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MilSciFi.com Interviews Nathaniel Danes, author of The Last Hero

Nathaniel Danes
THE LAST HERO


03-10-2014: MilSciFi.com interviews Nathaniel Danes, author of the military science fiction novel, The Last Hero

MilSciFi.com: Please tell us a little something about your novel.

Danes: Thank you for having me. The Last Hero starts off a couple hundred years in the future after first contact with a race of pacifists convinced humanity to make peace with itself and disarm.

When we first met the heroine, the last Medal of Honor recipient, he's selling insurance for his father-in-law. A natural warrior, he's made the best of a demilitarized Earth and become a dedicated family man. He's drafted back into active service after a third race destroys the New Earth colony, forcing a crash mobilization.

As he travels the galaxy fighting the war, he struggles with the internal conflict between his lust for battle and his father's heart which just wants to be with his daughter. The law of relativity comes into play to complicate things.

There are big space battles and large scale ground engagements to more than keep the blood flowing, but its a deeper story than just action, explosion, fire fight, explosion, the end.

MilSciFi.com: Is this part of a larger series or universe?

Danes: Absolutely! This is book one of a trilogy. I'm already editing book two and have the third and final installment worked out in my head.

MilSciFi.com: What inspired you to write this story?

Danes: I've always had an over active imagination. As an adult I use it as a copping mechanism to deal with my encroaching blindness. I'm loosing my sight to a genetic disorder, to escape this depressing reality I like to drift off and let my imagination go wild. I watch and read a lot of scifi which helps to plant some seeds.

Eventually, I worked this story out in my head and had to get it out.  

MilSciFi.com: Does science and technology play an important role in this story (or in your work in general), or is it secondary to the story telling and characterization?

Danes: If forced to rank them, I'd have to say it's secondary though technology certainly does play an important and central role in the story. It's just not as important as everything else.

MilSciFi.com: Do you have plans to expand upon, or write other works based on this novel?

Danes: I've toyed with the idea of doing another series in this universe, but its way to early to commit myself either way.

MilSciFi.com: Most authors we encounter write novellas/novels, do you write short stories, and if so do you find it a challenge?

Danes: Can't say I've ever written a short story. I like bigger plots and deeper history than can typically be achieved in a short story.

MilSciFi.com: What advice would you give the aspiring military science fiction writer?

Danes: Write and read and write some more.

For most people, myself included, it takes a lot of practice before you start to develop into a writer people will want to read. Also, find a friend who can read your work and give honest and educated feedback.

Lastly, don't get discouraged. Successful in anything rarely comes fast or easy.

MilSciFi.com: Who is your single-most influence in science fiction author and what impact have they had on our own work?

Danes: Hands down, Joe Halderman. To be honest, I've only ever read one of his books, The Forever War but that is what got be hooked on military science fiction novels. Reading is a challenge for me and I used to only read military history. The Forever War changed that and set me on the path that lead to writing The Last Hero.

MilSciFi.com: What is the one thing you find the most difficult about writing military science fiction?

Danes: For me, it's trying to give a realistic and plausible depiction of what future combat will be. There are so many directions you can go it can be hard to pick one and stay the course.

MilSciFi.com: Is military science fiction the only thing you write, or is there something else out there we should be looking for?

Danes: It's the only thing I write and don't see that changing.

MilSciFi.com: Do you have any other projects in the works?

Danes: I've actually already written the first two books in another series that will come out after The Last Hero series has concluded.

MilSciFi.com: Do you have any upcoming author events?

Danes: Yes. My online book release party is set for Tuesday, Oct. 14 from 1-3 PM eastern. RSVP here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-last-hero-online-book-release-party-tickets-13251755357 There will be prizes and games. Stop by!

MilSciFi.com: Thank you, for your time.


Nathaniel Danes' website is:
http://nathanieldanes.com/

You can read the first three chapters of The Last Hero for free.


 

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