Today I bring to you the third of four author spotlight posts as part of the Clink Street Blogival 2016. My aim is to highlight a few authors, there’s so much choice these days too many can be overlooked. I honestly picked the four that stood out the most for me and i hope you can see why once you’ve read a bit about the books.
It’s the turn of Graham Wood author of Zein: The Homecoming, the 2nd book in a science fiction trilogy. Here’s the blurb that instantly grabbed me. I’d love to hear your thoughts.At only 99p i’ll be adding this and the first book to my TBR list
With Zylar defeated and on the run, newly appointed Lord Chancellor Kabel Blackstone leads a joint human and Zeinonian force in his search for his home planet, Zein. On Zein, Tate Malacca defends the survivors in the last remaining safe haven from the attacks of the vicious Pod hordes, who are intent on killing them all. As Tyson’s powers in the magics grow more unstable… who can control or guide him; hopes may lie with the enigmatic Changeling, Zebulon. On Earth, the mysterious Cabal spreads its influence and network, with the ultimate aim of controlling the production of the all-powerful zinithium. Zylar waits for his opportunity for revenge, breeding his master race and building a new Ilsid army to crush the Blackstone brothers once and for all. Facing incredible odds Kabel, Tyson and their friends have to conquer their own fears and temptations to fight for not just each other but the millions who face certain death if they fail
Zein: The Homecoming is available on Amazon – rxe.me/0IF8O8
Without further ado i pass you to Graham who will tell you a little about himself and his work.
I am an alien…apologies I am deep into writing my third and final book of my first Zein trilogy and you become so immersed in your writing that you become one with it! I am actually a Mancunian from sunny Manchester in the United Kingdom, some may say that my first statement is more accurate than placing ‘sunny’ in front of Manchester. I am married and have two children, Joe who is nearly 21 and Becky who is 17…though I had them when I was incredibly young so I am still very youthful.
When I was 15 years old I wrote my first play called ‘Taming of the Shoe’ which was a take on Shakespeare’s, Taming of the Shrew. The play took the characters from the Taming of the Shrew and gave them characters based on the different types of shoes you could buy at the time, each loosely tied (pardon the pun) with the character type. It was a humorous writing of course and I had to stand up in front of two hundred people at The Rotary Club, a public speaking association, and I came second. But the sight I enjoyed the most was the astonishment of my parents watching their previously shy and post speech impediment son spouting this incredibly insane adaption of a famous play.
The book I fell in love with was Lord of the Rings. For years I wanted it to become a film and you can guess my astonishment when it did eventually hit our screens. I may have been in my thirties but on that day I was just a kid at heart.
My first novel I wrote but didn’t finish was a love story surrounding the fall of the Berlin Wall. I do have to point out that this was ten years before the actual event and was about a retired soldier who attempts to rescue his daughter who has disappeared in East Germany and is part of the non-violent struggle to bring down the Berlin Wall. However, she is pursued by the secret police and he decides to attempt to rescue her. Then life got in the way and before you know it the Berlin Wall had fallen – so inconvenient…that’s when I decided the first book I have published is in the science-fiction genre. Surely there cannot be alien cities above us protected by extraordinary technology…or is there?
After years of procrastinating and not starting my book it was the bravery of my daughter that spurred me on. At the age of 14 we suddenly found out that her heart was not connected to her descending aorta and she had to have open heart surgery. It was in those long nights beside her bed as she recovered that, to take my mind off what she was going through, I pulled together my first novel, Zein: The Prophecy. When I put fingers to keyboard I could not hold back on my emotions and some of the writing captures the despair and fear that I felt at the time.
There will be three self-contained trilogies on Zein. The 2nd trilogy will be set in the future and will follow the exploits of the children of the heroes and villains of the 1st trilogy. The 3rd and final trilogy will be the prologue on how the aliens came to Earth in the first place.
My ultimate dream, apart from my family being blessed with long lives and happiness, is that my books become films and maybe, just maybe there will be a child out there who has read Zein: The Prophecy and hopes that one day he or she will see the story come to life in front of them on the big screen and spend the first 5 minutes pinching his or her skin to test they are not dreaming.
Zein: The Homecoming by Graham Wood (published by Clink Street Publishing 7th July 2015 RRP £8.99, eBook £4.99) is available online at retailers including Amazon.co.uk and can be ordered from all good bookstores. For more information, please visit: www.grahamjwood.com.