think about writing a book you’ll more than like fail. If you write a short story each day that manages to connect with what you wrote the day before and then do that every day, eventually you will have that book you so desperately wanted.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?   
Only that I love them dearly.

Who is your publisher and how did you connect with them? 
CreateSpace is the publisher of this work. I did a lot of checking around and liked what I saw with them.

How can we find you? Website, Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc. - please share your public links.




Friday, June 21, 2013

Kim Cresswell, Reflection




AUTHOR:  Kim Cresswell
BOOK TITLE:  REFLECTION
PUBLISHER:  MuseItUp Publishing
BUY LINK: MuseItUp Publishing:  http://tinyurl.com/ctwm5cp

Why don't you start with telling us a little about yourself?

Kim:  My name is Kim Cresswell and I was born and raised in southwestern Ontario, Canada.  I write romantic suspense, thrillers, true crime and supernatural mysteries. I'm also an avid reader of suspense, thrillers, romance, horror and paranormal novels.

Tell me about your current book which you are promoting.

Kim:  REFLECTION is my debut romantic suspense. The story is about a reporter's determination to expose an illegal human cloning project. The story evolved after Clonaid (a company founded by the religious sect called the Raelians) announced the birth of Eve, the "first human clone" in 2002 using the similar technique to clone, Dolly the Sheep.

How long have you been writing?
Kim:  I've been writing off and on all my life but after becoming disabled with Fibromyalgia and Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome, I returned to my first love.
Do you outline before you write? If not, what’s your initial process?

Kim:  Yes, I outline the plot and sub-plot(s) by using a story-board spreadsheet or using index cards. I find this works best for me and I'm able to see any holes in my plot.

What comes first: the plot or the characters?
Kim:  Since my stories are plot-driven, plot always comes first and my character develop because of the plot.
Which of your characters do you love/hate/fear/pity the most and why?

Kim:  Great question! I love my heroine--reporter, Whitney Steel. She's strong and independent. I have to admit it. I have a thing for villains. I would have to say, I fear Nathan Shaw, the villain from REFLECTION. Nathan is a billionaire bio-tech company owner obsessed with genetic perfection. He will do anything, and I mean anything, to keep his illegal human cloning project concealed from outsiders.  He is the creepiest character I've had to pleasure to bring to lifeat least so far. 

Did your book require a lot of research? How long does it take to write a book for you?

Kim:  REFLECTION took a large amount of research since the story centers around an illegal human cloning project, I spent hundreds of hours reading about human cloning. I think I could clone my dog at this point.

It takes me about eight months from start to final draft.

What are some of the challenges in your writing process?

Kim:  The most challenging aspect of writing for me is finishing the first draft. My internal editor will not shut off which makes me the slowest writer on earth but saves time when it comes to editing. In the end, it all probably balances out.

Describe your writing space.
Kim:  My writing space if very simple and uncluttered. The walls are painted the color of a caramel latte. I have an eight foot long black desk, printer, and a zillion highlighters in a rainbow of colors.  I also have two plants on my desk which I have managed not to kill.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Kim: When I'm not writing or spending time with my family, I love to curl up with a good book or watch a movie. I'm also a gamer chick—a gaming junkie! Have been since the '80s, the decade of big hair, leg-warmers, snap-crotch bodysuits (remember those?), acid washed jeans, and authors, Danielle Steel and Jackie Collins. I'm a die-hard PC gamer known to play first-person shooters (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3), adventure, fantasy and  RPG's (Role Playing Games).
What books or authors have influenced your writing?

Kim:  I'm going to show my age! I've loved the suspense genre since I was a teenager after reading Sidney Sheldon's, Master of the Game. He certainly influenced my writing over the years. In my opinion, Mr. Sheldon was one of the best story-telling ever. From that point on, I wanted to be a writer, and I knew suspense was my genre. 

What are your current books out right now, and what are the books coming up for
release?

Kim:  REFLECTION was released in January. I have few other works in progress.  Lethal Journey is a “short novel “thriller and will be released later this summer.

The sequel to my award-winning romantic suspense, Reflection, is slated for release at the end of this year. I am also contributing two true crime stories for the upcoming True Crime Serial Killers Anthology. I'm thrilled to be involved in this project which includes some of the top bestselling true crime authors (December release).  https://www.facebook.com/TCSKAnthology

Where can people learn more about you and your work?




Excerpt

Mason Bailey gulped down his third Glenlivet. “I didn’t kill her.”

How many times had Whitney Steel heard those words? Dozens. But never from the mouth of a United States senator. For all she cared, the man could drink himself to Mars, but not until she got what she’d come for. An exclusive.

Under the awning shading the Pink Flamingo Club’s patio, she took a sip of her lime daiquiri, and couldn’t help notice the way the mid-afternoon sunlight brutally magnified every line on Mason’s tanned face.

“Of all the reporters in Panama City, let alone Florida, why me? We cut our ties years ago.” And our losses, she wanted to say, but didn’t.

“I know I can trust you.” His gaze darted across the street then back to her. “Besides, we were married once. That should count for something.”

Whitney straightened. Anger coiled in the pit of her stomach. “Give me a break. For a year and a half, I thought we were married. Too bad your girlfriends didn’t know about our little legal arrangement.” Especially, your twenty something assistant.

“Damn it, Whitney. I didn’t ask you here to rehash our past.” He yanked a monogrammed handkerchief from his jacket pocket and dabbed the sweat from his forehead. “I need your help. I know why Carmen Lacey was murdered.”

Her eyes widened. Now they were getting somewhere. “You have my full attention. Are we on the record?”

Mason shoved his empty glass aside. “Yes.”

Her heart thumped with anticipation. This story would be the topic du jour for months. Her ratings at WBNN-TV would soar, and finally her colleagues would take notice and treat her with the professional respect she deserved.

For the past twelve years, her colleagues said she’d had a free ride because of her father, an award winning war correspondent, and her ex-husband’s political connections. This time she’d prove them wrong.

She rummaged through her leather bag, placed her digital voice recorder on the table and gave the record button a firm push. “For the record, Senator Bailey, did you kill Carmen Lacey?”

“No.” He leaned back in the chair and loosened his pinstriped tie. “It’s true. I was the last person to see her alive. But there’s more to this than you think.”

Brown eyes that once set her heart hammering now conveyed a chilling, hollow look. Was it guilt? Desperation?

No. Fear.

Uneasiness slid down her spine. She stopped the recorder. “Mason, you’re scaring me. What the hell is going on? It’s been over three years since we last spoke. Then, out of the blue, you beg me to meet with you today. I know the police don’t believe you killed that woman.”

“But do you, Whitney? Do you believe I killed her? I need to know. It’s important."

Stunned by the urgency in his voice, she answered carefully. “Of course not. You’re many things, but you’re not a killer.”

“Thank you. That means a lot to me.” He reached for his empty glass and tapped his chunky gold ring against the side.

Whitney turned the recorder on again.

“Carmen was a scientist working for a biotech company in Nevada. ShawBioGen. Heard of it?”

“Who hasn’t? They were one of the first to clone animals in the eighties. Caused quite a stir.
But I don't understand. What does that have to do with Carmen’s death?”

He opened his mouth to answer.

The large window behind them dividing the patio from the main restaurant exploded...

Available in paperback at Amazon & Createaspace