Featured Interview With J. Malcolm Patrick
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
Born and raised in the Caribbean, J. Malcolm Patrick was raised on a healthy dose of science fiction. Everything from Star Trek to Star Wars, Stargate to Firefly, Space Above and Beyond to Farscape. During his spare time he enjoys reading many independently published fiction novels, from the Man of War series to The Lost Starship and Black Fleet to The Expanse.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
14. When I read a fast paced star trek novel called Death Count. Original series novel. I started writing not long after that. Mostly short stories.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
Vaughn Heppner, JN Chaney, J Dalzlle, BV Larson, M Earle, D Wesley Smith, LA Graf, M J Friedman, MR Forbes, James Corey, Honsinger
Tell us a little about your latest book?
It is a light hearted space opera. Think Guardians of the Galaxy with a SMALL dose of military sci fi. Too much military marching around, saluting and ranks is too much for me.
I didn't want to do an alien invasion story, many of those exist and are done well. I wanted a human centered conflict, focusing heavily on themes of friendship and loyalty. My favorite thing about scifi shows and books was the loyalty their characters had to each other. It was a unique bond being a space explorer. Firefly, Stargate, BSG, Star Trek.
That's my goal for the book to illustrate the bonds of friendship and loyalty among a small ship and a small crew as they confront the unknown.
My first book was written rather quickly. 2-3 months part time work? Then I did another 2-3 months editing. I edited it heavily for coherent flow and tie-ins. And it really paid off. It's easy to tell a book just proof-read vs one which was edited structurally. Things come out of nowhere, lots of deus ex machina with the former, but the latter, if you see something save the day in my book, it means it is something the reader is aware of, it was referenced before. It didn't just magically appear.
I want to keep things light, and without melo drama. Every page can't be the MC almost dying or barely getting away. It gets old when I read it and I don't want to write that. I would describe the book as a good Guardians of the Galaxy esque feel. It is entertaining, fast paced, interesting character dynamics with a strong well-developed supporting cast of characters, who aren't just there to open hailing frequencies, balanced with well timed humor.
A war to end all wars, a young fearless captain, a prototype starship, and a desperate mission… When tensions reach a breaking point between two powerful human interstellar enclaves, a young captain must re-unite with his crew and seek the help of a sworn enemy before a war destroys everything humanity has built on the frontier.
If you enjoy a small dose of military sci-fi, space opera, great characters, and ripping space battles mixed with a dab of good-natured humor, then you won’t be disappointed by this novel.
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