Hi Brett! Great to have you over to discuss your book "Day Moon" and your career. Please tell us all a bit about "Day Moon". What's your book about?
That can be a pretty deep question, but I will stick with the gist of the story: In A.D. 2039, a prodigious seventeen year old, Elliott, is assigned to work on a global software initiative his deceased grandfather helped found. Project Alexandria is intended to provide the entire world secure and equal access to all accumulated human knowledge. All forms of print are destroyed in good faith, to ensure everyone has equal footing, and Elliott knows he must soon part with his final treasure: a book of Shakespeare's complete works gifted him by his grandfather. Before it is destroyed, Elliott notices something is amiss with the book, or rather Project Alexandria. The two do not match, including an extra sonnet titled "Day Moon". When Elliott investigates, he uncovers far more than he bargained for. There are sinister forces backing Project Alexandria who have no intention of using it for its public purpose. Elliott soon finds himself on the run from federal authorities and facing betrayals and deceit from those closest to him. Following clues left by his grandfather, with agents close at hand, Elliott desperately hopes to find a way to stop Project Alexandria. All of history past and yet to be depend on it.
At what point did you know you wanted to publish a book?
Having written stories most of my life, the most discrete moment of realization would have to be when I was walking back from a college creative writing class I was taking while majoring in computer engineering. A short story I had written for the class had gone over very well with my peers. So well, in fact, they had told me they would happily help turn it into a novel because it needed to be one. I had a long walk back to my car from the class and I was by myself, free to my own thoughts, and I just stopped in mid-stride, because it struck me what I had never before seen as more than passing interest in writing felt very right. Natural. I suddenly understood what the 1924 Olympic gold medalist Eric Liddell meant when he said, "God made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure." In that moment I understood it is the same for me with writing.
If your home a place of order or chaos?
Ordered chaos. My wife and I are blessed to have a little one who keeps things...interesting. A little chaos, which we try to keep reined in. Honestly we wouldn't have it any other way.
What genres do you write in and what inspired you to write in these genres?
Primarily historical fiction, because I love history and how its lessons resonate through the ages. But I don't hold to one genre. My second novel, Day Moon, is sci-fi/dystopian. I have an epic fantasy trilogy in the works, two more historical fiction novels, a speculative fiction, a horror novel...It's my conviction that whatever genre a good story lives within, that story is worth telling. Which is probably the universal tie between my writing. I'm a Christian so I feel like fiction shouldn't just entertain and offer escapism, it should allow a reader by the story's end to better face reality, present and future.
What is our favorite drink?
Cold water. Simple, but very effective. I also occasionally indulge in some orange juice. I know, I live on the edge.
What is your writing place like?
Multi-faceted. I write often in the bedroom at home, but that's more a convenience of timing thing. Really, I do my writing everywhere. Whenever there is a moment's quiet to slip into a story's world and see where things will head next, I do. I don't keep a pad and paper on hand and ready to write all the time though. A lot of times, I feel like the best ideas for a story are the ones I cannot shake and remember long after that first glimpse of it. The ones that become waypoints on the journey and are inextricably tied to what the story is and is trying to say.
What's next for you as an author?
My hope is to finish some edits to the first volume in my epic fantasy trilogy and do the same with a story about a conquistador and an archaeologist who have each suffered terrible losses in their lives. The conquistador was forced by the Inquisition to bring his brother for execution as a heretic and the archaeologist lost his wife in the midst of pursuing his career. They're each broken, and their stories become woven together as they search for something to mend them. That and finishing the sequel to Day Moon. Which will happen first, I cannot say.
Thanks for stopping over and sharing with us.
Thank you Night Owl Reviews for letting me share more about me as a writer. An equally big thank you to all the readers who humble me with interest in my book. It has been an honor getting to be a part of your day.