What’s the hardest part of being an author?
The hardest part of being an author is believing you can do it enough to actually do it. Writing is the easiest thing not to do for a variety of reasons which are really just excuses. Sitting down and writing is amazing if you can find your groove, but it can be very dispiriting if you can't and some days you just can't. The hardest part is to write even when you can't.
Can you give us a short synopsis of Hunter No More?
It's set on a distant planet where the human populace have rebelled against their machine mind masters and the machine minds promptly decide to have that populace wiped out. In the middle of this is a family where the daughter finds out her father is more than he appears and that there is more than just one type of machine mind. The father decides to take up the challenge of defending his family and the planet itself, but to do so he must call upon some old enemies for help. Much more information and I think I would be spoiling it.
What inspired you to write this book?
I don't know if I was inspired, more like driven, as writing has been a thing of mine for as long as I can remember. I like books that make you think and books that are action packed, and I worked hard to meld the two together. I wanted to play and develop ideas of love, morality and how they could fit into logical thinking but I also wanted to create spectacle and excitement. I wanted to be direct because I've read so many books that just aren't.
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
Once I get going probably three or four hours a day with a target of 1500 words a day. That is, once I get going. I have long periods of not going at all. See the answer about the hardest part of being an author.
Name your top five favourite books.
This is subject to change but I would say in no particular order:
Permutation City by Greg Egan
This was my first encounter with idea of copying human minds to computers - it made me think.
The Day Of The Triffids by John Wyndham
The classic cosy catastrophe - it makes you ask yourself what you would do if you were one of the lucky ones and can morality really work without society?
Blind Lake by Robert Charles Wilson
A slow build of a novel - a mystery slowly developed and resolved in an unexpected way. The characters are real.
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
This is about indomitable will and spirit which leads the character to great victory at a terrible cost. What price victory? A coming of age novel with a difference.
The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper
Writers really can do anything - Susan Cooper creates a dark and atmospheric world of magic where good fights evil for the fate of the world; all seen through the eyes of an eleven year-old boy who discovers he is something more than human. Chilling and yet impossible to put down.
Title: Hunter No More
Author: G.D. Tinnams
Genre: Science Fiction
The Hunter Class Spacecraft designated ‘The Amberjack’ disappeared during a routine mission to Seek, Locate and Destroy the enemy Machine Mind contingent known as ‘The Ochre’. Conclusion: It was either destroyed by the Ochre or went rogue for reasons unknown. If sighted, approach with extreme caution.
On the planet Borealis, a violent revolution forces Samantha Marriot and her parents to flee their home for the relative safety of ‘The Rainbow Islands’. Once there, Sam discovers a secret her father has been keeping from her all her life, a secret that will change everything.
Meanwhile, The Machine Mind Hierarchy of Earth dispatches a ship to rid themselves of the planet’s troublesome human population. The only hope of a defence lies with a damaged binary Hunter unit that has long since abandoned both its programming and weaponry.
In order for the unit to succeed it must call upon the aid of an ancient enemy, and prove, once and for all, that it is a Hunter no more.
G.D. Tinnams has worked as a barman, a call centre operator, an IT support analyst, and a software tester. But during all this time he was also an insatiable reader of science fiction and fantasy books like Susan Cooper’s ‘The Dark Is Rising Sequence’, Orson Scott Card’s ‘Ender’s Game’, Robert Charles Wilson’s ‘Blind Lake’ and Greg Egan’s ‘Permutation City’. He is very fond of weird, mind-bending stories and decided quite early on to try writing some. ‘Hunter No More’ is his second novel.
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