Indie Author Interview: Michael A Gaughan
Congratulations! Your YA Sci-Fi/Dystopian novel, Freesun’s Rescue is now available on the Amazon bookstore. How did it feel to see it there for the first time?
Relieved; to finally see the results of three years of my life; but not regretting a second of the work involved. A story that over time enchanted me.
Can you tell us a little bit about your book? Who it’s aimed at, why people should buy it, etc?
It begins with Freesun begin forced to flee Sunterria, arrives on Ionion 4 and befriends two locals called Atera and Kalin. A week goes by, Ribera, as he is called now, decides to travel to Perrion 7, where he hopes to be able to contact a Covenant starship. They arrive five weeks later but while leaving the freighter ship get caught up in a firefight. Ribera is seriously injured. Atera and Kalin carry Ribera to a nearby ridge and rest while deciding what to do next; as they cannot return to the ship; for fear of being sent back to Ionion 4. Luckily, two youngsters from Earth, who were out searching for their dog come across them and take them aboard their ship.
The ship’s doctor tries to help Ribera but fails as the medi-computer refuses to scan him. So begins the hunt for those who can heal Ribera’s injuries. Months later it is revealed who Ribera is and who he belongs to; thanks at large to two of Ryan’s friends. A covenant starship picks up Ribera and returns him to Sunterria; after first thanking all that helped him.
You might think that’s the end of the story, right? Only, it’s just the beginning. It’s a story for those seeking adventure and uncovering mysteries; of which, there’s many in The Sunterria Series.
Have you always been a writer / wanted to become an author?
No. Until recently I never thought of writing or becoming a writer.
Wow! I wasn’t expecting that answer. What made you take that leap and write the book?
A story kept coming to mind; in the early hours of the mornings, I’d be awake in bed going over the dialogue of each character and adding to the story. I found it odd; what was I supposed to do? I wasn’t a writer and my grammar wasn’t good enough. I took the chance and started learning how to write; it was tough going but worth it.
Have you any more book plans in the pipeline?
Two more in the series and scope for a fourth.
Fantastic! What advice would you offer other aspiring authors who want to self-publish their books?
To create characters and give them life and a place to live in is an extraordinary achievement; watching them grow and interact with each other, gives one hope that we can do better; should we try? Dreams are expensive and time-consuming, but worth it once you see the finished product.