Andrew has played at writing stories and comics since childhood. He started writing seriously in 2011. Since then he has published several novels, including a number in the Oliver Lucas series, available on Amazon.com and other retailers. Andrew currently works as a middle-school English teacher in Virginia. The following is an interview I had recently with him:
Q: Can you tell my readers about what genre you write in and why you chose it?
A: I primarily write pulp adventure and science fiction. I chose pulp adventure because I love films like Indiana Jones and books like Neuromancer: Gritty adventures with heroes who are not great role models, but always end up doing the right thing.
Q: Can you tell us the title of your most recently published work, and a bit about the storyline?
A: Over the summer I finished two books: Words of Power is the fifth novel in the Oliver Lucas adventure series. Directly following the events in the previous novel, Words of Power follows Oliver as he tries to finally assemble the mystical machine which he has been seeking for over ten years. Wrapping up plot threads from the previous four novels, it is not the end of the Oliver Lucas series, but a close to the first “season” of the series before I launch the next season of Oliver Lucas books in a year or two.
Q: Are you working on any new project at the moment, and if so, can you tell us about it?
A: I’ve always got several projects running at once. With Words of Power and Dyson’s Angel wrapping up I’m currently focusing on a couple of short story projects while I finish my outline for a crime novel called A Cold Day to Drown. A Cold Day to Drown will be set in an east coast city about 50-100 years in the future. The main character, Talbot Liu, is a private detective who turned to working the underground after repeated anxiety attacks disqualified him for work as a Field Agent with the federal government. The genre will be something between cyberpunk, a genre which is difficult to write now that many of its core features have either been surpassed or proven impractical by modern technology, so you might call A Cold Day to Drown a post-cyberpunk crime thriller.
Q: How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?
A: I write about two to four pages a day in the evening and on weekends, between working on lesson plans and grading papers for my full time job as a teacher. At that pace, I finish the first draft of a novel in about six months, then take another three to six months to revise it. Overall, I tend to write about one and a half books a year, plus a few short stories and role playing game supplements.
Q: What are some goals you would like to accomplish as a writer in the next five years?
A: My biggest goal in the next few years is to make enough money from my writing to join the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. I’m close… but not quite there. I’ve also started submitting my science fiction novels to publishing houses and, while it would be nice to make a living as an independent writer, I would be thrilled to have my novels picked up under a traditional publishing contract.
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