DeWayne Copeland is an independent author and filmmaker. While this is his first published prose endeavor, he has written and directed—and produced for others, a number of short films. DeWayne is the co-creator and producer of the live action, super-hero web-series "CV Nation" (http://www.cvnationseries.com). He is also the assistant editor on the graphic novels "Chaosis," "Little Big Shot," and "4 Color Inc."
Why do you write Science Fiction?
I live in the here and now. I see the "real world" every day from the time I wake up till the time I go back to sleep. Entertainment has always been about escape for me. Science Fiction and Fantasy illuminate the totality of what is possible. They drive you beyond the bubble of your existence, igniting the fires of your imagination. And the "real world" often robs you of that imagination. For me, writing Science Fiction--or Speculative Fiction, which encompasses Fantasy, Horror, and other genres--allows me to live beyond the confines of my reality and see what is truly achievable.
Tell us About JA REL SUNSTORMER AND THE PORT CONTROLLER OF CRUZAR.
I created the character Ja Rel Sunstormer when I was in the fifth grade. At the time he was named Derek Landstar. He went through several name changes over the years. The impetus behind his creation was STAR WARS -- and an article in a Scholastic Weekly type magazine (DYNAMITE, maybe) about Gary Coleman. In the article, Gary talked about the TV movies he was working on and his desire to do Science Fiction films. Somehow that clicked with me, and I created a Flash/Buck/Luke-type pulp-action character -- but he looked like me! Since then, I have continued refining the story. So far, I have at least 50,000 years of backstory! I look forward to bringing more of this character's adventures to all of you. There are a series of novels planned, but I'm jumping in with this short story first.