- author of The Interstellar Police Force, Book One: The Historic Mission
Readers, let’s give a good, hearty welcome to this week’s guest!
Raymond lives in Wesley Chapel, Florida, which is about thirty minutes north of Tampa. He presently works for the ABC-TV affiliate in Tampa, WFTS. He has been in the television industry now for about twenty years and is a first time novelist.
Raymond, thanks for agreeing to be here today. Most interviews start off with the boring stuff, but I know what readers REALLY want to know.
If you could have any pet (real/fantasy/no-allergies/no worries about feeding it) what would it be?
A dragon! They are just too cool.
A classic choice for any fantasy fan.
What do you write? And how did you get started?
Well, right now it’s science-fiction. And the story actually came to me in a song I heard on the radio while driving. I try to read a lot so the writing process did come naturally to me. The pacing and flow of the story. How to get my thoughts down through the dialogue, things like that.
So true! Some people do best with analysis and spelled out best practices for writing, while some heavy readers often learn much of that stuff instinctively.
What do you like to read?
There are a couple of authors I do enjoy reading. Dean Koontz for one. He supplies my Twilight Zone fix. For everything else it would be Dennis LeHane, Jeffery Deaver and a slew of others.
Name one commonly accepted piece of writing advice that doesn’t work for you.
Being that this is my first novel I really haven’t comes across any advice that doesn’t work for me. But I guess it’ll happen some day.
I find most writing advice perfectly helpful — in moderation.
Name one commonly accepted piece of writing advice that they can pry out of your cold, dead hands.
One thousand words a day.Ray Bradbury
I’ve always liked the Ray Bradbury quote. It really does work!
Making the habit, no matter how often or how many words is key for most of us.
Shameless Self-Promotion time!
The Interstellar Police Force
Book One: The Historic Mission
This Science Fiction-Action-Comedy, set on present day Earth, begins in a far-off galaxy…
When the frantic communication from the Prison Transfer vehicle 964 came into the Interstellar Police Force headquarters on the planet Ashlar, they knew that Prodor Moffit was making his break. By the time they got to the last known position of the transfer vehicle, Moffit and the other prisoners on board the commandeered 964 were long gone into that black vacuum of space.
The search went on for months until they stumbled upon their destination. A little-known world called Earth.
The mission to recapture the prisoners was by no means a simple one. The two IPF agents given this task must travel to the distant world and land unbeknownst to the humans. And being that they are alien in appearance, they have to replicate themselves to appear human, so they can blend in. The commander’s replication succeeds, but due to a computer glitch his partner is replicated into a Doberman Pinscher.
With help from a young Earth girl who unwittingly discovers their true identities, the mission to re-capture Prodor Moffit and the other prisoners is on.