You were already a bestselling author before the Earthrise series but it definitely seems to have catapulted you into an even higher author stratosphere. What’s that experience been like and how did you celebrate?
Back in 2011, my Song of Dragons series had similar success to Earthrise today. The Song of Dragons trilogy sold hundreds of thousands of copies that year, enabling me to quit my day job and become a full time author. After that, I still had successful books, though Earthrise is the first series to reach Song of Dragons heights. I haven't done anything to celebrate, though I'm very grateful every day for the opportunity to write full time for a living.
What’s a typical day like for you?
I usually spend my mornings answering emails and doing administrative work. I'll start writing after lunch, then write until midnight. At midnight, the laptop usually shuts down and I spend an hour reading. I work seven days a week and haven't taken a day off in years. Though to be honest, every day feels like a day off, since writing is how I used to spend my vacations anyway when I still had a real job!
What do you like most about writing in the science fiction and fantasy genres and do you think you’ll ever venture outside of them?
My parents had lots of old Asimov and Heinlein novels lying around, so I was born into reading science fiction. Like many kids in the 80s, I also played a lot of Dungeons and Dragons and read fantasy novels. They're simply genres that have always been a part of my life and that I enjoy consuming, and so that's what I write. I've always wanted to attempt to write a thriller and horror, so if I ever venture out of science fiction and fantasy, that's where I might go.
Which are you currently reading?
Currently on my reading table: Hell Divers by Nicholas Smith, The Atlantis Gene by Riddle, and Waking Up by Sam Harris.
Which of your books would you most like to see made into a tv series of movie and who would play the lead roles?
Since I'm currently working on the Earthrise series, that would be my pick. As for the lead roles... in the first novel, the characters are all eighteen. I don't know many famous teenage actors (aside from the kids on Game of Thrones), so I imagine we'd mostly hire unknown actors and catapult them to stardom. ;)
The zombie apocalypse has hit (as we all knew it would one day). Which TV or movie characters do you want as part of your crew? (no superheroes...that’s cheating)
I'll have to go with: