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Are you an ‘organic’ artist? Zackery Humphreys explains…


Zackery Humphreys

I consider myself a very organic artist.

Many of my ideas come from dreams or inspirations from other artists: Salvidor Dali, Ray Bradbury and Walt Disney are some good examples. When I get an idea, whether it is a character, an ending, or even just a line, I write it down either in my notebook or on my phone for later use. After that, I think about it quite a bit, usually as I’m lying in bed trying to sleep (which doesn’t help my sleep schedule!) until I have a rough outline in my head with a few more ideas, which I, in turn, write down in my notes. After that, it’s off to writing. 

Author Zackery Humphreys

I prefer this more organic way of creating as it bleeds into my writing. Each sentence inspires the next, and the next, which can sometimes lead to the creation of more ideas as I go along. It’s like stream-of-consciousness with punctuation. I prefer this to a solidified outline I may have already thought about ahead of time. It’s more exciting to write organically and it’s hopefully more fluid for the reader. 

For the entire process, I continue lying in bed thinking, jotting down notes, and writing until the project is finished and I’m dead tired!

Speaking of “finished,” the question I’ve been asked probably more than any other is, “How long does it take you to finish a book?” Well, it took me seven years to write Epsilon A.R., from the first word to the final product. Enough time to nearly get through all of high school and college.

This isn’t to say I was working on it constantly though. I started the novel as a fourteen-year-old in my sophomore year of high school and finished the first draft about four months later. That one draft sat on my hard-drive for years without a single word changed.


It took certain things in my life to stop for me to be able to start the project again. From that point, it took another four months to finish the second draft, and about two months more (I’m now twenty-years-old!) to finish the draft I sent out to publishers. 

That being said, I’m half-way through two novels within five months along with a few other finished projects on the side. It took me seven years to finish Epsilon, but expect the sequel much sooner. I’ll leave the long waits to George R.R. Martin. Long waits are not usually my thing. I’m impatient and goal-oriented. I like to bunker down and get things done, which is also why I have so many other projects on the side. 

In-between the times I’m writing on my novel, I do smaller writings such as screenplays, plays, short stories and poems, some of which will be included in my next book. Writing Epsilon, however, takes a much different type of focus than anything else I do. When I sit down to do it, I start around midnight after all of my rehearsals. This is when the rest of my life can shut off and I can find peace and quiet to write and not think about anything else. 

I sit at my desk, put in my earbuds (which don’t play anything) for added silence, and focus all of my attention on it. No one would know just by looking at the page, but I am a perfectionist when it comes to my work, especially Epsilon. I designate certain line spacing, fonts, and sizes for nearly everything. It needs to be laid out perfectly in order for me to focus solely on the writing. I always tell my friends, “I’m not a perfectionist, but when it comes to my work, it needs to be perfect.” 

With that being said, I’ll leave you with this one fine word of wisdom and perfection, “ldkfanafdrhgfjdfsfdjukykedbfaafsaof.”

it’s beautiful here until you’re alone.
Hundreds of years into the future, mankind has gone underground to relocate to the beautiful city of Epsilon. 

Epsilon is run by a strong, secretive government that keeps its citizens in check by subtle manipulation and strict schedules. No one questions its authority and no one is unhappy. 

ALN-896, an average man who is just trying to live a normal life,
begins to have dreams; something strange and rare in Epsilon. In his dreams, he
meets a man named Harry and everything is fine- until Harry dies. 

When ALN-896
wakes up, he shrugs it off as if nothing has happened. It was only a dream. But
then the next day, he is suddenly arrested and sent to prison for killing
Harry, whom ALN-896 assumed was just a figment of his imagination. 

inside prison, ALN-896 begins to learn about everything the government of
Epsilon has been doing and he plans on escaping. Not only from prison, but from
Epsilon. This one decision turns him against everything he has ever known and
forces him to face against centuries of lies. To escape means to live. But what
will it cost?

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Something to whet your appetite. An excerpt from Epsilon:

A black-and-white tie…
Thoughts froze within his mind. Spit
bubbled through his pursed lips.
ALN-896 finally managed to pull away
from the exposed wire. He fell to the ground and wiped away the spit dribbling
down his cheek. His heart raced, and sweat poured down his body.
That was the most painful sensation he
had ever experienced.
never should have grabbed that wire…
ALN-896 stood up slowly and looked
around. No one saw what had just happened. He was alone on the desolate stretch
of Simov Street.
I did not get hurt.
Instead of continuing, he decided to
get back into his car and let a nice cup of tea calm him.
From the center console of the car,
green tea was automatically dispensed into a cup. He let the liquid slide down
his throat, easing every muscle that had tensed. He melted into his plush seat
as he let his mind come to a halt. Then the silence was interrupted by a
robotic voice. “ALN- 896, your vitals are irregular. Is everything all right?”
“Everything is fine. I went to inspect
one of the house’s trashcans as I was instructed to, but I noticed an exposed
wire on the ground. I went to cover it back up when it…”
ALN-896 wasn’t quite sure what had actually happened when he
touched the wire. He hadn’t been electrocuted, but something strange had
occurred. The only thing he could get out of the experience was that he had
seen a black-and-white tie floating in the darkness behind his closed eyelids.
Nothing surrounded it, but he knew it had been attached to a body. One he
hadn’t been able see, but one he knew existed somewhere within the black.
“When it…,” ALN-896 stumbled. “When
it shocked me,” he lied.
“Your job still needs to be completed.
You still need to inspect the trashcans for Monday’s workday. After your tea,
you need to continue.”
“Yes, I understand.” 

Get your world in order and the reader will Believe – The Truth Is Out There!

Science fiction – getting your world in order
John Hudspith

How often do you put a book down simply because the writer
has failed to coerce you into suspending belief and accepting his alternate
Creating a sci-fi world, be it a full blown otherworld with
all the bells and whistles, designed to suspend reader in a depth of
all-encompassing fiction, or a mild shot of dystopia delivered with minimalist
subtleness intent on merely supporting the story, or somewhere in the middle of
these two extremes, one thing is certain: there are a few key ingredients to
use when cooking your creation. Okay, thinking about it, there’s more than a
few – choices are infinite. Cooking up real deal fictional physics intent on
creating a believable world boils down to three main ingredients.

Passion + Belief +
Take one hefty dose of Passion, mix with very Strong Belief,
add unbridled integrity, and stir until the cows come home.


If writing flying cars into your world, then you will do a
better job if you’re keen on cars. If your passion is driving, pimping your
ride, then the fictional flying cars you create will no doubt be something

If your dystopia has elements of warfare, and it just so
happens that you are gun nut, or a marine/policeman/soldier then the
soldiers/policemen/weapons you create will surely be something special.

That old writers’ adage: `write what you know` is an adage for a reason.

I’d like to add another: `write what is you`
In my case, for the creation of Kimi’s Secret it was: Aliens, ghosts and magic.

These are the things that tortured my youth with bafflement,
worked their way into my bones and have held me ever since.

Spielberg wowed me with Close
Encounters of the Third Kind
around the same time as my mother had us spellbound
with tales of spirit forms, and around the same time the news was buzzing with
young girls being flung around by poltergeists, Uri Geller bending spoons, and
thousands of people throwing themselves into frenzies at PK (psychokinetic)

Never a believer, always the sceptic, hoping to witness the
evidence that would prove little grey men were real, that ghosts were indeed
some manifestation of human energy, and that we humans could really defy the
laws of physics and move objects just by thinking about it.

This fascination for everything Fortean was ingrained at
that impressionable age, so when I had an idea for a novel; a time-travelling
conundrum, fuelled by aliens – or greylians as I fondly christened them – I
pondered the notion of uncovering a world where these things could brought into
being, not just alien greys but my mother’s ghosts, the magic of psychokinetics,
and anything else mythical or unexplained that I could make fit.

I had the first key ingredient: Passion. I would not only write what I knew, I would write what was


In creating such a world where Kimi Nichols could play in Kimi’s Secret, I had the Passion, the
Me, now it was time to Believe.

If you have the passion then belief will come hand in hand,
right? But belief in what? Belief in your ability to do well by your passion.
Belief that you will not let your passion down. Belief that you can dig deep,
put in the hours, days and months; research, confirm, approve, build until this
fictional science becomes one; its own world. And it’s important to have that
Belief and to make it strong because the final ingredient depends on it.


How far do you go with your research? How far with the
planning, the checking, the marrying of fictional facts? To the centre of the
earth, of course. Be amazed how one simple idea – the size of a world’s gravity well, the complexities of dimensional
time travel, talking monkeys, Tulpas, Adepts, alien abduction, dodo
regeneration, Elementals
– be amazed that any one thing is connected to
another in some way, and that if your Passion and Belief are to materialize
into something solid then you need the integrity to follow it through, to make
it happen.

The story world in its foetal stage in my embryonic mind
seemed plausible. I had to start writing. Not the novel, but the history books,
the geology, physiology, the laws of time and space of this place that would
govern every little thing. I made lists, sketches, and jotted down story,
scene, character and plot ideas as they came to me and ended up with reams of
creation on my hard drive and a spare room full of storyboards and clippings.

A year had passed. The baby in mind was almost fully grown.
It was time to put my manufactured science to the test.
Time to give birth to the story.

Passion – love of
Belief – you can
do this.
Integrity – push
your boundaries, cross the t’s dot the I’s and make your fiction fact.

Get your world in order and reader will Believe – The Truth
Is Out There!

Kimi’s Secret

With a deformed hand, an affection for animal skulls, and a soft spot for Marmite, Kimi always knew she was different – but never how much until she’s thrown into the supernatural dimension of Heart, given powers beyond comprehension, a mission to alter the past, and a secret which must never be revealed.

Look out for the sequel: Kimi’s Fear – materialising soon!

And read John Hudspith’s interview from April 2012 here

Kimi’s Fear…
something to whet your appetite

The grey aliens – or greylians – hidden away in the paranormal
dimension of Heart, have worked with man for centuries, abducting, probing,
advancing science to aid mankind; but Kimi’s jump through time and dimension in
Kimi’s Secret brought about the death
of a revered greylian General. Now the authorities want to pin the blame on
Kimi learns that fears are real in the blip – the band of no-time which sits between dimensions – and that fears
always contain the truth. She must jump once more, pausing within the blip and
taming her greatest childhood fear – the
under-the-bed monster
– and return with evidence to prove her innocence or
she’ll be thrown in a greylian oven and served up as breakfast.
But Kimi’s secret is out – her
brain is the key to successful time travel
– and a ruthless greylian bounty
hunter will break every bone in her body to get it. As if that isn’t bad
enough, the best looking boy in the world turns into a cannibal intent on
devouring every last bit of her. Sometimes life really does suck.
Can she thwart the bounty hunter, kill the boy of her dreams to
save her own life, tame her greatest fear and keep herself from becoming
greylian toast? Not without help.
Tulpa Bentley returns with old favourites the famoose, Big Sue the
giant with OCD, madcap mentor Stella, and chief of fuzz the monkey Rehd along
with a whole host of new crazies in an adventure bigger and bolder than before.
Kimi’s Fear is magical but dark, sad but romantic, and
meaningful but bonkers all rolled into one
profound, scary as hell, and all the makings of a classic.”

The Language of Science Fiction

Anne E. Johnson


Like any skill worth mastering, the
writing of science fiction surely takes a lifetime to master. That’s assuming
you’re one of the few who masters it at all. Realizing that, I knew I would
face countless challenges as I penned my first novel-length science fiction
Green Light Delivery. Because
of all the sci-fi I’ve read, I should have been able to predict many of these
challenges. Still, it turned out to be a very different view from the active
side of the creative process.

One of the most interesting issues that
faces a sci-fi author is that of language. The issue presents itself as a
complex web of decisions for the writer, based on her intended audience, the
type of sci-fi she’s writing, and her own background and level of obsession.

There will be serious decisions to make about language, unless you write
contemporary or near-future sci-fi. This issue can manifest itself in a number
of ways, depending on the specifics of your story. Here are a few you should
expect to mull over:

1. If the story takes place on Earth,
but in the distant future, (a) will everyone still speak our current languages,
whether it makes sense or not (Planet of
the Apes
), or (b) will you go through the massive effort of showing
linguistic developments (A Clockwork
and be aware that Anthony Burgess was a trained linguist).

2.  If the story takes place off Earth, but
involves humans, how will the humans communicate with the other species? (a) Will
the aliens have pain-stakingly learned English? (b) Will the human stumble by
in the alien language?

The choice of (a) and (b) leads to
another level of decision:
(i) You could craft an actual alien
language. (Please refer to caveat above, regarding linguistic skills. If you
are an author who struggles to comprehend its
versus it’s, or if you struggled in
Spanish 101, then inventing a grammatically consistent, credible language is
not the right choice for you. Almost nobody can do this well.)

(ii) Or perhaps you’ll simply make up a
small vocabulary or list of common phrases you can use to imply the alien
tongue, and then switch to English. That can be a useful way to imply a
language, and remind a reader that characters aren’t speaking English.

And then there’s the option for those
who don’t want to deal with the different languages at all. (c) Offer some sort
of universal translation device (This is hardest to pull off, unless you’re doing
Douglas Adams-style broad comedy or writing for Doctor Who.)

3. If, as is true for my novel Green Light Delivery, your story takes
place in an alternative universe where there never has been such a thing as
English, you face different problems. You want your reader to assume that English
is standing in for the actual language of the planet/solar system. But what can
you do to show that this isn’t really English? I decided to invent proper names
(both of characters and places) and common nouns that didn’t sound like
English, and therefore reminded readers the they weren’t in Kansas anymore.

So, the following sentence, although
largely newly-coined words, can make sense:
is a Yeril with a bnarli in his forehead.

If you haven’t read the book, you can
still guess that Webrid is the name
of a male character, Yeril is some
sort of category (tribe? region? species? school affiliation?) and bnarli is a thing that fits in his head
somehow. Keeping the word “forehead” is important in this example. It gives the
reader a familiar point of reference.

Invented words, introduced one at a time and used consistently, are easy to slide into the reader’s vocabulary, just as in any other genre a reader can be expected to learn and remember the names of new characters.

Green Light Delivery

Webrid is a carter, like his mother and grandfather before him. It’s not glamorous work, but it mostly pays the bills, and it gives him time to ogle the sexy women on the streets of Bexilla’s capital. Mostly, he buys and sells small goods and does the occasional transport run for a client.
Then he gets mugged by a robot.
Now, with a strange green laser implanted in his skull and a small fortune deposited in his bank account, Webrid has to make the most difficult delivery of his life. He doesn’t know who his client is, or what he’s carrying, but he knows that a whole lot of very dangerous people are extremely interested in what’s in his head. Literally. And they’ll do whatever it takes to get it.
With the help of some truly alien friends, a simple carter will journey across worlds to deliver his cargo. And hopefully keep his head in the process.

Anne E. Johnson is based in Brooklyn and has published over thirty short stories in a variety of genres and for both adults and children

Her first science fiction novel, Green Light Delivery, was published in June, 2012, by Candlemark and Gleam. She also writes novels for tweens. Her other novels include Ebenezer’s Locker  and Trouble at the Scriptorium.


Author Spotlight with David Porteous


Runner-Up Science Fiction Category 2011,

San Francisco Book Festival

Patrick Clark is a moral philosopher and a terrible human being. After living a selfish, indulgent life, he probably deserves cancer; probably deserves death. But in 2045, living forever in paradise doesn’t take faith or good deeds – it just takes money.

In the depths of Singularity a new consciousness has awoken. As it struggles to become free from the immortality machine, its limitless rage threatens the living and the dead alike. The fates of Patrick and the nameless, faceless machine creature are intertwined with each other and with sinister, utilitarian plans for the future of the nation and humanity. Singular is a thought-provoking debut novel of dark comedy that asks questions of a nearly possible future.


David F Porteous was born in 1980, but was asked for ID in a bar as recently as February 2011. Yes, it was dark, but still.

He attended Cockenzie and Port Seton Primary School where he learned to spell and write his name in cursive. The value of these once impressive skills has been substantially undermined by subsequent technological developments.

In 2002 he graduated from Napier University in Edinburgh with a degree in Marketing Management. His honours dissertation asserted that there was a bright future ahead for DVD rental stores. Over time this assertion proved to be both wrong and stupid.

(He is not giving back the degree).

David has been a stand-up comic, poet, voice actor and social research consultant. He stuck with the consulting because it was only thing people paid him for.

Purchase Links:

US – http://www.amazon.com/Singular-ebook/dp/B004PYDHSY/ (also has print links on that page)
UK – h
ttp://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1447501748/ (also has print links on that page)

Website: www.dfpiii.com

Buckle up for Bobby Nash – Pulp Fiction

VOL. 1
Since 2006, Lance Star and his air aces, the Sky Rangers have thrilled readers with their amazing pulp-inspired adventures. Based on the characters created for the Airship 27/Cornerstone Books Lance Star: Sky Ranger pulp anthologies that can be found at http://www.gopulp.info/ or wherever your favorite pulp fiction is sold.

Airship 27 Productions and Cornerstone Book Publishers take to the skies with the release of their reprint edition of LANCE STAR – SKY RANGER. This collection of new stories starring the long forgotten pulp hero was the first anthology title produced by Airship 27 Prod. dated 2006. Its overwhelming success helped launch the company’s ambitious plans to bring back classic pulp characters in brand new adventures. “Without LANCE STAR – SKY RANGER, there probably would have been no Airship 27 Prod.” claimed Editor Ron Fortier. “It was the book that got us going.”

This anthology features four action packed tales of Lance and his loyal Sky Rangers. They include, Attack of the Birdman by Frank Dirscherl, Where the Sea Meets the Sky by Bobby Nash, Shadows Over Kunlun by Win Scott Eckert and Talons of the Red Condor by Bill Spangler with cover and interior art by comic pro, Rich Woodall of Johnny Raygun fame.

The book also contains an article on the history of the character by Norman Hamilton and a second on airplane modeling in the 1930s and 40s by Larry Marshall. Included as an added bonus feature for this new edition is an excerpt from Bobby Nash’s full length novel, Lance Star – Sky Ranger: Cold Snap, coming soon!

At the height of the pulps’ popularity, flying heroes like Dusty Ayers, G8 & His Battle Aces and Bill Barnes were among the biggest sellers on the market. Airship 27 Prod. once again turns the spotlight on another such aviation daredevil, LANCE STAR – SKY RANGER! Brought to you proudly by Airship 27 Productions, pulp fiction for a new generation!

The Lance Star: Sky Ranger books are available through book distribution channels as well as through stores, on-line retailers, and wherever your favorite pulp fiction is sold.
From his secret lair in the wilds of Bethlehem, Georgia, Bobby Nash writes. He is an author of novels, short stories, and novellas like Evil Ways, Fantastix, Lance Star: Sky Ranger, Domino Lady, Sentinels: Alternate Visions, Full Throttle Space Tales: Space Sirens, A Fistful Of Legends, and the upcoming Green Hornet Casefiles and Secret Agent X among others. He also writes comic books and graphic novels like Life In The Faster Lane, Fuzzy Bunnies From Hell, Demonslayer, Fantastix, Yin Yang, I Am Googol: The Great Invasion, and Lance Star: Sky Ranger, among others. For more information on Bobby Nash please visit him at www.bobbynash.com, http://bobby-nash-news.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/bobbyenash, www.twitter.com/bobbynash, and www.lance-star.com, among other places across the web.

Two years ago, with Volume One, this long forgotten pulp hero returned with a bang in four action packed new stories.

Once again its time to strap in to your seat belts and rev up your props, as Lance Star – Sky Ranger returns with another heaping of all out action, adventure thrills and spills high up in the wild blue yonder. And this time he’s accompanied by a handful of pulpdom’s greatest aviation heroes to include, The Griffon, The Three Mosquitos, and the undisputed Commander of the Clouds, America’s # 1 action ace, Captain Midnight!
Writers Bobby Nash, Van Allen Plexico, Aaron Smith and David Walker pull out all the stops to bring you five pulse pounding tales of brave men and their flying machines as they fight our countries deadliest foes both at home and abroad. Here, for the first time, is the origin of Captain James Charles Albright and the mission from which he would become known forever as Captain Midnight. This volume contains a brief history of all these classic pulp fliers, interior illustrations by Rob Davis and a stunning cover by Shane Evans, Lance Star – Sky Ranger Vol.Two is the high diving collection pulp fans have been waiting for. Brought to you proudly by Airship 27 Productions, pulp fiction for a new generation!
What age group and genre is your Lance Star series geared towards?
Lance Star: Sky Ranger stories are generally targeted for ages 12 and up. There’s a little something for everyone. It is a pulp adventure series. As pulp we have a multitude of sub-genres we can play in. Pulp can be action, adventure, science fiction, horror, crime, comics, and more.
Tell us a little about it.
At present there are two Lance Star: Sky Ranger pulp anthologies in print from Airship 27 Productions and Cornerstone Books with a third volume is slated for 2011. A full-length Lance Star: Sky Ranger written by me is also scheduled for 2011. There is also a Lance Star: Sky Ranger comic book one shot called, appropriately enough, “One Shot!” by myself and artist James Burns and published by BEN Books.
All of the Lance Star: Sky Ranger books are action/adventure stories set during the late 1930s/early 1940s. Lance Star and his sky Rangers travel the globe on wild adventures. Exciting air battles, fisticuffs, secret missions, vile villains, gorgeous women, duplicitous operatives, hidden lands, and brave heroics are just a typical day at the office for the Sky Rangers.
What is your favourite scene? Can we have a snippet?
One of my favorite reviews of the first Lance Star: Sky Ranger pulp anthology mentioned that I wrote exciting aerial combat scenes. Here’s a short snippet of that scene from Lance Star: Sky Ranger Vol. 1:
Captain Andrew Stewart was a superb pilot.

Possibly one of the best Lance Star had ever had the pleasure of flying with. And Lance had flown with many of the great ones. Despite his prowess in the cockpit, Lance knew it was only a matter of time before their opponent’s numbers got the better of them.

“I’m on your six, Drew,” Lance called as he fell into formation behind Drew’s fighter plane. Drew plane was smaller and more maneuverable, but the Nessie had more power. Together, they made a lethal combination.
Drew opened fire on the closest bogey, splattering across the Hornet’s wing. The damage was minimal, certainly not enough to take the plane out of the fight, but it did slow it down.

Lance swung wide, taking the Nessie in an arc around his wingman’s plane and opened up with the .50-calibers, destroying the wing. The Hornet dropped like a stone toward the water.

The pilot leapt out of the doomed plane and Lance watched as his emergency parachute popped open. Angling away from the destroyed remains of his plane, the enemy pilot descended smoothly to the water.

Lance banked left, following Drew as he lined up his next target. Before they could get a bead on the Hornet, the remaining Navy plane exploded as the enemy fighters shredded it with gunfire.

All that remained was Lance and Drew. And they were severely outnumbered.

The Hornets regrouped, circling around in opposite directions in an attempt to box in the pilots.

Lance felt his plane lurch as bullets peppered the Nessie’s side. The Hornets were focusing on the large seaplane. Lance took the Nessie into a dive, the pulled back quickly. The sesquiplane groaned in protest at the undo stress that her pilot was inflicting on her.

Suddenly, Drew’s fighter was there, spitting fire at the attacking Hornets.
“Lance,” the Navy Captain’s voice called over the wireless. “Prepare for a quick port dive. I’ll protect your six.”
“I’m not leaving you up here alone, Drew!”
The Navy fighter slipped in behind the smoking seaplane, bucking and weaving as enemy fire rained down on them. “No time to argue, Lance! Your bird’s got more holes in her than I can count.”
“I can hold her.”
“Dammit, Star, don’t argue! I need you in one piece to get those divers!”
“The divers are covered, Drew. Just stay out of their sites.”
Lance angled his plane toward the water below.
Drew’s fighter followed.
The Hornets remained in pursuit.
Then, miraculously, Lance heard the three greatest words he had ever heard spoken with a Boston accent. “We’re here, Boss!”

The Skybolt came out of nowhere. One second the sky in front of Lance was empty. The next he saw his pride and joy coming straight toward him only to pass by overhead like a rocket. The Skybolt shot toward the Hornets, unloading a massive barrage from the .50-calibers and the 37mm. Automatic engine cannon.

The Hornets, caught off guard, broke off their pursuit.

Have your characters or writing been inspired by friends/ family or by real-life experiences?
Always. I find inspiration everywhere. Sometimes I cast people that I know in the roles of the fictional characters I write so that they will have a unique voice. The characters become real to me, which makes writing their responses to situations easy for me. I just let the scene play out in my head and watch what the characters do.

Can you sum the books up in one sentence?
If you’re looking for a grand adventure let Lance Star: Sky Ranger be your guide.

Who is your favourite character and why?
Lance Star is probably my favorite because he is the character whose head I spend the most time inside. Lance is a hero, but he’s also an every man. He is as much at home up to his elbows in grease while building his latest plane as he is out chasing down Nazi spies or searching for lost treasure.

Which comes first for you – characters or plot?
It depends. I’ve certainly had stories that start off with one or the other. Since Lance Star: Sky Ranger is an on-going series of books I now start with plot and then determine how these characters will react to the situation I drop them into.

Who is your publisher and where are your books available? Are there e-books and hard copies available?
Lance Star: Sky Ranger is published by Airship 27 Productions and Cornerstone Books. Cornerstone is a traditional publisher so Lance Star: Sky Ranger, as well as the entirety of the Airship 27 pulp line, are available to bookstores and on-line retailers everywhere. There is also an Airship 27 on-line edition that is made available through http://www.gopulp.info/ for those who prefer to order their books on-line and direct from the publisher.

Are there any upcoming signings or appearances you’d like to mention?
I will be appearing at the Wizard World Atlanta Comic Con on December 4 – 5, 2010. I am currently setting up my convention and signing schedule for 2011 and will post that to my website soon.

Do you have an agent, or have you gone alone?
Up until this point I have not had an agent. I am currently trying to find an agent using a novel I recently completed. I don’t do much self-publishing. The Lance Star: Sky Ranger comic book was published by my company as a supplement to the pulp anthology series.

What marketing have you been doing to help sales?
I do a lot of marketing in addition to what is handled by the publisher. I do a good deal of on-line marketing with websites, blogs, forums, and social media outlets. I also use postcards, flyers, press kits, and press releases to promote books to bookstores, comic book shops, magazines, and local newspapers. I also attend/present at conventions, writers conferences, and book signings, and local fairs and festivals. I talk with bookstores and comic book shops directly and I also have a comprehensive email list that I use for marketing purposes. I have fun with marketing and promotion.

What is the most productive time of the day for you to write?
It varies. I am not a morning person so anytime after noon and throughout the evening is productive. The hardest part is making myself sit down and get started. Once I start writing I’m usually good to go.

Do you start your projects writing with paper and pen or is it all on the computer?
All on the computer. When I first started I would use pen and paper, but now that I’ve been doing this for awhile I can simply sit down at the computer and get to work.

What do you draw inspiration from?
Inspiration comes from everywhere and nowhere. Sometimes ideas appear fully formed and other times I have to work at it and pull bits of story from here and there until the story gels together.

Do you set yourself goals when you sit down to write such as word count?
Not really. Obviously, when I’m on a deadline that requires a certain amount of work to be accomplished each day. If I’m not on deadline, such as with the novels, then I’m free to let the story flow organically. On average I write between 1,500 and 2,000 words a day, although some days I write more.

What drives you to choose the career of being a writer?
Good question. I love telling stories. Even if I weren’t working as a writer I would still have to tell the stories just to get them out of my head. My brain is constantly pulling ideas from my daily life, things I see, people I meet, movies, TV, you name it. I love writing so thankfully I’ve been able to share my stories with readers.

What are you working on now that you can talk about?
I always have several projects going at any given time. Currently, I am finishing up a 15,000 word Lance Star: Sky Ranger novella for volume three of the pulp anthology series, I’m working on a full-length Lance Star: Sky Ranger novel called “Cold Snap,” which is currently at 23,000 words. I’m doing edits on a recently completed novel called Games! There are also two thriller novels in process. Blood Shot is currently at roughly 62,000 words and Evil Intent (the sequel to my first published novel, Evil Ways) is currently at 30,000 words. I plan to finish both of those in 2011.

What is your writing process like? Do you do a lot of background research? Do you plot every detail or do you prefer the characters to move the story in new directions, or a combination of both?
At little of both, I’d say. I do research as needed. With the Lance Star: Sky Ranger books, research is important because I’m writing about a timeframe that I am not personally familiar with. Keeping historical accuracy is important with this series. On the thrillers I research investigative techniques, forensics, weapons, and other elements that are important to the plot.

I do not write detailed plots. I have general plot points for each story, but I like to allow for room for the story to grow in organic ways as I follow the characters as they sometimes veer off in unexpected directions. I’ve heard this style of writer referred to as a Pantser. Not sure if I agree with that as I have a rough idea of where I’m going, but writing this way has led me to some interesting plot twists.

Do you belong to a critique group?
I don’t belong to a critique group. I have in the past, but there is not one very close to where I live so I was attending as often as I liked. I do have a small group of readers that read my work and give me feedback so I have that.

How long does it take you to write a book? Have your written other books?
It varies depending on the book and deadlines. I always have multiple projects going at any given time so I’m never concentrating solely on one story at a time. The fastest I ever wrote a novel was my second, Fantastix: Code Red (currently out of print), which was based off a comic book script I wrote. Using the script as an outline I wrote the novel in three months. It was a daunting task, but I did it. I do not want to write one that fast ever again if I can avoid it.

I’ve been writing prose and comic books since 1992 so I’ve a few books out. You can see a full list at http://bobby-nash-news.blogspot.com/

How did you get into writing? Did you always want to become a writer?
I did not always want to be a writer. I started out with the goal of being a comic book artist. I started writing stories so I would have something to draw. Then other artists started asking me to write for them. Eventually, after taking the advice of a friend, I realized that my writing skills were better than my artistic ones and I began to focus on writing, which led to paying work. And then one day I got the urge to write a novel. Ron Fortier, the publisher/editor of what was to become Airship 27 read the novel and brought me on to write some pulp stories for his new imprint. The first book we did was Lance Star: Sky Ranger. One thing leads to another.

Are you working on another book? Possible to have a preview snippet or blurb of that?
Always. There is always another book in production. I recently finished a novel called Games! Games! is a thriller about a madman’s obsession with games. After six years in prison, Darrin Morehouse takes his own life and sets into motion one last game against those he felt were responsible for his arrest and conviction.

Here’s a snippet from the opening page of Games!:

Fulton County Courthouse
Atlanta, Ga.
December 21

The circus was back in town.

Cameras surged as reporters jockeyed for position on the steps of the Fulton County Courthouse building, each one vying for that perfect angle, the one shot that would catch and hold the attention of their viewers. Despite the bone-chilling thirty-four degrees and light drizzle, the crowd outside continued to grow as the moment grew closer.

Fabian Alexander shrugged off his warm coat, which his shivering assistant then cradled to her chest in an effort to salvage any leftover body heat. She knew that the reporter must have been freezing, but she also knew the man. It was always better to look good than be comfortable.

“You ready?” Alexander asked as he straightened his tie and flicked a piece of lint from the front of his tailored sport coat.

“We’re live in,” Mike Greenway, the cameraman said between chattering teeth. “Four… Three…” He mouthed the words two and one before the reporter started speaking.

In his ear piece, Alexander heard the anchors in their nice, warm broadcast booth introduce him. “We go now live to Channel Ten’s own Fabian Alexander who is on scene outside the Fulton County Courthouse on this frigid December morning.” She turned to look at the monitor where the reporter waited on the scene. “How are you doing out there, Fabian? Are you staying warm?”

“It is very cold outside the Fulton County Courthouse today, Monica,” he started. “But you’re right. It has been a very busy morning here. Today, in what is being referred to as a bold move by the Atlanta Police Department, suspected head of a large, and as yet unnamed criminal syndicate, Darrin Morehouse was arrested and charged with a list of charges ranging from murder to conspiracy to commit murder.”

The television monitor switched to file footage that had been shot earlier of the accused, Darrin Morehouse, at one of the many political fundraisers he attended.

“From what we’ve been told, John and Monica, it appears that the District Attorney will indeed be, as they say in the movies, throwing the book at the man. Information received earlier tells us that this extensive investigation into Mr. Morehouse has been ongoing for the last three years.”

One of the anchors interrupted with a question. As much as the reporter hated it when the guys in the booth did that, he knew it was good for the show and he rolled with it even though it meant standing out in the freezing cold for another minute. “Has the district attorney’s office given any indication of which specific charges they plan to bring against Mr. Morehouse?”

“Not yet, John,” Alexander answered. “The Atlanta Police are being tight-lipped about this case for the moment, but we expect to hear from a police department spokesperson before long. We will, of course, keep you up to date on any further progress. For Channel Ten Up To The Minute News, Fabian Alexander reporting. Back to you in the studio.”

“And we’re clear,” Greenway said as the light winked off his camera.
“Thank God,” Alexander said as he retrieved his coat and put it on. “It’s fucking freezing out here.”
“It’s too early in the morning for stupid questions, Angela,” the reporter said. “Just get me the damned coffee. Quicker is better.”
“Yes, sir,” she said and ambled off toward the Starbucks across the street.
“I swear, that girl is worse than useless,” he complained as he got into the news van that was only slightly warmer than outside. What little warmth there was inside was welcoming and he felt a tingle creep back into his fingertips.
“Yeah, but at least she’s hot,” the cameraman said with a knowing smile.
“If only that’s all that was necessary to do her job,” Fabian sighed. “Anyway, as soon as I defrost we can shoot the coverage. I want some face time with Bartlett before our next pickup.”
“He’s not going to like that.”
“Do I look like I fucking care what he likes?”
“Not especially,” Greenway said, still smiling.
“Just keep an eye out for him. We move as soon as he exits the building.”
“Will do.”

What mistakes do you see new writers make?
We all make mistakes, especially when we’re just starting out. Those mistakes will vary from writer to writer. The trick is to use those mistakes, to learn from them and improve your craft. You can learn a lot from your writing mistakes.

What advice would you give aspiring authors?
If you want to write for a living then you have to treat it like a job. There is nothing wrong with writing as a hobby and if that is what you want to do then that’s great. However, if you are considering writing as a career then you have to remember that it is a job and treat it as such. Writing is a great job and I love it, but at the end of the day it is still a job.

What is your website and/or blog where readers can learn more? Can they friend you on Facebook or Twitter?
Of course. I have a large presence on the web. Here are just a few of the places you can find me.
http://www.bobbynash.com/ (currently under reconstruction)
And more. I’m not hard to find.

Novels by Bobby include Evil Ways and Fantastix: Code Red.

Upcoming novels include Lance Star: Sky Ranger “Cold Snap” and more.

Bobby’s short story, novella, and anthology work includes Lance Star: Sky Ranger Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 [Airship 27 Prod./Cornerstone Books], Startling Stories Magazine [Wild Cat Books], Sentinels Widescreen Special Edition [White Rocket Books], Full Throttle Space Tales Vol. 2: Space Sirens [Flying Pen Press], Sentinels: Alternate Visions [White Rocket Books], Domino Lady: Sex As A Weapon [Moonstone Books], Shadow One: Shades Of Gray [BEN Books], Real Magicalism [Daemon Press], and A Fistful of Legends [Express Westerns].

Upcoming titles include Frontier [BEN Books], The Green Hornet Case Files [Moonstone Books], Secret Agent X [Airship 27 Prod./Cornerstone Books], Ravenwood: Stepson of Mystery [Airship 27 Prod./Cornerstone Books], Tales From The Zero Hour: Weird Tales [Blinding Force productions], Aym Geronimo and the Post Modern Pioneers: Tall Tales, The Crimson Mask [Airship 27 Prod./Cornerstone Books], The Wraith [Airship 27 Prod./Cornerstone Books], Mars McCoy Vol. 2 [Airship 27 Prod./Cornerstone Books], Nick Landime, and more.

Comic books and graphic novels by Bobby include Life In The Faster Lane, Fuzzy Bunnies From Hell [FYI Comics], Bubba The Redneck Werewolf [Brass Ball Comics], Demonslayer [Avatar Press], Threshold [Avatar Press], Doc Dresden: The Immortal [Odyssey Comics], Jungle Fantasy [Avatar Press], The Garden [Planetary Stories], Fantastix [FYI Comics], Yin Yang [Arcana Comics], and Lance Star: Sky Ranger [BEN Books].

Upcoming titles include I Am Googol: The Great Invasion [Point G Comics], more adventures of and Lance Star: Sky Ranger [BEN Books], Life In The Faster Lane [BEN Books], and more.

For more information on Bobby Nash please visit him at www.bobbynash.com and http://bobby-nash-news.blogspot.com.

“Lance Star: Sky Ranger “One Shot!” is exactly the sort of high-flying, action-packed air war yarn I really enjoy. It’s fine pulpish fun from start to finish. Bobby Nash and James Burns are aces!” — James Reasoner


Once again Airship 27 Productions and Cornerstone Book Publishers strap in for high flying pulp thrills with the announcement of LANCE STAR – SKY RANGER Vol. Three coming in 2011 featuring stories by Bobby Nash, Sean Taylor, Bernadette Johnson, and Van Allen Plexico.


More high-flying action is on the way in 2011 with the release of the first full-length Lance Star: Sky Ranger novel titled “Cold Snap” by Bobby Nash from Airship 27 Productions and Cornerstone Books.

Michael Poll (Publisher, Cornerstone Books) – info@cornerstonepublishers.com
Ron Fortier (Editor, Airship 27 productions) – Airship27@comcast.net
Bobby Nash (Writer)- bobby@bobbynash.com

Sarah O’Donoghue’s Primortia

Sarah O’Donoghue is here to talk to us about her science-fiction novel, Primortia:

“Primortia: the holy seizure that strikes without warning, the curse that has shaped Hutosan culture and civilisation. After losing her brother to Primortia, Shonoka Lagan devotes her life to studying the phenomenon. Now she believes it can be stopped. With clues from her grandmother’s diary, Shonoka begins an adventure that reveals the secrets of her family, her planet, and the ageless stranger with his peculiar green stone…”

Author of Primortia, Sarah O’Donaghue is a UK-based writer with a background in language and science teaching and she is the co-author of Oxford Content and Language Support: Science (2010 Oxford University Press).
She has been living and breathing science fiction for over twenty years. She has been involved in many fandoms from Doctor Who to steampunk but has always wanted to create her own sandbox to play in.
The world of Primortia has been in development for four years and is growing all the time.
The first of the series: Primortia is available to buy – paperback £11.99, download £3.99 from http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/primortia/12918783
I asked Sarah a few questions abut her writing, Primorita and her experience with self-publisher Lulu:
Who, or what, is Primortia?
Primortia is a seizure that strikes some people on the world of Hutosa where most of the book is set. No Hutosan knows what causes it but as the book progresses the reader discovers that nothing about Primortia is what it appears.

Can you tell us a little about it?
A religion has developed around Primortia over the centuries to the point where it defines many of the world’s cultures. People who have the seizure are known as Primortians, and it is known to run in families. Once someone has suffered a seizure they’re on a countdown to transfer, which Hutosans believe to be death. They are fitted with a Primortian Mark by the monks in their local Primortian Temple and are released on condition that they return just before their transfer. This period of time can vary but it’s never more than a few months. The Primortian Temples control Primortians and therefore the fear the general population has of the condition and those who suffer it.
Is Shonoka the main character of the book? What is she about?
Primortia is the story of two women. Shonoka, known to her friends and family as Shony, is on a search to discover what Primortia is. She lost her brother to Primortia when they were children and she has dedicated her life to discovering its secrets. When the novel opens she’s an academic, about to enter what she knows will be a loveless marriage, who is starting to work out some of what Primortia is. We meet her at her grandmother’s funeral. She was very close to her grandmother, Piany, and Shony starts to learn more about her grandmother through the diaries she left behind. The diaries give her information about Piany’s mysterious past and the adventures she got involved with before Shony was born. Shony is inspired to break free from what society expects from her and pursue the truth of Primortia. She gets caught up in a quest she never imagined with a man from her grandmother’s past, and finds out that Primortia has consequences far beyond her world.

What era is Primortia set?
Primortia is set across multiple eras and locations but Shony’s story unfolds in her world’s modern-day which has technology loosely comparable to ours. Hutosa has regular space travel within its own system but people still like to travel by ship. Most cultures have evolved from monarchies to democracies, but religion is dictated by a central order of Primortian monasteries.

How much research did it involve?
The first ideas for Primortia were sparked about five years ago when I had the idea of a woman learning about her grandmother from diaries she’d left behind. From there I started to world-build Hutosa and the other locations and eras within the story. I have always had an interest in science and there is a very important mineral within the novel that became a character itself. I drew on courses I have taken in astronomy and geology to create a source and properties for this mineral which, whilst not exactly true to science, are at least vaguely plausible!

How does it compare with other novels?
I’ve been reading and involved with science fiction for over twenty years and whilst I love the ‘hard’ science fiction of Clarke, Verne and Asimov I’ve always been drawn to science fiction written by women like Marge Piercy and Connie Willis. I love Connie Willis’ work, particularly her novel Bellwether. Her books combine romance, science and science fiction in fascinating ways and I’ve aimed to mix up the genres as she has done.

What audience is the book intended?
Not to sound selfish but I primarily wrote what I wanted most to read! There is very little science fiction with a romantic element out there and I wanted more! Primortia contains space-faring, technologically-based societies, time travel and a brutal war; but it’s also the story of two women, one in the present and one in the past, each trying to escape what their society expects of them and to find out the truth about their families. I hope the novel will appeal to anyone who enjoys science fiction for adults.

How long did it take you to write it, and how many drafts?
The actual writing took about two years. The first half was written as my project for NaNoWriMo back in 2006 and then I wrote another story, set in the same universe in 2007/8. It was then that I discovered that the story was actually one continuous novel and spent the next eighteen months in Editing Hell, moulding and enriching the storyline to create what became the finished book. Looking at my hard drive I went through 16 drafts. I really hope I never need quite so many again!

Will you be interested in writing another genre?
Not at the moment. The science fiction and fantasy genres have been my home for over twenty years because they are so rich. I can’t remember who said it but I’ve read that the grand stories of our time can only be contained by an arena as vast as SF/fantasy. Older societies had mythologies and sagas. SF/fantasy is where our battles between heroes and villains, gods and demons are now played out.

Is it going to be part of a series?
I’ve just started writing the sequel to Primortia, using NaNoWriMo 2010 to kickstart the writing process. Primortia 2 (not the final title!) will answer all the major questions left at the end of Primortia, but there are many other stories to be told within the Primortian universe so it’s a place I plan to come back to in future books. I’m aiming for a reader to be able to pick up Primortia 2 and jump right into the story but the books are designed to be read in order.

Do you have a favourite scene in the book? Can we have a snippet?
I think it has to be the scene where Shony first explores a place called the Sundial Garden. I’ve always loved sundials and their image is woven throughout the novel. Here’s a snippet:

One dial appeared to be made of clear glass, raised looping patterns etched onto its matching base, numbers unrecognisable. She was familiar with the Dargan Firescript of another dial, mounted on a base of volcanic rock, pockmarked with chips exposing the voids within the stone. Next to a sundial carved into a large block of horostone, another base was engraved with spirals and swirls. They were ancient carvings, perhaps dating back to the Samana Dynasty. She remembered reading of their ancient priesthood who worshipped the end of the world and, stooping to look at the worn carvings, she could make out crude figures running from a large spiky shape in the sky. An explosion perhaps? Intrigued, she knelt on the grass, her finger tracing the patterns in the crumbling sandstone. From her new position she could see some of the figures were prostrate, perhaps praying, perhaps dying. Then she saw a blurred shape at the centre of the explosion. It was a large, deep rectangle. Age had barely blurred the edges of the shape.

 Are you agented?

No, I’m not agented and I haven’t tried to find an agent for Primortia for a number of reasons. Firstly, I know that very few agents will touch Science Fiction, secondly, I want to keep control of my books and finally I see internet publishing as getting more and more powerful year by year. Thanks to the internet I can get my book printed, promoted and distributed right around the world; and thanks to the internet I can interact with readers and writers on every continent.

You published with Lulu. What was your experience with them?
I’ve been really pleased with Lulu. I did a lot of research before deciding to go self-published, and I did a lot of research before deciding to go with Lulu. I read a lot of other authors’ websites to find out about their experiences and in the end Lulu seemed best for me.

Were they expensive?
I haven’t given Lulu a penny!

If you hit a problem were they there for you?
So far I haven’t hit any problems, but any queries I’ve had about formatting, distribution etc have been answered on their comprehensive user forums.

Do they help with marketing?
I’ve opted for their Extended Reach distribution package which has given me a Lulu ISBN and distribution with Amazon (that should be online within the month). Again, all this has been free. I’ve taken on marketing duties myself, setting up my website www.primortia.com and getting involved in science fiction and writing communities.

Did they typeset the novel?
The option is there but I chose to do this myself. Again, other author pages gave me great advice on formatting the manuscript correctly. I have reasonable IT skills and found typesetting fairly painless.

Did they arrange your bookcover/blurb?
I designed the cover myself and a good friend wrote my blurb.

And finally would you use them again?

Would you call yourself a full time writer?
I’m on a career break from teaching at the moment so, for the next few months at least, I am a full time writer.
Do you have any writing experience?
I’ve always been immersed in words. My first degree is in English Language and Literature and I taught English as a foreign language for over 10 years. I have taken a couple of short writing courses but I’ve learned far more about the craft by reading fiction and getting out there and writing my own.

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=wiswor0a-21&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0199135304&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrYou are the co-author of Oxford Content and Language Support what is this book about, and how much input did you have as a co-author?
OCLS Science came out of my background in science and English Language teaching. I saw there was a gap in the market for books to help second language teenagers get to grips with science topics, so I put a proposal together and approached a number of publishers.
Academic writing is the only area I’ve found where publishers are willing to look at unsolicited proposals and so I was able to move forward without an agent.
Oxford University Press were interested in my ideas and asked for a science workbook for second language students. I asked a science teacher friend of mine to get involved and we ended up splitting writing duties 50/50: she wrote the science material, I then unpacked the science content through a variety of exercises and sections on grammar, comprehension and vocabulary. I also compiled a chapter on study skills and a glossary to explain complex scientific terms in straightforward English. It’s been a fantastic project and it’s given me a valuable professional writing credit that I want to build on in the future.