to The Qwillery.
, The Epherium Chronicles 3, was published on March 30th by Carina Press.
: Welcome to The Qwillery. When and why did you start writing?TDW
: I've written small short stories and even some role-playing adventures over the years, but I never took it seriously. In late 2011, I was helping my parents move some boxes out of their house. I opened one of them and found a short story I had written titled, "Into the Black". It was the basis for this series. I decided right there I was going to develop this into something more. Since that day, I've developed several new story ideas. It helps to keep my mind fresh.TQ
: Are you a plotter or a pantser? What is the most challenging thing for you about writing? TDW
: I would have to say I am a plotter. I like to develop key plot points and twists then lay them out in order to see how they fit together. I recently took a plotting course run by my editor. It focused on Goal, Motivation, and Conflict. It was really enlightening and has helped me hone my skills. The most challenging thing for me is finding time to write. I have a full time job and a busy family. I've tried to do the National Novel Writing Month, but I just can't core dump 50K words in a month. Instead, I've used it to plan out stories and start the first pages.TQ
: How has your background in Electrical Engineering influenced (or not) your writing?TDW
: I've always been a technology guy and my degree really helps me put technology and its future in perspective for readers. Part of my normal job is helping explain technology to others and I've had to find the right way to convey the complex and uninteresting into something that grasps an individual's attention. I've tried to use that in these books as well.TQ
: Describe Echoes
(The Epherium Chronicles 3) in 140 characters or less.TDW
: Captain Hood won a key victory and secured a new colony for Earth. In the darkness of space, a larger war threatens humanity. Can Hood recognize the danger in time?TQ
: Tell us something about Echoes
that is not in the book description.TDW
is a challenge novel. It's that middle part of the series where every major character will be tested and how they react will define them for later on. Probably the one most tested in this book is Maya Greywalker.TQ
: What inspired you to write The Epherium Chronicles. What appealed to you about writing Military Space Operas?TDW
: I've always been a fan of space operas, be it Star Trek
, Star Wars
, Babylon 5
, Battlestar Gallactica
, etc. I grew up on watching movies and TV shows like these, plus I was a fan of old war movies. My friends did too and we loved to talk about them so much, it became pretty natural to write something like The Epherium Chronicles
: What sort of research did you do for Echoes
: I did a lot of research on potential planetary landscapes and the effects of low or heavy gravity for Crucible
. I wanted to give the readers a realistic feel. I spent several hours looking at technologies to use for space travel and combat. I talked with fighter pilots for engagement advice in space and in atmosphere. I studied the effects of railguns and how they could effectively used in space. I think I gathered enough to write a detailed research paper...lol. But it was worth every minute.TQ
: In Echoes
, who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?TDW
: The easiest character for me is Sanchez. He has a terrific spirit in him and when I write in his POV or just about his actions, the words just flow easily. Maya Greywalker is probably the most difficult. She is so closed, but her senses and abilities are often the most difficult to capture. She can see, hear, and feel so much. Also, her reactions to certain situations may not be what most people expect.TQ
: Which question about Echoes do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!TDW
Where did you get your idea for Maya Greywalker?
Well, Maya is combination of some of the toughest comic book heroines with a bit of Sherlock Holmes thrown in. I needed something for her to stand out and that's when I came up with the luminescent blue eyes for the Greywalker children. I get a lot of comments about the eyes. They're unnerving and that can work to her advantage.TQ
: Give us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery lines from Echoes.TDW
: This is probably one of my favorites.
“Much of what we know about ourselves and the world around us is handled by one’s perception. How we act or react to a certain situation is derived by stored responses to certain stimuli. Mastering the identification and procession of those stimuli is key to a higher level of awareness. Enhanced perception in a moment of contest can lead to the desired outcome.” Maya stared down at him. “After our session, what does your perception tell you now?”TQ
“That I’m an idiot,” Sanchez grumbled and rubbed his sore shoulder.
: What's next? TDW
: I am working on a few short stories for The Epherium Chronicles
set during the first Cilik'ti war. They have a different major character, but will have some cameos of current series characters. I am also working on book 4 of the series and a new series that I defined when I took the plotting course from my editor. It sounds like a lot, I know...lolTQ
: Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.