Interview with J Alan Erwine

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love spending time with my wife and my three kids, and when time allows, I like watching old sci-fi reruns, and of course I try to read whenever I can.
What is your writing process?
I almost have to laugh at this one. I used to have a writing process, but now with kids and a full time job, I just have to write whenever I can. I love to listen to classical music when I write, and I generally am the type of writer that plods through the entire manuscript, and then goes back and does a tremendous amount of editing later.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Only five? In no particular order: The Foundation series (I know it's a series, but I'm calling it a book), the Hyperion series (same as the previous), The Stranger, Stranger in a Strange Land, and Dune (not the series...just the book).
What do you read for pleasure?
I still mostly read science fiction when I'm not reading unpublished manuscripts. Lately I've been reading a lot of Robert Sawyer. I've been a big fan of his for years, and I'm working my way through his WWW series as I have time.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing as soon as I learned to put a subject and a predicate together, some time before I started kindergarten. Obviously the stories were truly dreadful, and I hope they no longer exist.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I think there are actually two greatest joys. The first is the act of actually creating the piece, and the second is seeing the piece in publication. It's all the in-between stuff that's so hard!
What are you working on next?
I'm torn between two novels. I have the first chapter of a YA novel written about a duo of orphans trying to avoid being taken back to Mars. The other story is sort of playing around in my head. It's a dystopia in which corporations have completely taken over the Earth...or maybe it's realistic fiction...hard to say.
Who are your favorite authors?
In science fiction, it would be Asimov, Heinlein, Clarke, Pohl, Simmons, Sawyer, Brin and many more. For non-science fiction, it would be Camus, Kafka, Shakespeare, and a few others.
Describe your desk
One word: mess!
What's the story behind your latest book?
My last novel, A Problem in Translation, came about because I wanted to write a space opera, but I wanted it to say something at the same time. I didn't want to write something that would be just fun to read. This made me think about how hard it is for any of us as human beings to really understand one another. So, I started thinking, how hard would it be to understand truly alien aliens? Thus was born the novel...
Published 2013-09-22.
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Books by This Author

Mundanities Issue 2
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,480. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2019 by Nomadic Delirium Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Many think that Mundane Science Fiction must mean boring science fiction, but this is far from the truth. Mundane SF simply means science fiction based on real science, and that’s what you will find here in the second issue of Mundanities…stories that will intrigue and entertain you as much as any story with hyperdrives and aliens.
The Ephemeris Encyclopedia Galactica: Sector Forty-Nine (Ernya Space)
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,530. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2019 by Nomadic Delirium Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Games, puzzles, & brain twisters
The exploration of “Deep Space” continues. Welcome to Sector Forty-Nine, the home sector of the Ernya. Here you’ll find their homeworld, and many of the worlds they’ve colonized. You’ll also find mysteries just waiting to be solved. The Ernya can be a brutal race, often antagonizing the other species, as well as their own kind, but like all of the species, there's more them than just that...
The Fifth Di... June 2019
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,490. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2019 by Nomadic Delirium Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
After more than 20 years of continuous publication, the June issue of The Fifth Di… will be the final issue. In this issue, you’ll find fiction from Robert N. Stephenson, Lawrence Buentello, Jeffery Scott Sims, Kendall Evans, and J Alan Erwine. So, join us for one final trip into The Fifth Di…
The Fifth Di... March 2019
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,870. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2019 by Nomadic Delirium Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Are you ready to take a trip to places you could never imagine? The March 2019 issue of The Fifth Di… will take you there. Genetically enhanced soldiers, interspecies love, a wild trip to White Sands, a grim future America, and Michigan disappearing are just some of the things waiting for you as The Fifth Di… kicks off yet another year of publishing some of the best small press science fiction and
Mundanities Issue 1
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,120. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2019 by Nomadic Delirium Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Mundane science fiction does not imply boring science fiction. Quite the contrary, mundane science fiction simply means fiction based on plausible science. How can sf be interesting without aliens and interstellar travel, you might ask…well, Mundanities answers that question with five fantastic stories that are based on very realistic science.You get the start of the second American revolution, a
The Fifth Di... December 2018
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 25,360. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2018 by Nomadic Delirium Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
The December issue of The Fifth Di... takes you to worlds you could never imagine. A girl and her familiar on the run; a man who knows too much, and then learns he might not know enough; an alien ship crashed on a new world where they may be exposed to new ideas that are too frightening for their ideology; a reality TV series like none you've ever seen before; a shepherd taking a boy...
Environmental Holocaust November 2018
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,130. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2018 by Nomadic Delirium Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
The debut issue of Environmental Holocaust brings you four stories about possible bleak futures that could be possible if we don’t start to protect the planet better. Killer viruses, dying soil, even more persecution, and dying oceans are just some of the things waiting to scare you in this issue.
The Divided States of America Vol. 1
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 75,800. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2018 by Nomadic Delirium Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
No one can say with any reasonable certainty when the United States of America began to fall apart. Many point to the presidential election of 2016, but most believe the breakup started long before this. Now, in the year 2110, the former United States is made up of 13 nation-states and The Wastelands. Some of the nation-states have prospered under self-rule, while others have declined.
The Martian Wave: 2018
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 40,950. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2018 by Nomadic Delirium Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
The Martian Wave 2018 will take you to worlds you could never imagine, and introduce you to aliens you never thought possible. Join the explorers of the galaxy as they visit the planets of our solar system, and planets and star systems beyond.
The Fifth Di... September 2018
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 24,200. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2018 by Nomadic Delirium Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
The September issue of The Fifth Di… takes you to a myriad of worlds that you could never imagine. Go to a world where humans are struggling against the native plant life, and see just how far the children of the colonists will go to protect that plant life. Visit an interplanetary vessel like you’ve never seen before…even the inhabitants of the ship are surprised by what they find...and more...
The Ephemeris Encyclopedia Galactica: Sectors Forty-Seven & Forty-Eight
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,790. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2018 by Nomadic Delirium Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Games, puzzles, & brain twisters, Fiction » Science fiction » General
The exploration of “Deep Space” continues. Sectors Forty-Seven & Forty-Eight are lightly inhabited sectors, but with the Ernya around, there's still bound to be conflict, and if you want mysteries, there's always the remains of star ships that don't belong to any of the "Deep Space" species, plus enough mysteries to keep your players happy for years.
The Ephemeris Encyclopedia Galactica: Sector Forty-Six (Khruntha Space)
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,840. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2018 by Nomadic Delirium Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Games, puzzles, & brain twisters, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Welcome to Sector Forty-Six, the home sector of the Khruntha. Here you’ll find their homeworld, and many of the worlds they’ve colonized. You’ll also find mysteries just waiting to be solved. The Khruntha are one of the most brutal and controlling species in the Ephemeris universe, but even they can’t control their own kind, and you will find all kinds of rebellions in this sector as well.
Manic Musings of a Maniacal Mind
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 173,530. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2018 by Nomadic Delirium Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
For more than two decades, editors have been publishing the works of J Alan Erwine, exposing you, the reader, to the dark recesses of the author’s mind. Now, all of those stories have been combined together into one massive tome. Get a glimpse into Erwine’s grim view of the future, and explore the universe from his slightly off-kilter point of view.
Frozen Ambitions
Series: The Divided States of America. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,910. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2018 by Nomadic Delirium Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
The Great Lakes Conglomerate is ready to launch an ambitious mission to Mars, but is there a saboteur among the designers?
The Fifth Di... June 2018
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 19,250. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2018 by Nomadic Delirium Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
The June issue of The Fifth Di… brings you six stories that will excite and entice you. An artist that is nearing the end of his life, and must face the choices he has made; a man who has to make a decision between what is right and wrong, and must face the consequences of that choice; a man undergoes an experiment to have his consciousness transported into a cat in the past, and...
The Fifth Di... March 2018
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 19,210. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2018 by Nomadic Delirium Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
The March issue of The Fifth Di… takes a walk on the dark side with Lachlan Walter, Robert N Stephenson, Rik Hunik, and Gustavo Bondoni bringing you stories of the darker side of humanity. You’ll be taken to a bleak future where the poor are taken advantage of, a future where a branch of humanity comes back to Earth, but the encounter doesn’t go anything like people might have expected...
The Best of Both Worlds Vol. 1
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 61,440. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2016 by Nomadic Delirium Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Nomadic Delirium and Alban Lake, both publishers of science fiction and fantasy, and all points in between, have collaborated to bring you the very best of what they published in 2015. The selections within come from The Martian Wave and The Fifth Di…, and from Outposts of Beyond and FrostFire Worlds. Their settings might be an inner planet or a world-that-might-be.
Previews of Nomadic Delirium Press Anthologies
Price: Free! Words: 4,880. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2016 by Nomadic Delirium Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
This free preview gives you a brief look at all of the anthologies that Nomadic Delirium Press has published up to May 24th, 2016. You’ll get a few pages of each anthology as a tease, and if you like what you read, please feel free to pick up copies of the actual books for yourself.
Previews of Nomadic Delirium Press Collections
Price: Free! Words: 7,050. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2016 by Nomadic Delirium Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » General
This free preview gives you a brief look at all of the individual author collections that Nomadic Delirium Press has published up to May 24th, 2016. You’ll get a few pages of each collection as a tease, and if you like what you read, please feel free to pick up copies of the actual books for yourself.
Preview of Nomadic Delirium Press novels
Price: Free! Words: 5,400. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2016 by Nomadic Delirium Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
This free preview gives you a brief look at all of the novels that Nomadic Delirium Press has published up to May 24th, 2016. You’ll get a few pages of each novel as a tease, and if you like what you read, please feel free to pick up copies of the actual books for yourself.