Author Interview: Tom Olbert, author of Long Haul

Publisher: Musa Publishing

Publication Date: August 1, 2014

Synopsis: This trucker's haul takes him to the end of time and space, and beyond...

In the near future, physicists have stumbled on a way to open rifts into other universes, making it possible to transport goods and people anywhere in the world in nothing flat. The unscrupulous corporation that owns the new technology uses it to monopolize shipping worldwide

Thrill-seeking, death-defying truckers like veteran army driver Garth Jenkins and his gun-toting trucking partner Sally Drake earn hazardous duty pay by hauling rigs through perilous alien universes often infested with deadly alien monsters and many other dangers besides.

Garth and Sally accept a shady corporate contract to deliver some unknown cargo to an alien universe, no questions asked. It looks like an easy way to score big money. But, things go south fast when their truck is hijacked by the beautiful and mysterious Keira Takahashi, and they find themselves pursued by hideous alien parasites in undead human bodies.

On the run and in danger, Garth and Sally find themselves on a crooked cosmic road leading to bizarre other worlds and exotic time periods. They have one chance to unravel the company's twisted plot and save themselves. Whether they succeed or fail may decide the fate of a universe...

Interview: Q. How did writing this book affect you?

It was great fun, and allowed me to expand my boundaries as a writer by trying a style (1st person) and a sub-genre (wacky sci-fi road action) that I had never tried before.

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

Keeping life flowing through the scene and the character; resisting the urge to get the message across with words instead of feeling.

Q. Do you plan any subsequent books?

Yes.  I have a sequel written.  I have to flesh it out to get it up to an appropriate length.

Q. What are you currently reading?

“Colony Ascension” by Valjeanne Jeffers and “Torched” an anthology compiled by Eden Royce via Nocturnal Press.

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

My writing goes on; I’m working on a short story and have several more in mind.  On the weekends, I’m canvassing door-to-door for the upcoming Senate elections.

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

Hard to say what constitutes a quirk.  I just go with the flow, and then clean up the mess afterwards.

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

I recently marched behind a U.S. Senator in Boston’s annual Pride march.  Balloons, floats, bright colors… It was great fun.

Q. Is there anything you haven’t written about that you would like to in the future?

I’d love to do an ecological spy thriller about the NSA and Army Intelligence taking on the fossil fuel industry in order to save the country from global climate change.  I’m also considering doing a period swashbuckler romance and maybe a reincarnation story.

Q. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

I guess, fly an airplane, or pilot the space shuttle.

Q. What gives you the most joy in life?


Q. Which of your characters would you want to be and why?

I wouldn’t want to be any of them.  They do not have a happy lot.

Q. How do you like to spend your spare time?

Writing.  Or, sometimes walking along the river on a sunny day or listening to music at public gatherings in parks.  Or, seeing a good film or reading a good book.

Q. How did you come up with the title?

The story’s about truckers, and the title is a trucking term.

Q. When did you know you would be a writer?

As soon as I could pick up a pencil and put two words together on paper.

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

I hope I can bring you some pleasure, but whether I do or not, please review; I like feedback, so if you want to get something off your chest, good or bad, please post.

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