Interview with Bradley Warnes

What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are your sustenance, without them you whither and die.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love escaping into fiction, not only as a reader but also as a writer. Being able to close my eyes and imagine a scene, especially one I've written is a joy.
What are you working on next?
I'm working up a new series based on Ensign Chelsea Vanderbilt's adventures before she appears in The Artemis Files books. A combination of origin story and self contained novels exploring more of this fun character. In addition, I'm finalising the next book in The Artemis Files series, 'Liberty'.
Who are your favorite authors?
Always a fun question, but off the bat I would have to say that Jerry Pournelle, John Ringo, and H. Beam Piper are up there at the top, followed very closely by early Dale Brown, Richard Herman, Douglas Reeman, Bernard Cornwell, John Birmingham, and many others across diverse genres. SF is my first love, but I'm always interested in reading different authors and genres, whether established or Indie.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family first and foremost, and then the characters in my books.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Artwork & illustration occupy a lot of my spare time, whether doing graphics for RPG companies, conventions, or book covers, and sometimes just for the sheer challenge of refining skills in 3d art. Other time is spent traveling across Europe, Russia, USA and Canada, usually with an SLR in hand (the camera, not the rifle). Having a young child tends to keep you busy, and most of the other time is spent keeping them occupied and active outside.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
A number of sources from word of mouth, to reviews, and general browsing in the genres that interest me at the time.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, way back in high school back in Australia as a youngster. The same story has developed over the years with many false starts to properly write it, culminating in a 400,000+ word epic saga. One day in the not so distant future when it has been polished up (again), it will be added to the list of published works.

As a hint, The Artemis Files series of books and their spin-offs serve as a good precursor to that unpublished saga.
What is your writing process?
Grab a coffee, strong enough to have a spoon stand up in it, put on headphones and cue some vocal trance music, Gothic metal, a little bit of rock and pop, and then a lot of foreign music (French, Russian, Turkish, Scandinavian, etc), review the previous day's material and then launch into the scenes I have been exploring in my mind since finishing the previous work.
Sometimes, I'll sit in the massage chair and close my eyes and work through some difficult scenes or passages as I get a good backrub, but otherwise the key is to write... write anything to keep moving, and then refine or polish it later.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes and no... one of the first books I remember reading was Moby Dick back when I was very, very young (either 7,8 or 9), however I don't remember much of the impact at that time, if any.
What did change my outlook and life was picking up Jerry Pournelle's 'Mote in God's Eye' during high school, and that book remained with me ever since. The vision and scope of the novel, changed my perception and outlook, letting me look beyond the every day to new worlds and a distant future.
How do you approach cover design?
I do my own covers and always aim to keep a consistent theme with enough eye catching detail to interest prospective readers. Subtle colours in the background, vivid characters and spaceships, and then usually a space battle or explosion or two.
The process usually starts with the character first, rendering them using Poser or Daz software, and then sitting down with photo/art software to layer up an image I'm happy with as a cover. I can be my own worst critic, and my covers will usually go through several iterations before I am somewhat happy that it can be used.
What are your most favorite books, and why?
Mote in God's Eye - Jerry Pournelle & Larry Niven, as mentioned before the scope and story just grabs you on many different levels.
Ghost - John Ringo, a protagonist and narrative that pulls you in, and then sends you on a wild ride across the world.
There are so many more, but at the moment those are the two that immediately leap to mind.
Published 2017-06-20.
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 61,710. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
(3.00 from 1 review)
It is the 43rd Century and the Federal States of America are at war across the sector. Dragged from a quiet life on a backwater world, young Chelsea Vanderbilt is forced to enlist into the Federal States Navy as the only way to avoid certain death. Exchanging one danger for another, she soon learns you can't escape destiny in the navy, not when enemy warships lay in wait on your very first cruise.
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 101,210. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Book 3 of the Artemis Files... Bren Montclare, merchant, rogue and contract mercenary has managed to survive the Stromon Cartel on Elysium, overcome the pirates of Talisman, and sold his cargo. Now he faces his greatest challenge as an old and ancient threat is unearthed in a remote colony world.
Price: Free! Words: 23,510. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
(4.00 from 1 review)
In the 43rd Century, Commander Bren Montclare VC, is at the top of his career and has everything ever wanted after a lifetime of service to the navy. Engaged to the niece of the king and serving in a glamorous posting, he is envied by many for his good fortune. In a single evening it all comes crashing down amidst blood and terror.
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 72,840. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Book 2 of the Artemis Files... Caught between Pirates in the Hinterlands and friends that want to kill him, Bren Montclare and his starship DIANA fight to stay alive. All Bren wanted was time to recover from his baptism of fire into counter-intelligence operations and a chance to sell his cargo but the Artemis Project has other ideas....
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 73,080. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Thrust into a dangerous game of intrigue in a race against time, a disgraced naval officer must save the girl, find the traitor, and halt damaging secrets from being sold to enemies of the realm. Out of his depth, without knowing where to turn for help, he discovers trust is a word without meaning, on a planet where no crime or sin is forbidden.