Question One- As one of the more prolific members of Brand New Aspiring
Writers, you provide inspiration to the rest of us to keep plugging away
on our half finished novels. Can you tell us about the first novel you
The first novel I wrote was called "Fire and Frost". This novel was set in the year 2983, and told of a struggle between the government of Kamar V and the people it represented. The planet was in the grips of a civil uprising--due to an energy crisis of monumental proportions--and the discovery of a planet-killing asteroid--also added to the tension.
For the most part, the novel centered on a 13-year-old boy named Jason Scott, and his journey towards survival--from being involved in a hostage crisis with his father--to escaping Kamar V's eventual destruction.
Though this is the first draft--with Cosmic Death completed, and Virus X only partially complete--the book itself taught me a lot about writing. I still need to finish the saga surrounding the book, but it was a fascinating experience--one of which led me to writing more books on a much larger scale.
Question Two- You writing mixes several different genres. Can you
explain which ones? Would you compare your stories to any currently on
the bookshelves? I tend to say you are a true original!
I tend to mix science-fiction, fantasy, horror, romance, and several other genre elements together in my books. And while science-fiction and fantasy represent the two strongest of the genres prominent in my works, I also add other 'lesser' elements to the batch--to strengthen and add a unique diversity to my books.
(Though this is strongly discouraged by the mainstream. They only want one thing--and one thing only it seems.)
I tried to run comparisons to my books according to what's on the market--12 years ago and onwards--but I could not find anything which would help my placement odds in the market. The only thing which I could probably have an easier comparison to my books would be to movies--based on certain themes and elements. But again, it would only be a rough comparison--since what I write falls outside the mainstream. (Which is why I have had no luck in finding solid representation with either agents or publishers in the last 8 years. I simply don't write according to trends or fads.)
And thanks! I appreciate you calling me original! It would be very hard to be otherwise--if I were following in another author's footsteps. But I never did--despite my love for classic works of the last 30 years. I never had an inclination to write like Asimov, McCaffrey, or any other prominent author of the late 20th century--even though I've read many of their books.
Question Three- I'm intrigued by what I have read of your Starchild
novel. How many books do you plan for this series? Do you have any other
series in the works?
23 novels so far in this series. But this is just a rough estimate. Early last year, I revised some of my book storylines in the series--after Starchild Ruin. The number of books was based on the idea that I would continue to showcase what happened with the running storyline surrounding Isis McGowan. But before, she wasn't the main character for the saga. It belonged to another alien girl named Kalar Vox. Her personal struggle on her homeworld sparked the current run of books which stretches to close to two and half dozen novels. But because I was having difficulties breaking out with a solid first novel, I had to abandon her--and that storyline--for something closer to home. I wanted something which had some ties to our own world, as well as some personal ones. Something which all readers could relate to.
So in 1999, I embarked on a completely new story for The Starchild (the term 'Starchild' being one word), and Isis McGowan was born. But her struggle was also mine: I didn't have a solid grasp of writing back then, and it took me quite some time (almost 13 years by the time the projected release date of the book is due to come out in 2009. But because of some extensive editing and reshuffling, it may be another 2 years on top of that--before the book can be fully released.) to come up with something good for the universe's overall guardian and protector. (I started this project back in 1996.)
I have completed Starchild Duel, but the novel needed another rewrite--which I'm currently involved in. And Starchild Ruin is slated to begin sometime later in the Fall of 2007 or early 2008. I had something going for the book 3 years ago, but the problem with theological differences cropped up, and I needed to abandon the novel (temporarily), until I could iron out the first two novels, and go from there. But this third book is a Greek tragedy. It tells of a conflict long forgotten, a love affair gone horribly wrong, and a world left in ruins. All of which will have severe repercussions in Isis McGowan's future.
As for my other series in the works, I have The Price of Freedom, and Stories of the Dead Earth.
The Price of Freedom focuses on a war set not too far in the distant future. A conflict between the human race and the mysterious Neos--along with the Mother Control Matrix. (And no: This has nothing to do with The Matrix! lol) The storyline takes place between 2165 through 2167--when 2 characters embark on a journey to occupied San Francisco to go back in time to stop the war from ever taking place. But because of an "echo" by the main character--it doesn't look like they will be successful.
However, it doesn't stop Kenneth Sparks and Kayla Sorenson from trying anyway--as they pass through one sector after another--of the former United States of America--in an effort to get to California in one piece. (And since public transportation is out of the question, the survivors have to walk.)
Kenneth Sparks is a former lieutenant attached to Captain Tanner's group; the 14th Infantry--coupled with the 3rd Infantry and the 1st Armored Brigade. He's 36-years-old--an orphan from the Kansas Incident of 2135. (Topeka was wiped out in a Neos operation--costing then 6-year-old Kenneth Sparks both his parents.)
He's been with the Free Earth Movement for roughly 20 years now, and is involved romantically with Kayla Sorenson.
Kayla Sorenson is a cloned techo-organic once Mother's top field commander of the Neos. Her story is a complex and complicated affair. From what we know of her now, she was once an ascended being belonging to an order of people who oversaw the formation and continued stability of the known universe.
She was sent back through the time-stream (towards Earth), in an attempt to stop one of their own kind from dominating the primative plane of existence. But something went wrong in the past, and Kayla's "other self" was killed in the middle of the war (somewhere around the 2050s), and then reanimated later on--to serve as a foot soldier in Mother's vast armies on the North American continent.
Kayla was 'liberated' in Waco around 2163--and reintroduced back into the fight. For the human race. But this version of Kayla came with some interesting abilities. After some time with Kenneth, she fell in love with him, and the pair journeyed towards San Francisco--to go back into time to stop the war. Despite her pregnancy (she's six months along now), various transformations, and attacks from the Neos and Mother herself, she continues to find out more and more about a past which may or may not come to pass.
This book is NC-17 for a reason, and I keep cautioning readers to be at least 18 years of age when reading this book. And this is the first of six books in a series. But the novel so far is breaking word count records and page numbers. I have 1,409 pages done so far, and if things continue, by 2009, I should have close to 600,000 words done.
The Catalyst of Freedom should be started sometime in 2010 or 2011. But it depends on how long the first book will take. I started that one in 2004.
Stories of the Dead Earth is a first-person perspective, fantasy series, which is running at least 10 novels strong (could be more; I dunno)--centering on two lost princesses named Jeanna Ulysses and Jasmine Steinberg. They both lost their homes to the evil king--Richard the Infinite First--and now they've journeyed to finding out what happened to their families, and overthrowing the king along the way.
What makes this series so unique is that it is written partly on an anime-styled format and an RPG-game one as well. It also is the first one of its kind to employ everything known to man about fantasy: Mecha, magic, dragons, and so on.
The two characters are proficient in magi; with one being a magi-sorceress, and the other a techno-mage. They have with them, 2 special wrist-comps named Seth and Merlin. Through them and their 5th-generation power armors, they assume different forms and creatures. With Jeanna, she can utilize her armor's mecha-morph capabilities by calling on 2 powerful mechas: Argus and Prometheus. With Jasmine, she has different "angel-type" Valkyrie transformations which allows her to assume a different kind of flight mode. But she can also control everything metal, and she does have different types of spells at her disposal.
Jeanna is supposed to be a white-magi sorceress, but she's been delving in other types of magi magiks; including some of the more forbidden arts.
Personality-wise, both are strong and independent. They don't want to embrace their royal status--going so far as to hide their true identities--as they just want to be treated as 'one of guys'.
Both have a quirky sense of humor (as older teens go), and they both enjoy the challenges Dead Earth throws at them.
And while Jasmine has shunned any romantic entanglements, Jeanna has her sights set on a dashing captain named Tiddus (Gi-ah-soiski) Kalamon--and wants him for herself.
But things didn't go so well in the beginning of the third book, and she found herself being spurned of his affections--even after she threw herself at him unashamedly. The second novel was a battle for survival, as the Esmeralda Jasmine fell prey to the inner workings of an area known as The Hole. The ship managed to come out intact, but the damage is pretty severe.
The third novel has them going to Jasper next, but the two lost princesses will be tangling with a very pissed off Queen of Jasper--whom has claimed Tiddus as her very own.
So you can think of the implications to this one...
I should be finished with the 10 books by 2012--seeing that these novels will go by much quicker than one of my "mega" novels. (The Starchild and The Price of Freedom for example.)
I've also finished many other books, including: Fire and Frost, Cosmic Death, The Vampiress Hunter, A Girl Named Mystery, and a couple others. And while this small list may sound small--broken up, they would stretch to almost 2 dozen books total.
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