1. Tell us all a little about First on Mars
This book is about the first manned mission to the surface of Mars. It starts of with sabotage and a bunch of other things go wrong. There’s drama, mystery, and suspense as the crew of seven individuals have to figure out how to survive and, ultimately, to work together and get past their differences (or die trying, you have to read to find out).
2. Where did you get the idea for the book?
This idea is a result of years of fascination with NASA, space travel, Mars, and science-fiction, but the actual idea comes from mixing together every different idea for a Mars mission that I know about in a blender and pouring out the result. Every different opinion and idea is represented here. It covers not only the US, but China, the EU, and other countries and private entities in the race to occupy Mars. There’s even a fictional equivalent of Elon Musk.
3. Why did you decide to use Inkshares – a crowdfunded publishing site?
I’ve always been fascinated by crowdfunding, since I first learned about it, and also new ideas around publishing books. For example, I’ve been a long time user of Leanpub to publish technical books (I’m a programmer by trade). Inkshares marries crowdfunding with a traditional publisher and has a really great modern web interface that seems to be inspired by Twitter and Medium. It also has a great community of authors already, which is great.
4. Why do you write?
Mainly I write to connect with others through story telling, but also just because it’s fun. I love to read and I need to write to stay sane. I’ve always had a creative side to me and have found different outlets: drawing, painting, music, and writing. Lately I’ve found that writing is the best way to express the ideas I have in my head…
5. What are your plans for the future with your writing?
In a perfect world I’d be writing full time and churn out tons of short stories and books. In reality I hope to finish at least one novel per year and write some short stories. There are several other books already in the works and up on Inkshares.
6. What’s your favorite line from the book?
That’s a tough one. Perhaps my favorite so far is a quote from Kara about the big question of life:
“You asked me once what we’re here for?” Kara said and then paused before adding as she gestured her hand around her, “How about this? To explore.”
7. Why should readers help support your book?
It’s a timely and unique story that needs to be told, as well as an entertaining read. Not only that, but you will be supporting me as a writer and motivating me to keep going. Also, I’ve committed to donating at least $250 to charity (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention) if the campaign is successful.