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Allbooks Reviews INTERVIEW:
Please state your name and location. (city and State or Province, Country)
Mark Whiteway, Storrington, West Sussex, England.
Tell us the title and publisher of your book:
Title – Lodestone Book One: The Sea of Storms
Publisher – Virtualbookworm
Tell us about yourself:
Mark Whiteway lives in rural West Sussex, England, near the former home of H G Wells. A lifelong devotee of H G Wells and Jules Verne, this is Mark’s first science fiction novel, built around the concept of negative matter–an extension of Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity. Mark lives with his wife Sandra.
When was the book released?
April 12 2010
Give us an overview of your book.
Ail-Kar–a white hole–a portal from another universe ejects a stream of material into the Kelanni System, raining meteoroids on to the planet’s surface. But the so-called “lodestones” behave according to different physical laws, changing Kelanni`s society, it’s religion and it’s people.
Now the land is ruled over by a mysterious “Prophet”. With the aid of the fearsome Keltar in their flying cloaks, the Kelanni are put to forced labor to mine the lodestones, whilst the Prophet is building a machine of terrible destructive power.
Shann, an orphan with a fiery disposition, witnesses a battle between a Keltar and a stranger bearing a similar flying cloak. Fleeing the Prophet’s soldiers, she sets out to track down the stranger. She learns of the technology behind the Keltars’ power, and joins him on a mission to free the slaves and cut off the Prophet’s supply of lodestones.
Meanwhile, Keris, a Keltar, is sent on a mission to track down the rebels. She is attacked by a flying creature and saved by the enigmatic Chandara. At their Great Tree, she receives a message from the distant past that the Prophet is out to destroy the Kelanni. She must travel to the other side of her world to retrieve a device, designed to disable the Prophets machine. She races to save the rebels from a trap set for them, joining the party.
They flee to a tower containing a displacement transporter, pursued by Keltar. The tower is destroyed as they are attempting to use it. They then make for the coast in a desperate attempt to cross the barrier of storms that divides their world. After surviving a battle with an immense creature, they arrive at the coast and modify a ship to carry them through the barrier. Following a titanic battle at sea, Shann is washed up on a distant shore, where a world shaking revelation awaits.
What inspired you to write this book?
Einstein’s Theory of Relativity predicts a number of strange consequences for our understanding of reality. One of these is the possible existence of negative matter. Although negative matter has never been found, we know from the math involved that it would have some highly peculiar properties, including negative inertia. My thought was “What might happen to an alien society that was exposed to a source of negative matter and the power it offered?” The result has been the Lodestone series of books.
How is your book different from other books in this genre?
As far as I am aware, no previous Science Fiction series has comprehensively explored the concept of negative matter in this way. In addition, the series weaves in alien life cycles, ultrasonics, electro and gamma ray laser technology, null space transporters, the “action at a distance” effect of particle physics, black holes and time dilation in a gripping action oriented story involving complex and engaging characters.
Where can people buy your book?
Direct from the publisher Virtualbookworm, Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com or any good bookstore. Links appear below.
Are you working on another book? If so when do you expect it to be published?
The second volume in the Lodestone series, subtitled “The World of Ice and Stars” is now complete and is already at the publishers, receiving its final edit prior to publication. I am very excited about it. The characters really come into their own and there are a lot of twists and turns along the way. I am hoping that those who enjoyed the first book will be swept up in the story as it progresses. I anticipate a publication date of August/September 2010.
I am now writing the third volume, “The Crucible of Dawn.” Look for it during the first half of 2011.
If you self published, what advice can you give to fellow writers?
The route I took amounts to something of a middle way between self and traditional publishing. Virtualbookworm only accept manuscripts of suitable quality. Once my work was accepted, I found them generally very helpful and would have no hesitation in recommending them to authors like me who are starting out.
If published traditionally, tell us how you benefited:
Can you share one of your marketing successes with us?
Well my first book has only just been published, so it’s a little early. However, can I say that my Allbooks review has already attracted a fair amount of attention?
How did you find Allbooks Reviews and what are you hoping for in your relationship with us?
I Googled you (like everyone else).
I will be sending you my second book for review as soon as it’s ready. I’m confident you will give it the same careful consideration as you gave the first.
Was the low cost a surprise? What other things would you like Allbooks Reviews to offer writers?
That sounds exactly like the sort of question that an American would ask!
Thank you for this interview and best of luck with your book.
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