Today I have the pleasure of introducing author Robert J Hamilton who will be sharing his thoughts on reading and writing, and details of his new book, REVELATIONS The cost of Foresight.
I grew up watching Star Trek – The Next Generation, and that cemented my love for science fiction. It led me to see other shows like the Stargate series, Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda and the Mass Effect series – a game from Bioware. All those help inspire ideas to make my own new worlds and characters.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
If you have a story to tell, take the plunge, and share it with the world. The best thing I learned from my editor was to showmy story, not tell it. Editors are invaluable.
What motivates you to write?
I think it’s a lot of fun, especially after a hard days work. Sometimes I want to escape the realities of this life, and get involved in the story of my character’s lives.
Best thing about writing?
Best thing would be creating new worlds and the people that live in it. It certainly cures boredom.
Least favourite thing about writing?
Re-reading. When I get to edit something – something that adds a little extra detail here or improve on that sentence there, I don’t mind that aspect. But I must have read over my first book more than two or three dozen times as I am somewhat of a perfectionist. My editor told me that eventually, you just have to ‘let it go’.
What is your favourite genre(s)?
Science Fiction. To me, it is one of those few genres, including fantasy, that can take you to places so truly unique, and far out of this world. I like stepping into an author’s mind, seeing what they alone imagined and created.
If you could have a signed copy of a book by an author (dead or living) What book would it be?
Arthur C Clarke’s, ‘A Fall of Moondust’. It was that book I read back in 1998/99 for an assignment I had to do in school that got me into writing a story of my own – which, more than fifteen years later, turned out to be my first book of the Revelation series. I only started writing it for a hobby, as creating my own story was a lot of fun.
Tell us what you are currently reading and your verdict so far?
I am reading Mass Effect Andromeda – Nexus Uprising. It’s a prequel to the events that transpired in the latest Mass Effect game, and my verdict so far? Well I read the first 120 pages before I had to get ready for my night job. I would have read more, otherwise. I’m loving it.
About your book…
You are living in the your latest novel. Where are you living, and what is it like?
I am currently living in an underground city on the dwarf planet of Sedna. It’s dusty, it’s smelly, I hate it. Just last night, one of the environmental control systems in a small wing of the community failed as well as the backup generators. So, that section of the city had to be sealed off – condemning two thousand people to freeze to death. Lucky it wasn’t me.
REVELATIONS by Robert J Hamilton
Accept the future, or fix the past?
Captain John Russell returns to the Milky Way in order to resume his mission to stop the fanatical Dawn of Revelations cult from unleashing the apocalypse upon the Earth. However, he soon discovers that he has arrived centuries too late.
Knowing he is the last hope to save billions of lives, John risks everything to return to his own time and finish the war before it even begins. But John has another challenge to face—the possibility that one of his crew may be secretly working for the enemy. . .
You can also follow Robert on his blog! http://rh8127.wixsite.com/scifi-revelations
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