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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 Andy Oppenheimer, Author of Fields of Orion – An Odyssey

 

Greetings! I’m pleased to bring you this interview with Andy Oppenheimer, author of Fields of Orion – An Odyssey.

It’s posted below. Please enjoy!

Best,

-Vincent Lowry

 

Author Interview:

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

Andy Oppenheimer – UK

 

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

Fields of Orion: An Odyssey

Science fiction – first contact; science fiction – military

Espionage thriller

 

3. What is the book about? 

 

Fields of Orion is an explosive science-fiction thriller set in the near-future world of terrorism, espionage and first contact.

 

While in service in Iraq, charismatic, handsome British Army bomb-disposal operator Major Adam Armstrong develops telekinetic and extrasensory abilities and miraculous powers of recovery from injury. He is reluctantly recruited into a futuristic military project to create supersoldiers, headed up by the ice-cold Captain Sheena Maxwell, a spurned lover hell-bent on revenge.

Maverick bisexual counter-terror expert Dan Boland foresees the fourth London bomb attack in July 2005 after he sees furious waves of energy light up the sky above a north London park. When he meets Adam Armstrong at events he sees the decorated officer’s horrific PTSD flashbacks of battle carnage. He also sees his transmitted visions of a strange, beautiful desert, somewhere… Dan is mesmerised by Adam and they form an unusual connection. Dan is constantly drawn to the park at night to gaze up at the constellation Orion.

 

Dan’s powers of intuition get him recruited by the British Intelligence Service, MI5, as an undercover agent to sabotage Adrestia, a highly secretive group of highly placed, far-Right scientists planning acts of cataclysmic eco-terrorism. Dan’s previous association with the IRA (Irish Republican Army) means he can construct bombs. He desperately wants to stop the group’s plans, absolve his past and serve his country. He has sex with the group’s mastermind, Dr Carl Murrow, to advance his spying mission.

Dan falls in love with a vibrant geneticist, Dr Allison Hardy, who is also an MI5 agent working undercover in the Adrestia group. When Allison makes a shocking discovery about Adam Armstrong, she propels the most covert government project in history into unknown territory. As Murrow’s plans approach their climax in London, Sheena’s diabolical plot against Adam gathers pace as he takes the longest walk into unprecedented danger – while carrying the world’s most devastating secret.

 

Fields of Orion is a dizzying cocktail of James Bond, David Bowie and Greek myth and a journey of breath-taking mystery, crackling dialogue and heart-pounding action that hurtles headlong towards its Earth-shattering conclusion.

 

4.  Where did you come up with the idea?

Long before I became an author and consultant specialising in counter-terrorism, I worked for a futuristic American science and science fiction magazine.  I met science fiction writers and scientists and began following the music and imagery of David Bowie, as well as becoming a singer/songwriter of electro-pop music in the burgeoning London nightclub scene.

 

In this century I embarked on a totally different career, and had the amazing privilege to meet and work alongside army bomb disposal operators. They have inspired me beyond measure. These experiences, separated by several decades – with all their multifarious, totally disparate influences – brought me to write my first science-fiction novel.

 

I also got the idea for the plot while painting a picture to donate to Felix Fund, the Bomb Disposal Charity. Called ‘Nine Lives’, it features a bomb disposal operator about to dismantle an explosive device in a desert beneath a vast sun. Bowie’s lightning flash pierces the sky above two giant Schrödinger’s cats in the background. Felix the cat is the famous emblem of the bomb squads, as they have nine lives, according to legend. The hero in the picture is dead and alive at the same time, like Schrödinger’s cat. He is on his ninth life, and could be in any desert anywhere in the known Universe.

 

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

Including several drafts after editing and proofing, 10 months from start to publication. I did take much of the summer off to finish it, however.

 

6. Did you learn anything from the project?

I’ve only written non-fiction so far, for many years, and for a living: hundreds of articles for defence & security journals (such as Jane’s), and conference presentations on counter-terrorism, WMD, bombs, explosives, and the means to stop them. My first book was about the bombing campaign and weapons of the IRA (IRA: The Bombs and the Bullets, Irish Academic Press, 2008).

 

My first novel was a big learning curve. Friends and colleagues, including one who has written novels, made me realise that it’s a totally different approach. When you write and present technical and instruction material, you tell, not hide – other than the top-secret stuff, that is! It’s the other way round with fiction. Also, self-publishing on Amazon requires all the skills, including online ones, which I’m short on, and which in a former life in publishing was done by other people in the production team. I think you need to be rich to be an author. Some successful authors I know have publicists, agents, etc. If you don’t have those, you have a big job ahead once the book is written. You also have to be good at networking in online communities. I still have a lot to learn and publishing the book is just the start.

 

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

I have a professional website which includes the book

http://www.andyoppenheimer.com/

and an Author Page on Amazon and Goodreads. But I really am clueless about all this online blog business. I have probably avoided having a blog as working freelance in counter-terrorism means I have been too busy, and also have to keep my electronic footprint to innocuous Facebook and Twitter posts and bits of promotion. I have avoided hosting a public forum that attracts trolls and people – and me – sounding off about crap. I have plenty of opinions and ideas but so far have kept them offline.

 

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

I am yet to achieve success, so not yet. I wouldn’t be so presumptious to offer advice.

 

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

I have to read a lot for the day job – I am also Editor-in-Chief of  two magazines, and was working 24/7 until last year so haven’t had much time to read books. But my chosen genres, time permitting, are espionage/military thrillers, crime novels, some biography, books about Ireland, near-future/first contact/dystopian science fiction and vintage science fiction [Bradbury, Clarke, Wyndham, etc].  I would like to review books in these genres, having reviewed three in the past year.

 

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

I have to include two.

The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis

The Good Soldier Schweik by Jaroslav Hasek

 

 

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