Today I’m please to bring you this interview with Mike Van Horn, author of Aliens Crashed in My Back Yard.
1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
Mike Van Horn. I live in California just north of San Francisco with my wife BJ.
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
I’m just finishing a science fiction trilogy: Aliens Crashed in My Back Yard, My Spaceship Calls Out to Me, and Space Girl Yearning. #1 is published, #2 is ready to publish, and #3 will be done in a few months.
3) What is the book about?
Book 1. When an alien spaceship crashed on the hillside behind singer Selena M’s house, she decided to nurse the surviving alien back to health and send it home, instead of turning it over to the government. Why not? She was burned out on her singing career. Turned out the alien was also a disheartened singer, and the two sang together to renew their passion for singing.
Then the government spotted the downed vessel, and came to take it away.
How did this young extraterrestrial elude authorities, escape her home world with invaluable technologies, and make a taboo trip to a world like Earth?
And how long before they would come after her?
Book 2. “If I have a spaceship, why not fly off into space?” asks Selena, who is pulled both by her renewed commitment to singing and her inner space girl. So she builds an unlikely crew to pursue this impossible dream—astronaut, business titan, college student, and survivalist. But the American government, plus the Russians and Chinese, want that alien vessel and its technology for themselves. Then the Galactic Librarian discovers Selena and asks some nosy questions about how Selena is able to contact it.
Book 3. “Okay, I made it to the Moon. Now what?” Selena wants to go sing on the alien worlds. Sound crazy? But alien security forces have been alerted. They don’t want Earth people to have their protected technology. How can they get it back? Perhaps they can entice Selena to bring it to them. This has become much more than a lark of moonwalks and visits to Apollo landing sites. What if the galactic forces figure out how to get to Earth again?
Then Selena’s vessel gets blasted by a laser beam—from Earth—leaving her marooned in deep space.
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
This started as a short story over ten years ago and metastasized into a trilogy. I don’t recall where the original idea came from.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
Ten years on the back burner, then working steadily on the trilogy the last few years. Several other simultaneous writing projects.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
I learned that I can write music. Since my MC is a singer, I had to write lyrics for songs she performed. I thought, if I have lyrics, I need music. So I found a guy to compose and a woman to sing, and now I have seven songs produced! I’m a dang lyricist. Who knew?
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
galaxytalltales.com. No video yet.
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
Yeah, don’t wait decades to pursue your passion for writing!
Shane Colclough has done all my covers, plus illustrations for the insides of the books. Great work! http://www.vshane-art.com
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I read all kinds of stuff. Sci fi of course. Rarely read fantasy, dystopia, shoot ‘em up, romance. Most of my reading is non-fiction and news.
Yes, I do read new authors
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
Impossible question. So many. Here are a few: Earthsea series, Ursula Leguin. Sundiver series, David Brin. Lord of the Rings, Tolkien. Man and His Symbols, Carl Jung. Hero with a Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell. Towards a Psychology of Being, Abraham Maslow.
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
Two cats. One small gray female shows up and meows her way in for dinner. Later she invites her big black boyfriend to show up. So we have two cats.
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
I prefer books, print books. I buy ebooks for Kindle, then never read them. Other than books, I read most stuff on my iPad.