How do you feel about social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter? Are they a good thing?
Certainly. Connecting people is always fruitful. More and more people will find ways to express themselves and exchange their opinions, or concerns. This should be a healthy and productive outlet for our society.
How do you feel about self-publishing?
I think it’s great. Many more people are able to be heard when they take on the burden and responsibility of putting their own words before the public.
How did you develop your plot and characters?
In 1949, Joseph Campbell wrote The Hero with a Thousand Faces, and argued that myths, spanning all time and all cultures, contain the same basic elements, or ‘archetypes.’
Campbell thought that stories formed a grand pattern he called the ‘hero’s journey.’ The journey begins with the hero hearing a plea for help. When he finally responds, he crosses a threshold into a new realm where he faces great challenges and matures under the tutelage of a mentor. Finally, he becomes the master; committed to changing the world. This story archetype has thrived from the Odyssey, to Star Wars.
The ‘hero’s journey’ is a theater of human behavior; anecdotal but illuminating. In Midshipman Henry Gallant, I present a young man’s heroic journey. He doesn’t travel it along. He has friends, mentors, rivals, and enemies, and one more essential element, romance.
Who designed the cover?
I had a wonderful artist at damonza.com develop the cover, as well as the book trailer. You can assess his work by viewing the trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eciKOBFBSM
Will you write others in this same genre?
I think I must because the characters are still compelling to me.
Genre – Science Fiction
Rating – G
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