Giveaway and Interview with Michael Raymond, author of The Robinsons' Dark Matter

Publisher: Createspace

Publication Date: July 26, 2013

Synopsis: A Young-Adult Science-Fiction Adventure! 

Victoria Robinson was alone. She had no friends, her brother Nate thought she was a conspiracy nut, and their parents were never home. Then she stumbled across a cache of alien technology in their basement, her brother went hand-to-hand with a zombie, and their parents were kidnapped with a ballistic teleporter. Things got a little crazy after that.

The teens soon find themselves facing a mysterious enemy and forging a tenuous alliance with a top-secret government agency in a race to rescue their parents...and save the planet. Along the way they uncover pieces of their parents' past and become unwitting pawns in a dangerous and elaborate game.

A gripping adventure story you'll absolutely love!

Interview: Q. Please tell us about the inspiration for your current release.

I love to see people getting excited about a book and when I decided to get serious and write a proper novel the first question I asked myself was what I wanted people to get excited about. Right away I knew it had to be about science. I’m also a big fan of YA (young-adult) novels. It allows writers to genre-bend a little bit, and also to express some big ideas in ways that wouldn’t work in other genres, but most of all it offers the unique opportunity to add layers of accessibility to a story. A well-written YA story can connect with both kids and adults. That was my goal for ‘The Robinsons’ Dark Matter’.

Q. How did writing this book affect you?

I’d written quite a bit over two decades, but this was the first project where I became really emotionally connected to the characters. There’s one scene in particular that I literally cried while writing and needed to take several breaks to finish. Even the twenty times I re-read it, it was tough. It’s really made me a better storyteller because as the characters become more real to me, they become more real to the reader as well.

Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

I need something approaching absolute silence for an extended period in order to get in the proper frame of mind to write. It’s really rather frustrating for me because a single interruption (like my phone ringing unexpectedly) can throw me off for twenty minutes or more.

Q. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

A lot of authors will get hung up in a spot, leave a note for themselves and come back to it later. I need to start doing that. What I typically do instead is to re-read the preceding paragraph or two over and over until I get to the blank spot and try to fill it in, going back to the beginning each time I fail to. This is something like trying to pull-start a lawnmower. Sometimes I pull a dozen times and the engine just refuses to start, my arm gets tired, and I just want to stop. The benefit is that when it finally turns over I find myself writing so fast I can barely keep up.

Q. Do you plan any subsequent books?

Absolutely! I have more Robinsons books in the works, and I have several other projects in the early stages. One of my favorite videogames is ‘Deus Ex’, which just got a terrific sequel two years ago (pay no attention to the first sequel). My next non-Robinsons project is heavily inspired by that world and will be about an ex-soldier turned private security operator.

Q. What are you currently reading?

‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ by Robert Galbraith aka J.K Rowling. I can see immediately why people were suspicious. As a “first time” author who has been writing for over twenty years I’d like to think my writing is well-above the norm for new authors, but ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ is simply exquisite in diction and detail. If there was such a man as Robert Galbraith and this was his first published work, the laws of physics and reality dictate that he must have a trunk filled with extremely publishable novels that for some reason had never seen the light of day. No one can write that well without writing a lot. Kudos to Rowling for continuing to outdo herself and improve her craft.

Q. Please tell us your latest news (book-related or not!).

I am deep into writing the second Robinsons novel, ‘The Robinsons’ Quantum Entanglement’. It’s going to be even darker and more action-packed than the first novel, with most of the same characters and a few new ones.

Q. Please tell us a fun-fact about yourself!

I was a teenager in the 90’s and I waited in long lines on opening night to see movies like Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Jurassic Park, and Star Trek: Generations, but the film I saw in the theater more times than any other was Disney’s Aladdin. It’s one of my favorite movies of all time. Smart, romantic, and hysterical!

Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I want to thank anyone and everyone who reads my work for taking a chance on me. The mere act of opening one of my stories means you decided it might be worth a few minutes of your time. There are more than enough New York Times Best Selling Authors to fill anyone’s spare time, so I’m really touched when someone picks my story instead. Thank you.

Giveaway Information:

Mr. Raymond is offering one (1) print copy of The Robinsons' Dark Matter for giveaway!

To enter: please leave a comment with your email address. The winner will be chosen at random once the giveaway ends September 6, 2013.

Thanks and good luck!

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1 comment:

  1. I know the giveaway was supposed to end on the 6th, but since no one entered, I'm going to hope that there was an extension? My email is mgt17770(at)yahoo(dot)com Thank you so much for this giveaway. This novel sounds so great!

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