Sam J Fires - Gripping Post-Apocalyptic Thriller with High-Octane Action
Sam Fires is a poet, writer, and debut author in the world of post-apocalyptic and dystopian fiction. He loves to challenge his credible characters so they are stretched to the limits of human endurance. The stories may be fiction, but the characters are real. As our Author of the Day, he tells us all about his book, Crimson Rage.
Please give us a short introduction to what Crimson Rage is about.
It's a story about how ordinary people like you and me would deal with extraordinarily stressful events, like the threat of the end of the world! The start of the book sets the scene for the onset of a raging sandstorm killing millions, causing mayhem, and leading to the collapse of society.
What inspired you to write a post-apocalyptic thriller featuring sandstorms?
I had some ideas for my lead characters, Jane, Donna, and Eric, and wanted to think of an apocalyptic event that would challenge them in all sorts of ways. The idea of the sandstorms came to me when I was walking along the street one day on my way to work and suddenly without any warning it started to rain down huge and painful icy droplets of hail - it got me thinking.... what if this became a killer hail?
Why did you pick Los Angeles as the backdrop for your story?
No reason in particular other than I wanted a major city in the US and I've always wanted to go to LA but never have, yet.
Who is Eric and what makes him so special?
Eric's a young guy who's a dreamer and an eternal optimist, he's very faithful to his childhood friend Leo. But the thing I like most about Eric is his unrelenting sense of humor which does tend to lift the story somewhat!
This is the first book of a series. Can it be read as a standalone? How do the other books of the series tie in with this one?
Yes, I can be read as a standalone but I would hope the reader would want to read on as the ending will want you to find out more! The series Crimson Rage is a collection of stories that interconnect story-wise and takes the reader along an apocalyptic journey!
Besides writing, what other secrets skills do you have?
I'm a lawyer by trade and work as a solicitor in the UK, but this is not a secret skill!
I love cooking Indian food, come round sometime!
Was there a specific moment when you felt "now I am an author" - as in, this is now my career?
I've always wanted to write and have dabbled before, but about a year ago, I took the decision to just GET ON WITH IT. So I started with getting up earlier in the mornings and spending that time focussing on my writing. Now, this is a habit and as I have seen my work getting published I am starting to view myself as an author and this as my second career although my dream is to write full time.
You put your characters in very intense situations. Why did you take this approach?
I like to challenge them, what's their breaking point? Do they break?
Which of your characters did you find the most challenging to create?
Sarah Lee - I just love this character. She's complex and mean. She even sees the apocalypse as an opportunity!
Do you have any interesting writing habits? What is an average writing day like for you?
Not interesting so much, but I try to get up early, ideally about 5 am, I love to get up early in the mornings when it's quiet and I am at my best then! I generally work till about 8am or so and then I get ready for work!
What are you working on right now?
I'm writing on the next follow-on series to Crimson Rage, this is going to be more of a dystopian whodunnit(s) with the introduction of some new complex and flawed characters. Watch this space!
Where can our readers discover more of your work or interact with you?
Readers can always drop me a line to [email protected], I answer all emails personally plus they can find me at my Amazon author page