Forbidden The Stars – author interview – Valmore Daniels

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About Forbidden: The Stars

At the end of the 21st century, a catastrophic accident in the asteroid belt has left two surveyors dead, but the asteroid itself is completely missing, along with their young son, Alex Manez, who was accompanying them.

On the outer edge of the solar system, the first manned mission to Pluto, led by the youngest female astronaut in NASA history, has led to an historic discovery: there is a marker left there by an alien race for humankind to find. We are not alone!

While studying the alien marker, it begins to react and, four hours later, the missing asteroid appears in a Plutonian orbit, along with young Alex Manez, who has developed some alarming side-effects from his exposure to the kinetic element they call Kinemet.

From the depths of a criminal empire based on Luna, an expatriate seizes the opportunity to wrest control of outer space, and takes swift action.
The secret to faster-than-light speed is up for grabs, and the race for interstellar space is on!

About the Author

In true nomadic spirit, Valmore Daniels has lived on the coasts of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic Oceans, and dozens of points in between.

An insatiable thirst for new experiences has led him to work in several fields, including legal research, elderly care, oil & gas administration, web design, government service, human resources, and retail business management.
His enthusiasm for travel is only surpassed by his passion for telling tall tales.
Valmore’s latest book is Forbidden the Stars, a sci-fi novel set at the end of the 21st century.

Visit his website at www.ValmoreDaniels.com

Interview

Hi Valmore,

Welcome to Paperback Writer

Will you share with us how you came up with the idea for this book?

When I watched the Space Shuttle Columbia’s maiden voyage into space, my first thought was, how would a teenager, such as myself, get on one of those flights? Simple, hijack the shuttle! And with that kernel of a story, I began to plot Forbidden The Stars, an epic science fiction journey from the Space Age to Earth’s next era – the Interstellar Age.

Do you plan your stories first with an outline or does it come to you as write it?

My personal approach to writing a book has changed drastically with every new project. When I wrote my first novel, I flew by the seat of my pants, letting my imagination take me in whatever direction the story led me. While I had a lot of fun using this approach (and the novel will always be dear to me) the end product was less focused than it could have been. So I did some research, joined a writer’s group, and eventually adopted the outline method. While some detract from this method, citing that once you’ve completed the outline, your creativity suffers in the first draft, for me the opposite is the reality. Once I’m free from the bounds of figuring out what happens next, I can focus all my attention on characterization, character traits and quirks, conflicts, dialogue and world building.

Do you know the end of the story at the beginning?

Yes. I don’t even start to outline unless I know where I want to go with the story. It can take me days, weeks, months or even years to work through the plotlines before I’m comfortable enough with the story to start a new project.

Do you have a process for developing your characters?

I can develop characters two different ways. The first way is to build a character to suit the plotline; this usually happens for secondary or supporting characters. My best characters, however, are those that develop outside of the plot and then I drop them into the plot and see how they would react in that situation. This is usually the process for my main characters.

It is said that authors write themselves into their characters. Is there any part of you in your characters and what they would be?

Every character I create borrows from some part of me, my life and experiences, or from someone I’ve known. It’s an interesting exercise to imagine average, everyday people in your life suddenly thrust into extreme circumstances, and extrapolate how they would handle that situation.

What is your favorite part about this book?

One of the aspects I like most about science fiction in general is how optimistic it is regarding the future of mankind. Even in post-apocalyptic fiction, humanity survives. We don’t end. No matter what catastrophes the universe throws at us, we will persevere. In Forbidden The Stars, I wrote the book with the assumption and belief that humanity is destined for interstellar travel. That forward-thinking conviction, to me, is positive and hopeful. It’s the wonder and anticipation of first contact that I find most exciting.

What struggles have you had on the road to being published?

The plethora of rejections, while understandable from a publisher’s standpoint, is very daunting and frustrating. I recently read in an online interview that the acquisitions editor at a major book publisher has rarely read past page fifty of most of the books they publish. To get past the gauntlet of readers to the editor who can make the decision is very difficult.

What has been the best part about being published?

Even if I never published a novel again, I would continue to write because I love it. Publishing brings a whole new level to this process. The best part of being published is connecting with readers. When I received my first fan mail, I was walking on the clouds for days. That is far more rewarding than any royalty statement.

What do you want readers to remember and carry with them after reading your novel?

What would be most rewarding is if readers went away with a positive outlook on the future of humankind, and that they experience a sense of wonder and adventure in regards to our place in the universe.

Do you have plans to write another book?

I am writing the first draft of a standalone paranormal fantasy, which I hope to release early next year. I’m also outlining the sequel to Forbidden The Stars.

Would you care to share with us how the virtual book tour experience with Pump Up Your Book Promotion has been for you?

So far it’s been very exciting. Doing interviews and guest blogs has been a wonderful exercise. I’ve learned much through this process, and I’m having a great time.

Where can readers find a copy of your book?

Forbidden The Stars is available at the following retailers:
Paperback: Amazon US / Amazon UK / Amazon CA / Barnes & Noble
eBook: Amazon US / Amazon UK / Barnes & Noble / Kobo

Do you have a website for readers to go to?

Visit Valmore Daniels at the following sites: Website / Facebook / Twitter

Thank you, Valmore for sharing your book and characters with us today. It has been a pleasure and I hope you have had a successful virtual book tour.

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