Friday, August 5, 2011

Peace Warrior (Peace Warrior Trilogy, Book 1)

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It’s the mid-21st century when Sergeant First Class Grant Justice is killed during an ambush on an enemy tank column.  
Six hundred years later, his body is retrieved from the frozen, arctic lake where he perished.  Re-animated by a team of scientists, Grant awakens to a civilization that has abolished war.  A civilization that has outlawed violence and cherishes Peace above all else.  A civilization that has been enslaved by an alien race called the Minith.  
Grant is humankind’s final hope against the alien menace.  He must be…  the Peace Warrior.

Steve spent six years as a Military Intelligence Specialist with the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division before joining the ranks of corporate America. He has a B.S. in Business Management from Western Governor’s University and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).  He lives in Boise, Idaho with his wife, Juanita, and their two chihuahuas, Daisy and Cheech.  They have a blended family of five sons.
Justice tried, unsuccessfully, to pull himself up onto the rock outcropping. 
He was able to get his left arm up so that he now had a hold with both hands, but the pain in doing so informed him that there was additional damage to his body.  It felt like he had at least one broken rib, and the pain in his right shoulder was getting worse.  He knew then that he was finished, one way or another.  His only hope was that someone would pull him up and that was a slim hope at best.  The team had less than twenty minutes to make it to their extraction point.  They had been trained to put the mission and the safety of the group ahead of the individual, unless there was proof that the individual was alive.  Those were his rules and he could expect them to be followed. 
His expectations were proved correct; the sound of fighting died off over the next couple of minutes and he could picture the team departing from their positions on the ridge above and heading out to the pick up point.  They were his team, his family and he would miss them, but he did not fault them for doing their duty.  It was what he had trained them for and he felt a familiar surge of pride in how they had performed today.
Several minutes passed without any sounds from above except for the occasional sound of a secondary explosion as the rounds in the destroyed vehicles cooked off.  The only thing Justice could do was to wait for his strength to give out and he was determined to hold on as long as possible.  It was not in his nature to give up, even when he knew the outcome, and he hung on to the outcropping of rock, determined to refuse death’s claim as long as he had an ounce of effort left.
His thoughts had traveled once again towards death and what it would be like when he heard voices on the road above him.  He spent precious energy to look upward and saw the uncovered faces of three soldiers.  They did not appear happy and they were not wearing the same uniform as he was.
Interview Questions
What will readers like about your book?
Anyone who appreciates a good, fast-paced story that requires an active imagination will enjoy my books.  An active imagination is key because I don’t fill in all the blanks.  For me, a good book is a journey that the author and the reader take together—equal partners, running side-by-side through the story.  I don’t provide detailed descriptions of each character as they are introduced, or descriptions of each stream and field the hero passes on his way to the battle.  When writers do that, it forces readers to see things through the author’s lens.  I want my readers to bring their own lens to the story.
Why did you self publish?
For me, it was a no-brainer. I got a Kindle last year and was hooked on the e-book format right away. Through the course of my reading, I stumbled across some very good books written by indie authors and thought, “Hey, I can do this!” I already had two books completed, and a few more in development, so content wasn’t an issue.  On top of that, I really had no desire to jump through the hoops required to publish traditionally, so this path just made sense. 
What is your writing process?
My writing always begins with the “idea.” If I’m lucky, the “idea” becomes a mental outline and, if I’m really lucky, the outline becomes a story. Some ideas fizzle in their infancy and never make it to paper (or PC, more accurately). The good ideas get placed on my computer. From there it’s all about writing. I get the full story on the page, making minor edits as I adjust story line or characters. Once the basic story is complete, the hard part begins. Editing, revising, and re-writes—those are the hardest parts of the process for me.
How long does it take you to write your first draft?
It’s important to note that I have a full time job that takes up 40-50 hours each week.  That limits the amount of time I spend writing to an hour or so in the evening and 3-4 hours every morning on the weekends.  On that schedule, I can pull together a decent draft in about six months. 
What inspired you to write this particular story?
I’m not really sure to be honest.  I’ve always had an active imagination.  My military background and the curiosity about what life would be like on planet Earth six hundred years from now just kind of… mated.  .  I guess you could say The Peace Warrior Trilogy is the bastard love-child of that particular union.  The idea just bubbled to the top and I thought, “Hey, I can write a book about this.”  So that’s what I did

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