Meet the Author… Hashmi Gor

Meet the author

Meet the Author...
Hashmi Gor

I was looking for paranormal authors on Instagram and came across Hashmi’s account. I immediately sent her a message and was excited when Hashmi contacted me back, saying she was thrilled to participate in an interview. I was thrilled, too, especially because she’s a fellow ‘Scotsman’ and I may get to meet her one day, and, of course, because she’s a vampire novelist as well! Let’s get to know Hashmi Gor.

Hashmi Gor

What do you do in your free time?

I rarely get free time to be honest. I work as a full-time, self-employed optometrist. However, when I do get time off, I can be found pottering around my garden which I find very relaxing. There’s a certain joy in watching a plant/seed/bulb you have planted flourish and grow. If, however, it is raining, which it often does in Scotland, then a movie or a documentary on wildlife would be on the agenda. I also dabble in henna tattoos hence my Pinterest name of GORgeous Henna.

Where did your love of reading come from?

I have to say it all stemmed from my Mum. She loved to read and had loads of books lying around the house. When I was you, there were no mobile phones and TV had two channels. If you weren’t playing outside, then you were indoors reading. It passed the time and opened up amazing new worlds you could escape into.

What is your all-time favorite book?

Wow, there are so many to choose from! The first adult book I read was Rage of Angels, by Sidney Sheldon, which was amazing. His writing style just pulls you in. One of my go to books when I want to be happy is Love in the Doghouse, by Molly Douglas. It’s a short book, but I absolutely love it. Bein a dog lover, it pulls at your heartstrings and makes you laugh and cry. In the classics, it has to be Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen, for its wittiness and romance. Two other books that fall into my favourites category have to be See Jane Run, by Joy Fielding, for its brillian storytelling, and The Grand Sophy, by Georgette Heyer, again for its witty heroine.

What do you love most about writing?

I love letting my imagination loose. You never know what your mind is going to create next. It could be literally anything! A simple object can start to have magic, and when characters turn up, they can go places and do things you have only dreamed about. I think a lot of authors get to live the lives they want though their characters. Things that are impossible in real life become not only possible but real in your make-believe worlds. I think I love the feeling of almost being a child when writing because children don’t have the concept of what they can and cannot do and become. Everything and anything is possible when you are a child.

Which three people would you want on a deserted island with you?

The one character I would want from my books would be Samantha Lewis from Rules of Fate, my newest book. She is someone who always finds a way out of problems and has a wicked sense of humour which keeps everything light even when faced by crazy odds. 

A character from another book would be Dirk Pitt from the Clive Cussler books because he is also a genius at improvisation, and I love the banter he has. I think Sam would get on well with him. 

A famous person would have to be either David Attenborough or Lawrence Anthony, author of Elephant Whisperer, because I find both of them fascinating, and their lives are so diverse. Their experiences would keep me happy for months on end. 

Tell us about your most recent book and why it is a must read

Rules of Fate is my newest book which is going to be released in the next few months. It is a sci-fi fantasy which is a completely new genre for me. I usually write vampire fantasy and African adventures. This book challenged me in so many ways that initially frightened me. I also write it in the first person which made it very exciting. 

I love the characters that have come to life in the process. Samantha is one of the funniest characters i have created. She does, says, and thinks things that I somethimes feel I have no control over! Often she has made me laugh out loud until tears have literally rolled down my cheeks, which is why I don’t edit this book in public. Her banter with the other primary character is fascinating and hilarious by turns. It is difficult to brand this book in a traditional manner, but I think anyone who has a good sense of humour, enjoys fantasy, and wants lots of twists and turns would absolutely love it.

What gives you inspiration for your books?

Anything, really. I have found myself driving on a long, boring road at the end of the day when a scene just pops into my head. I think music has a lot to do with it. I tend to see my books as movies, with a soundtrack. For example, the soundtrack for Rules of Fate was Don’t you worry, Child, by the Swedish House Mafia, and Breathe, a song from Grey’s Anatomy’s soundtrack. The Blood Series was predominantly some of the Twilight soundtrack and Cold Water, by Major Lazer, while Edge of Dawn played out to Clint Mansell’s Boat Montage from the movie Sahara and other African tribal sounds. 

What is your favorite part of Rules of Fate?

There’s a scene where Sam gets shot at, and she’s trying to figure out why this random person has decided to shoot at her and her partner. Her partner doesn’t seem to find it unusual, and she’s getting frustrated by his blasé attitude. Here’s a small snippet:

‘...you sure you’re OK? I mean you were shot at.’

He shrugged like it had been a walk in the park. ‘I didn’t get hit.’

‘You sure?’ I wasn’t. Maybe the bullet had hit him in the head. That would explain his current blasé attitude and why he was smiling like an idiot.

This is one of the many scenes that made me laugh out loud. 

Tell us about a favorite character you have written, and why it is your favorite

Muskaan Bajaj from Edge of Dawn is quite close to my heart. Her life is loosely based on mine, and her job as game ranger/tour guide is what I would love to do if I wasn’t an optometrist. She has the fire and tenacity needed to deal with the hard choices she has to make in Edge of Dawn. In fact, she may be making a re-appearance in a sequel at some point.  

What would the main character have to say about you?

I think all my main characters would question my judgement and probably want to kill me! I make quite a lot of them suffer ordeals. Nichalas Rayne from the Blood Series would definitely have something to say about that. I have made the poor man go through a lot, from losing his love to almost dying and having to live in a cougar. I’m really sorry, Nick, but I don’t think the ordeal is over. There’s still a fourth book in the Blood Series that needs to be written!

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Thanks so much, Hashmi, for the insight into your writing. It is a joy to read your writing gives you as much pleasure as my own writing gives me. I think we’re both very lucky that we’re able to enjoy one’s work so much. 

If you like to know more about Hashmi Gor and/or want to follow her online, you can do so via the following social media contacts:

Email: HGorAuthor@yahoo.com

Website

Facebook

Pinterest

Instagram

Amazon

All Hashmi Gor’s books are available on Amazon:

 

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Meet the Author… Georgia C Mathers

Read my interview with paranormal, Australian author Georgia Carter Mathers.

Meet the Author... Georgia C Mathers

I met Georgia Carter Mathers on Twitter, and we had some brief email correspondence. I can’t believe we have so much in common! She’s also Australian but writes in US English, writes paranormal romances, spent most of her youth in her room reading… The list goes on :D.

Unfortunately, she didn’t have the time for a proper interview as she’s working on publishing seven books at the moment. I have no idea how she is so organized (the one thing we don’t have in common!). She was very kind to direct me to her website, though, and I found some online interviews with her which gave me plenty of information for ‘the interview.’ Let’s meet my fellow country-woman, Toowoomba-based, Georgia.

Georgia Carter Mathers

Georgia Carter Mathers

Biography

Georgia is a busy writer, editor, mom, and wife. She studies publishing, writing, and everything in between. Altogether, she holds an Associate Degree in Creative Writing from Southern Cross University, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of New England, and a Graduate Certificate in Publishing at Sydney University. She is the author of The Devil Inside, Trelloran Seduction, and The Vampire’s Covenant.

How did you become an author?

As a teenager, I shut myself in my room and wrote stories, but I couldn’t show anyone. My family thought there was something wrong with me.

I remember one day, my mother kicked me out of the house and told me to go somewhere—anywhere—she told me I couldn’t stay in my room and write anymore. They were worried that I didn’t have any friends.

What genre do you write?

My main genre is romance. My first story from 2016, The Devil Inside, is a short paranormal romance. I published my first full novel, The Trelloran Seduction, in 2017. It is primarily a romantic fantasy story but has dark elements like our own world. My latest novel, The Vampire’s Covenant from 2018, is a pure paranormal romance. 

Why do you write?

I write paranormal romance to chase happiness. There is so much hate and misery in this world, and I want to show that love can conquer all.

Some of my stories talk about issues that feel insurmountable, but my stories always end with a happy ever after. That is the point. No problem is too big.

My stories are written about those who conquer it all, and I hope you find hope and happiness within my books.

What is the definition of paranormal romance to you?

Very simply, paranormal romance includes a romance between one or more paranormal characters. These novels often, but not always, include urban settings and a mystery or quest of some kind.

The romance and mystery plots may occupy equal page time, although this

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can vary from book to book. The romance can include all heat levels according to the intended audience. One could argue that the variables that exist in paranormal romances are identified through its sub-genres such as bear shifter romances, vampire romances or gods and angels.

Paranormal romance is distinct from urban fantasy. You’ll find that paranormal romances are constantly evolving. Many paranormal characters have multiple powers to shift or to use magic or as a seer for example. So, this represents an exploration of characters and an effort to push at the boundaries of the sub-genre.

Why do you write paranormal romance and not normal romance?

I write paranormal romance because the characters are more fun to write. I like the action and the suspense that comes with it too. I also write it because the characters could be described as monsters in some way. They are a mixture of things that both frighten and protect us. At the same time, these characters are very 

vulnerable and lonely. And I identify with that. I’ve always felt inherently different. This feeling describes a trope that is particularly strong in this sub-genre.

Did you set out to write a novel after 'The Devil Inside'?

Absolutely not. Trelloran Seduction started out as a poem, after a vision I had between being asleep and wakefulness, then became a novella. It took me two years in total for it to become a proper novel. 

What would be your advice for authors wanting to write in this genre?

I would say read widely in the sub-genre as well as outside of it, and find an editor who cares about your work.

I hope you enjoyed reading about Georgia Carter Mathers. She’s got a whole heap planned for 2019, so keep an eye out for her books! They are available on Amazon and her website

You can follow Georgia on FacebookTwitter, YouTube. and Goodreads. Why not join her Goodreads reader review group?

This is Georgia’s 2019 publishing schedule:

Dragon Addictions: Firebreathers, March 2019
Witch Matched, April 2019
The Making of a Goddess: The Miana Prophecy, June 2019
The Making of a Goddess: The Pantheon, August 2019
Dragon Addictions: Fire Investigation Unit, September 2019
Kait & Wes, October 2019
Dragon Addictions: Fire Prevention, December 2019

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My interview by Jason E. Foss

What a way to start the new year! Read my interview by Jason E. Foss on my book Living Like A Vampire and my new WIP!

What a way to start the new year! I was interviewed by Jason E. Foss. Check it out here!

Meet the Author… Rudi Jennings

I interview Rudi Jennings whom I met at The Darker Side of Fiction book signing in Peterborough October 2018

This week’s author is another Dark Sider (from The Darker Side of Fiction book signing in Peterborough last October). I only had a little time to chat with Rudi, but I immediately thought he was far too modest. His book intrigued me; the cover is simple yet compelling, the blurb even more so. Let’s find out more about this lovely author.

Rudi Jennings

Rudi Jennings

Biography

Rudi Michael Jennings spent the majority of his childhood growing up in the Norfolk, UK, countryside of fields and trees, really living amongst nature and possibly giving the basis of description in his book. Through travel, various professions ranging from pest controller to close protection officer, and a keen interest in psychology and fantasy writings, he developed a style of his very own and is keen to share it with the fantasy adventure world. This plans to be the first installment and adventure of many to come.

What do you love most about the writing process?

The total emersion into a world you have created, a world you can invent as you go along and I guess most of all, the amazing feedback I’ve been receiving. Not just the 5-star reviews, but people really taking time to explain what they like and all the questions. It really makes you feel like someone has lost themselves in your world.

Do you have any unique or quirky writing habits?

Rudi_Jennings_WaterstonesV2.jpgOne method I have been trying to get across to all the schools and colleges I’ve visited is my method. When I was at school we had to read authors’ works but had no instruction into their process of writing. So I always keep and pen and paper by the bed, as the first three chapters of my book was a dream I had. Also, I tell students I don’t pay attention to typical fantasy word counts; I just write scenes. Then I will place these scenes in some sort of order, then consider writing more scenes to join them up. Then again set them out in order and write more scenes to fill in the gaps. When you step back and look at your story, you’ve nearly got your word count without even knowing it.

Do consider yourself to be a successful writer? What do you think would make you successful?

On the scale of success this is a tricky one, what do you class as successful? I think money and fame tend to come and go, people are famous these days for just being on a reality show. Several different students have told me I have inspired them, I think that is the true height of success, inspiration. If you can get someone else to try writing, then really that’s about as successful as you can be.

Could you tell us a bit about what you’re working on at the moment?

The Last Myon on the Waterstones book shelfSo I am currently writing the second book to my Myon series. I plan to write one more, then a prequel, however not strictly in that order. It is just such an epic experience, people are always asking ‘how’s the next book coming?’ and ‘what happens to such and such?’ I love just having ideas pop into my head and the rush in excitement at getting them down on paper, I think the people that enjoyed my first book will love the second… Well, I hope.

What genre do you consider your book? Have you considered writing in another genre?

My book is Fantasy Adventure with a dark twist, it’s really just the sort of thing I’d love to read, so it was a bonus so many others felt the same. I have had ideas on a post-apocalyptic style novel, but I’m just concentrating all my mind on The Last Myon series for now, but who knows what the future will hold when I’m done here.

Does your book have a lesson, a moral?

Rudi_Jennings_TheLastMyon1I think it was an unintentional moral that has crept in from something my parents always taught my brother and me; never give up, never quit. I, like many people, have had to overcome some shocking huge obstacles, it’s only after these things we can really appreciate the goodness. That did bleed over into my main character and I tried to give this positive outlook for others to take away with them.

Can you give us an interesting fun fact about your book?

It was a dream, it sounds such a cliché, I know, but the first three chapters were a dream I had, I wasn’t even in the dream, just watching the event unfold. When I woke up I had to jot it all down, not with any real intention of writing a book. But a few weeks later I glanced at the notes, my mind went swimming back to that moment and I did wonder if I could actually write a book. After weeks of pros and cons, I thought what the hell, it’s for my own pleasure and I won’t even bother getting it published. Wow did that change.

What is your favorite part of the book?

It would have to be the few Chapters beginning with ‘The Pit’. So I had nearly finished the whole book, but I couldn’t for the life of me join two scenes together, I wracked my brains for weeks and suddenly when walking around in the supermarket one evening it came to me like a lightning strike to the head! I had to stand to one side of the aisle and text myself the plan, I really did enjoy writing that section and I’ve had some amazing feedback from readers.

What did you edit out of this book?

Rudi_Jennings_TheLastMyon4Very little, I have notebooks of other characters which didn’t make an appearance (this time), also this was one of my most feared moments. Sending it off to be edited was torture, I kept expecting to get it back cut to ribbons, turns out I had nothing to worry about, and the editor didn’t want to change anything, just a few grammatical errors so it really is how it was meant to be.

What has been the best compliment?

I did a signing at a library and a lady that worked there approached me. She said she had brought my book, not because she liked Fantasy, but because I was coming along and it would be a good thing to get me to sign it. Well, she said after reading my work, she felt she had totally missed out on a genre and will definitely be reading more fantasy works. That blew me away to think I had turned someone on to that whole genre.

Anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?

Firstly, to my mum; I think now your one of my biggest fans. Thank you so much for reading to me as a little boy. I am confident this is what got me wanting to be an author. My dad; thank you for your unwavering support of every crazy idea and scheme I’ve come up with (which is a hell of a lot). Finally, to my readers, friends and fans; your words and ratings have blown me away, it still feels like a dream and with all your wanting to find out more, it helps me to focus and keep on going to fulfill my lifelong dream of being an accomplished writer. Thank you all.

Thank you, Rudi, for sharing your journey into authorship with us. I, too, had my first story come to me in a dream and never dreamt I’d be an author. I agree it’s a fantastic feeling to bring joy to others. I’m sure you’ll bring lots of joy in the years to come!

You can follow Rudi Jennings via the following social media:

Twitter

Facebook

YouTube Interview with Rudi Jennings

Amazon Author page

Rudi Jennings’s book The Last Myon is available in Waterstones, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, eBay, and many good bookstores and online retailers as well as from Olympia Publishers.


Living Like A Vampire Blog Tour – Day 6

Living Like A Vampire Blog Tour – Day 6. Check out my interview with Kerry Parson on her Chat About Books Blog

I have an interesting author interview for you today. The questions are asked by the lovely Kerry Parson on her Chat About Books blog. Check it out if you want to know which author I’d like to meet, which fictional character I’d like to meet, and where I’d like to take them for a coffee.

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Please excuse the writing mistakes in the interview answers. I was extremely tired and in a hurry when I wrote them. Not a good combination! I’m mixing up UK and US English and found at least one punctuation mistake XD.

Thank you, Kerry, for taking an interest in me. It was fun to answer your questions. And of course for being part of my Blog Tour. You rock!

The Emit Blackwell Show

Listen to my interview by Emit Blackwell from Michigan on The Emit Blackwell Show; a fun way to learn more about the Suckers Trilogy.

I have been interviewed for the third time (first time by Detroit’s DJ Jon, the second time by lovely Londoner Angelina Kalahari)! This time by Emit Blackwell from Michigan, and it’s live!

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You can listen to the interview here:
 

But why stop at my interview? Emit interviews a lot of authors to put them in the spotlight for a moment. Check them out too on The Emit Blackwell Show website!

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My Interview with Angelina Kalahari is live!

My Interview with Angelina Kalahari is live! Check out my interview by this wonderful lady. We have more in common that we thought!

If my day couldn’t get any better, I just got word from Angelina that her interview with me is live on her website and YouTube!

Have a listen to the interview with her. She’s a wonderful lady, and I so hope to be able to meet her at the London Fair next year!

Thanks for having me on your podcast, Angelina! xx

 

My interview with Dr DJ JoN will be airing soon!

My Dr DJ JoN Podcast will be airing soon! Check it out at 1pm EST/6pm London Time!

Remember I mentioned I was interviewed by Dr DJ JoN last week? Well, I just got the heads up that the interview will be aired on Flobcast Radio within the next hour! Don’t worry if you’ll miss it as it will be repeated Monday, Wednesday, and Friday next week a during the 1-3pm (EST) timeslot (early in the slot).

The website to go to is:

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You only have to click on the play button on the website to hear the radio station.

I haven’t heard it yet, so I’m going to listen too!

An Apropos Interview with Dr DJ JoN

An Apropos Interview by Dr DJ JoN from Flobcast Radio to let people know about my paranormal romances, the Suckers trilogy.

I had a great time chatting with DJ JoN via Skype yesterday. As you may have noticed, I did a shout out to book bloggers to join me in my October blog tour. Dr DJ JoN was the first to contact me and asked if I wanted to talk on his show about it. Of course, after the great advice of my fellow author Wendy H. Jones, I said, ‘Yes!’ It’s my second interview this past week, the first with Angelina Kalahari which will air sometime this coming week (but more about this later!), and I was thrilled.

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Originally, we planned the interview to happen on Saturday, but as we checked our connection with Skype, I mentioned we could do the interview now if he had the time. I’m afraid I put DJ a bit on the spot, but he grabbed the moment, set up his microphone and everything, and we started chatting. He wasn’t prepared, I wasn’t prepared, and I’m afraid my answers are all over the place, but I hope the listeners can make sense out of my ramblings!

Not only does DJ look like Santa, he also gives new artists a chance to get heard, mainly musical artists, but he, and I quote, “loves to give every artist an opportunity to be heard.” He has a real nice, warm-timbered voice, and it’s very pleasant to listen to. He made me feel at ease (yes, I shiver out of nerves when interviewed), and after the interview ended, we chatted for another hour about all sorts. DJ has great stories to tell as he’s been around and has met many great people. I wished there were more hours in a day so I could hear all of them, but the clock struck twelve and DJ was called for dinner while I was slowly turning into a pumpkin (there’s a five-hour difference between us). We called it a day, and I went to sleep with a smile.

After DJ has edited the track, he’ll send it to me for approval, and hopefully he’ll be able to air in before Halloween. I’ll let you all know when it’s airing on Flobcast Radio (also on Facebook)!

Thanks again for the opportunity, DJ! I hope your dream of fishing naked on a Costa Rica beach comes true!

Meet the Author… Craig Wainwright

Meet the Author… Craig Wainwright. He’s the author of The Last Titan, the first book in a great series, and he’s taken the first step in realizing his dream.

I met Craig Wainwright on Twitter (where I meet most of the authors I interview). He was talking about a big reveal and ramped the suspension up enough to peak my interest. I was dying to find out what he was talking about! His first book, The Lost Titan, launched yesterday, and Craig’s going to reveal his big secret in this interview, so quickly continue reading…

Craig Wainwright

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Biography

I’m normally a reserved, middle of the road, kind of  guy, whose always been geeky about Sci-Fi. When I got married, I warned Diane, my long suffering wife, that there would be three people in our relationship: me, her and the Doctor (big Doctor Who fan you see). Nowadays, the Doctor and Diane often pop out and leave me busily tapping away on the keyboard, only to return before I miss them – it’s a time travelling thing, I’ve been told…

Who is the most famous author you have ever met?

Terrance Dicks, Dr Who editor (from 1968 to 1974)
Terrance Dicks, Dr Who editor (from 1968 to 1974)

Terrance Dicks, by a long way. To date he is still the longest serving Doctor Who script editor there’s been (1969 – 1974), wrote some cracking stories for the TV series and then topped that by writing the lion’s share of the Doctor Who range of Target books. What a guy.

Of course, being a cheeky Doctor Who fan when I was younger, I thought it would be fun to invite him round to my house when meeting him at a signing. To my amazement he agreed. At the time I was a member of the local Doctor Who group and so I quickly organised a sponsored “Stay Awake” event for the visit. Terrance got the proceedings going, with an auction and stayed for a couple of hours afterwards to chat with us.

Then I asked the typical fan question: ‘What advice would you give to someone who wants to write a book?’ His answer was the obvious one, but it stuck in my mind because he’s such a lovely bloke. ‘Just write it,’ he said. Succinct, concise and to the point. The answer hit home.

We raised £600 for Cancer Research that day, and am proud of the fact.

What made you want to become a writer?

An urge to tell stories about characters which have lived with me since I was 10. I’ve needed to do this for a number of years and have had various failed attempts since 1989 to get the job done. The thought of dying before I’d managed to let everyone know about these wonderful characters and the situations they find themselves in, mortified me. Morbid I know, but it’s true, and since I’m not getting any younger, I knew I had to do it sooner rather than later to have any chance of getting book 5 written.

What do you love most about the writing process?

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That moment when a character says something and you think that they have suddenly just come alive during that moment. It’s a magical time. Then, as the book takes its course, these people go on their journey. You see them grow and, by the end of the book, after all the twists and turns in the plot, they come out different people – as anyone would. With my style of writing, with the plot driving things forward and not the characters, this development does add an extra dynamic which can enhance the story.

On the flip side, I hate writing the first draft. I find the whole process painful and really hard work. But after that hurt, building on the original draft, the process suddenly becomes enjoyable because it then becomes a time of discovery. This happened with Book 1, were several things happened in the first five chapters and by the tenth I thought, ‘There have to be some consequences here’, and so the court scene was born. One of my beta readers loved that scene, as I do, because the hero shows he’s not just a physically powerful individual, but also a clever one as well. A fact which will become more important as the series progresses.

What genre do you consider your book(s) to be? Have you considered writing in another genre?

The Last Titan, by Craig Wainwright
The Last Titan, by Craig Wainwright

That’s an interesting question because this series is multi genre: Book 1, The Last Titan, is Sci-Fi with a strong super hero facet to it, bringing in the fantastical element. Because I plan to the nth degree, I know Book 2, The Last Titan: Titan’s Quest, will leave Sci-Fi behind and become purely Fantasy, with large dollops of horror towards the end. Book 3 leans more towards Horror with Fantasy elements embedded within it. I see this as being a very dark book and only hope I can pull it off as Horror isn’t my genre of choice. Strangely, and having just said that, these books cry out for the darker writing to add to the growing menace. Book 4 will return to straight Fantasy again. That’s just series 1. Series 2 will be different again in structure and feel, but that’s a long way off…

Does your book have a lesson? Moral?

These books are about ten races of people who need one another to survive, for them racial tension never existed until one man brought with him intolerance and hate. With his coming terrible acts of violence followed. When such a scenario enters a society which seems utopian, we would often find a very fertile breeding ground for the evil to grow.

The motto, I suppose. is that we need to spot this type of person when they get into power and deal with them quickly. We don’t want another Hitler and we definitely don’t want another world war.

What’s the strangest thing you have ever had to research online for your book?

That’s easy. This was for Book 2, which I’m writing now, and it’s the melting point of Quartz. It starts melting at around 600c, if you’re interested.

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

The overall process of research for the book has been mainly passive, since I’m quite well read when it comes to the history and literature of Ancient Greece. I spent a few nights researching the Chernobyl accident and got an understanding of how it happened and how the reactor was designed. It turned out in the end most of that research wasn’t used in the book. I also did quite a bit of research on Mauy Thai, since the hero is a an expert in the martial art. I checked out a few websites and bought a couple of VHS (yes VHS) tapes and sat down and watched them, taking a few notes.

Regarding much lighter research I spent a bit of time finding the right stars which might have Hellas orbiting them. They ended up being in Ursa Major and they’re a true binary system called Gliese 412. These stars are red dwarfs and one is much smaller than the other. However, every now and again this smaller star becomes much brighter than its neighbour, which fits beatifully with one of the background Mythos I’ve already written. I won’t say any more because I plan to bring the Mythos out as anthologies eventually. Maybe even bringing the first one out before The Last Titan 2.

What did you edit out of this book?

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Loads of stuff. The bulk of it centred around a narrator and two children who would ask him questions about the action in the preceding chapters. These guys discussed pertinent points which I felt needed further explanation but couldn’t fitted in the story any other way. This allowed me to bring in several background stories (one of which tied in with the end of the book beautifully). When I later looked at these sections, I had to admit they had become somewhat redundant as I grasped the mechanics of writing a novel and the need to save space added further reasons to chop these sections anyway.

Interestingly, there was also an alternative chapter 8 which introduced the character of Jimmy (a tramp) and it described Omicron (the female villain) conducting horrific experiments on his two friends. This was made redundant when Jimmy informs a character later on what he saw, and rather than taking fifteen pages to get this across it took three paragraphs to explain it instead. The chapter also had a very different version of Jimmy; he was a more crotchety character. I prefer the character he’s evolved into because he’s a much more approachable, comical character – to the betterment of the whole series I think. 

Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?

I like to leave little markers which might hint at what’s be coming: a little comment here, somebody saying something there. That sort of thing.

What are common traps for aspiring writers?

I think some writers maybe tend to accept their lot and don’t try to push for the best they deserve. My advice is to be ambitious and adventurous in your plans, be cheeky and ask the questions to get what you want when it comes to publishing and publicity. You don’t get unless you ask in this world, unfortunately.

From the above you can tell that I’m very ambitious, maybe more than my talent deserves, but I’ve known what I want from the start and I’ve pushed to get it. Sometimes it doesn’t work out, then other times it does and I’ve ended up doing business with some wonderful people who wanted me to succeed because they saw my drive and determination. Chris Grant (the voice over artist for the ad) put in an email to me: “So, go get’em Giant Killer.” A comment which sums up what I’m trying to achieve with this first book – break through and get established quickly. I dearly want these characters to be remembered and loved even. If I fail, well, at least I tried. If I succeed, then book 8 would most definitely be on the cards

The only other thing I can say is love your subject matter and let it draw you in. Some writers are mechanical in their execution of prose. Get involved with it. I’ve had a love affair with my characters since I was a kid and they’re so clear in my head now, they’ve become like old friends. If you are detached from the work, it’ll reflect in it and your characters will end up being distant at best and uninteresting at worst. Get into their heads, understand them, and the characters will write themselves.

So… what’s your big reveal?

As mentioned earlier, I have a book trailer/ad. Apart from promoting the book via an interview and review in Starburst (a British Science Fiction Magazine), followed by the ad in SFX (a British Science Fiction and Fantasy magazine) and Starburst for three months and a small ad on Doctor Who Online, it is also going to be… on TV! The book trailer will be shown on Sky1 and Syfy from August the 23rd for two weeks!

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Wow! That is so awesome! I bet every writer is incredibly jealous now. I certainly am. You do dream big, and I applaud you for it! I wish you all the best with your launch, Craig, and hope your book sales sky-rocket!

Craig Wainwright’s book is available NOW on Amazon, and you can watch the trailer on his website. You can contact Craig through Twitter.