I enjoyed the unique use of DNA in this story. Where did this idea come from and how did it develop as you were writing?
The idea came from my own experience with having my DNA tested. It seems like everyone is wanting to know where they came from and what their true nationality is. I have noticed some people have expected one thing and were shocked to find out that they had a different genetic makeup. So, I thought what would happen if someone had DNA not of this planet. How would they react? What would they think? As I was writing the story I thought to myself how surprised the person would be to find out that they were not alone on this planet and there were others just like him living and working here as he was.
I enjoyed Ian’s character and backstory. What were some obstacles you felt were important to his character development?
The first one was finding out that you are not of this planet, when your whole life you thought you were a human just like everyone else. The character would have to come to grips with the fact that he looked and acted human but was from a whole different universe. The second one was how does he deal with the fact that he is older than what he expects himself to be. How do you come to grips with the fact that you are thousands of years older than anyone else around you? And third, having to come to grips with the fact that you inherited a leadership role and you had thousands of people who were willing to follow you. How do you lead them on a planet that was originally not yours? And your leadership came from your parents who traveled somewhere else in the universe leaving you here alone to take over?
What is the next story that you are working on and when will it be available?
I am finishing up a story titled “The Haunting of Smock Hill” and it is a paranormal/mystery that takes place in an old coal mining town in Southwest Pennsylvania. A dark energy that used to haunt the mines returns to wreak havoc on the town. I hope to have it finished in time for Thanksgiving.
Checking your DNA and ancestry is real popular these days and everyone is doing it. A group of co-workers who meet regularly for drinks decide to do it as a group and share their results. But what happens when one of them finds out he is not even from this planet? And he is not alone! Are they friendly or hostile to planet earth and it’s people?
The Venusians Among Us by Steve Zimcosky is a breezy, adventurous ride that is just under a hundred pages. This is a story about Ian, an employee at NASA, who has been left in the dark about his past on another planet. Through a series of strange and dangerous incidents, he discovers that his past was kept from him in order to protect him. He is also left in charge of a tremendous mission: to prevent the despicable Howard Gorse from taking over control of the universe. Alongside his friends and a council of advisers, an elaborate plan is made to defeat his nemesis and ensure the survival of his own race on the planet.
I went in expecting heavy doses of scientific and technological terms, considering that this is a science fiction thriller, with our protagonist being an employee at NASA. However, the plot is entirely approachable and engaging. All the vocabulary and plot points are explained in layman’s language, without losing any intrigue. Although I would have appreciated more fully developed characters, I couldn’t help but be sucked into the story. I enjoyed the story because it was easy to follow, but that didn’t stop me from biting my nails while reading. This is an excellent example of simple language setting up a thrilling story; much like Stephen King novels.
The storytelling was particularly refreshing because it was so matter-of-fact. It was quick-paced action, providing no space for sentimental, poetic pondering. The Venusians Among Us could be described as the perfect blend between Ben 10 and Interstellar.
pages: 96 | ASIN: B07XQLZ3H2
The Revelations at Black Corners follows a young boy who becomes a great writer after an accident and his subsequent search for answers. What was the inspiration for the setup to this intriguing story?
The inspiration came from an accident that I had in junior high where I had to have surgery on my hand due to getting it caught in a printing press. I began to wonder how I could create a story around that incident. My mind began to wander thinking about how great writers had gotten their starts and then an idea popped into my head as I was thinking about Stephen King. Of course his novels are on the lines of the paranormal, so I thought I would follow that train of thought.
JT is an interesting and well developed character. What were some themes you wanted to capture in his character?
I wanted to be able to show J. T. as a confident writer who does not take his fame lightly. He knew where he had come from and how his writing developed after the surgery, so he had his doubts about his own talent. Also, I wanted him to be a funny but compassionate person who would do anything for anybody. A writer like Castle, from the television series, but not so arrogant.
I really enjoyed the twists and mystery in this story. Was this planned before writing or did the story develop organically while writing?
The story developed organically while I was writing it. There were moments where I found myself not having any ideas and then I would take a walk in the park and then bang, and idea jumps right into my head. It was a fun project for me and the more I developed the story the more I thought Wow, is this happening to me right now!
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
My next book is an adventure into the science fiction world. This will be a first for me and a challenge. It starts with a person getting a DNA test and then finding out he is not of this earth. The story continues with the fight for good and evil among the humanoids who are not from planet earth. I hope to have it finished by mid-fall and for sale on Amazon sometime in late October.
An accident in junior high leaves a young boy needing surgery. Afterwards he has an insatiable desire to become a writer leading him to become a New York Times best-selling author. What happened during the surgery to lead him down this path? While doing research for a new book he finds the answer in the small New York town of Black Corners!
The Revelations at Black Corners by Steve Zimcosky is a fun and light-hearted read that will keep you on your toes. It opens with JT Curtis, a world-famous author who is invited on a popular talk show to discuss his newest bestseller. During the talk show, JT reveals the strange incident that left him with an uncanny ability to write. An old couple watching at home find themselves shocked at the strange connection between the book and their family. In the rush to get things cleared up, everything gets even more dramatic and muddled up than before. A series of adventures ensue that introduce us to a psychic, parapsychologist, and even a spirit!
Zimcosky knows how to keep an audience interested. The sections of the book are quick and well-structured. Even though you will be immediately invested in the plot, you will realize that in no time at all you have flipped through all the pages! The characters are fresh and contribute to the plot in unique ways. It is not a super heavy read, so you can breeze through it in waiting rooms or during a commute.
One of the cooler aspects of this book are the wonderful illustrations that are dotted throughout the text. They are eye-catching and align perfectly with the plot.
The book ends in a glorious, quick-witted punch that’ll definitely leave you with an aha! moment. The Revelations at Black Corners is an engrossing and lightweight read that will leave you refreshed.
Pages: 47 | ASIN: B07T2DRL6Z