After narrowly escaping from what was supposed to be a routine
intelligence gathering mission to infiltrate a mercenary vessel, Commander
Jake Trant and his colleagues at the AEF uncover a conspiracy three
decades in the making. They soon realise that what they have stumbled upon
is not your common or garden power play, but something with potentially
far reaching implications for humanity, and perhaps even the very fabric
of the universe itself.
Pitted against the seemingly unrestrained ambitions of Harris Tolman, an
ageing interplanetary industrialist, who for the past few decades has been
quietly building and scheming, all in preparation for one moment on one
day, Jake and his team suddenly find themselves in a race against time to
prevent disaster on a universe wide scale.
With Tolman seemingly unwilling to let anything or anyone get in the way
of the fruition of his ambitions, and with death and destruction spreading
out around him like the unstoppable ripple of a solar shockwave, Jake will
have to go the extra mile to do what he increasingly finds he must. Save
I’m thrilled to welcome Tom Christian today. He is stopping in and has agreed to answer a few questions.
It’s great to have you here with me. Shall we begin? How did you start your writing career?
I’ve always loved writing, so much so that at school I was always really happy when a homework task or in-class assignment involved creative writing. Funnily enough, the opening paragraph to my recent novel Counterpoint was written almost two decades ago as part of my A-Level examination coursework! Obviously I’ve matured the writing style somewhat since then and maybe switched things about a little, but the concept was there quite early on. In terms of pushing my work out there I think it’s just been a matter of finding the right time for me. Obviously print media was my first thought but as I am very much a child of the internet age I saw the growth in Indie publishing too much of a temptation not to try it out. I’m obviously never going to rule out pursuing more ‘traditional’ options but for now I’m really interested to see where the online/e-book route takes me as I make my name.
Tell us about your current release
It’s definitely science fiction and definitely an adventure novel. It’s set in the not too distant future but one nevertheless where humanity has spread itself across many worlds and solar systems and space travel is the norm. The story revolves around two key characters, Jake Trant, a tough and smart intelligence agent working for a covert team within the colonial navy, and Harris Tolman, a much older man who is at the top of a major mining company with a powerbase on Mars but also influence across the various human colonies. We start out with Jake unknowingly infiltrating part of Tolman’s secret operation and uncovering information that leads him and his colleagues to realise they must quickly act if they are to stop Tolman from activating a plan he’s been formulating for decades; if it is allowed to come to pass they fear it could threaten humanity’s freedom and the very fabric of the universe itself. The story starts off at a steady pace, quickly setting the scene, but then heads into a trot and before long the reader finds themselves hurled headlong into the action along with Jake as he struggles against seemingly incredible odds. I hope people like the story and my writing style. I’m looking forward to getting some reviews and honest feedback.
Do you use a pen name? If so, how did you come up with it?
I do use a pen name. Tom S. Christian is a very basic anagram of my real name. I took a pen name partly to give a little distance between my day job and my writing but mainly because I thought Tom S. Christian was a great sounding and memorable name for a sci-fi author!
What are your favorite TV shows?
I think overall I’d have to say Chuck; it was a stroke of genius and I am very sorry it is gone. Pure sci-fi wise, without a doubt Star Trek TNG and DS9. Voyager,
Enterprise and TOS obviously come in pretty close thereafter, and I am also a big fan of 5, Andromeda and of course the recent Battlestar Galactica series. I used to like the original BSG too but recently tried to revisit it and found it a struggle after the brilliant rework. Don’t even talk to me about the 1980 follow up...Dr Zee? Obviously Knight Rider and Street Hawk need a name check too as they played a big part in my childhood. Babylon
What songs are most played on your iPod?
I’ve found overall I’m a big fan of instrumentals with a bit of guts to them. For example the Rocky Training themes, most notably those from Rocky IV, the Navy Seals theme from the Cage/Connery movie the Rock, the Nyah/Injection theme from MI2, and some of the great character music from the much lamented Chuck – the Dark Side particularly. Other than that I’ve got a real thing for the current Doctor Who’s action theme, it’s my ringtone.
Do you listen to music whilst writing?
Sometimes. It has to not be too distracting though as I find it hard to block out unless I’m really on a roll. Enya’s usually the best bet.
Entice us, what future projects are you considering?
Short story wise I’m trying to get them out there as much as I can. Not only is it great to see them published but I also find this a great way to generate ideas and to help me wean out those themes and ideas I can maybe take further, and those that are better left neatly encapsulated. Novel wise, well I’ve obviously got some ideas for Jake’s next outing. This one will be a bit historical for him though and delve back into his early days with the AEF unit and his work during the years of Martian terrorism across the colonies. It won’t all be set there and then though, or either as a bunch of flashbacks; I have an idea that I want to bring the old and new together. Still early days though. Besides that I’m nursing a concept loosely based around a secret society of men and women who are able to operate on a level spanning quantum universes.
Do you have a favorite quote, quip or saying? What is it?
Whenever I, or someone I know finds themselves asking someone else if something is ok, or we’re wondering if we can/should do something, I find the following often rings true:
“If you find yourself asking the question you usually already know the answer”
In my experience the asker is usually looking for affirmation that a knowingly shoddy job is passable and/or it’s ok for us to do the wrong thing!
Thanks so much, once again! I've enjoyed finding out a bit about you and your creative process.
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