How much of the book is realistic?
M – Locations are mostly real, characters are developed from people we know or have met.
D – I would say it’s all realistic, apart from a couple of key elements which were needed to make the story complete. The technology is close to existing in the next twenty years, which is quite a scary thought.
Have you included a lot of your life experiences, even friends, in the plot?
M – It’s difficult with this plot to add real life experience but everything is drawn from people and places we know.
D – Some of the characters decision making process is drawn from real life experiences, but the characters actions are led by events around them.
How important do you think villains are in a story?
M – Duality is essential to make the book balanced. The subsequent books will explain more on both sides.
D – One of my favourite parts of fiction is the villain, if they are done well, it can make the whole thing.
What are your goals as a writer?
M – To write a story that people will enjoy reading.
D – To create a book that will still be read in twenty years, by anyone.
What books have most influenced your life?
M – I read Jonathan Seagull 10-15 years ago and think of it from time to time. It’s about daring to be different.
D – I’ve read a lot of memoirs from the First World War. Seeing the hardship and suffering that those soldiers had to go through puts things into perspective.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
M – Hopefully with a back catalogue of work and thinking up a new exciting plot.
D – I really have no idea. I’d love to be writing full time, but who wouldn’t? I will probably still be working full time and trying to create a new story.
What are some of the best tools available today for writers, especially those just starting out?
M – Internet research is invaluable to fact check or look in detail at a location.
D – Kboards, it’s a great resource for any writer looking for tips on almost every aspect of writing and the business.
What contributes to making a writer successful?
M – Research, review, a good story and robust editing. Alongside lots of luck.
D – Having an original mind, being willing to learn and a good editor.
Do you have any advice for writers?
M – I couldn’t start giving advice yet.
D – I also don’t feel qualified, but the one thing I would say, is that patience is the key. Don’t be tempted to rush out and publish, take your time and make sure everything is right.
Do you have any specific last thoughts that you want to say to your readers?
M – I hope you can see what we are trying to achieve with the book. The reader is joining Harry in discovering what has happened and where it will ultimately lead.
D – Thank you for taking a chance on us and reading First Activation. We’ve been blown away by the response to the book, and hope you come back for a second helping.
Do you have any upcoming appearances that you would like to share with us?
M – Possibly BBC Look North in the next few days.
D – I can usually be found lurking on KBoards, or feel free to get in touch via facebook or twitter.
If you could leave your readers with one bit of wisdom, what would you want it to be?
M – Every journey begins with the first step.
D – You never get a second chance to make first impression.
When you wish to end your career, stop writing, and look back on your life, what thoughts would you like to have?
M – I would like to think I had emptied my brain of ideas.
D – That I made the most of the ability I had.
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Genre – Horror/Science Fiction
Rating – R