Monday, May 2, 2016

First, You Swallow the Moon by Kipp Wessel | New Release Spotlight & Giveaway!

An interview

with author Kipp Wessel


Doodles, doodles everywhere congratulates author Kipp Wessel on the release of his novel, First, You Swallow the Moon! Let us welcome him on the blog for an exclusive interview with DDE today. Read on!


1.    Interesting title! What inspired you to write the First, You Swallow the Moon and name it so?

This is a novel about a young man who becomes so lost in grief, he decides to turn himself into a wild bear to get through it. That’s his antidote. It was inspired by two compounded losses lodged early in my adult life – my oldest brother’s death followed by an intensely painful ending of a significant romantic relationship. Years past them chronologically but not yet emotionally, I dove headfirst into the energy of these two losses as my own personal therapy. That’s mostly what my writing experience is about – an open prayer to explore significant life experience and its related emotions with the hope to better understand them, and maybe transform them.

The title, First, You Swallow the Moon – I’m drawn to titles and endings of novels that leave room for the reader to bring their own interpretation. I think good titles tend to gain volume as you read the body of the work. They become clearer, their meaning pronounced, as you experience the content of the novel. At the risk of ruining that dynamic, I’ll confess that I personally latched onto this particular title when I saw it as an answer to the novel’s main question – how do you survive an otherwise insurmountable loss? Or the more symbolic question of the novel – how do you turn yourself into a wild bear? It’s easy. You just do the impossible. You simply consume the whole of the lunar sphere above your human head. First, you swallow the moon.


2. Can you give the readers an idea about what they should expect in the book?

At its core, I believe this novel is about relational loss, and the intense human experience of heartbreak – how it envelopes you and over takes you, turns your world and self inside out. I think that experience is a universal one. We all suffer the loss of loved ones. It’s an unavoidable law of gravity. What’s less universal, though, is how we respond. In the novel, the main character finds himself overwhelmed by loss. And eventually, he comes face to face with the primary question of whether we let our losses define us, or do we instead define ourselves by the manner we elect to move through them? Neither path is easy. And they each provide vastly different outcomes. And those outcomes rely on us to either navigate in the dark or avoid them altogether – which is a different kind of darkness. But we get to choose. Maybe not immediately, but eventually, the path forward is our choice.

There’s a lot of light and lunacy in this novel. It’s not just darkness and loss, but the theme of heartbreak is certainly the one harboring its core.

In addition to the woods of heartbreak, readers can expect to explore the actual woods – the forested landscape of western Montana, where much of the novel resides. If you are one of those people who wishes you were immersed in wilderness right now, mossy wooded mountain trails, instead of the more mundane geographic coordinate your feet are currently planted – read this novel! Maybe it will transport you there. A mini vacation. Laced with heartbreak…


3. Did you decide the character traits before you actually sat down to write the book, or as you wrote?

I don’t plan anything out in advance. I don’t pre-think characters, plot trajectory, nothing. I had a wonderful creative writing instructor who told me “fiction writing is an ultimate act of faith,” and I embrace that belief. Writing has always been, to me, like the ocean was to Jacques Cousteau. The only prep work is dropping anchor – choosing a spot to dive in. But beyond that, the first mission is to simply surrender to the exploration, see what resides in the coldest layer of the sea below you. That’s the original priority. To simply dive in. And to do it open eyed. Take a deep breath, and dive all the way in. If there’s nothing there, move to a different spot and try again. But don’t plan. Don’t outline. Not the first dive. There will be plenty of time to make sense of the footage you shoot, and bring order to it, when you are back in The Calypso editing room later. Smoking Gitanes and lapping Bordeaux. Save the editing and organizing for then.


4. Can you tell us what kind of research went behind the First, You Swallow the Moon?

The novel is about a young man who becomes obsessed with wild bears. The story follows him from Minnesota to deep within the Scapegoat Wilderness area of western Montana, where he eventually joins a grizzly bear tracking project headed by a university biology instructor. That storyline forced me to do a ton of research on wild bears, specifically grizzlies. And to get the terrain right, I bought a four foot by four foot detailed USGS map and hung it on my wall for reference. That map, and a stack of books on Montana flora and fauna, really helped ground me in the main character’s experience as it evolved. I spent personal time in all the places the novel explores, and know them fairly well, but some of the geographic and biological truths required consultation. The rest was life experience.


5. If you had to pick one favorite character from the book, who would you pick and why?

There’s a young woman in the novel whose name is Sumi. I became extremely fond of her. She was the most fun to write, the most interesting for me to get to know. She is the type of individual you might meet in a crowded room – the one with bruises on her elbows and her hair mussed, but with more street smarts and insight than the rest of the room combined. Sumi is the smartest character in the novel. She has her own messy internal struggles she has yet to move past. But without her wisdom and humor, the main character, Jack, would be a whole lot more lost than he already is, and the novel, meanwhile would be a whole lot less interesting. When writing this, I was really happy when Sumi showed up and walked into its pages.


6. Tell us about some of the biggest challenges you have faced in your writing journey till now.

Time. Finding the daily time to do the work. I’m not revealing anything 99.9% of the world’s creative writers probably don’t also experience. Time is the currency all writers long to have more of. You have to channel your untapped energy when you find the extra hour.


7. What is your writing routine like? 

I write all my drafts in long hand. Ink and paper. I need to feel my hand moving across paper. I don’t know why. But it keeps me from overthinking, which is a necessity in the drafting process. I can edit on screen. Or against paper manuscript. But to flesh anything out new, it’s wet ink on paper. Nothing digitized until it has to be.

When I wrote the first several drafts of this novel, early mornings were its best friend. This was my first novel. Before it, I solely focused on short stories. And I have a completely unrelated and intensive full-time job. To write a novel, I knew I needed to secure a whole new level of discipline that could better support the breadth of space and concentration a novel demands. So I advanced my alarm clock by a couple hours, something like 4 am. At that hour, my mental acuity wasn’t sharp enough to safely operate heavy machinery. But it also wasn’t awake enough, or jaded enough, to get in my way. I didn’t necessarily enjoy getting up that early, but I knew it was my one shot to tap into my creative energy before it became diluted by the rest of the day.

Maybe that’s the modern writer’s equivalent to Rocky Balboa’s pitchers of raw eggs and pummeling sides of frozen beef for days on end. You want to write a novel? Get up early.


8. Do you have any rejection stories to share?

The professional ones are less interesting, in my case. I’ve had good success with small presses. That’s where nearly all my short stories found homes. And I think that’s the absolute best place for literary fiction to reside. God bless the small press! There’s the bumper sticker. With interchangeable deity.


9. What's next?

I’m working on another novel, and pretty excited about it. I’m in the early stages of development, which is the most fun. And I really like the content, and where it’s heading. I hope I find enough time in the next year to complete it. Maybe I’ll take a sabbatical.


10. Lastly, any special thoughts for the readers?

Yes! I am grateful to any reader who takes a chance on reading this little novel. If you become one of those individuals, I’d love to hear from you. I’ll wash your car, or something, in return. If you read it, like it, recommend it to a friend, I’ll throw in a wax. But seriously, I am immediately indebted to any reader willing to give this novel a chance.

And thank you, Aparna, for the opportunity to rattle on. I love your blog. It’s one of the good ones. This was fun.


Thank YOU, Kipp!


First, You Swallow the Moon

by Kipp Wessel 


Page Count: 232
Published: March 17th 2016
Publisher:
Radialgrain





A modern novel of heartbreak and wilderness.

Luminous, offbeat, and moving, First, You Swallow the Moon is a vibrant novel about love, loss and the sometimes manically impaired road to redemption. This is a novel about the counterpart to attachment - the sometimes impossible act of letting go.

Plan A: Survive heartbreak

Plan B: Turn self into bear

At twenty-four years old, all Jack Hesley knows with certainty is he's head over heels in love. But his life (and love) veers from center when his brother's car careens across an icy Wisconsin interstate and into a stand of pine. Stunned by loss, Jack retreats into isolation - a depression so stubborn the only living thing forceful enough to cross its threshold arrives in the shape of wild bears. He dreams them. He becomes obsessed by them. And he alters his forward path, risking limb and love, to follow real bears, grizzlies, into the thick woods of western Montana to untangle their impossible message - to become one of them.

A love story about love unraveled, First, You Swallow the Moon takes us from the edge of a frozen Minnesota lake into the forested river basins of Montana. But its geography has more to do with the wilderness within - the heart's centrifugal gravity of attachment. It follows one man's attempt to survive loss and transform the chambers of the human heart.




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About the author


Kipp Wessel is a devoted writer, husband, father of rescued mammals, and resident troublemaker.

He earned a Fiction Fellowship and his MFA from the University of Montana, and his short fiction has appeared in a dozen commercial and literary magazines, including Southern Humanities Review, CutBank, and Big Sky Journal.

He’s taught fiction writing at the University of Montana, the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, and regional community arts programs. His first novel, First, You Swallow the Moon is published by radialGRAIN.







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Interview with D.E. Wyatt, author of The Adventures of Elsabeth Soesten


Doodles, doodles everywhere congratulates author D.E. Wyatt on the release of his latest book, Bait and Switch! Let's welcome him on the blog for an interview with DDE today. Read on!


1.     What inspired you to write the series, The Adventures of Elsabeth Soesten?

I went through several story ideas that eventually evolved into this series, beginning around the time I was in high school. Originally, it was a high epic fantasy with a male lead, but over time I decided that the idea of a heroine worked better so scrapped what I was working on and restarted with this new concept. The idea still remained pretty grounded in a high fantasy world, but quite a few traits of the main character served as a sort of prototype for Elsabeth Soesten. This was also around the time, 2006, I was first exposed to historical Western Martial Arts. I’ve been interested in swords and fantasy for a long time, going way back to Sierra’s Quest for Glory I, but this was the first time I learned of the efforts to reconstruct the European schools of swordsmanship. I didn’t begin studying at this time, but I liked the idea of an order of warriors built around the longsword, so made use of that as part of the heroine’s character.

I continued working on this story for a couple years, but I was never entirely comfortable with where it was going, so shelved it. I started work on another, massive project built around Germanic mythology, however I realized I probably needed to start somewhere smaller to “break in” as a writer, so while continuing to work on that project I decided to try my hand at a short story. Titled No Good Deed..., I borrowed a few concepts from the High Fantasy I had been working on, including centering it on a female lead who carried a longsword. I even took some of the names from that story, while shifting the genre towards low heroic fantasy. I wasn’t quite satisfied with the first story, so further tweaked the concept. First and foremost, I decided to make my studies of Western Martial Arts, which I had been formally studying for a few years by that point, a more central aspect of the characters and world (this will become more evident in the third book in the series). Instead of a lone heroine, I created a friend and companion in the form of Brother Hieronymus. I decided to be a little tongue-in-cheek with the genre, and while not satire or parody, I did want to poke a little at the tropes. I also decided to make each story cross into another genre. No Good Deed... became a sort of light political thriller, Bait And Switch is a heist and con, etc. Finally, the entire series is conceptualized as more like a television series, where characters are developed little bit little from one book to the next with an overarching myth arc, yet each book would tell a stand-alone story with the possibility of an occasional multi-part story.


2.     Can you give the readers an idea about what they should expect in Bait and Switch?

Bait And Switch picks up a few weeks after the end of No Good Deed... Elsabeth and Hieronymus are looking for an easy bit of work and meet up with a duo of a younger boy named Maerten, and his guardian, a swordsman named Husson. Maerten is seeking a guide and protection on the road, and Hieronymus drags Elsabeth into it. For anyone who’s ever played video games, you know that Escort Missions are seldom what you expect, and there’s certainly a few twists. Even more than No Good Deed..., Bait And Switch plays with a few of the common fantasy tropes. However I can’t really give too much away because some of them are fairly central to the plot. Elsabeth is skeptical about the job, but finds herself bonding with Maerten for reasons that she’s loath to explain to Hieronymus.

For the first time we get into the head of Brother Hieronymus; because it was written as a short story that went a little long, No Good Deed... was written entirely from Elsabeth’s point of view. Bait And Switch was planned as a full-length novel from the start, however, so he gets a few chapters of his own this time around. This book also begins to peek a little deeper into Elsabeth’s backstory, expanding slightly on a few things hinted at in No Good Deed....


3.     Do you decide the character traits before you sit down to write the book, or as you go along?

It’s really sort of a mathematician’s answer sort of thing. Some traits are established as part of the world-building/conceptualizing phase. A lot of the general aspects of Elsabeth’s character — for example that she’s a highly-skilled fighter, tends to be hot-tempered and impulsive, and gets by in life by sheer audacity — I knew even before writing the first book. Others developed as I went, either because it was a natural progression of her character, or I hit on an idea as I was writing. For example, the idea that Elsabeth loves music (and more particularly, musicians) wasn’t originally part of her character. Then I wrote a scene early in No Good Deed... where she has a tryst with a lutenist while unwinding at a tavern, and by Bait And Switch it’s become a specific quirk that she’s a bit of a groupie who swoons over skilled minstrels. Other times I come up with a general idea for why the character is the way they are, only to fill in the details later.


4.     Can you tell us what kind of research went behind Bait and Switch?

Because the world of Elsabeth Soesten is based closely on mid-15th Century Europe, a lot of it was focused on the world-building. How are buildings constructed? What are the architectural styles? How do the politics work? What is the fashion like for different regions and social classes? Because Western Martial Arts are a central aspect of the series, I spend a bit of time on the duels to make sure that the combat is accurately represented. One of the central conflicts is the rivalries between the different schools of swordsmanship, and that means researching as best I can the differences between the various fencing guilds operating in Europe at the time (of which there’s a scarcity of information, unfortunately). Quite a bit of time was spent with my training sword in hand shadow-boxing through the various moves, or running things by my instructor to have an actual partner to work against.

As for a few things specific to Bait And Switch, there was a scene that actually ended up being cut for pacing and plot reasons where Hieronymus performs minor surgery on a character to extract an arrowhead after a fight, that required looking up Medieval surgical techniques. I’ve saved that text, though, and hope to use it in another story later on. As far as what survived in the final book, there’s also a bit of discussion on poisons, antidotes, and remedies, and a bit more gruesomely what one would experience when their throat is cut (the search history of a writer is a scary, scary thing).


5.     If you had to pick only one favorite character in the book, who would you pick and why?

Hm, it’s actually a tough call. I often find Hieronymus the most amusing to write. He’s a tremendously dirty hypocrite of a priest, yet at the same time is compassionate and well-meaning. And, well, Elsabeth is the lead so it’s hard not to enjoy her.


6.     Tell us about some of the biggest challenges you face in your writing process.

Sometimes just finding time to write. Having to work a day job eats up about 9 hours out of my day once I factor in the commute. With 8 hours for sleep, that doesn’t leave much time for all the rest of the stuff that needs to get done during the day.

Also, the Internet is an evil, evil distraction.


7.     What is your writing routine like? 

There’s not much of a routine beyond sitting in front of the computer and staring at the word processor until words appear on the page. Sometimes there’s bourbon or mead involved. Also tunes on Pandora.


8.     Do you have any rejection stories to share?

These days it seems that everything is by form letter, so one rejection is pretty much the same as the next.


9.     What's next?

I’m currently working on promoting Bait And Switch and soliciting reviews, of course, and that’s taking up a lot of my writing time. I finished the first draft for the next book in the series, Prize Play, late last year and am working on preparing that for submission to my publisher. Prize Play will delve even more deeply into the series’ myth arc, as well as exploring more of Elsabeth’s past in greater detail. A fourth book, Gonnes of Navarre, is also in preliminary planning; I’ve got the basic plot outlined, it’s just a matter of outlining and fleshing out the characters and setting required. This one is going to blend a bit more with spy fiction. I’ve also jotted down some ideas for the fifth book that’s a bit more noir, and will be dealing with Hieronymus’s background. Finally, I’m currently shopping a short story, The Lesson, which expands on a story Elsabeth tells in Prize Play, and gives us a first look at Young Elsabeth and an important lessons he learns in her formative years. I’m still waiting on a response from the latest publisher on that one.

Looking away from Elsabeth and her adventures, I still have that Germanic mythology-inspired high fantasy I venture back to periodically. I’ve also just finished outlining another high fantasy with a similar setting, but will be a bit more of a traditional three-volume fantasy. I’m currently in the process of world-building, and that might be my next book out after Prize Play.


10.  Lastly, any special thoughts for the readers?

Bait And Switch and No Good Deed... are both available in print and for Kindle, so be sure to check them out!



Bait and Switch

(The Adventures of Elsabeth Soesten #2)

by D.E. Wyatt


Page count: 220
Published: March 16th 2016
Publisher: Rocking Horse Publishing
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy




There are certain things in the world that are real and others which belong in the realm of minstrels' fancies.

Elsabeth and Brother Hieronymus quickly find these lines becoming blurred when they accept a job to escort a youth named Maerten and his guardian to the Navarrese village of Checy. It is said that a powerful wizard dwells in the wilderness nearby, and Maerten is seeking him out in hopes that his magic can reveal the truth about his past. Despite her skepticism, Elsabeth finds herself unable to refuse the boy's request, and soon she and Hieronymus are drawn kicking and screaming into the tale of a destroyed kingdom and a long-lost heir.

Along the way, Elsabeth struggles to balance her growing affection for the boy in her charge with the knowledge that they must part ways when they reach their destination, and the reality of the disappointment he will face when he learns that rumors and tall tales are seldom what they seem.



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About the author



D. E. Wyatt was born and lives in St. Louis, Missouri. Always a creative person, he first began writing as a child, and published his first work of fiction, the low-fantasy novella No Good Deed. . . in 2013. His first introduction to fantasy came with the Sierra adventure game, Hero's Quest, which also sparked his interest in fantasy as a literary genre. In addition to writing, in his spare time he studies Western Martial Arts, does 3D model work, and manages to squeeze in a Monday to Friday IT job. He is a life-long and loyal Cardinals fan who greatly enjoys teasing the Cubs fans.







Sunday, May 1, 2016

Beyond the Horizon by Greg Spry | New Release Spotlight & Interview


Doodles, doodles everywhere congratulates author Greg Spry on the release of his latest book, Beyond the Horizon! Let's welcome him on the blog for an interview with DDE today. Read on!


1. What inspired you to write the Beyond Saga?

My primary influence actually came from an Anime series known as Robotech in the USA or Macross in Japan and internationally. As a little kid, I used to race home after school to watch the show with the pickle spaceships (Zentradi warships). I also read the 21-book series through, three times, in middle and high school. I wanted to do a similar grand-sweeping, fate-of-the-universe-hangs-in-the-balance space opera series with the beginnings of FTL (faster-than-light) travel, first contact, space combat, time travel, and more. I also draw influence from Star Trek: The Next Generation in that I want the plots to deal with higher-brow ethical dilemmas rather than cliche good versus evil.

I talk about my motivation and influences in more detail at https://www.beyondcloudnine.com/Background.aspx and https://www.beyondthehorizonbook.com/Background.aspx.


2. Can you give the readers an idea about what they should expect in Beyond the Horizon?

Beyond the Horizon (Beyond Saga Book 2) is the story of a young ensign who must foil an attempt at genocide during humankind’s first interstellar mission.

Regarding expectations, let’s use some comparisons to shows and movies. Where Beyond Cloud Nine (Beyond Saga Book 1) might loosely be compared to Robotech, Battlestar Galactica, or The Expanse, book 2 probably has more of a Star Trek feel to it, given that it involves interstellar travel, first contact, and a smidgen of time travel.


3. Do you decide the character traits before you sit down to write the book, or as you write?

Both. Part of my outlining process is to create character bios. To start, every character needs to have a basic physical profile, a primary personality (optimistic, pessimistic, serious, jovial, etc.), a goal that drives them (become first person to fly faster than light), a fatal flaw that motivates them to achieve their goal (pride, guilt), habits/tells (tap cheek, scrunch nose), an interest unrelated to the plot (tennis, cereal), and more. Then when I write, I begin with those traits and let the character grow and react to situations according to how their traits dictate.


4. Can you tell us what kind of research went behind the Beyond Saga?

Lots of tireless research. For starters, earning a master’s degree in space systems helped me learn the realities of real space travel, which are much different than the common person knows. Were you aware that to catch up with a spacecraft ahead of you in orbit of a planet, you actually need to slow down and lower your orbit? Or did you know that it’s just plain wrong to have spacecraft bank like aircraft in movies like Star Wars? How do those x-wing fighter pilots withstand such high g-forces? News flash. They can’t. It doesn’t make sense.

Also, I spent time doing calculations to make sure the travel times between planets and star systems are accurate. I researched each setting to do my world-building. For instance, I included the low gravity, dense atmosphere, lakes of methane, and bubble rain on Titan and used those characteristics to drive events. Contrary to what Hollywood typically portrays (largely for practical production reasons), not every planet and moon has the same gravity as Earth.

Moreover, I often give names of people and places deeper meaning. For example, I sometimes name ships after sci-fi authors and places after scientists who made the related discovery. I even name each chapter with an obscure word that encompasses the theme or events of the chapter.

Finally, I think it’s worth mentioning that even though an author should ground his or her story in such realities, it’s important not to beat the reader over the head with technical details.


5. If you had to pick one favorite character from the first two books, who would you pick and why?

Well, let’s eliminate Brooke (guilt-ridden fighter pilot) and Maya (optimistic and brilliant young officer) right off the bat since they’re the main protagonists in the first two books. They’re the obvious choices, so I’ll go with a more minor character. Actually, for now I’ll go with a very minor character, the sarcastic fabrication bot aboard New Horizons that 3D prints tools but occasionally gives relationship advice. “Stop being a wuss and ask the girl out.” Ha ha.

I’ll give an honorable mention to Bob, the benevolent artificial intelligence who many readers say is their favorite character in the series.


6. Tell us about some of the biggest challenges you have faced in your writing journey till now.

My early struggles involved learning the craft of writing. Unless you’re a rare genius, I don’t think it’s possible to just sit down one day, start writing, and craft a publishable story. A writer needs to learn how to structure exposition (A leads to B leads to C, no info dumping), develop plot (three act structure, Harmon Embryo), create characters (see #3 above), weave earned descriptions into the flow of the story (not go on for multiple paragraphs about what someone looks like), etc.

Now, after more than ten years of learning the trade and getting feedback from critique groups, I feel like my writing is ready for prime time, so my struggles are more with promotion. Despite being an IT professional, I’m not a big fan of spending lots of time on social media and shamelessly plugging my work like a sleazy used car salesman. One of the realities I’ve learned in the industry is that someone can write a mediocre book and gain great notoriety with incessant promotion while a magnificent book can toil in obscurity without the proper exposure. Marketing is a necessary evil.


7. What is your writing routine like? 

Before writing, I start by brainstorming an exciting idea I came up with, which is typically a mix of different elements from shows, movies, books, or even video games. Often times, a concept is born by me thinking, “What would X be like if I changed Y?” or “I liked the movie okay, but if I’d directed it, I would’ve done this, that, and the other thing differently.” I created Beyond Cloud Nine with two thoughts in mind: (1) what would Top Gun or Macross Plus be like with a female lead and (2) how can I take the standard alien invasion story every sci-fi has seen too many times and use that to my advantage?

On a day-to-day basis, I try to get my day job and other things out of the way so I have blocks of time to write. I might go days at a time without being able to write and then I will find time to bang out most or all of a chapter. I tend to be a slow writer because I think through the cause and effect of the content of each sentence before I write it. I also try to meticulously craft the wording of each sentence so it comes out perfect the first time, which is a losing battle.

My publication routine is to write and polish multiple drafts, submit chapters to a critique group or beta readers for feedback, and work with an editor and proofreader.


8. Do you have any rejection stories to share?

I submitted my short story Goodbye, Mars to Analog, Asimov’s, and Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine and each publication rejected it. There must be something wrong with my perceptions because I often find the majority of the stories in these magazines underwhelming. While there’s always room for improvement, I think my story was just as good as anything these mags print. Chalk it up to author bias, I guess.


9. What's next?

I’m currently writing the third book of the Beyond Saga, Beyond Yesterday, in which Maya heads back in time to figure out how a piece of modern technology ended up 200,000 years in the past. Then the saga will conclude with book four, Beyond Existence, in which Maya must travel to alternate timelines and time periods to prevent powerful exobeings from wiping mankind out of existence. Learn more about the Beyond Saga at http://www.beyondsaga.com.

After the Beyond Saga, I’ll resume work on the first full-length manuscript I wrote as an adult, Destalis. Set several thousand years in the future, Destalis will be the unofficial sequel to the Beyond Saga and finish exploring the concepts introduced in Beyond Existence. I haven’t yet decided whether Destalis will be a single novel or multi-book series. Visit the Destalis official website at http://www.destalis.com to learn more about it.

I also have plans to write a sci-fi comedy series of short stories entitled Bears in Space, the concept for which can be found at https://www.gregspry.com/bearsinspace.php


10. Lastly, any special thoughts for the readers?

I’d like to thank anyone who takes the time to read my work or even read to the end of this interview. I especially appreciate readers who leave reviews, which are like solid gold to lesser known authors. I mean, who cares if you write a review for an electric razor you bought online. The corporation that manufactured the product will get along just fine without your comments. But reader reviews sustain indie and self-published authors. Honest reviews help us stay in business so we can write the next book. So, please consider always posting reviews for the books you read. They don’t have to be long. Just say what you liked and didn’t like about the book.


Beyond the Horizon

(Beyond Saga #2)

by Greg Spry



Page Count: 365
Published: 1 May 2016
Publisher: Beyond Innovation Books




Ensign Maya Davis has had her sights set on the captaincy of a starship since she launched her first toy rocket into Earth orbit at age four. 

But not long after she departs the solar system aboard humankind's first interstellar vessel, New Horizons, sabotage cripples the ship, killing a third of the crew and stranding the expedition light years from home under the siege of hostile forces.

Without knowing who she can trust, Maya must risk her life to get the crew home and prevent the genocide of the very exospecies Horizons set out to contact. 


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Book #1

Beyond Cloud Nine


Ace star fighter pilot Brooke Davis lives for pushing hundreds of gees in orbital combat, but she’d give it all up in a moment to become the first human to fly faster than light.

When Brooke stumbles upon a conspiracy involving terrorists, aliens, and the highest levels of government, she finds their goals seductive but their methods abhorrent. 

With the moral core of human civilization hanging in the balance, she must risk her shot at history, her family, and her life to prevent the schemers from forcing their nefarious brand of salvation upon the solar system.


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About the author


Greg Spry was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, in 1978. He majored in industrial engineering at the University of Wisconsin—Madison before earning a graduate degree in space systems from the Florida Institute of Technology.

When he’s not writing the next epic sci-fi adventure, he enjoys playing kickball and cheering on the Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers.

He currently resides in the United States.





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