Some people have been wondering why I chose to write a book about Mars. Let me take it back a little further than that, and explain why I choose to write.
Writing a book is no easy undertaking. It is hours, days, months and, sometimes, years of your life dedicated to a project that may, or may not, see the light of day. It sounds pretty discouraging, doesn’t it? But it really isn’t. For anyone who’s ever taken on a writing project, the story is all that matters in the moment. The characters come to life in your head, the dialogue is sounded out in your thoughts and the drama builds, page after page, exciting you and urging you forward. There’s a real sense of anti-climax when the story is told, although, there are many of us who struggle to bring the threads together and tie them off with those simple, but devastating words, The End. Inevitably, every storyteller must face the avalanche of emotions surrounding them as they bask in the triumph of accomplishment, the agony of letting go and the endless worry that follows those two words. Then it’s on to the ever-decreasing circles of editing, until the story is wrapped up tight, to be sent out into the world in a myriad of ways. I choose the lonely and difficult path of the indy author – I’m in control, almost, 100% of the time. It’s a hellish amount of extra work and effort, but I can monitor the progress and setbacks of my own marketing and publicity and ramp up or scale back as needed. Others will choose the conventional route of submitting queries to publishers, until one bites and takes them under its wing, secure in the folds of a large and powerful imprint. Whatever path we are on, every author knows in their own heart why they write. For me, it’s for the adventure of the stories, diving into new characters and their relationships to each other and the endless possibilities of story threads. I love to write because it brings to life a vivid and lively internal experience that I cannot find the equal to outside of the writing experience.
But before one writes, one must have an idea to plot out and plant the seeds of a story from. So now I can answer the first question – Why Mars?
Well, it’s simple, really. I am captivated by the idea of humans in space. I’m a living, breathing Space fan. I love all things about Space-related. I’m a dyed-in-the-wool Trekkie, I follow, with fascination, every move NASA, SpaceX and all those other agencies and organizations make and I celebrate every successful launch and cry at every setback. I love science – robotics, technology, and Earth sciences. I find the concept of zero-gravity tantalizing. I know I may never go into Space myself, and THAT is where my book comes from. I have an endless fascination for the facts and fiction around Space travel and inter-planetary exploration and I thought, “Why not?!” the rest lies between the covers of We Are Mars and in the seeds of Storm At Dawn, it’s sequel.