“The Slingshot Series” is an adventure set in the future. Issues today (environment damage, shrinking resources, inept politicians, bizarre dictators, religious fanatics and economic chaos) are projected into an era when Earth will no longer support our bludgeoning population. A sister planet is found, a method to travel is discovered (the Slngshot Principle) and two of our first long range missions crash and are marooned on an alien planet. Not quite the start they envisioned but a clean slate and new beginning regardless. A story of courage, passion, faith and fortitude.
What inspired you to write this particular story?
2001 was a character building year for our country and a personally challenging time for me as well. September 11th in particular left a permanent footprint on our collective consciousness.
How long had the idea of your book been developing before you began to write the story?
“Slingshot” and its sequel, “The Road to Damari”, took over ten years to complete. “Right of Way” is complete but is still being massaged. I would expect it to be published late winter or early spring next year. While initially thinking in terms of a trilogy, an intriquing story line has come to mind that should make an interesting fourth book so by the end of 2013 or early 2014 it should be ready to see the light of day.
Tell us a little about your main characters. Who was your favorite? Why? Who is your most unusual/most likeable character?
Leader and Shawna are characters I’ve grown attached to. One feature on our sister planet that differs from Earth is the new world has a purple sun. Its light promotes healing and growth. On an earlier flight then the story of our survivors, another mission has made it only to crash as well. This time the only survivors are black Labrador retrievers. The purple sun enlarges their arteries which in turn carries more blood to their brains. This increased blood flow allows them to use a significant larger portion of their brains which makes them more intelligent and able to converse through telepathy. If you love dogs, this will be your cup of tea.
Is there a message in your writing you want readers to grasp?
“Slingshot” can be read on many levels. I admire Dean Koontz’s tenacity for good to trump evil every time. These folks marooned on an alien planet with no technology (lost when their ship crashed) just don’t survive, they flourish. Yet, life can not be predicted or controlled. There are difficult challenges in their new world, some natural, some man made. The story was written to be enjoyed. Some roller coasters will offer more than just a ride, but that is always up to the rider.
Have you written any other books?
“Soon” and “Blindsight” are thrillers inspired by Dean Koontz. I have a new novel coming based on “The Count of Monte Cristo”.
Do you keep a pen and notepad on your bedside table?
No but I find sleep great for creating and polishing plots.
Does writing come easy for you?
Writing is a craft that improves with time. Imagination and creativity come easily to me. Writing is a pleasure when coupled with the word processor. A computer allows words to stew, thicken and be seasoned at leisure. Generally I iron wrinkles out of my work by going over the manuscript twenty times or so. The years spent writing has given me a great respect for authors. I have found libraries and book stores to be magical. They are spiritual almost mystical places where people long gone reach across barriers of time and converse with me through black lines on a white back ground.
What one word describes how you feel when you write?
Does your understanding of the story you are writing change during the course of the book?
My books write themselves. Of course I’ve an initial path set in mind but I find the characters will demand the ultimate destination.
How many stories do you currently have swirling around in your head?
I always have three or four stories to work on simultaneously. Going from one story to another allows me to go back into a subject with fresher eyes.
Where can people learn more about your books?