Interview with Frontiers Author Jeff Horton

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Interview with Frontiers Author Jeff Horton

Interview with Frontiers Author Jeff HortonFrontiers by Jeff W. Horton
Series: Cybersp@ce Series #2
Published by World Castle Publishing on 5-1-2014
Genres: Science Fiction
Pages: 221
Format: eBook
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*A Dream to Unite Humanity...*
Scientists discover the technology to successfully construct Earth's first interstellar spacecraft, code named Frontier. Hank Reynolds, a gifted and courageous test pilot for the United States Air Force, is assigned to test
pilot humanity's first interstellar spacecraft on a historic flight to Alpha Centauri. Under the command of the fledgling Earth Space Alliance the spacecraft will carry human beings to the stars, and beyond.

*A Plot to see it Fail*
Someone doesn't want to see this happen and will stop at nothing to see it fail--including murder... When Frontier is sabotaged, it leaves Hank stranded and alone to die in the Alpha Centauri system. With their dreams
crumbling around them, will they be able to discover who is behind the plot to steal the alien technology, and to murder those closest to it?

Interview With Author Jeff Horton

Can you talk a little about what the book is about?

Certainly. First however, let me thank you for the opportunity to share a little about my work with
your followers.

Frontiers is the second book in the Cybersp@ce Series, a science-fiction/thriller series that
becomes increasingly science-fiction with each book.

Book One-CYBERSP@CE, is about a sci-fi thriller that mixes the espionage thriller with the alien technology science-fiction novel.

Book Two-FRONTIERS, is set in the near future, when scientists are finally successful at reverse-engineer alien technology, enabling them to build a virtually limitless energy source, not to mention ships capable of traversing vast interstellar distances by sidestepping the laws of physics.

Book Three-NEW BEGINNINGS, features female protagonist Kate Reynolds, the expedition leader and governor of humanity’s first settlement outside the Sol system.

What makes your book unique?

Frontiers offers a fresh and optimistic vision of the future in contrast to the excessive apocalyptic literature so prevalent today.

Where did you get the idea for the book?

It actually flowed out of the first book, CYBERSP@CE, which was intended to be a standalone novel.

Is there any message you want readers to get from reading the book?

Absolutely. I’m hoping people will consider that if human beings could learn to overcome their
fear of one another, we might be able to accomplish great things together; it’s an underlying
theme in FRONTIERS.

How long did it take to write the book?

I’d say somewhere around six months, give or take. I never know whether to include re-writes, when sharing how long it takes, but six months is about right.

Who is your favorite character, or what character was the most fun to write?

I really like the character named Zing in Frontiers. He’s one of the Valhari, and has a rather
oblique sense of humor.

Can you talk about how you wrote it? Did you do any outlining? Did it take you in any unexpected directions?

Certainly. With Frontiers, I did what I’ve done with a lot of my novels, I had a very short outline I worked off of. Once I was into the writing, the story began writing itself and once I had an idea where it was going, I outlines he rest.

If you could go back and change anything in the novel, what would it be?

I’m not sure I would change anything at this point, at least nothing that I haven’t already changed…

How did you come up with the cover?

As with most of them, it was an arduous process. Unfortunately many people do “judge a book by its cover” so I’m thankful that my publisher gives me some leeway when it comes to the cover. After considerable searching, I found the earth and the ship, while my publisher came up with the awesome idea of putting a movie-like blurb on the cover.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always enjoyed reading, but in terms of when I knew I wanted to be a writer, I suppose it was when I was when I was in college and I took a creative writing class that I first realized how much I enjoyed writing. It wasn’t until I did some soul-searching a few years ago however about what I’d really enjoy doing with my life that I decided to give it a whirl.

What was the first story that you ever wrote?

My first book was THE GREAT COLLAPSE, an apocalyptic novel set in present day, when an EMP explosion, combines with a solar flare to knock out electricity across the planet, and prevent new electronics from operating.

What is your favorite genre, and why?

Christian science-fiction. I like the idea of offering family-friendly novels that are interesting, exciting, and fun for adults and in some cases, children. They’re written from a Christian perspective, but the stories and plots themselves are not centered on the characters faith, it’s just a part of who they are.

Are there any books you are absolutely inspired by?

I really enjoy Tom Clancy and Michael Crichton’s novels. I was also inspired by the greats, H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, Ray Bradbury, C.S. Lewis, Charles Dickens, Gene Roddenberry, etc.

What are you working on next?

I’m currently working on adapting CYBERSP@CE into a screenplay. I’ve made a lot of headway but there’s more work to be done. I’ve also outlined and written about one-third of my next novel, Garden of God, a novel about a husband who, after his wife dies unexpectedly, vows to pick up where she left off when she died.

What advice do you have for aspiring authors?

Don’t expect to be a bestseller overnight, but keep writing like you are. You really have to enjoy writing to be a novelist, especially today with so many people publishing. Just keep your chin up, prepare for a bumpy ride, and keep at it!

How do you juggle writing with family time?

I tend to do write in my living room, with my family around me, or I write after-hours after the children have gone to bed. It’s an imperfect system to be sure, but it seems to work for me.


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About Jeff W. Horton

Jeff Horton was born in North Dakota, the youngest son of a career Air Force master sergeant. A voracious reader growing up, he read the Bible, and stories by many popular authors including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Michael Crichton, Tom Clancy, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien.

Jeff Horton is an author of Christian Fiction, writing within several different genres, including science-fiction, fantasy, and apocalyptic thrillers.

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