Wayne Gerard Trotman is a British writer, filmmaker, artist, photographer, composer and producer of electronic music. Born in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Trotman immigrated to England in 1984, where he lives with his wife and two young sons.
A martial arts enthusiast, he wrote and directed ‘Ashes to Ashes’, Britain’s first martial arts feature-film. He has a cosmopolitan and multi-cultural approach to all his artistic work, which has received recognition internationally. His epic science-fiction novel, ‘Veterans of the Psychic Wars’, is the first of a proposed ‘Psychic Wars’ series.
Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am a British author, filmmaker, artist, photographer, composer and
producer of electronic music. I was born in the
Describe your book ‘Veterans of the Psychic Wars’ in 30 words or less.
Roman Doyle journeys to another galaxy, and joins the Second Psychic War: an interstellar battle between the forces of his father, the Emperor, and those of his uncle, the Baron.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Research. I am not
a scientist, and even though this is science fiction, I wanted the fantastic
science in the book to be based on sound scientific principles. During the
years I spent writing the book, people would ask, “Why are you studying royal
family protocol and World War II battle strategies, when the characters are
advanced aliens on alien planets?” The answer is: I wanted it to seem perfectly
real. Most of the characters are human – natural humans and artificial humans
(androids, hybrids and clones). There are also numerous cultural, linguistic
and historical references in the book. I consider these things to be very
What books have had the greatest influence on you?
J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and Frank Herbert’s Dune – both are meticulously detailed, thoroughly researched epics.
Briefly share with us what you do to market your book?
interviews, social networking, Google and Facebook ads, press releases and I
recently produced a dramatic book trailer, riddled with beautiful people and
the type of imagery you would find in Star Trek, Star Wars and Battlestar
How do you spend your time when you are not writing?
I have family commitments and marketing takes up a lot of my time. I am a musician, photographer, and filmmaker (among other things), with related products that also have to be marketed. Any other time is spent creating, researching, reading, watching documentaries, taking photographs and listening to music.
What are you working on next?
My second novel, which is book one of another speculative fiction series related to The Psychic Wars. This series has a fourteen-year-old Trinidadian boy as the protagonist and much of the dialogue is in Trinidadian patois. The plot and themes are top secret, for the moment.