Interview with Mike Adams

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised on the other side of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge in Staten Island. SI is more diverse today but even when I went to high school I had friends who were Italian, Irish, Polish, Russian, Norwegians, Germans, Swedes, Syria, Greek, Korean, and elsewhere. There were Catholics and Jews and Protestants, Whites, Latinos, African-Americans, a few Asians, Arabs. In other words people with roots from all over. I started studying Spanish in middle school and continued in high school where I met the teacher who really expanded my horizons and world view, Eleanor Rosenbaum. She was born in India to German-Jewish refugees who fled the Nazis during WWII. She was my Spanish teacher and my German teacher. I also took Italian (different teacher). I also grew up in a family that was more Irish that anything else, we even had a NYPD cop in the family. We're also an extended family where I have relatives who are at least part Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dominican, German, Italian, African-American, Armenian and Dutch. And then there was the military factor. Almost all my aunts and uncles were in one service or another, and both my mother and father were in the Navy. After college I joined the navy as a supply corps officer (Logistics). Oh, and I spend a semester at a satellite campus in Austria and traveled all over Europe. In the navy I got to go 20+ more countries on 6 continents.
So the result of all that is that to me having an international group of characters in my books is not simply something to make the story more interesting to a wider audience but a natural inclination to recognize the courage and fears and the strengths and weaknesses of people from all over including some who we may consider adversaries today but may be close allies someday in the not too distant future.
When did you first start writing?
About six years ago. I wrote a few stories, more as practice and an experiment to see if I could do it. I never finished them but I learned a lot from them. I began working on the current series of books about five years ago, at first just working out the basic plot and story lines in my head.
What's the story behind your latest book?
So far I've finished the first eleven books in the series, they'll be 18 altogether. I'm working on books 12-18 right now. There are so many interconnections that I can't just work on one at a time. Sometimes I'll works on scenes for later books and these help determine what needs to happen in earlier books. This is the story of an alien invasion of Earth's first colony on another planet. The time is a little more than 100 years in the future when new technologies and discoveries become everyday facts of life but many of the same problems and problem areas still exist.
I reasoned that a project to start colonizing a new, relatively Earth-like planet would:
A) take time to get going. I'm not dropping intrepid individuals off just to see how long it would take for them to get eaten. A basic infrastructure would need to be put in place and that would take well-trained skilled people to build it and professional security personnel to keep them safe.
B) have to have a broad coalition of sponsors - one, because it would be tremendously expensive, far beyond even the richest countries to do on their own, and two, because any major countries left out would never allow it. Would we let the Russians or Chinese do it and leave us out? Or vice versa? There's no way that would happen without starting a war. The same could be said for India, Brazil, Germany, the UK, etc,
C) have to allow families to go there eventually if they wanted the colony to grow but at least in the early years small children need not apply. Only older children who could meet the same standards as their parents would be allowed - smart, able to handle stress well, able to function independently, very healthy both mentally and physically.
and D) we might not be the only species interested in the real estate, not even the first to put in a claim.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always wanted to write but never really had the time. I've had a book rejected and that process of waiting for months just to get a no, then rinse wash and repeat wasn't very appealing. I realized though that doing a one of for a first time author wasn't likely to set my book(s) apart regardless of how well good they might be.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
We'll see! It certainly has given me an opportunity to be successful.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Actually its when I read some scene or chapter I wrote months earlier then reading it again almost like it was someone else's work and thinking "You know, this is really good!"
What do your fans mean to you?
I'll let you know when I have some!
What are you working on next?
Books 12-18
Who are your favorite authors?
I've been reading Sci-fi for a LONG time and of current authors I'd have to say David Weber, John Ringo, Tanya Huff, David Drake but I was raised on Anne McCaffrey, Andre Norton, Poul Anderson and Isaac Asimov.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A chance to move the story along or get the finished books to the next step. Or catch up on the Walking Dead.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I substitute teach in a school district that has a lot of Iraqi and Syrian refugees The kids are great and after not very long they're as American as the kids born here but they usually work harder in school.
What is your writing process?
I need to know where the story is headed so I can figure out how to get there. If you don't know where your going it's too easy to end up in a dead end. I try to decide what scenes I want and where in the overall story then write to them. I have a whole list of possible things that might happen, I use some, delete some, add more as I go along. It really helps avoid getting stuck!
Published 2018-01-21.
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Books by This Author

Change of Destination
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 89,410. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Jacks Company is preparing for departure from the mountain valley they’ve been in for nearly a full local year. The new Rift commander has her sights set on Winter Haven and the aliens are getting ready for their next attack on the settlement, Jacks Company’s expected destination. The starship Asia has made it back to Earth’s solar system with news of the alien invasion of the New Hope Colony.
Orders to Leave
Series: Fierce Girls At War, Fourteen. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 107,480. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The colony transport ship Marco Polo is about to arrive at the New Hope Colony with 2,200 new Rangers onboard but alien reinforcements have already arrived. In the mountain valley the girls of Jacks Company under Commander Rick Cassidy and Gunnery Sergeant Molly Pickford prepare to face packs of demon wolves that will attack once the lake freezes.
Enemy Found
Series: Fierce Girls At War, Eight. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 77,860. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
“The aliens killed half my company including my commander at Southport. It’s time to pay them back in full.” - Captain Eva Zhang, CO, Tiger Company, 3rd Battalion, Colonial Rangers, New Hope Colony, China The aliens are on the move again, this time they are headed for Winter Haven. Cassidy and Pickford step up the training of the girls from the New Hope Academy who survived the crash of the Cairo
Hitting Back
Series: Fierce Girls At War, Thirteen. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 93,550. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Things have been mostly quiet at the New Hope Colony since the battles at the end of the summer and both the aliens and the Colonial Rangers have been licking their wounds and considering what their opponents might do next. The Rangers want to strike first but how and where? Maybe the Hot Tub Brain Trust will come up with something.
The Raid on Southport
Series: Fierce Girls At War, Twelve. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 86,480. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
“They want us to fly the Southport mission in bad weather but that means we’ll probably get tossed around like a fishing boat in a hurricane only a bit higher up. Those guys back there better have their airsick bags ready. The last think I need is a whole platoon of Rangers puking all over my aircraft!” - LT Erin Quinn, recon shuttle pilot, mission lead pilot, Colonial Rangers, New Hope Colony
Death By Water Death By Fire
Series: Fierce Girls At War, Eleven. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 96,200. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Almost 30,000 aliens are on the move towards Winter Haven, McKinley Pass, Rocky Point and Castillo. The ones headed for Castillo plan to make a stop first and take the Cairo from Commander Rick Cassidy, Gunnery Sergeant Molly Pickford, a handful of Ranger NCOs and their company of female students and teachers from the New Hope Academy.
Recovery Mission
Series: Fierce Girls At War, Nine. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 90,160. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
“I want to take one of the aliens and ask him WHERES MY DAUGHTER? while I scoop his eyes out with a spoon but that doesn’t seem to be practical so I guess I’ll have to settle for cutting their dead bodies open and ripping their organs out! For science, of course." - Lacey McCarthy, Biologist, mother of Ruby McCarthy, New Hope Colony, Canada
Jacks Company
Series: Fierce Girls At War, Ten. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 105,410. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
“We know the aliens will be coming soon. My squad will be in the fort and I’m scared, we all are, but we’re confident too. More than anything I’m scared I’ll lose someone because I make the wrong decision.” - Stormy James, age 19, leader of squad One, intern, New Hope Academy, New Hope Colony, US
Deluge
Series: Fierce Girls At War, Seven. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 82,890. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The summer has arrived and with it have come warmer temperatures and the rapidly melting snows that threaten the valley where the crash survivors are being trained by GSGT Molly Pickford to fight and defend themselves. The alien Rift and their Andoval mercenaries regroup after the Battle for McKinley Pass and plan their attack on Winter Haven.
The Fight For The Pass
Series: Fierce Girls At War, Six. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 93,310. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
“It’s not fair! Nobody told me I was supposed to wear socks with my new combat boots!” - Montana Hernandez, age 15, 2nd year student, New Hope Academy, New Hope Colony, USA It’s time to begin training the survivors of the crash of the Cairo to fight like Colonial Rangers. In 2 months the mountain lake will freeze and deadly predators will come down to eat them; the aliens may come for them first.
A Bad Day On The River
Series: Fierce Girls At War, Five. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 68,190. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Southport and New Cancun have fallen to the aliens. Their next target is the settlement of New St Louis. In the mountain valley far from safety and with little hope of rescue where the Cairo crashed CDR Rick Cassidy decides that the students from the New Hope Academy must begin training to fight under the supervision of GSGT Molly Pickford and the handful of Ranger NCOs who survived the crash.
First Contact
Series: Fierce Girls At War, Four. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 68,250. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The Rift have begun their invasion of the New Hope colony. They have shot down the 850-foot long transport Cairo which crashed in a mountain valley with CDR Rick Cassidy and GSGT Molly Pickford and 50 female students from the New Hope Academy. The aliens have taken Southport and have set their sights on their next target, New Cancun, while thousands of refugees pour into the western settlements.
Opening Shots
Series: Fierce Girls At War, Three. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 70,320. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
The Rift have come to retake a planet they’ve claimed for over a thousand years. Humans call it New Hope. The first shots will be aimed at the 850-foot long anti-gravity powered cargo transport lander Cairo. Onboard are Commander Rick Cassidy and his partner Gunnery Sergeant Molly Pickford along with 50 female students and interns, and a handful of staff from the New Hope Academy.
Threat On The Horizon
Series: Fierce Girls At War, Two. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 105,190. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
In 2118 a Rift starship discovered that humans have invaded a planet they consider theirs. The alien humans are judged extremely dangerous and must be eliminated. It took a while for the Rift to return to reclaim their property but now they're back and they've brought 30,000 Andoval mercenaries with them to rid the planet of the invaders.
Fierce Girls
Series: Fierce Girls At War, One. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 95,390. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
“I love being a Marine but there are days…We may have a lot of the same problems in 2122 that we had a hundred years ago but back then the Gul brothers weren’t paying lots to see my head on a spike! So I’m a pretty good shot and Rick is even better. Did I ask Hassan Gul and his boys to go on a rampage? No, I didn’t! But do you think they care? Hell no!" - Staff Sergeant Susan ‘Molly’ Bennett, USMC