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P. N Burrows
Book Title: Mineran Influence
Genre: Science Fiction
Born in England and raised in Wales, I started my working life on a farm in the glorious rural Welsh countryside. I retrained to become an IT Consultant and having spent thousands on Microsoft, CompTIA and Cisco qualifications; I also obtained a contract to run and teach at a Cisco Academy in England. After this, I became a small business IT Advisor for WCBC and the Welsh Government. As this funding dried up, I retrained as a Business Advisor and have since helped thousands of people start up their own businesses.
In my leisure time, I work my way through a comprehensive bucket list with my Fiancée, Cath. This has caused us great delight as we have attended various courses and fun days out, such as beekeeping, pottery making, stained glass making, painting course, cooking courses, hawk walks, animal experiences, quad biking, gorge walking and much more. Our favourite one is learning to dance. This activity has remained with us and will hopefully do so for the rest of our lives. We can do a reasonable Waltz, collapse in laughter trying the Viennese Waltz, but it is the 1920’s Lindy Hop that we have fallen in love with. After three years of dancing, we still attend regular dance classes and events.
Strangely, for an ex-geek, my favourite gadget is my Italian Marcato pasta machine. I love real, unprocessed food and my freshly made pasta with a home cooked sauce is amazing.
I have always enjoyed reading, and in my early teenage years, I read authors ranging from Harry Harrison to HG Wells. Later in life, I turned to thriller writers such as the 3 C’s; Clancy, Cussler and Child. Also, I will always have a Pratchett book on my phone for light reading. His imagination was and always will be, inspiring. I have wanted to write the Mineran Series for several years prior to actually starting and with the encouragement from Cath, who has suffered my many varied, imaginative pranks over the years, I have begun.
Short synopsis of book:
Sam, an ex-soldier who is trying to rediscover himself after twenty years of service, unwittingly stumbles upon a mysterious alien presence in rural Wales. He is drawn into a tangled web of intrigue, pitting him against forces bent on destruction and putting his life in peril. Feeling mentally eroded by his time in the army and having worked hard to overcome this, he is thrust upon an alien journey that will change his life and beliefs in a profound way.
Claims of benevolence are only the beginning of the mysteries he’ll have to unravel as doubt and mistrust haunt him. He will have to form unlikely alliances in order to fathom the mysteries at the secret Mineran enclave, where intrigue, deception and imminent danger reside.
His journey for answers will introduce him to pernicious enemies with hidden agendas, as a heinous plot to kill him unravels. Can he defeat his personal demons to secure justice and discover the truth of who or what is behind the nefarious machinations and why?
Why do you write?
I love to read, in many genres, but I have to confess that since I have been writing my science fiction series that I have not read that genre since. For me writing is allowing my imagination to run wild, I enjoy the research that I have to do and the things that I learn. Each book has truthful snippets of information about the diversity of life on our planet that have intrigued me and will make you wonder.
I find writing exhilarating, often compulsive and sometimes the ideas flow faster than I can accurately type. I have had several parking tickets as I eagerly typed away on my iPad, sipping strong black coffee in some cafe. My major problem with writing is finding the time and the correct mindset. As a website designer for book authors and a business advisor, I find that if I use the logical part of my brain to create that I can not write that day or the next.
What was the incentive to start writing:
I had tried to write the first book on a couple of occasions over the years, the rough drafts still linger on my old computer somewhere. Last year the urge to write became stronger and once I was at 30,000 words I became confident enough to confess my deeds to my fiancee cath. With her encouragement, I continued.
What reactions do you get from your nearest and dearest regarding your writing?
Cath, my fiancee has been instrumental in the continuation of my work, her belief in my ability to write, gave me the courage to continue. She is brutally honest and supplies constructive comments, but on the whole, she loves the story line and the characters. She does joke that she now sleeps with one eye open, because of the scary stuff in my head.
What made you choose that genre?
I grew up reading Sci-Fi, as a child one of the first books I bought myself was a H G Wells omnibus. Space is the last frontier for humans to explore (well, except the deepest part of the oceans, underground and the deepest recesses of a woman’s handbag) and it allows the author to develop new concepts, species and worlds. The trick is to do this while keeping it within the bounds of today’s expectations; it has to be believable. The challenge is formidable and enticing at the same time, if I can come away from a writing session thinking ‘How the heck did did I think that up?’ I know it’s been a good Day.
What advice would you give other authors?
I started my book in isolation and used a big name self-publishing company to produce it in ebook. The fact that I was not part of a writing community meant I believed everything the self-publishing company told me; this journey cost much in time, effort and money. Finding a local writing group and speaking to other authors, writers, poets and artists, either published or un-published, was a revelation. I have since pulled my book from them and self-published via Createspace with the aid of TeamAuthorUk.co.uk
So my advice would be to find a group or two and become an active member, your local library will have the contact details.
Book 1: Mineran Influence
Book 2: Mineran Conflict (Due out in Feb)
Book 3: Mineran Assault (Due late 2017)
Fantastic, thank you Phil for being my guest. I have never attempted a Sci-fi book having never really enjoyed Star Wars or Star Trek in my youth. I will have to expand my mind one day!