Joining us today is Andrew Cole, author of the science fiction e-book Flight of the Lazarus.
Thank you for joining us today, Andrew. Can you please start off by telling us a bit about yourself?
I’m a huge science fiction fan from Lexington, Ky. Growing up on a steady diet of Saturday morning cartoons, books, comic books, anime, movies, and video games I developed a well rounded imagination. I’m also an army veteran and I was stationed at Ft. Bragg as an airborne special operations soldier. I love music and I have to have it playing in my headphones while writing. While anything beat oriented will do, I prefer industrial rock. Fave band is Nine Inch Nails.
When did you first get bit by the writing bug?
In 2004, I had a dream so vivid that it couldn’t be ignored. The story of Captain Taylor came from that dream. To date, the story is over two trilogies large and will ultimately span over ten books or more to tell the story of what was created in that one dream.
Why did you decide to write stories for the YA market?
Fantasy taps into the imagination. Younger people tend to be more imaginative, so here I am.
What is your favorite part of writing for this group? What is the greatest challenge?
I’m just having fun as this epic unfolds one book after another. You have to keep the stories fresh. Readers can smell a bad plot a mile away.
Can you tell us what your latest book is all about?
When Captain Taylor of the Starship Lazarus discovers the missing link of an alien war machine hiding on his freighter, he and his crew of misfits, orphans, and robots must discover its secret before a terrible evil is unleashed not only on Earth, but on all other sentient life in the universe!
The story of Captain Taylor and his crew is a modern sci-fi telling of Joseph Campbell’s heroes journey. People would recognize this epic story arc as it appeared in Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, The Matrix, and Harry Potter. If you enjoyed the range and arc of those stories; the unlikely hero, the companions to help along the way, a love story, marvels to spark the imagination, and complex villains, you’re going to fall for the action packed ride that’s found not only in the Captain Taylor Trilogy, but the continuation of the story The War for Tomorrow Trilogy. But Flight of the Lazarus is just the tip of the iceberg. Just as Fellowship of the Rings was the start of Frodo’s journey and The Sorcerer’s Stone was the first step for Harry Potter, Book 1 of the Captain Taylor Trilogy starts the next unlikely hero, his friends, and the reader on the adventure of a lifetime.
What inspired you to write it?
A dream. A vivid and wonderful dream that continues to reveal itself one episode at a time.
Where can readers purchase a copy?
You can download a free sample or the whole e-book for your Kindle, Ipad, Iphone, or PC at Amazon.com.
Do you have a website and/or blog where readers can find out more?
I have a blog at andrewjcole.blogspot.com.
What is up next for you?
Three more books in the “Captain Taylor Saga” and a few other projects are on the way. Stay Tuned!
Do you have anything else to add?
Both The Captain Taylor Trilogy and The War for Tomorrow trilogy are available on Amazon.com! No waiting! Flight of the Lazarus is available for only 99 cents and the rest of the books are for sale for only 2.99 each! That’s like two thousand pages of awesome for less than sixteen dollars! A better deal does not exist. Try the first one fro a buck and I’m confident you’ll be back for the rest! Happy Reading!
Oh, if you’re sick to death of vampires, you now have an alternative.
Thanks for spending time with us today, Andrew. We wish you great success.
Thank you for making time for me. I hope others will enjoy reading this epic as much as I love creating it!