Clark Graham is a sci-fi writer who enjoys following a story where it takes him. Sometimes he is as surprised as the readers about where the story ended up. His first book sold so well, Graham immediately qualified to become a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America. As our Author of the Day he tells us all about his latest book, A Hole in Time.
Please give us a short introduction to what A Hole in Time is about.
It's a time travel novel. A time machine hurled a young man into the past. The technology was hidden, until it was discovered in the military archives.
What inspired you to write about weaponized time travel technology?
I have to believe if a government was able to get a hold of time travel technology, they would turn it into a weapon. Imagine stopping a madman before he was born. Eliminating a world leader from the history books. What nation wouldn't want to do that?
Tell us more about Major Dalton. What makes him tick?
Major Dalton knows he's doomed. He doesn't tell anyone because he doesn't want to alter the timeline, yet he does anyway, in a most disastrous way. He is a man who does his duty above all else.
What drew you to Sci-Fi as a genre?
I love Star Wars, Star Trek. I ventured into Sci-Fi when I wrote a Loop in Time. That book sold so well it qualified me to become a member of Science Fiction Writers of America.
You have published 29 books already. What would your advice be to new writers who are just starting out?
The trick to writing a novel is begin and don't stop. Keep writing, keep the story fresh in your mind.
Besides writing, what other secret skills do you have?
I build wood sailing ship models. Each one takes about a year and a half to complete.
Why did you decide to give Dalton a fear of flying?
I was explaining why he was at a desk job. After the accident, he never wanted to fly again, but he did his duty.
How did you go about picking a method to send your characters into the past?
The first book has a plane testing a new engine that is propelled into the past. In this book, they weaponize it. That's how the Vmax3 drive comes to being.
What fascinates you about WW2 and the Holocaust?
I'm an avid history book reader. I know a lot about WWII. It seemed to be the best place to start to fix mankind.
How much research did this book require from you to make the history part of it believable, and what was the most interesting part of this research?
I looked up every detail before I wrote it. What was the normal transportation for the time. I learned about the city I was writing about. I even researched toilets to see if they would be around in that time frame. I wanted to be as historically accurate as I could.
A Hole in Time explores the possible consequences of changing history. Why did you take this approach?
I'm not the type of person who sits down and plots out a story. I write it and follow the story where it takes me. Sometimes I'm as surprised as the reader about where the story ended up.
Do you have any interesting writing habits? What is an average writing day like for you?
I try to write four thousand words a week, but right now I'm taking a break. I hope to get back to writing soon.
What are you working on right now?
I have four books in the works. Book three of the Time Loop Series, Book nine of the Elvenshore Series. A sequel to End of the Innocent, and a totally new story.