Janet Morris and Perseid Press invite you to read dangerously…
Warriors from the past, present, and future fight to save us all… The IX by Andrew P, Weston.
Available now for pre-order; Kindle ships 26 January. Luxury trade edition from Perseid Press available mid February. If you’re serious about dark and heroic fiction, you’ll want this book: http://www.amazon.com/IX-Andrew-P-Weston-ebook/dp/B00RM54QBA/
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Come and meet the author today.
Welcome to Andrew Weston
Where are you from and where do you live now? Originally, I’m from Birmingham in the UK, although I now live on the idyllic Greek island of Kos in the Aegean Sea.
Please tell us a little about your writing – for example genre, title, etc. I’m a science fiction and fantasy writer, although I also love the paranormal. My latest work, The IX, (Pronounced, ninth) is a monster Sci-Fi epic involving the past, present, and future, that blends Roman Legionnaires, U.S. Cavalry, and modern-day Special Forces into a smorgasbord of kick-ass action against killer aliens on the other side of the galaxy. Here’s a short blurb:
Roman legionnaires, far from home, lost in the mists of Caledonia.
A US cavalry company, engaged on a special mission, vital to the peace treaty proposed by Presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln.
A twenty-first century Special Forces unit, desperate to prevent a nuclear catastrophe.
From vastly different backgrounds, these soldiers are united when they are snatched away from Earth at the moment of their passing. Thinking they may have been granted a reprieve, imagine their horror when they discover they have been transported to a failing planet on the far side of the galaxy, where they are given a simple ultimatum. Fight or die. Against all odds, this group of misfits manages to turn the tide against a relentless foe, only to discover the true cost of victory might exact a price they are unwilling to pay.
How far would you be willing to go to stay alive?
The IX. Sometimes, death is only the beginning of the adventure.
***You’ll get to see it soon, courtesy of Perseid Press***
Where do you find inspiration? From everyday life and experience. Some ideas have come to me whilst at work, others in dreams. The inspiration for my latest book, the IX, came after a discussion with ex military colleagues at a reunion dinner a few years back. The conversation centred around what actually happened to the lost 9th Legion of Rome when they disappeared in the mists of Caladonia, circa 120 AD. Nobody knows for sure, and it seems incredible that over 5,000 men and their equipment could simply vanish in that way. I mean, it’s as if they were scooped off the face of the earth. The topic obviously stayed in the back of my mind, because some weeks later, I was watching an old sci-fi movie on TV –‘Millenium’. In that film, time-travellers from the future journey back to snatch people away from scenes of major disaster at the moment of their deaths. It got me thinking…
What if the 9th were snatched away? And…
The rest? Well, you can read about it J
Do you have a favourite character? If so why? In the IX? Yes, Captain James Houston of the 5th Cavalry Company. He’s a backstabbing swine who’d sell his own mother out to save his own skin. Characters like him allow you to play so much. There’s nothing better than getting your readers to hate someone, and then dangling them along with a carrot as the villain seems to get away with everything…Or do they?
Are your characters based on real people? Because of the complicated structure of the IX, some are, especially the Special Forces unit. I based most of the fictional team members on guys I worked with whilst in the military.
Research can be important in world-building, how much do you need to do for your books? Do you enjoy this aspect of creating a novel and what are your favourite resources? I had to do a massive amount of research for the IX. Remember, the inspiration was based on the 9th Legion of Rome. But, how were they structured? Who did what? How did they march, set up camp, and operate? What did they wear, and what weapons did they use. The Caledonian tribes of that time were vicious savages, and experts in jungle, warfare. However, where did they come from? How did they fight? How far would they travel to engage in combat, and what made them capable enough to defeat entire legions?
Many, many facets like this had to be considered, and that was before I’d even started work on U.S. Cavalry companies and the Native American tribes of the eighteenth century. (Thankfully, I had a friend to assist me with that – she’s of Cree descent, and proved to be a goldmine of information.) J
The easiest part related to the Special Forces unit. For that, I drew on firsthand military knowledge and experience.
Once that was done, I then had to make certain the futuristic/scientific tech referred to within the story had a basis in fact I called on my educational background in astronomy and physics for that. Even so, I still had to research the very latest developments, trends, and breakthroughs to ensure the ‘theoretical’ aspects had that ring of truth. Even though this is a science fiction novel, I wanted it to be believable. There’s no doubt in my mind that if you make things too farfetched and super-convenient, it turns readers off.
Despite the work involved, I really enjoy the research aspect, as it adds a depth of authority to your work that improves quality and reading enjoyment.
Is there a message conveyed within your writing? Do you feel this is important in a book? Usually? Yes, I like to convey a little message…dependent upon the subject matter. I think it makes it more personal, and helps the reader place themselves within the make-believe worlds I create.
With the IX, its:
‘be true to yourself, no matter what circumstance does to you’.
See how you can spot that, as you read through the story.
Do you self-edit? If so why is that the case? Do you believe a book suffers without being professionally edited? Yes, I do self edit, BUT, that’s before I send it into the publisher. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some ‘strong’ professional editors. Each of them has a different style and personality that rings through during the formal editing stage. So, I tend to stay as ‘neutral’ as I can when I complete my own edits…to make their life easier…and then adopt the House style during the closing stages.
In answer to the second part, YES, I do feel a book suffers without professional editing. I’m an incredibly focused, self-disciplined individual. But boy do I miss things. We all do. Word blindness is the bane of all writers. You need that extra set of eyes to cut and polish the rough diamond you’ve created, and turn it into a lustrous jewel of a masterpiece. (And even then, you have to keep checking…)
Do you think indie/self-published authors are viewed differently to traditionally published authors? Why do you think this might be? Yes I do, because that’s the way the publishing world is geared. Certain big-name ‘Houses’ dominate the industry, and basically, hold all the cards. And as some have no doubt seen, unless you manage to secure a contract with them, you’re not viewed as having ‘arrived’, no matter how skilled you are as a writer. That’s a shame. We’ve all seen the ocean of books filling the shelves out there. Even if you’ve written an absolute masterpiece, without the clout of a massive name behind you, it can sink into the depths and will never see the light of day.
Fortunately, there are a number of smaller, extremely competent publishers coming to the fore. Although they’re independent, they come from professional/recognized backgrounds, and draw quality writers to the fold. Times are changing, but slowly.
What experiences can a book provide that a movie or video game cannot? Imagination! It allows YOU to involve yourself in a make-believe world as you see fit, not the way some glitzy director from Hollywood wants you to. That being said, if any top quality sci-fi directors get to read this, and fancy a brand new project that’s bound to be a sure-fire hit, PLEASE, feel free to contact me on……… J
What three pieces of advice would you give to new writers? Don’t give up. Work hard to improve your craft. And don’t be afraid to take risks.
Most authors like to read, what have you recently finished reading? Did you enjoy it? The last book I read was “Poets in Hell”, from the “Heroes in Hell” shared world saga. A great set of stories delving into the many quirks of the Underworld. If you haven’t read it, I’d highly recommend the entire series.
Can you name your favourite traditionally published author? And your favourite indie/self-published author? Traditional, it’s a tie between – Raymond E. Feist &Julian May. Indie – Laura DeLuca.
Do you have a favourite movie? I think you have to go a long way to beat the sci-fi classic, Forbidden Planet. Well ahead of its time.
Can you give us a silly fact about yourself? I hunt shadows in the dark with a specially designed net.
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