Q What inspired you to write Liberator? Did plot or character come first?
A: Characters, many, many years ago now. Darren and I have been through many plots, plans and ideas, from comic writing, role playing games and just about everything else you can imagine two science fiction loving teenagers who never grew up can get through. The inspirations are too many to even list.
Q Where do you write? Do you have a dedicated writing space?
A: Sadly, I do not have a dedicated writing space, so my usual place is the dining table. Even more unfortunately, the chairs are solid wood… Darren has a desk set up in his living room, but he doesn’t have to contend with two toddlers, hell-bent on world domination. I do.
Q How did you find working in a collaboration?
A: The long answer to that can be found on Jo Zebedee’s blog – Jozebwrites.blogspot.co.uk, I did a guest post about collaboration for her. The short answer, is that it came totally natural to us as we have been close friends for thirty years or so.
Q What is the one piece of writing advice that really struck you and you use the most often?
A: The difference between a published author, and an unpublished author, is that the published author didn’t quit. So, yeah, you keep going. No matter what.
Q If you had to live in the world you have created for Liberator – would you survive?
A: Hell yes, I’d join the Liberators!
Q What are you working on next/now?
A: At the moment, too many things. Promoting Liberator is more work than I would have imagined. Nathan Hystad has asked me to submit a short story for his next sci-fi anthology, and probably most importantly – Rift, the follow up to Liberator. Full time work and four kids don’t make finding time easy though.
Q If you were in the following situations which of your characters would you call and why?
1. Stuck at the top of a roller coaster?
A: Jake Cutter, he’s a full conversion cyborg, so could climb up no problem, get me out, and climb back down with me holding on to him. He’d manage my weight easily, all I’d have to do is hold on. And if I did fall, he’s got the speed to catch me, and the strength to hold on.
2. In a bar brawl A: Definitely Shan, he’s very hard to hurt. I don’t think many people would be keen on fighting him in a fist fight, and he is hugely into protecting his friends.
3. You want someone to sing you to sleep?
A: Not Drey, the image of Kaa from Jungle Book came instantly to mind. I think probably Kaeryn, the Sidhe strive for beauty and perfection in everything, so she should be able to sing well.
Q. Why does Liberator begin where it does?
A: James Bond. We agreed that the start of Bond films are great, where it is straight in with solid action, usually something unrelated to the actual storyline, or the end of the last mission. That’s pretty much where Orlanda is at the start of Liberator. Though even there, if you look closely there is a tiny little pointer of a greater arc. No one will pick it up on a first read though; maybe some people will subconsciously connect it later on.
Q. What was the one question you had wished I asked?
A: Would you like some money? That’s always a good one. But seriously, maybe something about the alien races in the book. It is hard to explain without info dumping, but there aren’t any alien races actually in Liberator except mentions of the Q’ar; who are incredibly ancient, and no longer around, and the Nefarri, who don’t play well with others. Everyone else in the novel is human. Even though they may be completely inhuman, they are actually of human descent. Post-human is a great term. I think it is quite easy to assume the Chekira, Kaeryn, Paran Goh and so on are aliens. They aren’t, they are members of post-human races.
Q. Anything else you would want to share?
A: The paperback edition of Liberator should be available by the time this interview is published and we are looking into the creation of an audiobook. Hopefully we will build a reader base that comes to love these characters and their stories as much as we do, so accessibility is important.
Q. Can you leave a random question for the next author?
A: If you could be a character from your novel(s) who would it be?
Q. Where can we find you online?
A: Liberators.space @nickbailey317 and @darrenbullock61 and www.facebook.com/Liberator-340244139641115 and of course www.amazon.com/Liberator-Liberators-Saga-Book-1-ebook/dp/B01JXHXQN8/
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