The Next Big Thing
1) What is the title of your next book/work?
2) Where did the idea come from for the book/work?
A collision of half-a-dozen books : P. W. Singers’ “Wired for War”, “Children at War”, and “Corporate Warriors”; Ishmael Beah’s “Long Way Gone”; Al Venter’s “War Dog. Fighting other People’s War”, and Sam Childer’s “Another Man’s War.”
3) What genre does your book/work fall under?
Sci Fi I guess, although it’s more near-future action thriller with a splash of espionage.
4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
The Eshu International Crew:
5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Sent to assassinate the fanatical commander of jihadist rebels, Eshu International is caught in the crossfire of a bloody African civil war when they discover they’re gunning for the wrong man.
6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
The jury’s still out on this one. I’m preparing query packets now, as well as investigating potential copy-editors should I pursue the self-pub route.
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
One year. Juggling full-time job, family, and church obligations, it’s the second draft that’s taken longer.
8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
The Run ‘n’ Gun Mil-Sci-Fi aspect is easy: John Ringo, Ian Douglas, Myke Cole, Steven L. Kent, Robert Beuttner… to name a few. The Spec-fiction/Biblical worldview element is tougher to match. I’m not appealing to the standard ‘family-friendly Christian’ audience. Although they don’t write in the same genre: Stephen Lawhead and Andrew Klavan come to mind.
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I’m supposed to say “God” here, right? 😉
The honest answer is it was more a sea-change in my attitude than a thunderbolt of inspiration. I started hammer out my first novel, “Running Black” during the last economic adjustment. Custom glass work was slow to the point of distraction, so as a Christian and a fan of good Sci-Fi/Fantasy, I tried to write something I thought I’d enjoy reading. There’s that escapist/entertainment part of me that wants to be thrilled by battles, bravery, and happy endings, so that’s part of what I’m aiming for.
The next element was I grew tired of my faith being overwhelmingly represented as cruel, ignorant, and/or opportunistic in the Spec-Fiction genres. There are and have been intelligent, compassionate, devout men and women who profoundly and positively influenced people and history in the name of Jesus Christ. I wanted to see this sort of authentic, tangible faith portrayed in fiction.
I try to keep my fiction ‘grounded’ in real-world issues, but the third inspirational aspect is that writing allows me to investigate areas where life, imagination, and faith intersect. Exploring controversial, complicated issues forces me to dig deeper for foundational principles and the Person behind them.
10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
Somali pirates, killer robots, child soldiers, mercenaries, firefights… this is definitely ‘guy’ novel. I wove an emotional core and Biblical themes throughout the novel, (really) but there’s something unarguably cool about a .50 caliber sniper rifle.
Thanks for listening.