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I wrote a short story which is up on Amazon today. In The Device, a person grapples with the effects of an implant which will allow him to shut off all pain at will. While wrestling with his own demons, he lives his life to free others from the machine in their heads.
Since it is a short (3,500 words), the social commentary is a little more pointed than in my other two published pieces of fiction, but I think I managed to avoid sounding preachy.
I like this one. It is dedicated to everyone who is willing to face their pain and discover its creative purpose. I think that is all of us in the end.Read More »
A belated Merry Christmas to all of you! In honor of the day, the Kindle edition of Aetna Rising is free this week. Now you can’t say I never gave you anything for Christmas!
Who would Mal Reynolds be if he had never served in the military and had never met Zoe Alleyne? While it isn’t Firefly fan fiction, Aetna Rising developed from asking this question and others like it.Read More »
What is the title of your next book?
Fiction or Non-Fiction? (I am having trouble already. The world is truly doomed.) Let’s stick with fiction, since the non-fiction is a bit of a snoozer.
It is the second half of my story that I started in my currently published Aetna Rising.
(I can hear the San Andreas fault easing back on that 9.0 it had coming as I write.)
Where did the idea come from for the book?
I wanted to use the space opera trope of the “lovable” scoundrel. Except in this story, the scoundrel gets so over matched he cannot pull himself out by his bootstraps. The desperation of his situation forces him to depend on others, to be part of a team. This is about a guy who thinks he can handle it by himself, but can’t.
It’s a Han Solo story turned sideways. My character starts out less lovable, less happy, and more vulnerable. Plus the story is a bit darker than Episodes IV-VI.
Oh yeah, did I mention that I wanted it to actually have interesting characters as well? That is something missing in much of space opera.
What genre does your book fall under?
How-to: It is a how-to manual for anyone who finds themselves trapped on a barely habitable distant icy moon when their evil corporate led government starts interfering in their lives. I expect huge sales, especially from our colonists on Titan.
What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Jack, my scoundrel, would be played by Humphry Bogart from the 1940s. I had him in mind when I created Jack, especially Rick Blane from Casa Blanca. Except Jack doesn’t have a heart of gold like Rick.
As for the rest, I haven’t really thought about it.
What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
Smuggler Jack Halloway thinks he has it pretty good until the corporate government decides his backwater home is important to them, and Jack gets caught up in their schemes; now he’s not sure he will survive.
(Is a semi-colon considered cheating?)
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Self-published, but I am always willing to entertain offers.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
It’s done? I’m still writing. Considering it is one of three projects on my plate, I expect it to be completed in Mid 2013. When I can concentrate on it full-time, it should take about 60 days.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Haven’t thought about that before. Frankly, I’m not sure. I would love to know what my readers think. One compared the first half, Aetna Rising, to Orson Scott Card. But it doesn’t have pre-pubescent children floating around in zero-g, so I am not sure what book he was referring to.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I like to write stories about guys growing up. In fact, all the stories I have currently mapped out in my Pax Imperium Universe—that’s the Universe Aetna Adrift will inhabit—are all about guys growing up.
My interest in that theme started when I was reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and I found myself thinking that Harry, Ron, and Hermione were pretty grown up for 17. I don’t think guys really understand the world until after they have made a bunch of mistakes, usually sometime in their 20s—sometimes, as in the case of Jack, much later. I decided I wanted to write real coming of age stories that made sense of what I see in the men around me.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Aetna Rising readers really like Aetna, the icy moon I created. People seem to like my use of technology and setting. So I must get something right in the world building. I think I do a good job of helping people picture their surroundings.
So who am I going to tag?
(You can check back in a week to see if they answered the questions… If we’re still here.)Read More »
How Not to Blow Your Budget in December: How to Manage Your Money When You Don’t Have Any on AM Northwest
I did my second interview on AM Northwest here in Portland. Here it is:Read More »
As someone who wants to see Americans come to grips with their need for better personal finance, I decided to engage in a little bit of civil disobedience today. I made the Kindle version of my book How to Manage Your Money When You Don’t Have Any free on Amazon. If you haven’t yet picked up a copy head on over and grab one. Just don’t trample anyone on your way to check out. That would be icky!
A special thanks to www.fkbooksandtips.com, http://booklending.com and @kindleebooks for helping me promote my rebellion.Read More »
Aetna Rising comes out of the frustration that I have felt with the cultural thinking about guys in our society. It seems to be assumed that all guys value sexuality over relationship and commitment. As a Dad who highly values his marriage and children, I am tired of this point of view, but I know that there are guys out there who think this way. I wanted to write a story about a guy figuring it out—a guy who at the beginning of the book believes that the only sensible choice is to follow his sex drive wherever it leads. He comes to understand that he needs and wants intimacy and friendship more than he wants independence and sex.
Here is the description from Amazon: Jack Halloway is a playboy, space station manager, and small time smuggler comfortable in the knowledge that he is in control of his little domain. Self-assured, Jack knows that he can handle anything that comes his way. He doesn’t find out he is less cunning than he believes until a newly appointed administrative vice president and his team turn his quiet home upside down. For reasons unknown, Jack’s backwater moon Aetna has become important to the central administration of the Unity Corporation. Jack must now figure out how to get on his new bosses’ good side before they find out about his past and use it against him. Will Jack be able to keep his independence, or will he become a pawn in a deadly and brutal world of politics far beyond his powers of control?
Aetna Rising is part one of the two-part Pax Imperium story, A Snowball’s Chance in Hell, from best selling author Erik Wecks. The Pax Imperium is a rich and diverse human galactic civilization. Old Earth is still around but only a minor player in matters which have long since left it behind. Created at the end of the last galactic war, the Pax was designed to be an empire which no single kingdom, country, or corporation could dominate. Aetna Rising tells the story of an everyday citizen living in one of the major players in the Pax, Unity Corporation. Unity is both a corporation and a government with its own citizens. It was on the losing side of the last war which ended 300 years prior and defeat has left a sour taste. Unity longs for a chance to kick free of the Pax, and, once again, expand its reach.Read More »
I wrote a GeekDad post on my experience at Wordstock yesterday. I am so looking forward to what I will see today! Here is a link. First, it is time for a run.Read More »
This month, I have been telling you that my book Moon Rise is going to be coming out shortly in paperback and for the Kindle. At the last minute, I have decided to change the name, and I thought I would take a minute and explain my decision.
The explanation is really quite simple. When searched in Google, “Moon Rise” comes up with 2.1 million hits. “Aetna Rising” comes up with 300. If I want to have a space in the front window of the online world, I need to make a change. So from here on out Moon Rise is now Aetna Rising.
I need to give a quick word of thanks to the unnamed author who is letting me read an early draft of their book on marketing for authors. That book is changing more than just my title. More improvements to come.
By the way, to expose the process of writing and marketing a little more, I have decided to leave the title Moon Rise in at least one post on this site. I will add a link to this one so that people can find the book.Read More »
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