M. David Ward

Biography

M. David Ward is an author of science fiction novels and the occasional short story, all of which are characterised by a lightness of touch and an undercurrent of humour that pulls the reader from page to page. He eschews hard sci-fi and space opera, preferring instead to take the familiar and to twist it into new and surprising shapes, like a clown with balloons.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Harlow in Essex, a new town about 30 miles north of London. The term "new town" is a little misleading as both my parents were also born and raised there, as were most of my grandparents, great-grandparents etc. Naturally, I was oblivious to all of this as a young child but, as I entered my teens, I slowly came to realise that these deep roots set me apart from my friends, most of whom were from families that had moved into the area, mostly from London. My parents and grandparents would tell me about the lost villages that were now simple suburbs and I would feel their nostalgia as though I too remembered that which they had lost. Unfortunately, the new town was built from brick, concrete, glass and a generous dose of post-war optimism, and all have crumbled in equal measure.
My formative years were spent looking backwards, preferring to dwell upon the history of my town and my family rather than to engage with the future. I even resolved, at one time, never to read a novel by an author who still drew breath!
Ironically, I think that perhaps it was my interest in cosmology (the science that looks farther back than any other) that saved me. I never forgot the curiosity that was aroused by television documentaries such as the BBC's excellent Horizon series and so, equipped with disposable income, I began to read New Scientist and popular science books such as "A Brief History of Time", "Longitude" and "Fermat's Last Theorem". New Scientist really opened my eyes and, as I read it every week and every word, I began to appreciate the subtleties that lay out there, in the wider world.
Tell us about your latest book
“The Blue Angels” is my second novel and is significantly more hard-hitting than “The Marguerite Effect”. It tells the story of Milton Styles, an everyman who has lost his family in a natural disaster. When the novel begins, Milton is falling apart, haunted by a recurring nightmare in which he witnesses his family’s final moments. Very soon however, the dream changes with the appearance of the beautiful blue lights that the world will come to know as the Blue Angels. Milton finds love and hope but he also acquires a powerful enemy as he tries to find out what those lights represent.
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Where to find M. David Ward online


Books

The Blue Angels
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 101,300. Language: British English. Published: March 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.00)
To Milton Styles, the lights that have begun to accompany natural disasters offer hope that his family might still be alive. To Joshua Hayle, they are harbingers of the apocalypse upon which his Texan church is based. When Milton's quiet, grief-stricken world collides with Hayle's, the two men become locked into a battle for the truth. Who is right, and will either survive to reap the rewards?
True Colours - A Collection of Short Fiction
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 35,290. Language: British English. Published: January 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » General, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
This is a collection of seven short stories. There is no overarching theme, but all have a twist and most lean toward the supernatural or the unexpected.
The Marguerite Effect
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 92,350. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Adventure » General
(4.00)
While daydreaming in the sun over dinner, Professor Chris Aitken realises that the wine recommended by wine waitress “Marguerite” has unique properties. When Marguerite vanishes with the only sample of the wine, Chris calls on his former protégé Philippe for help. Together they uncover a plan so audacious that an alien government is willing to consider unthinkable sanctions to prevent it.

M. David Ward's tag cloud

aliens    benevolent    climate    climate crisis    cult    cult leader    disaster    environmental concern    friendship    ghost    grief    mars    supernatural    ufo