What’s the hardest part of being an author?
Finding time to sit down and write every day. It seems that I have a millions things to get done between work, a family, and a home. There's always something that needs to be done or taken care of. It would be nice to have one of my books go viral and make me enough money that I could treat my writing as job and do it for four to six hours every day. Oh, what I could get done.
Can you give us a short synopsis of Nanovision?
Nanovision is the story of a young man (Daniel Raye) who witnesses the murder of his father by a mob hitman. During the murder Daniel is severely injured, left for dead, and eventually awakens in a hospital to find that he is blind and has no memory of what happened. Taken under the wing of the FBI, Daniel is placed in their witness protection program and is eventually placed in the home of a long, lost Aunt, and the creator of Nanobytes, a biogenetic research company.
Over the next four years Daniel rebuilds his life bonding with his new family establishing ties with his Aunt and younger cousin. Unfortunately, two things tragically surface. The hitman who killed Daniel's father learns that he is alive and begins to look for him. The other is Daniel's health; his dead eyes are faltering perhaps becoming cancerous.
These two events trigger a rash of occurrences: The mob locates Daniel and his Aunt informs him that she may have found a cure for his blindness–albeit an untested cure.
What happens next is beyond belief. Daniel becomes super-sighted, with a wide range of eye-popping abilities–and it's all in the nick of time. With a hitman hot on his trail, Daniel is forced to run for his life, while coming up with a plan to save himself and his family. The only question is: Will he succeed?
What inspired you to write this book?
Standing behind a blackjack table can give you a lot of time to think. One day the idea hit me. What would it be like if you could see through the cards? The rest was just working out the details.
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
It just depends on where I am in the story–usually two to four hours.
Name your top five favorite books.
Midnight at the Well of Souls – Jack Chalker
Journey of Souls – Michael Newton
A Princess of Mars – Edgar Rice Burroughs
Jurrasic Park – Michael Crichton
Foundation – Isaac Asimov
Author: Paul Harry
Genre: YA Science fiction / Fantasy
Daniel Raye was only sixteen when he walked in on a mob hit against his father. Brutally beaten and left for dead, Daniel awakens in a hospital to find himself blind and with no memory of the hit. Placed in the FBI’s witness protection program, Daniel is relocated to Northern California where he’s given residence with a long, lost Aunt who runs a bio-tech firm called NanoBytes. Over time, Daniel rebuilds his life and adapts well to his newfound family, but as fate would have it, comes under the scrutiny of the mob once again–but not before his Aunt finds a cure for his blindness. Using a radical untested procedure incorporating robotic nanites spliced with the DNA from animals and insects, Daniel is injected with a serum that only a mad scientist could create.
Does it work?
Better than anyone imagined.
What would you do with x-ray vision?
As a young boy I cut my teeth on Marvel Comics, Edgar Rice Burrough’s serial novels,(John Carter & Tarzan)and classic movies like “The Day The Earth Stood Still.” I also spent many days reading classic science fiction works by authors such as Asimov, Heinlein, Clark, Silverberg, and Bradbury to name a few.
In school my favorite subjects were English and Theater Arts. It is the combination of all of this that led me into writing, especially screenplays. I love the visual medium of movies and television though too many movies today put special effects ahead of the story. I think the greatest compliment I’ve received about my writing is that people can see the visual images I am creating as I write.
NANOVISION is my latest novel and I think readers will have a lot of fun with it. In writing the novel I used my forty years of experience in the Las Vegas gaming industry as a background for the story. So for those of you who might ask—Are the casino scenes real? The answer is most definitely, Yes!
My other works on Amazon are: THE 5 MOONS OF TIIANA, and THE GARDEN, The Unauthorized Biography of Adam and Eve.