Interview with Brian Henry

Describe your desk
I have way too many desks, several of them virtual desks. In my Condo in London, I have two computers, both HP's and a bunch of papers and files. There is a TV in the corner, a guitar which I cannot play against the wall, and an outdoor patio beckons through sliding doors.
But there is my desk at work, with computer part of the hospital network, and a door with window blocked off with pictures of my grandchildren.
There is my laptop which for writing, really acts as my desk.
There is my car, where I keep many important things because they have to end up within walking distance where-ever I go.
Pretty well, I write anywhere.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the country, on 26 acres of land, with a three dogs and two older brothers. My father, Adrian Dingle, was an artist, full time, so we didn't have a lot of money. Mostly I went out into the surrounding forest with my dog early in the morning, and came home for lunch, then supper. Then, many times, my room being on the ground floor, I would sneak out the window without my parents being aware. To the best of my knowledge they never found out.
Of course, I didn't start off writing. English was my worst subject in school, after my childhood deafness was corrected and math subsequently became less of a problem.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote some as a teenager, even a little as an elementary student. I received some encouragement in later years, but as I was headed toward Physics, and then Medicine as a career, writing took a back seat.
When I entered administrative and leadership roles though, I had to give 'inspiring' speeches for fundraising and motivation; Although we had Public Relations personnel at my hospital, and at the various institutions for which I worked, they quickly learned I would not relinquish the 'right to write'. Most of my speech writing I would do in my car, essentially in my head until i got it right.
My flirtation with writing fiction did not start really until about 20 years ago.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I love Physics, always have, and the Mathematics that supports it. Indeed, my initial goal was Theoretical Physics. I was intrigued by a concept of a hollow planet or moon, recognizing that the interior of a symmetrical hollow sphere would be weightless. One of my exam questions in my undergraduate days asked how much time it would take for a train running straight from London England to Los Angeles (if one could build such a thing, and if it were frictionless...always a lot of 'ifs' in Physics) under just the force of gravity. Turns out the time taken is the same regardless of destinations, and the train would go back and forth ad infinitum.
I love counter-intuitive reality like that, which is the bailie-wick of a lot of Physics, and an awful lot of Quantum Mechanics.
So, what would life inside a weightless hollow moon be like? I wanted to find out.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'm getting old, and can't wait around for some publishing house to recognize and reject my qualities. I doubt they would ever publish me if it takes James Patterson 31 tries (with the book I consider his best, by the way), Steven King a comparable number. I don't want affirmation to come from some editor or agent who is disgruntled and overworked the day they look at my work...let the public do that.
If my father had waited for a jury to assess his art before a show, he would have never sold anything. And yet, he became a very well known artist, one of the first to actually make a living at fine art during his life-time.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I have been a physician for over forty years, a Cancer Specialist, and while I love the work and it is endlessly fascinating, the emotional strain of dealing with death and suffering can be very difficult. For many years I used martial arts as a way to release the tension and clear my mind, but with advancing age, and somewhat unusual infirmity, that has become too difficult, indeed, too painful.
I can lose myself in writing. I can create worlds and characters that interest me, and I can deliver social comment in an entertaining way. Much of what I do eases pain and suffering, which lasts only a lifetime; writing can change the world.
What do your fans mean to you?
My grandchildren, and one of my three children, although I don't know which one. So far, there are no others. And they mean everything to me.
What are you working on next?
I am cleaning up Trojan Book Series Two (which probably should have been One) First Contact, and outlines of two others, Divorce and Jesus Secundus are in the back of my fact, all four have Scrivener Projects started.
Who are your favorite authors?
My reading of Science Fiction (the genre I enjoy the most) spans over 50 years, and I am a dreadful fan...if I ever get any of my own, I hope they treat me better than I treat those authors I have read. I've read enough to divide them into good writing and enjoyable writing, but it is hard to choose a favorite, and sometimes my favorite is part of a book. There are several notable books where I have loved the first half and not so much the second, and that I truly find fascinating.
Have I successfully ducked this question?
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My back pain.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Practicing medicine, playing with grandchildren, playing online poker and laughing at the incredibly stupid and yet amazingly successful politicians in American and Canadian politics. And decrying the lack of logic in the world. And sitting by the lake reading, or listening to CBC.
Published 2015-08-30.
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Books by This Author

TROJAN: Nefra Contact
Series: TROJAN. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 101,130. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
War-torn Earth turns its attention to the sudden appearance of a ‘moon’ around Jupiter. Two sets of heroes, one from Earth and one from the ‘alien’ planet Nefra meet on this distant outpost, presenting Earth with its First Contact, representing a struggle on both sides to stay alive.
Trojan: Hollow Moon of Jupiter
Series: TROJAN. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 168,430. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Trojan, a hollow Moon built by the Nefra as a beachhead to attack Earth, has been inhabited by half a million Earthsiders, to prevent just such a threat. Suddenly street people in Trojan start dying. Local police take interest when Richard Fletcher, failed father, relapsed priest, drug addict, and brother of Trojan’s major drug lord, is in the weightless, world famous Ortho Burn unit