My latest journey is finally complete: an inner journey spent at cafes and staying awake at night tapping away in front of the PC. Or leaning head in hand dreaming of other worlds.
This journey is the completion of my novel Space Juice, finally published on Amazon!
I won’t reveal how long it took to write. This extends down the years, perhaps into another decade. Over these years I’ve learnt much about the art of fiction writing. My craft has changed, definitely for the better. Early on I was verbose, my style flowery – as of a newly graduated English literature student keen to show his wares. With more experience and wider reading through all genres I’ve tamed my style.
I’ve learnt the art of description, how to write action scenes, narrative development, what to imply and how to edit. Oh how to edit! How to kiss goodbye those sentences that don’t quite fit. How to cull an entire paragraph, nay, entire chapters that stray from the story.
I like to think Space Juice contains incisive satire and social commentary, but these are not included for the mere sake of it. The real world teems with absurdity, beauty, corruption, avarice, desire and the quest for survival. The politics in science fiction and fantasy mirror past, present and future scenarios, and Space Juice draws on all three. It is set in the far-flung future, although the reader may find echoes of historical and contemporary events that I have referenced, intentionally or otherwise. These elements, as well as reflecting reality, make for a good story when properly treated.
But already this post becomes too serious. Space Juice: A Sci-Fi (Mis)Adventure is lighthearted, silly and fun. Straddling the boundaries of comedy and science fiction, my first novel falls into a subgenre that I feel has been all too underexploited.
Many thanks to my editor, Chris Parrott, and to James at GoOnWrite.com for the cover design: