Painting pictures with words is what all of the great science fiction writers are able to do. More than just paint pictures, they are able to transport you away to a distant galaxy or some fantastic future civilization. They are able to enthrall you with their words so deeply that you forget that you're even reading a book. This has happened to me on several different occasions in my life while reading books by such authors as Isaac Asimov, Larry Niven, Arthur C. Clarke, Dan Abnett and many others. I look up after reading for a while and instead of fifteen minutes, two hours has passed. I have been envious of this kind of writing ability ever since I was an adolescent.
It all started when I was fifteen and my mother gave me a copy of Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke. She had read it for some college class that she was attending at the time and was finished with it. It served as a way for her to unplug my brain from the television. I was constantly watching reruns of Star Trek and Battle Star Galactica. I suppose she thought that I would find the subject matter interesting. She was right! I was immediately entranced by the story and in awe of Mr. Clarke's writing ability. I had read many stories in school of course, but nothing that had captivated me like this. I dreamed of one day being able to do this myself. To transport people and engage them with my writing. Time passed however and I grew older realizing that this dream would most likely go unfulfilled. Then independent book publishers began to emerge on the internet. What a wondrous and glorious thing! Smashwords.com has given me the chance to live out my dreams! To paint my pictures with words for people all over the world to see!
Below is a link to my newest novella ebook Striking Deep. It is set in my fictional Fleet Marine Striker Battalion universe. In this universe the inner human colonies, which are based around Earth are at war with the outer colonies located further out in the Orion Arm of the galaxy. In this story I have attempted to develop the characters more and give the readers an in depth view of what motivates them as well as how the war began. All of my usual characters are present Sgt. Gallagher, Doc, Sgt. Cook, Sgt. Davis, Cpl. Harris and a few new ones that I hope the readers will enjoy. Download your copy today! If you like it pay me the ultimate compliment and tell a friend!