C. J. Watterson


CiarĂ¡n works as a Computer Engineer writing yards of code for an international chip manufacturer. After nearly ten years of working with and studying computers, his conclusion on the A.I. threat is that come the rise of the machines - they will probably destroy themselves through bugs 'cleverly' left by their designers. Our difficulty will be to survive without computers.

He began writing (human speak rather than machine code) in earnest when he realised that dull essay titles such as "What I did Last Summer" could be twisted to become any story. Stories played with Lego were used to knock out troublesome homework - the hard stuff that didn't involve calculus. Surprised by strong results, one idle summer, he began writing a prologue. That expanded into book, and the book became the first part of a series. So ironically, "What I did Last Summer" was already prepared in advance.

Widely read and with an interest in all things technical, scientific and obscure, he draws from varied source material for his books. Influential authors are David Eddings, Terry Pratchett, Alexander Dumas, Clive Cussler, C. S. Lewis and how could we leave out, William Shakespeare (specifically Macbeth). Of course - he doesn't write literature - he writes light-hearted, entertaining Sci-Fi/Fantasy tempered with occasional serious notes. He doesn't claim originality, everything comes from something and nothing comes from nothing.

If you recognise something from your favourite films, TV shows or books, well, that can only be a good thing - right?

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I don't need to be successful, I don't need to get published and I don't even believe I can or want to write stuff that has mass market appeal. All the great authors I love would never get published today with all their info-dumping, personal opinions, telling not showing and sentences that never end. I love writing though, and I want people to have the option of something a little different. I can't deny the positive response of my readers makes it worthwhile - and what is the point of writing if you simply lock it away in a cupboard.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book provisionally named "Master of the Destroyer" is the third part in the Magen series. I can't say progress is anything other that snail's pace - with all my committments. I'm still reviewing "Heart of the South". This story is much more space opera with several groups of characters hairing across the solar system. Magen is master of a small warship, just struggling to protect asteroid mining vital to the war effort. Even in the vast realm of space the "seekers of the key" still manage to track him down.
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Heart of the South
Series: Magen. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 189,670. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Seatus and Es'stus have been at war for over three hundred years. Inevitably, the Seatons - the Defenders - are losing. Left behind, Magen's lone division must risk an ocean crossing to aid in the defence of Solara. The action packed sequel to "Of North Blood Drawn" (free), more banter, more lasers and explosions, more intrigue, battles in the mind, space slugs and spurious philosophy...
Of North Blood Drawn
Series: Magen, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 169,130. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
In an age of science and reason an unfulfilled prophesy seems to be coming to life. Born without telepathy, Magen Agasan is exiled by his people, the mythical "North Ice-Islanders". He becomes ensnared in a long-running interplanetary war. A dark shadow dogs his steps. Ancient prophesy hangs over him. A spy is sleeping. Expect a motley crew, action, romance, wit and some provoked thoughts.

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