I am very sorry that this week’s Author Spotlight is coming in as late as it is. I am attempting to leave town early this weekend and am behind on work.
Today’s author spotlight is on Dayton Ward. Dayton is the author of novels, media tie-in novels, game tie-in novels and short stories. His most recent book, Counterstrike: The Last World War, Book II was released in May from Pocket Star.
“As the title suggests, it’s a sequel to a science fiction novel which came out back in 2003, The Last World War,” Dayton said.
In February, Dayton will have a Star Trek novel released and is working on several Trek-themed projects for publication in 2011. Dayton is also currently writing an episode of a zombie apocalypse audio drama series entitled HG World.
“It’s my first time writing an audio drama, so I’m excited to see how it turns out, and how my scribbling sounds when it’s given life by voice actors who know what they’re doing,” Dayton said.
Dayton said that while he mainly writes in the Science Fiction genre, he is also working on a novel that blends the boundaries between Science Fiction, Fantasy and Noir.
“ I have no idea what I was smoking when I came up with the original notion. It’s on the back burner right now, since my editor at Pocket Books does an exceptional job of keeping me busy, but I’m hoping it’s something I might work on after I finish my next novel.”
When not writing or working at his day job in data processing, Dayton said that he spends a lot of time trying to corrupt his two daughters into liking science fiction.
“I’m doing my level best to indoctrinate them into the world of geek,” Dayton said. “My oldest daughter, all of three going on four, loves to watch Batman and Superman cartoons, and play with Star Trek toys, so I consider my efforts in this arena to be a resounding success.
You can read part 2 of this interview here.