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.
Thank you for this interview, Valmore. Can you tell us a little about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?
Besides writing, my other passion is travel. Having grown up in a military family, the nomadic spirit is ingrained in me; and though I’ve finally settled down, I look forward to travelling to remote countries and locations throughout the world. As for writing, I’ve known I wanted to be a writer from childhood.
Can you tell us briefly what your book is about?
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. Along the way, I added a few more what-if’s to the novel: What if there was an undiscovered element in the asteroid belt that was the fuel for faster than light travel? What if there were tens of thousands of alien races out there just waiting for humans to evolve before making first contact?
Who is your intended audience? Have you been able to crossover into other audiences as well?
My primary audience is science fiction and fantasy aficionados (like me); however, I have had several emails from readers who don’t normally read science fiction (let alone hard sf) who have told me they enjoyed the story and are looking forward to the sequel.
Why did you choose your particular genre?
I think the genre chose me. From an early age, I’ve always been fascinated by how things work: the biology of a dolphin, the physics of flight; the sociology of a culture; the complexity of human history. Science fiction and fantasy allows a writer to throw off the shackles of time and location, and examine issues from an entirely unique perspective.
Do you ever experience self-doubts with your work?
Any doubt I have only comes once I have completed a project. While I’m writing, I am fully absorbed in the world I’ve created, and it is as tangible as my own life. After, when it is time to decide whether to publish, I may wonder if my efforts were of high enough quality for public consumption. This is where beta readers and a good editor come in to play. If I do not get a good response, then it’s time for another draft.
Where do you write? Do you have a favorite place?
My favorite time to write is late at night or early in the morning when everyone else is asleep. I can write anywhere, but I do enjoy soft music in the background.
What kind of research did you have to do during the writing process?
Being a science fiction aficionado, I was acutely aware that faulty science would completely ruin the believability of my story, so after I outlined the basic plot, I spent months researching the periodic table of elements, Pluto, astronomical terminology, asteroids, and astronavigation. I showed my research, as well as the first draft, to a nuclear physicist friend, who assisted greatly in correcting any factual errors I made.
How are you promoting your book thus far?
Right now I’m doing 100% of my promotion online. The internet allows me the potential to reach anyone with an internet connection. Along with video sharing websites, participating in book blogger websites, I keep my own website updated, and I participate in various forums where I can interact on a daily basis with other authors and readers.
If you could give one book promotion tip to new authors, what would that be?
So far, I believe my most effective marketing tool has been guest spots, interviews and reviews on book blogger websites. This has the potential of reaching to most readers on the internet, and gives both the blogger and the author the opportunity to receive immediate feedback through the comments section of each blog. A writer should do research and make a list of at least a few dozen blogs for their genre and market, and politely contact the blog owners for a guest blog, spotlight, or review.
What’s next for you?
Currently I am in the first draft stage of a paranormal drama concerning a young woman who, cursed with pyrokinesis, accidentally killed her parents in a house fire, and how she tries to re-integrate back in her home town ten years later. I am also in the outline stage of the sequel to Forbidden The Stars.
Thank you for this interview, Valmore. We wish you much success!
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