I always enjoy a science fiction adventure with comedy, similar to that of Douglas Adams. In today's Author Spotlight I met just such an author, Christian Terry, who discussed with me his fantastic new science fiction novel, Ten Lives.
What is your book about?
After agreeing to hunt down an ancient relic on an alien world Mike Wesley may have gotten more than he bargained for: the mark of the hero which gives him ten extra lives to live. Between the deadly booby traps and the cute, cuddly murderous cat creatures that inhabit Kelenia, he’ll need each one of his new lives if he wants to make it back home to Atlanta in one piece.
What inspired you to write this book?
My love of videogames and adventure stories inspired me. The idea of being able to die in a videogame then comeback to life like nothing happened and then save the world, always made me giggle.
Who is your favourite, and least favourite, character in the book?
I think Mike is my favorite character, his voice and his sayings are unique and I don’t think I’ve heard another character trash talk the way he does, plus he’s from my city and there aren’t a lot of heroes or heroines represented in any media. My least favorite character is Ariel…because reasons.
What draws you to this genre? Do you write in any other genre?
I’ve always loved science fiction since I was a kid. From Star Wars to Stargate , writing this story is like me giving back to the genre that helped give me a great childhood. Writing to me is almost like playing with action figures. No other genres, not yet.
Is this a standalone book, or can we expect more?
There will be a sequel.
Tell me about you and what drew you to writing?
Are there any authors who inspired you to become a writer yourself? I think it has been a part of me at an early age. I think I wrote a novelization of the Ninja Turtles movie without ever seeing it…good times. I loved Michael Critchton, Anne Rice and Eric Nylund.
Other than your own book, what is your favourite novel?
On A Pale Horse by Piers Anthony, I read it whenever I can. Very imaginative stuff.
Have you written other books we should know about?
If you could advise aspiring writers on only one aspect of authordom, what would your advice be?
Be patient, nothing good ever comes from rushing. Let the story flow out of you,don’t force it. Never force it. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was a well edited, very entertaining story.
Where can we find your book?
Where can we find out more about you?
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