Interview with Greg Saunders

What do you read for pleasure?
Such an interesting question. I read widely in a diverse variety of genre. If I had to pick one that I return to time and time again, it would be fantasy. I love to be immersed in richly visioned worlds like Peter V. Brett's Demon Cycle or Sanderson's Stormlight Archive. The impossible is always possible. Worlds with magic, seemingly insurmountable evil, daring do's, and flawed, soul tortured heroes. Nothing else like it. I consume alternate history, historical fiction, modern thrillers, scifi and the really good zombie stuff. I certainly read for pleasure, but also for ideas and sincere appreciation of the craft.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
E-reading device? iPad works perfect for me. Sharp resolution and good real estate.
Describe your desk
My desk is a couch and a laptop. I prop my feet up, kick back and let the words flow.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Seven Dimensions of Sam was an idea that I'd been kicking around for quite awhile. Dreams, reality and alternate parallel worlds. Such a rich playground. I will say that the most interesting backstory was for Heartwood. I had just finished Zahir and was looking for something new to create a story around. A friend of mine was laughing at my struggle and said, "here, write about a stick", while handing me a pencil. Cool, I can do that. Heartwood was originally titled "Stick", a creature defending its territory in a world much changed from when last it strode the paths of its forest domain.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The creative process. Building characters, worlds and plots. Losing myself for hours at a time in something totally under my control.
What are you working on next?
I am revisiting the world I created in Unknown Country. The new book is tentatively titled "Light of The Inner World". What lies beneath the surface of the world the humans call Myth? New alien races? Ancient yet incredibly advanced technology? And perhaps what Commander Mac Crow wants most, a way home. Or will slavery or death be all they find?
Who are your favorite authors?
Gemmell, Fiona Mackintosh, Sanderson, Brett, Brad Thor, John Ringo and so many others.
Published 2015-12-18.
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Books by This Author

7 Dimensions Of Sam
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,780. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Sam has discovered the ability to journey to other dimensions and discovers people he knows, which is wonderful until one of them dies. If other dimensions exist, these other worlds that touch upon our own, is it possible another you exists there as well? Could your dreams be a window into those worlds? A portal? Or are these dimensions merely fantastic realms wrought within your dreams
Unknown Country, The Trilogy
Price: $9.85 USD. Words: 346,610. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Unknown Country contains the entire trilogy, Light From A Distant Star, Light Of An Alien Sun and Light Of The Home World. Following the crash of the shuttle Atlantis on a distant planet, astronauts must survive on an alien world where the highest form of technology is the sword. Dual thumbed clansmen, hideous enemies, a world unexplored and humans driven to war.
Call Of The Meadowlark
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 29,280. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Anthologies » General
Call Of The Meadowlark is a compilation of short stories. Come enjoy thrillers, humor, satire, outdoor adventure, a touch of horror, and a flavor of poetry. The imagination is a window to the world. The question is which.
Light Of The Home World (Unknown Country Vol 3)
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 127,730. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
For marooned astronaut Mac Crowe, the only sunlight he wants to see is a quiet sunrise on Earth. However that star is a few thousand light-years distant. Instead he has become the central figure in an ages old legend. One conceived on an alien world he never imagined existed. To some he is the slayer of a god, to some a friend and a leader. For others he is the Light Of The Home World.
Light Of An Alien Sun (Unknown Country Vol 2)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 72,990. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Light Of An Alien Sun is the story of a world unhinged. Mass hysteria, religious fervor, nationalist agendas and terrorists without end. The world is spinning out of control and sliding quickly toward Armageddon. The President of The United States is charged with managing the crisis and holding the world together. What better way to do so than a mission to the alien ship that caused it all.
Light From A Distant Star (Unknown Country Vol 1)
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 146,420. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » General
The Unknown Country Trilogy is a tale of astronauts shipwrecked on an alien planet where the dominate technology is the sword. A mysterious alien battleship, a wormhole, a tragic accident and a stone age planet teaming with the remnant bands of an interstellar war. Barbarian aliens, 21st Century man, and an ancient prophecy combine for high adventure at the fringe of the galaxy.
Heartwood
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 99,520. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Dread the dusk, fear the night, pray for dawn! A mystery is discovered in an ancient grave. A tree screams when its cut. In the high mountains hikers, hunters and campers are missing and presumed dead. Heartwood! The center of a forest. The living center of a tree. The beast that lives within them both...
Zahir
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,330. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Horror » General
Zahir! The one with the evil-eye. When energy speculation cuts deep into the Amazon a diminutive tribe must respond to protect their home. A survey team is lost and a rescue team is sent to find them, but instead of the missing humans they discover a secret that may shatter the world. Deep in the rain forest, when you discover the Zahir, no one gets out alive. Zahir is a non stop thrill ride.