by PN Burrows
Genre : Sci Fi
Sam, an ex-soldier who is trying to rediscover himself after twenty years of service, unwittingly stumbles upon a mysterious alien presence in rural Wales. He is drawn into a tangled web of intrigue, pitting him against forces bent on destruction and putting his life in peril. Feeling mentally eroded by his time in the army and having worked hard to overcome this, he is thrust upon an alien journey that will change his life and beliefs in a profound way.
Claims of benevolence are only the beginning of the mysteries he'll have to unravel as doubt and mistrust haunt him. He will have to form unlikely alliances in order to fathom the mysteries at the secret Mineran enclave, where intrigue, deception and imminent danger reside.
His journey for answers will introduce him to pernicious enemies with hidden agendas, as a heinous plot to kill him unravels. Can he defeat his personal demons to secure justice and discover the truth of who or what is behind the nefarious machinations and why?
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
I had attempted to write a novel in my younger days and sadly gave up for a number of reasons. If I could message myself in the past, I would say; to join your local writing groups, as the inspiration and support you get from these is great. Also, go out and experience life, take yourself out of your comfort zone whenever possible, participate in experiences, attend a variety courses, on anything it doesn't matter if you are interested in them, just learn.
I threw my TV out ten years ago and I have been keeping myself busy by doing the above; it has made a big difference to how I write.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I do perform quite a bit of research, the depth of it depends on the topic. I perform most of it before writing the relevant chapter.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
I do read my reviews, fair and honest reviews are that, and I have to take it on the chin if the reader does not like my style. No book will suit everybody, but on the whole, my reviews have been encouraging. I have managed to pick up a troll, who had an argument with my daughter on a forum and took it out on me. I was very upset at first and attempted calm and meaningful dialogue. Once I realised he was a troll (heck bringing an argument across different forums should have warned me) I accepted the futility of worrying about him. He inspired a short story which has made many of my author friends chuckle,
I do reply to the Amazon reviews, thanking people for taking the time to write. Most of them are on the UK version with only two stateside.
What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
Finding the time, I find I am most productive in actually writing in the mornings, with many of my ideas coming to me before I fall asleep.
What’s your favorite under-appreciated book?
'The Warlock in Spite of Himself' by Christopher Stasheff. It was book one of a series that I read in the 80's it mixed Sci-fi and fantasy and I have fond memories of it.
Born in England and raised in Wales, I started my working life on a farm in the glorious rural Welsh countryside. I retrained to become an IT Consultant and having spent thousands on Microsoft, CompTIA and Cisco qualifications; I also obtained a contract to run and teach at a Cisco Academy in England. After this, I became a small business IT Advisor for WCBC and the Welsh Government. As this funding dried up, I retrained as a Business Advisor and have since helped thousands of people start up their own businesses.
In my leisure time, I work my way through a comprehensive bucket list with my Fiancée, Cath. This has caused us great delight as we have attended various courses and fun days out, such as beekeeping, pottery making, stained glass making, painting course, cooking courses, hawk walks, animal experiences, quad biking, gorge walking and much more. Our favourite one is learning to dance. This activity has remained with us and will hopefully do so for the rest of our lives. We can do a reasonable Waltz, collapse in laughter trying the Viennese Waltz, but it is the 1920’s Lindy Hop that we have fallen in love with. After three years of dancing, we still attend regular dance classes and events.
Strangely, for an ex-geek, my favourite gadget is my Italian Marcato pasta machine. I love real, unprocessed food and my freshly made pasta with a home cooked sauce is amazing.
I have always enjoyed reading, and in my early teenage years, I read authors ranging from Harry Harrison to HG Wells. Later in life, I turned to thriller writers such as the 3 C’s; Clancy, Cussler and Child. Also, I will always have a Pratchett book on my phone for light reading. His imagination was and always will be, inspiring. I have wanted to write the Mineran Series for several years prior to actually starting and with the encouragement from Cath, who has suffered my many varied, imaginative pranks over the years, I have begun.