Interview with Eric Thomson

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My wife and my dog, and not necessarily in that order - depending on how badly the mutt needs to use the outside facilities. But all kidding aside, since leaving the corporate world to become a full-time author, I actually look forward to getting up every morning, knowing that I finally have my dream job.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend time at the gym every day of the week, and during the warmer months, I also hike, play golf and walk the dog, and during the winter months, enjoy regular cross-country ski outings.. A few times per year, my wife and I take a trip to warmer climes for a week or two of scuba diving and underwater photography. I've also embarked on a long term home renovation project, intending to do a room or two every year. I like working with my hands - it provides a perfect counterpoint to my writing. As well, and to my wife's great satisfaction, I'm a bit of a gourmet chef and spend a fair amount of time every day preparing our meals. Since she still works in the corporate world, I make sure she has a healthy breakfast and lunch, and comes home every evening to something tasty (other than myself!).
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mostly through recommendations from others, be they friends, family, bloggers I trust, etc.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I certainly do, and I still have a copy. At one point I pulled it out to see if I could rewrite it with the aim of publishing. Funnily enough, I couldn't get past the first few pages, that's how bad it is. Just awful. It made me cringe to think I could write something so laughable. That being said, I did salvage a few characters and concepts from it for my published novels, so in a way, it lives on.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up as an army brat, moving all over Canada and Europe as my dad went from posting to posting, and that must have left a lasting impression because I spent a good number of years in the army myself and thus inevitably ended up writing military science-fiction. They do say write what you know, and I know soldiers!
When did you first start writing?
My first attempts happened in the dark ages well before the advent of ebooks, when the only outlets were the traditional publishers and vanity presses. After failing to sell a single manuscript (of the five I wrote when I was in my early thirties), I forgot about the whole writing thing, until twenty years later, I stumbled on the fact that I could self-publish ebooks. Mostly for fun and to see what would happen, I resurrected and rewrote the two stories I thought were the best of the bunch and put them out there. They caught on beyond anything I could ever have expected and became the first installments of my two military sci-fi series.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My current work in progress is a cop story set in the same future universe as my military sci-fi series. It's based on a concept I first thought about twenty years ago, and it's definitely not a standard police procedural in space, combining espionage, treason and an investigator who handles internal affairs cases. I guess it's a fusion of several genres, influenced by a British cop show from the early 90s.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The short answer is that I could. If we didn't have the unprecedented tools and access to put our stories before the readers' eyes unfettered by the ponderous processes of traditional publishing, I'd likely still be working in the corporate world with nary a novel to my name.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The creative act of bringing my characters to life. That and writing snappy dialogue of the kind that would be frowned at in the corporate environment.
What do your fans mean to you?
Without fans, I'm not an author. Without fans, I'm merely a scribbling dilettante with pretensions of adequacy. Had it not been for those readers who gave me a chance and read my books back then, I might never have published anything more than the first two. In other words, I owe my new career as a full-time author to my fans.
What are you working on next?
Once I wrap up the sci-fi cop story, I'm returning to the Siobhan Dunmoore series for the fourth installment. It's already storyboarded, so I'll be picking it up on the run the moment my current work in progress goes to my editor for the first of several rounds of review and critique.
Published 2017-01-10.
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Books by This Author

Victory's Bright Dawn
Series: Siobhan Dunmoore. Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 104,660. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Never bet on the past staying buried, and never bet against a captain with a battleship disguised as a freighter. Siobhan Dunmoore's past came back for an encore, but this time, the odds are on her side. She will ride her starship into the galaxy's badlands and finish a job abandoned years earlier, come hell or high water.
Like Stars in Heaven
Series: Siobhan Dunmoore. Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 109,930. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Ordered on a final mission that takes them deep into an uncharted part of the galaxy, Siobhan Dunmoore and the crew of the Commonwealth Navy frigate Stingray come face to face with their darkest fears. Forced to question the very definition of humanity while evading an old foe, their survival might hang in the balance, but Dunmoore has faced worse odds and emerged victorious.
The Path of Duty
Series: Siobhan Dunmoore. Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 117,080. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
War is filled with intrigue, treachery and dishonor, and that's just in Siobhan Dunmoore's Navy. Then there's the enemy to contend with as well, whether he be from the alien Shrehari Empire or from any number of pirate clans, human and non-human alike. Caught in the grip of a powerful cabal intent on changing the existing order, Dunmoore has to find the path to survival and take her ship home.
No Honor in Death
Series: Siobhan Dunmoore. Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 130,870. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
What is the price of honor? Given command of an obsolete starship with a demoralized crew, Siobhan Dunmoore must find victory before death finds her. Pursued by an implacable alien foe, she cannot even count on the support of her own Navy, whose admirals remain more interested in scheming than winning. But Dunmoore was determined to redeem herself and her ship or be damned for all eternity.