Book Title: Next You: Destined for Something
Author: Angus H. Day
Release Date: April 23, 2013
Genre: Sci-Fi Fantasy
Publisher: GMTA Publishing, LLC
Presented by: As You Wish Tours
My Interview with Angus H. Day
TH: Tell us a bit about yourself—what’s your background and how did you become a writer?
AD: Going back to the earliest days of school, I can remember bigger kids and teachers always telling me what I couldn’t do, what I wasn’t capable of, and what would forever be out of reach. I’ve been making a hobby out of accomplishing those things. Writing was just another on the list but now that I’ve started, I don’t believe I will stop. It’s too much fun.
TH: What is the genre in which you write?
AD: I prefer to not trap myself by saying that I write in a certain genre, but if pressed I will always state Science Fiction. Erotica, suspense, military action, space opera…are trappings that find there way into my fiction so that characters and story have dimension.
TH: What is the book you recently published? What is it all about?
AH: Destined for Something is a story about a future society underdog and how he overcomes obstacles and undiagnosed handicaps to be larger than life.
TH: Have you published or written any other works?
AD: Yes, I have four other books currently available for purchase. Legacy of Daddy, Next You Interstellar LLC, Having Nice Things, and Utopian Estates.
TH: Name your top three favorite characters you’ve made up and explain why they’re your favorites.
AD: Dr. Abrams is probably my favorite character; he has prominent roles in Legacy of Daddy and Next You Interstellar LLC. He’s always trying to be larger than life and doing things to claw his way up, but he never really explores why. Angelique figures greatly in Next You Interstellar LLC. She rocks as a woman who has picked herself up from her shattered life and retaken the hill. Mai Lin from Destined for Something because she has dimension and continues hanging on for whom she loves.
TH: Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it?
AD: I actually can’t remember getting writer’s block except for writing scientific papers, and that was usually caused by bracing myself for what peers would likely address in their comments. What I sometimes get is stale plot block, what I originally thought would be a good direction for a story rings flat once I get there. When that happens, I do something else for while–enjoyment wise. I usually work out of it after a day.
TH: How long did it take to finish your first novel?
AD: Four months writing, one month working with editing. Five months total.
TH: What were the challenges you faced when getting your first book published?
AD: One thing I considered a challenge was getting a decent cover. I had already decided that I wasn’t going to put myself at the whim of traditional publishing. It took me several months to finally get the cover art the way I wanted it. Now I hope I can write fast enough to keep Belinda Pepper doing covers for me.
Another challenge was settling the editing business. I started out trying to stay in family, but it’s a lot to ask of someone in retirement or working a full time job to keep up with a prolific writer; it might strain a relationship. Then there was using someone I’d met online to edit and not quite seeing eye-to-eye on what I needed an editor to do; changing the story was definitely off the list. One person billed herself as an editor, took one hundred and fifty dollars for a proof read and went dark. I finally found someone who will just check for misused words, grammar issues, and help me ride herd on point of view. Again I hope I’m prolific enough to keep her around.
TH: What does your writing process “look” like?
AD: I make a mind map that is broad, giving me room to maneuver the plot and characters, and I just keep plugging away at chapters until the story is told. Generally, I write in the mornings and on the weekdays before I leave for my shift. I find that if I can get my exercise in before writing, I’m more productive and the story flows better.
TH: What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
AD: Somebody who read maybe a few sentences randomly in one of my books said that I should post a warning on the cover of the book of how explicit it is and that I should have warnings for parents. I feel that person needs to realize that the literacy level of people in modern society is actually falling and if I can get someone to read for entertainment I will have met my goal.
Best compliment has been echoed by several in that they compare my science fiction to that envisioned by some of my favorite authors which I will not bring up here. Old style, yet thought-provoking epic science fiction.
In the last year of mandatory school each soon to be graduate takes a multitude of tests to efficiently funnel them into the right career. Personality profiles showing you to be low IQ, bigoted and prone to senseless violence really increase your chances of being denied. Scores mean enough to tempt test takers to cheat using answer sets bought from sketchy characters. You don’t always get what you pay for as Felix Dernoft discovers in Destined for…Something, a Next You novel.
I live in Fort Collins Colorado with my wife and son. My daughter has embarked on her career as a graphics designer. I’ve been an Infantryman, Swine Farmer, smattering of other trades and jobs and now I’m a manufacturing pharmaceutical chemist. What aspect of my life that is devoted to fitness favors swimming in open water which means I spend most of the year working out in a pool then hit the lakes when it warms up a bit. My wife Cheryl safety kayaks for me when we manage to make it work. One day when I was waiting on everybody else in the house to get off of the computer when it hit me. Start doing what I had wanted to do for the last thirty years, write science fiction stories. I’ve read extensively, experienced way more than a person is entitled to and I am a scientist. That being said, sometimes I just pull them out of my ass. The ability to picture a scene in my head helps, once I stop laughing uncontrollably for no reason.