And trust me, you WANT to read these exciting stories by Anthony Sunderland. The man is so interesting and talented – how could he conjure up anything less than top notch entertainment? Read my interview below, check out the blurb for Destiny’s Daughter – Hide and Seek – then leave a comment to enter the contest. One lucky visitor will snag the first two eBooks in this fascinating series. It might be YOU!
MEET THE AUTHOR: Anthony Sunderland
I’m happy to welcome Anthony Sunderland, author, screenwriter and adventurer. Anthony, you’ve written screenplays and pursued graphic novels but in the end, you decided to join the ranks of Indie authors. What led you to this decision?
I think the truth is that I finally opened my eyes to what was right in front of me. I learned the hard way how tough selling screenplays is, though I will carry on pitching them. Going down the graphic novel route let me keep more control, or so I thought.
I got some great design concepts done by two students, Anna and Kelsey, at the local college but putting together a team to produce the story proved difficult. I did find an artist but we couldn’t agree on a payment schedule for $20,000.
Writing description for an artist or filmmaker to interpret is massively different to describing settings and events to readers so I put off writing in novel form for as long as I could. I want to tell these stories, to share them with the world so I worked with someone to adapt one story from screen format to prose.
Destiny’s Daughter was already written as a short story that I wanted to enter into the “Writers of the Future” competition. The concept, together with several ideas for TV show episodes had also been a finalist in the “People’s Pilot” competition.
The short answer to all of the above is that the Kindle is the simplest way to get the stories out to the world.
Tell us a little bit about your recent release, “Destiny’s Daughter – Hide and Seek”. It’s the second book in the series. Will there be more?
U.S. Marine John Bishop was abducted by aliens while home on medical leave from the first Iraq war. In a chance encounter with Dawn in the present day he claims to have seen her as a young girl on a spaceship.
He later abducts her, determined to find out what the aliens did to him. Even if Dawn escapes will this lead to her mission being uncovered?
In this story I can give more of her backstory, spell out the dangers she faces, and give the Greaes a reason to implant a communication device in her head. I’ve also sewn a tiny seed of what will become a shocking revelation much later on.
Dawn has studied the human race but there are many harsh lessons for her to learn, and here she learns about the savagery people will subject others to.
There will be as many stories as I can think up original mysteries for her to investigate. There’s also the threads to deal with of the captured alien, the true nature of the boy on the crashed shuttle, and preventing the military from harnessing its technology.
Volume III involves a top secret submarine damaged in a massive explosion, Langan’s Daughter, tiny life forms that can join together to form a larger creature, and a threat to global security.
This ends with another painful lesson for Dawn and a twist in the tail. We already see her do things that seem irrational at first, until her true motives and loyalties are revealed. We will see her behavior change in reaction to her experiences. Several people who cross her are going to meet with a grisly fate. This sequence of events will culminate with the revelation mentioned above.
Where do you find the seeds of inspiration that eventually sprout roots and become a book?
From asking, What If? Reading and hearing about strange things that happen in nature. Vol IV was inspired by an artist who makes things out of old car parts. It will feature an old woman’s lost cat returning in the middle of the night. Bit of a stretch from car parts but I don’t want to give anything away.
You live in West Yorkshire but Destiny’s Daughter takes place in the United States. Why did you choose this location?
I’ve been asked this question about a couple of stories. I’ll be honest; partly to appeal to the biggest audience. Part of this is because the Mid-West is the main area for alien abduction claims so it would make sense for the FBI office to be there.
Also they could use the extensive network of caves, caverns, and some manmade tunnels to hide alien artifacts and technology.
The Destiny’s Daughter series has a recurring theme of Alien contact. If you met an Alien in a remote location away from media and government scrutiny, what three questions would you ask?
- How does our world compare to yours?
- What do you want here?
- Will you take me with you on your next journey?
You’ve also written a screenplay about a superhero, currently a popular theme with movie goers. Spiderman was bitten by a radioactive spider, Hulk had an experiment go wrong, Superman came from another planet. What special skills does your superhero have and how did he/she acquire them?
In the superhero/horror screenplay the protagonist, Kirsten, was abducted by devil worshippers intent on offering her as a sacrifice. Their plans were thwarted by the intervention of their nemesis, Johann.
In their desperation to escape they leave her for dead in a wrecked motorhome. When she wakes up she accidentally drinks the potion that gives them superhuman strength. It also makes her as psychotic as them.
It gives her the power to fight off a pack of ravenous wolves and she sets out for revenge acting and hunting as a wolf (after an ordeal that I won’t go into here)
No superhero ever asked for their powers and all have suffered great loss to attain them. Kirsten is no different and she is in grave danger of being killed by the good guys as well as bad, unless some power can reach any shred of humanity buried beneath the darkness she has descended into.
You’ve put together a list of adventurous activities on a “bucket list”, and have already accomplished several of them such as fire-eating and bungee jumping. What is the most daring feat you’ve experienced to date?
Each one presents its own challenges. I think the most terrifying thing was going on a weekend singing course and getting up to sing solo in front of a room full of people on the Sunday. Fortunately no video of it exists.
You still hold a “day job” as an electrician. What tips can you give other authors who juggle careers with writing?
Switch off the TV, unless you’ve set your exercise machine up in front of it. Set a goal and a timetable, and stick to them. Join a good writers’ group and a good forum because you need to communicate with people who understand our passion and need to write.
Schedule breaks and days off, and take them to relax and reward yourself.
Fortunately I was able to reduce my hours to three days a week, but time was still very tight.
If you found a magic stone that allowed you to travel back in time to any era, any location, where would you go and why?
From a purely selfish point of view, back to the turn of the century with all my finished work in hand. I would then be ready for the graphic novel and ebook explosions.
Alternatively to the fall of the Berlin wall. I’d love to have witnessed the fall of communism first hand, and have even a tiny piece of the rubble as a momento.
I live in Halifax, UK.
I’m a long time Sci Fi, fantasy, and horror nut. I was inspired to start writing by the season one finale of Buffy TVS.
I’ll try just about anything once – fire eating, parachuting, I’m a qualified glider pilot, and want to do the bungee jump from the Bloukrans Bridge in South Africa.
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Victoria Publishing
Number of pages: 154
Word Count: 34,700
Cover Artist: Lazar K. https://www.elance.com/s/sugarbricks/
Dawn Dempsey has successfully infiltrated the FBI’s elite alien hunting squad. Welcomed as a valued member of the Alien Visitation Investigation team, and above suspicion, her mission is to thwart the FBI’s investigations from the inside.
She is also intent on freeing the captured alien.
On a routine investigation into old abduction cases in rural Iowa with her partner and lover, Scott Nelson, a chance encounter threatens to ruin everything for her.
Could her undercover mission be over before it has even begun? Could her true nature be about to be revealed by an unstable war hero?