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Interview - Wayne Gerard Trotman

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 Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, but I have lived in England since 1984. I met my wife a year later and we have two amazing boys. We love travelling, and we have all studied martial arts. My wife and I produced Britain’s first martial arts movie. I also directed and co-produced a training DVD, which tackles the cause of anxiety and panic attacks.


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 There are also numerous cultural, linguistic and historical references in the book.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 important.

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?

 

Websites, author 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 Galactica.

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.

 


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