BookView with J.W. Fagan, author of The Titan Sky
The format is very different, but in the end you have the same goal – paint a visual and tactile experience. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? It took a year to get a solid draft. Since I don’t know anyone in reality who has any of the jobs in this book, they had to be fictitious. It’s great when you see it up on Amazon and you can say it’s done. J.W. Editing kept finding slips and inconsistencies. Do you have a target reader? I ended up changing the story substantially, even though the premise is the same. Since I write part time, none of my projects are quick. Everything depends on what occurs under The Titan Sky. I didn’t want to write a fantasy story, so it is based on reality. My enthusiasm for the characters made me want to keep writing, but other than that, the process isn’t really easy for me. Three civilian volunteers compete for the job of making the trip to a distant planet where they will claim mining rights for a rare and precious material. For the human, it’s a one-way trip. What new things did you learn about writing, publishing, and/or yourself while writing and preparing this book for publication? Are they all-knowing, or just observing? When did you start writing the book? Hank Green’s An Absolutely Remarkable Thing was my favorite read last year. On the distant moon of Titan, a precious material has sparked a race on Earth for the mining rights. Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? Some want to steal the cutting-edge technology, others to corrupt candidates and sabotage the mission. Get your copy of The Titan Sky from Amazon US or Amazon UK. I like to put it away every few weeks, then come back with a fresh feel for it. How was writing this book different from what you’d experienced writing previous books? My personal taste for reading is usually aimed at stories totally out of my realm of experience. To succeed, they must work together, as neither can complete the mission on their own.The outcome could change the global balance of power, and impact billions of lives. Every storyteller would like to believe their tale is interesting enough for any audience, but that’s a tall order. So, challenge accepted. What came easily? Still learning! The mission calls for only Dex to return. Competitors race to launch their own ships, but only McKinnon Ventures has Dex, a mining robot driven by extraordinary artificial intelligence created by a haughty technology prodigy. Fagan visit his website. The true motivations of the selected person will only become apparent when the trip is underway. I’ve always been fascinated with space, science fiction and the mystery of the universe. I love police and legal procedurals, like Michael Connolly creates. It’s difficult to determine what will work and be worth the money and effort. As they train for the dangerous mission, internal and outside forces seek to gain access to them. I toyed with making the story only told from the main characters voice at one point, but the story was radically different in that format. How long did it take you to write it? Or anyone who just wants a unique story to distract them for a little while. Now my premise seems far less far-fetched then when I started with it! I need to use people I know or have met to get a voice for a character. Fagan – 20 January 2020
The Back Flap
A company is poised to gain global power. The challenge is how much does the narrator know about the characters? I came back to the story last spring, and decided to rewrite as a novel. The spark came from a documentary on early space probes NASA sent out in the 1970’s that were nearing the edge of the solar system. We all know how important it is for writers to read. My last book, The Survival Job, was written with a single voice, so only one point of view. I’ll say my target reader for this book is general fiction readers who are curious about the motivations of other people. My enthusiasm for the characters made me want to keep writing, but other than that, the process isn’t really easy for me. Volunteers for the one-way journey train in hopes of being selected, while outside forces attempt to steal the technology and hijack the mission. Amazon ads are bigger now than they were last year, and the choice of marketing services has exploded as well. The marketing techniques seem to change every month. I preferred that to the third person view, mainly because it was easier to keep a consistent voice. Writing in a first-person voice was much easier in this respect. Where did you get the idea from? The selected volunteer will earn millions and the everlasting fame, but won’t get the chance to enjoy either prize. Lee Child has me hooked on Jack Reacher and his adventures. End of Interview:
For more from Jw.W. This was the first time I maintained a 3rd person voice in a story, at least in recent years. The voice and perspective was perfect for the story. In the years since I wrote the first script, a mission to Mars was proposed and began asking for volunteers, also a one-way trip, similar to the one in my story. About the book
What is the book about? Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? Usually they are a combination of several people, flavored with the strongest traits or quirks. I had to pick one and stick with it. The original idea came several years back, and the first draft was in movie script.