Author of: Staying the Hand of God
As planet Earth becomes inhabitable, a
small group of young astronauts become the last hope for the continuation of
the human race.
introduction, could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I'm a freelance, non-fiction writer and
fiction author, 40 years old. ( I don't look a day over 39...) Ghost writing
and informational articles are my main focus during the day, ranging from
science and technology to nature and e-commerce. I've published three fiction
stories, all thrillers, and I have a fourth in the works. I love the
intricacies and power of the natural world and our understanding of it, which
is more than apparent in my writing, maybe to my own detriment, as I tend to
put more 'story' than 'character' in my writing. Fortunately, for me,
self-publishing has allowed me to write in my own words, and in my own style,
which is the only way I can write.
your book about?
"Staying the Hand of God" is
about mankind's lack of control over its surroundings and its destiny. I try to
bring together the ideas of creation, spirituality and reality, under one
umbrella. One of the greatest conflicts throughout human history has been the
conflict between education and belief. In "Staying the Hand of God",
I try to show that both belief and knowledge are essential to mankind's
continued existence, and how too much faith in either one will ultimately end
the race as a whole.
why did you begin writing?
I began experimenting with fiction
writing about six years ago, just shortly after becoming a freelance
non-fiction writer. I discovered right away that fiction and non-fiction were
VERY different...and not just for the obvious reason...or what I like to call
the "Duh-factor". I started writing fiction for one simple reason: I
had an idea one day (they come so few and far between, I have to note the
occurrences) that I thought would make a great story, so I started to write it
do you prefer to write in?
I prefer the thriller genre, mainly
because it interests me so much. If you like what you write, I believe it
your biggest writing achievement to date?
So far, my biggest achievement in the fiction
arena is the consideration I've received for my first story. For a new writer
and just a short story, "Mythical" has already created some
opportunities for me, most notably, its current consideration for
representation by a very high-profile literary agent. I can't divulge any
details yet, but let's just say that the same agent represents one of the best
selling fiction collections of the last ten years, and, I quote: "...would
like to consider the project"...
inspired you to write this book?
"Staying the Hand of God" was
inspired by exploration of all kinds, its risks and how much effort it
requires, as well as how exploration is the key to mankind's future. This story
not only highlights how fragile and rare life is in the universe is, but also
what it might take, if indeed, the geological clock of the Earth were
accelerated, or some similar disaster took place, and humans had to find
another world. The story is partially inspired by apocalyptic theories, such as
the Mayan Doomsday Prophecy, asteroid strikes and the Nemesis death star, and
the thoughts of what humans could do in the face of such power. It would be, as
if humans were trying the stay the hand of God...
your favourite author, and what is it about their work that strikes a chord
I actually have two: Stephen King and
Michael Crichton; both of these authors, along with many others, make the story
real for me. I can actually see and feel what is happening during the story,
I've even caught myself staring into space, repeating a sentence or scene in my
head, visualizing it as plain as day. I hope to have the same effect on my
are you reading now, and would you recommend it?
Believe it or not, I'm actually reading
some of Shakespeare's original works. A friend loaned me a collection, in the
original writing style that includes "thou" and "thee",
which is an adventure in itself to decipher, though worth every minute. I just
re-read "The Tempest", and I'm getting ready to start on "Much
Ado About Nothing". I think that everyone should periodically return to
the classics and see how their interpretations of them have changed as they've
grown older and more experienced, it is an eye-opener, to say the least.
your current projects?
I currently have three stories out:
"Mythical" - a short fantasy thriller, "Underground" - a
modern, edgy thriller and my latest release, "Staying the Hand of
God" - a science fiction novel. I have two more novel-length thrillers in
the works, both are planned for release later in 2012.
when do you do most of your writing?
I write most often late at night and on
the weekends, when I can set aside a block of time for the intense thought that
goes into creating a story. During the week and during the day, I try of focus
on idea development, marketing, promotion and editing, as my analytical mind is
more accessible during the day, while my creativity and craziness tend to come
out at night and when I'm left alone for too long.
you say was the hardest part of writing your book?
In my own limited experience, I would say
that developing characters and formulating a solid ending are the toughest for
me. I have trouble building well-rounded characters, probably because I'm not
very well-rounded myself. I also have trouble with ending a story. I can't
quite put my finger on it...maybe I don't want them to end...
designed your book cover – and was the cover something you deemed important?
Covers are definitely important. The
story is the focus, yes, but the cover is what people see first, and it needs
to be as professional as it can be, regardless of how good the story is. I'm
lucky to have some graphic design experience, and designed my covers myself,
but if I could not have accomplished it myself, I would have paid to have them
created. Whatever it takes, put the best face on it that you can, or readers
may not get far enough to discover how good the story is. A book cannot be
judged by its cover...but the cover IS the first impression...regardless of any
clever anecdotes that are employed.
try to go down the route of traditional publishing first – or did you feel that
self-publishing was right for you from the beginning?
I did not even attempt traditional
publishing, at first. I went straight to online publishing, then, when I had my
online presence established, I used that to approach traditional publishers and
agents. This gave them something to see, with their own eyes, and I believe
that has given me some serious advantages when seeking out traditional literary
avenues. It not only shows them that I am serious about writing and marketing
the stories I write, but is also proves that I'm willing to work for it, which
many underestimate when considering a writing career. Writing is a job, it is a
fun job, but it is still a job...
whole, how have you found self-publishing?
I've found the world self-publishing to
be a wealth of opportunity, though the toughest parts, and I'm sure I'm not the
only one to notice this, are drawing new readers and generating sales. Let's
face it, I wouldn't put my stories up for sale, if the ultimate goal was not to
sell them. My advice to those considering self-publication is to do it...and do
it now...but keep your eyes open and keep realistic expectations.
we buy the book?
"Staying the Hand of God" is
available just about anywhere you can purchase an e-book: Amazon, GoodReads,
Smashwords and it will be in the Barnes and Noble and Apple I-Stores within a
week (they take a little longer to process than most...)
have a website or blog where we can keep tabs on you?
I have a Facebook page and profiles on
Amazon, GoodReads and Smashwords. My blog is on GoodReads, though I'm in the
process of feeding to my Amazon profile as well.
have any advice for other writers?
The best advice that I can pass on is to
follow the rules of one of the greatest science fiction writers of all time,
Robert Heinlein...In a nutshell:
You must write: Writers write things...
You must finish what you write: Every
story must have a beginning, middle and an end...
You must not rewrite what you've written:
Editing and revisions are critical, but don't rewrite your story...
You must present your story to the world:
Just do it...
You must leave your story on the market
until it sells: Just do it...
finally, do you have anything else that you’d like to say to everyone?
I would definitely like to thank those
that are reading and those that have taken a chance on new authors. My
philosophy - If you have a story, tell it.
Thank you to all that have read, and will
read, my stories!