Interview with Antaeus

What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything to me; without them who would read my books? I feel that I have an obligation to do everything that I can to meet their expectation of a professionally written, and interesting story. A story that will not only justify the time they took to read it, but a story that will make them want to come back for more.
What are you working on next?
I have two projects right now. I am completing the last few short stories for "Alternate Earth Tales" Book II. Alternate Earth Tales" Book I, was published in late 2013.
The other project is the sequel to "Rune (Laconia Lost),". "Rune (Castopia Prime)," is about halfway written. I am shooting for completion and publication late in 2014.
Who are your favorite authors?
Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Poul Anderson, Ben Bova, Ray Bradbury, Leigh Brackett, Ray Bradbury, Marion Zimmer Bradley, L. Sprague de Camp, Stephen R. Donaldson, Clive Cussler, Robert Ludlum.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes I do. It was called "The Forgotten Ones." I made every mistake possible when I wrote it. I keep a copy to remind myself how far I have come, and how far I still have to go.
What is your writing process?
I try to write at least six hours a day. First the idea. Next comes the outline, followed by a storyline, and then a very rough draft. Then I start to write the story. Once the story is complete, and it never really is, I go back and revise, revise, revise. Then it goes to the proofreaders, and I revise, revise, and revise again.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember the first book I ever read. When I was ten years old, I worked loading milk trucks before school at 4 AM. One morning, while loading one of the trucks I found a book; it was Edith Hamilton's "Mythology." I didn't get to open it until I finished my after-school job, but once I started reading it, I was hooked. That book opened up a whole new world for me, I was no longer stuck in the inner city, and I could go wherever I wanted to in the world just by opening a book. That book literally changed my life.
How do you approach cover design?
My wife Judy was an art major in collage. We will usually come up with a concept together, then hand it off to a professional book cover designer.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I will read just about anything except romance novels and pornography. Strangely enough, although I write science fiction, my favorite books are not science fiction at all. I like the classics like "A Tale of two Cities," Robinson Caruso" etc. more.
What do you read for pleasure?
Right now I am reading the Jack Reacher Series by Lee Child.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Either a Kindle or a Tablet.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey. Growing up there had no influence on my writing whatsoever.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was about twelve or thirteen. I stopped at seventeen to join the service, and didn't start again until about a two years ago.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I have been waiting to write Rune for a long time. In fact, I started it twenty years ago, but never had the chance to finish it (life again). When I decided to start writing full time, I pulled out all my old storylines, Ideas, and poetry out of the attic. When I opened the box, there was the synopsis sitting right on top. The original story I started all those years ago had to be scrapped, but the bones were good.
Published 2014-01-12.
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Armed and Alive
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,960. Language: American English. Published: April 24, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » General crimes
A Readers' Favorite 5-Star Award Winner that could save your life! This revised edition of "Armed and Alive" contains true stories of Americans who altered the course of their lives and the lives of others by their use of legal firearms. Instead of becoming a victim and a statistic, they met force with force and became survivors instead.