Welcome Aaron and thank you for agreeing to do this interview with me...
Title: Lokians: Book2 They Lurk Among Us
Author: Aaron Dennis
Page Count: TBA
Genre: Science Fiction
This book is to be released November 1st
The links below are to the first in the series, Lokians: Book1 Beyond the End of the World
Link Amazon USA: http://www.amazon.com/Lokians-Aaron-Dennis/dp/1615727272/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1347592405&sr=8-2&keywords=lokians
Link Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lokians-Aaron-Dennis/dp/1615727272/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1347592524&sr=1-1
Can you tell me something about yourself?
I’m 29. Lokians: Book1 Beyond the End of the World is the first novel I’ve written. The fact that it’s the first installment of a sci fi series provides me with an endless supply of ideas. I hope to start a new sci fi movement with this series, maybe shirts, stickers, and artwork, it’s all in the works.
What inspired you to write?
I’ve always enjoyed it but only recently decided to try to get something published. Most of my skills came from term papers, exposes, and articles, all while in college, but in April of 2011 I wrote my first short story. Since then, I’ve plugged away everyday and I love it.
Yes I think writing can be addictive so who are you favourite authors?
Carlos Castaneda. His works have had a profound effect on my life as a whole.
Can you tell me something about your latest book?
My latest book is Lokians: Book2 They Lurk Among Us, the second installment of my sci fi series. The story picks up a few months after the defeat of the Lokians, an insect-like race of aliens, and Riley O’Hara, of Earth Navy, is on a new mission. It is believed that the Grays, the common, big-headed aliens we all know and love, are created by the same race of aliens who modified the Lokians for war.
Wow this sounds fascinating.. How long did it take you to write it?
It only took a few months to get the story down. After that, I spent about a month running edits. I submitted it to Eternal Press, the same publisher who released Beyond the End of the World, and they liked it. I’m still waiting for their suggestions and fine-tuning but They Lurk Among Us will be released November 1st.
Can you tell us something about the writing process, do you have a set time for writing, did you do any research or anything else of interest that was involved ?
I find myself writing in the morning, more so than other hours. I don’t sleep much, so I tend to scribble a bunch of notes throughout the night. So far as research goes, yes… good gravy, yes. I did about 10+ hours for Beyond the End of the World. I have an affinity for engineering anyway, so studying current rocket engine design, alternate sources of power, and aircraft design was a lot of fun. I also researched a good deal of astrophysics because I wanted my space travel to make sense. On top of all that, I researched a great deal of biology too. I like my aliens to be unique, yes, bug-aliens and Grays are well known, but my versions include some detailed biological data. The bullet-point of my writing philosophy is; just get the story down. Revisions will come later and that’s when I refine the scenes, dialogue, transitions, etc.
What do you think readers will come away with when they have finished your book?
A feeling of having run a mental marathon, fun and relentless. Hopefully, I can revive the action/thriller aspect of sci fi and put that Dystopian stuff to rest. There’s nothing wrong with Dystopian novels but they bore me personally, so I wrote something that I like and have had great reviews so far.
Would you give us a paragraph or two from your book?
Bragg was at a loss. A surge of rage boiled inside him. He clenched his fists as he stomped towards Montrose. The President smiled before producing a strange and menacing gun from inside his suit jacket. He pointed the sharp, angular, chrome barrel at Bragg.
“Ah, ah, ah, ahh. Back to the Phoenix,” Montrose ordered gravely.
Bragg shook his head and regained his momentum. As he closed the distance, Montrose pulled his trigger and a red beam flickered in the air. Bragg looked down to see a small hole in his gray shirt. He prodded at it with his finger. It had gone through the fabric and into his flesh, next to his liver. Pain had not set in. Bragg vaulted himself forward, landing one solid punch in Montrose’s fat face, knocking him to the ground but Montrose did not drop his weapon. As Bragg lowered his bodyweight on one knee to deliver a second a blow, Montrose shot him again, in the chest.
That time, Bragg felt incredibly hot pain. His abdomen convulsed, causing him to fall over. Bragg clutched at his heart. The laser had struck him in the sternum. Frightened, he tried to gasp for air but was incapable. He flailed slightly as Montrose stood over him
“You were the only one capable of accomplishing anything. A shame really,” Montrose said in a low voice.
Bragg started to cry as his life ebbed away from him. All he had wanted was to be a good soldier.
Any other links of interest:
You can find everything ‘Dennis’ at www.dennisauthor.com including trailers and buy links to the e-copies of my books. Beyond the End of the World runs at $6.95 and at Shadowman $4.50.
Thanks so much for this great opportunity.
You are most welcome and good luck with your new novel!