I live in the south of England in a little house with my wife and son next to the sea. We have a good circle of family and friends and genuinely just enjoy life. Quite boring to read about really, but very satisfying to live.
2.) How long have you been writing?
Must be at least thirty year, from typewriter to green screen work processor to modern PC. My output has always been sporadic though and I can honestly say I don't write more than I do write, although I do ask myself - why am I not writing?
3.) Do you have a favorite place to write?
It varies, I sat in a friend's shop writing for three months while chatting and drinking coffee. I was probably at my most productive because I couldn't turn on the television and I couldn't leave until I had fulfilled my word quota for the day. More recently I just sat in the spare room writing for three hours a day everyday with a one month deadline, because the school holidays were finishing and work was coming round again. The word quota and the deadline made me write, other than that background noise or people didn't make much difference. The best place to write is probably a frame of mind.
4.) Why did you decide to write Hunter No More?
At the time I didn't feel like I had a choice, I had to write. Sometimes the compulsion just overrules everything else. I also had this list of things I wanted to do, places I wanted to visit, characters I wanted to make whole.
5.) Do you proofread/edit your own books or do you get someone else to do that for you?
I edit, edit again, edit, get someone else to edit and then look at it again and think is there any way I can edit this? The process never really ends, and can potentially go on forever unless you stop yourself. It will never be as good as it can be, only as good as you can make it. Getting someone else to edit is essential though, if only to hear some hard truths and be alerted to mistakes that are invisible to the writer but never to the reader.
6.) Please tell us what you’re working on at the moment.
Something and nothing - I have ideas and some abandoned chapters, but nothing with momentum. I'm hoping I'll find that in the new year. The first ten thousand words are the hardest, after that things get cooking.
Title: Hunter No More
Author: G.D. Tinnams
Genre: Science Fiction
The Hunter Class Spacecraft designated ‘The Amberjack’ disappeared during a routine mission to Seek, Locate and Destroy the enemy Machine Mind contingent known as ‘The Ochre’. Conclusion: It was either destroyed by the Ochre or went rogue for reasons unknown. If sighted, approach with extreme caution.
On the planet Borealis, a violent revolution forces Samantha Marriot and her parents to flee their home for the relative safety of ‘The Rainbow Islands’. Once there, Sam discovers a secret her father has been keeping from her all her life, a secret that will change everything.
Meanwhile, The Machine Mind Hierarchy of Earth dispatches a ship to rid themselves of the planet’s troublesome human population. The only hope of a defence lies with a damaged binary Hunter unit that has long since abandoned both its programming and weaponry.
In order for the unit to succeed it must call upon the aid of an ancient enemy, and prove, once and for all, that it is a Hunter no more.
G.D. Tinnams has worked as a barman, a call centre operator, an IT support analyst, and a software tester. But during all this time he was also an insatiable reader of science fiction and fantasy books like Susan Cooper’s ‘The Dark Is Rising Sequence’, Orson Scott Card’s ‘Ender’s Game’, Robert Charles Wilson’s ‘Blind Lake’ and Greg Egan’s ‘Permutation City’. He is very fond of weird, mind-bending stories and decided quite early on to try writing some. ‘Hunter No More’ is his second novel.
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