Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Interview & Giveaway with David H. Minton, author of Where On Earth? An Alaska Adventure

Now available from Fiery Seas Publishing is the romantic novel Where On Earth? An Alaska Adventure by David H. Minton.

The author has taken a few minutes out of his busy schedule for a Q&A about his novel.

When did you become interested in storytelling?

My mother was a librarian and she always brought home interesting books from the library. So as far back as I can remember, I’ve always been interested in stories, both fiction and non-fiction. My father liked Robert W. Service and Rudyard Kipling, and through those writers, I became interested in poetry—especially descriptive poetry.

What was your first book/story published?

My first book was a non-fiction book about the history of the Boeing 737. It was published by McGraw Hill in the Aero series. I’ve always been interested in planes and writing about an airliner seemed natural to me.

What inspired you to write Where on Earth? An Adventure in Alaska ?

For some years I’ve had an idea of a novel with a male and a female protagonist on opposite sides of the environmental/climate debate. I plan for more of these books with the same characters, including the French-speaking dog, in other locations in the world. Over the last several years I’ve worked on outlines of these various stories. I don’t know why Alaska floated to the top first.

What character in Where on Earth? An Adventure in Alaska is the most/least like you, and in what ways?

Dan Richardson, the male protagonist and I share have a lot of common experiences, war veterans, helicopters, survey work, and environmental impact statements. I think he is most like me in that he is very solution oriented, much more interested in solving problems than being stymied or frustrated by them. I think it is pretty common among writers in that you write best about which you know best, like yourself.

What is your favorite part in Where on Earth? An Adventure in Alaska ?

The ending, when all the individual story strands come together.

What was the hardest part to write?

Keeping all of the timing and choreography straight during the terrorists acts when Samantha gets arrested, because there were so many moving parts at one time.

What would your ideal career be, if you couldn't be an author?

I think I would make a good lawyer because of my interest in details and relationships.

Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay any attention to them, or let them influence your writing?

N/A, none are available. When some are, I expect to read and pay attention to them—use them to improve my writing where possible.

What well-known writers do you admire most?

It is probably too early to know, but some of my favorite authors are, in no particular order: Huxley, Patterson (both, Richard and James), Sanford, Iles, Wilbur Smith, DeMille and P. T. Deuterman.

Do you have any other books/stories in the works?

I do. I'm working on the next "Where on Earth?" story, which is set on a new winery near Santa Fe, New Mexico. I'm also working on a children's book about an unlikely friendship between a pelican name "Fast Eddy" and a penguin named "Ibix." Additionally, I am working on a novel about "Steel Helmet," which is a missile defense interceptor system, similar to "Iron Dome," being built in the Gulf States by an unlikely band of allied characters, including Israeli, Saudi, Swedish, Qatar and American engineers.


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About the Author

After graduating college, David spent two tours in United States Military Assistance Command Republic of Viet-Nam, before beginning his career as a nuclear engineer, then electronics engineer, tele-communications engineer, and software security engineer. He has previously published three non-fiction books, several poems, and many non-fiction technical and historical articles.

Learn more about the author at: www.fieryseaspublishing.com/david-h-minton

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