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Interview with W.L. Wright, Author of Iolon Star

Hello,

Today’s interview is with W.L. Wright, author of Iolon Star.

Please enjoy!

Best,

-Vincent Lowry

Interview:

1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
W.L. Wright and I reside in the great state of Nevada.
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
The newest novel I wrote is Iolon Star and it is a science fiction/thriller.
3) What is the book about?
Iolon Star is the star that keeps all machines in an alien world running until it threatens their very existence. Sallo works in a menial job while he moonlights obsessively on his invention until he finds himself in a fight for the very survival of the Rektarian civilization. 512 is Sallo’s robot doing menial household chores happily until it feels forced to join the robot rebellion. Every Rektarian believes the geniuses will solve the robot rebellion problem just like they solved every other problem in the past, but time is running out for all of them while they wait.
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
I love science fiction but I am not a planner so I don’t plan a novel out before I write it. I sit down and write and if the story keeps going I keep writing. However, I did have the idea to write a book without any human beings in it before I wrote this one.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
Iolon Star took about four months to write.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
I learned quite a bit more about stars and what might happen if you blew one up. The novel includes the actual reality of the possible outcomes of blowing up a star.
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
My biggest tip is keep writing, my next biggest tip is you need to promote and paid advertising works better than everything else. I do my own covers and edit myself but I work very hard at both. I work as a full time writer, very indie, so my budget is always tight for now.
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I love all sorts of genres and anything that is a thriller/suspense story. I am open to doing reads and reviews for other authors.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
The Shining, it kept me up at night and visually, wow what a story.
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
I used to have a ton of pets but I travel a lot all over the country now so I have one dog, a big giant wonderful German Shepherd named Klaus. He is the smartest dog I have ever owned.
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
I used to have an IPAD but Klaus jumped up playfully and it fell to the floor and cracked into pieces. But, he’s still the best dog in the world.
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Interview with Mike Van Horn, Author of Aliens Crashed in My Backyard

Hello,

Today I’m please to bring you this interview with Mike Van Horn, author of Aliens Crashed in My Back Yard.

Please enjoy!

Best,

-Vincent Lowry

Interview:

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.

 

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Interview with Richard Dee, Author of Life and Other Dreams!

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Richard Dee, author of Life and Other Dreams.

Please enjoy!

-Vince

 

1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?

Hi everyone, my pen name is Richard Dee and I live in Brixham, a fishing port on the south coast of England.

2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?

My latest book is a psychological thriller/Sci-fi tale called Life and Other Dreams. You can find it at

https://www.amazon.com/Life-Other-Dreams-Psychological-Thriller-ebook/dp/B07KVHG384/

3) What is the book about?

It’s about dreams and reality. My main character Rick lives on the Earth of today. He has a wife and a boring job. When he sleeps, he dreams of an exciting life as Dan, an explorer on a planet far away in the future. As the story progresses the two lives start to overlap, with similar people and events appearing in both. It all gets even more mixed up when bad things start to happen. Soon, Rick is not sure which life is real, or even which life he wants to be real.

4) Where did you come up with the idea?

I had a couple of dreams where I was in a place that was familiar but wasn’t home; if you know what I mean. It was subtly different yet the same. I wondered if I could turn it into a story. Before I started writing, I did a lot of research into the brain and the way it processes information and determines personality. I found enough ambiguity and interesting science to suggest that our perception of life may not be as straightforward as we assume. Coupled with theories about parallel universes, I had enough background to make a story.

5) How long did it take you to write it?

I wrote the first draft as the NaNoWriMo challenge for 2017. I wrote just over 60,000 words in one month. Once I started, it just flowed. My beta readers took a look, fortunately, they liked it. Encouraged by them, I revised it a bit, then passed it to my editor. It was published in March this year and has had several good reviews on Amazon in England and in the U.S.A.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?

The brain is a fascinating organ, we know so little about it and how it works. There is enough real science involved to write a sequel, using the results of new research, and continue the story. I don’t know what will happen yet, there are so many possible endings.

7) Do you have an author website and/or blog?

My website is https://richarddeescifi.co.uk/ I post news, reviews and items of interest, including guest posts from authors, book reviews and information about me. I also have a bi-monthly newsletter, with a free short story for new signups. It gives news, extra content and special offers on my work, as well as telling people a bit more about me.

8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?

Two things to remember, nothing has to be true, but everything has to sound true (which means that you need to do your research). And, you can’t edit a blank page, just write, as much and as often as you can, you can always edit it later. My editor is U.K based, and I do a lot of the cover work myself.

9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?

I read most things, especially sci-fi but I’ll always give something by an independent author a read. So many people helped me when I started out, I try to do what I can to pay it back by helping where I can with reviews and encouragement. Plus, I find that independent authors are more likely to write stories that the mainstream will not publish, as they seem less concerned with following a trend. Incidentally, I have also published a textbook on World-Building for Sci-fi and Steampunk authors.

 

10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?

That’s difficult, it tends to be the one I’m reading now. But overall, it’s a close thing between Dune by Frank Herbert and The Songs of Distant Earth by Arthur C. Clarke. Both have great world-building at their heart, one of my favourite topics.

 

 

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Retrospect by Bryan Deminico

A novus hit squad is chasing you, and they are getting closer…

In the year 3421, human, novus, and alien races coexist through political strife perpetuated by daily United Planetary Congress interactions, the foundation of political theater. An encrypted code, capable of crippling a newly developed artificial earth planet, is stolen from an atmospheric control outpost orbiting Atlas.

Agent Jonah, Galactic Interpol Society top-priority agent, must immerse himself within the violent shadows surrounding his new mission as he enters the Revised Washington District. A novus crime lord leading a reputable novus terrorist organization lends aid to a powerful political figure pulling the strings. To further complicate Jonah’s investigation, a rogue galactic agent bites at his heels every step of the way.

Follow Agent Jonah through vivid action sequences and futuristic locales to find out if he can overcome all obstacles and save Atlas from an evil politician’s plot for power dominance in the galaxy.

Army combat veteran Bryan DeMinico gives readers a Sci-Fi world full of hi-tech spy activities, sleek technologies, socio-political interactions spanning across two earth planets, mix in a new humanoid race, colonized space worlds, and add a dash of discovered aliens on Planet Amephirous.

 

 

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The Webs of Varok by Cary Neeper

Silver medalist, YA fiction — Nautilus Book Awards
Finalist, science fiction– ForeWord’s Book of the Year Awards

In an alternate 21st century Solar System: Tandra Grey has left Earth for the ancient sustainable culture of Varok, with its promise of stability for her young daughter. But a genius with a hidden talent sets her eye on Varok’s wealth–and Tandra’s soul mates. Tandra, the elll Conn, and the varok Orram must untangle a web of deceit to restore balance for Varok and their fragile new family.

The second novel in Cary Neeper’s Archives of Varok series, The Webs of Varok follows the new, offworld adventures of the characters from Neeper’s 1975 novel A Place Beyond Man, re-released in 2011. With three more titles coming in 2013-14, the five-volume Archives of Varoktravels with Tandra’s family on quests from Earth to the Oort Cloud with several stops in-between.

 

 

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