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

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 over two thousand 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 prepares 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
Maj. Stairs defeated the aliens at the Battle of McKinley Pass. Now they are aiming at Winter Haven. Gen Jamison brings Fox and Stairs in on Cassidy and Pickford’ true identities. In the meantime the two 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
Naomi MacCaffrey and her ‘Hot Tub Brain Trust’ propose a raid on the Southport landing field where there is a store of badly needed explosives and ammunition. The mission expands o include an attack on any alien ships moored at Southport. Akulov takes two platoons into the terminal building and they awaken a hornet’s nest when they find the terminal is full of the giant aliens.
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
The aliens are moving towards Winter Haven and expected to arrive the following morning.. The Rangers at Rocky Point wait while shuttles search the seas for an alien fleet. The remainder of the alien force that tried to take the Cairo attacks Castillo. 20,000 aliens split and attack the three separate routes into Winter Haven. At the same time the attack on McKinley Pass Haven begins.
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
Major MacCaffrey’s Hot Tub Brain Trust has proposed a raid on the New Cancun Ranger Base. Delta Co. and other personnel on the recovery mission head for New Cancun on the transport the London. The Rift have located the Cairo so Pickford and Cassidy must step up the training of the students from the New Hope Academy. The Asia and Rick’s daughter Ciara will soon be at the besieged colony.
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
Asia arrives and Ciara Cassidy walks off with some of her Ranger friends. She meets Major Naomi MacCaffrey. Pickford and the NCOs teach small unit tactics and Cassidy asks Loesser to build bombs. The aliens attack the Cairo and the defenders kill many but suffer casualties. The company takes a name, Jacks Company. Marco Polo arrives in the system.
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 warmer temperatures and melting snows in the mountains above the Cairo’s 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 losing the battle for McKinley Pass and plan for 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 time to begin training the survivors of the crash of the Cairo to fight like Colonial Rangers. They have just 2 months before the lake in their valley freezes and deadly predators come down to eat them and the aliens may come before that. The Rift are closing in on New St Louis and preparing to move on McKinley Pass where Major Claudia Stairs organizes the defense.
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 set their sights on their next target, New Cancun, as thousands of refugees pour into the western settlements.
Opening Shots
Series: Fierce Girls At War, Three. Price: $3.99 $1.99 USD. (50% off until Sep. 30!) 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 are at the transport Cairo. Onboard are Rick Cassidy and his partner Molly Pickford and 50 female students and interns, and a handful of staff from the New Hope Academy. Next up is the town of Southport. It will take months to get word back to Earth and longer for help to come.
Threat On The Horizon
Series: Fierce Girls At War, Two. Price: $3.99 $1.99 USD. (50% off until Sep. 30!) Words: 106,300. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Rick Cassidy and Molly Pickford are very important to the New Hope colony. They are unaware that the alien Rift plan to attack with an army of Andoval mercenaries. Rick’s daughter Ciara heads to the colony, his sister Bridget soon follows. Opponents are trying to stop the colony program while more Rangers are on their way there. Amundsen’s CO sees a suspicious haze blocking his sensors.
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
Marine SSGT Molly Bennett has a deadly encounter with one of Hassan Gul’s bands of cutthroats. It makes her a hero then brings her together with LT Rick O’Brien during a second deadly encounter with the Guls resulting in a huge bounty being placed on their heads. To stay alive they have to leave behind Rick’s daughter Ciara and the rest of his family to flee to the New Hope Colony on Tau Ceti 4.