Tell us about your book.
It’s a space opera/military sci-fi novel that takes place a couple hundred years in the future, not long after first contact with a race of pacifists conveniences mankind to disarm. After Earth’s first colony is destroyed by a third race humanity starts a crash remobilization, forcing my main character out of an uneventful, though, fulfilling civilian life.
The book is far more than just about the struggle of war. In addition to a healthy dose of combat, the book has a strong emotional core surrounding the main character’s detachment from his daughter because of the time effects of near the speed of light travel.
What’s the book’s opening line? Why did you start there?
It starts off with Trent Maxwell, the last Medal of Honor recipient, performing a boring task at work before slipping off into a day dream of when he was a war hero. He’s content with his family life but misses the thrill of combat and the glory his brought him.
I began there to start setting up the reader for the internal struggle Trent battles with throughout the book. His warrior’s soul desperately wants to get in the fight, but his father’s heart pushes back.
What do you most enjoy about writing?
Creating exciting universes and situations. I’m going blind from a genetic disorder, and writing worlds where I don’t have any limitations is kind of an escape for me.
Please share a writing tip you’ve found helpful.
Whenever I find myself stuck on how to work out a scene or plot line, I find it helpful to just stop thinking so hard about it. Go do something else, like read a book, go for a walk or grab a drink at the bar. Let your mind drift and many times you’ll find it landing on a solution by itself.
What interests you about science fiction?
I love to imagine what the future holds for our species. The universe is so huge and holds so many possibilities, it’s kind of frustrating to live in a time when we aren’t likely to see any of the really cool stuff. So, we have to use our imagination to leap forward.
What distinguishes your book’s alien threat from the other alien threats we’ve seen and read about?
Can’t say without giving too much away.
Why is this story structured as a trilogy?
I like trilogies. One book is too short to really get a deep story finished and sometimes it’s a drag to get sucked into a series that runs a dozen books before you get resolution. Three is the sweet spot. There’s a beginning, middle, and end.
What’s your day job? Does it influence your writing in any way?
I’m a federal lobbyist in Washington, DC. The only influence is the help my work has had on my writing. In government relations, you have to write a lot, and all that work over the years sharpened my pen.
What’s the best book you’ve ever read?
I’m going to say The Forever War because that is the book that got me hooked on reading sci-fi. Reading isn’t easy for me, so I usually got my sci-fi fix via TV and movies. But, one day I happened upon The Forever War and gave it a try. WOW!
Who is your favorite fictional character? (Any medium)
Daredevil, come on…of course I’m going to love a blind superhero.
If you could have one super-power, what would it be and why?
The ability to heal any injury or disease. Won’t it be great to be able to make a positive difference in so many lives.
What’s next for you?
I am editing book two of The Last Hero series now. Once that series is finished, I have already written the drafts of the first two books in another series and am working on another one in my head. Stay tuned for more great adventures!
Where can people learn more about your work?
Please visit my website, www.NathanielDanes.com. There you can learn more about me and read the first three chapters of The Last Hero for free.
Tell us one fun fact about yourself.
I am the youngest of 9 children.
Thank you, Nathaniel!