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Tagged and Answering

Thanks to Devorah Fox (http://devorahfox.com/index.php/2014/03/blog-tag/)

Thank You for the tag, here are my answers to the questions!

1. What are you currently working on?

I have just relaunched Ten Naval Battles so my major foci are on completing the launch of Farflame (Resistance), my newest collection of poetry, and compiling the alternate history ‘Tsar Michael The Great’

2. How does your work differ from others in the same genre?

Both Ten Naval Battles and Tsar Michael The Great are written in the alternate history genre but not as stories, but rather faux histories. They are like Hector Bywater’s great book ‘The Great Pacific War’ in this.

3. Why do you write what you do?

I like to change the past! And by changing the past to change the present! And then give me a canvas to paint a world on.

4. How does your writing process work?

I am a creature of Chaos. I might sit down with an idea and begin. I might have a scene, or a dream or something and try to make more of it. When I try to sit down and create a world I end up with a great world but no plot.

I will tag 3 authors.


Author Interview with A T Weaver

We bid A T Weaver a warm welcome to Grey Wolf’s Blog.

A T Weaver author

I was raised in a time when gay people were supposed to be invisible and to me they were until I was in my twenties.
In 2003, at the age of 60, through a TV show called Boy Meets Boy, I ‘met’ over 3,000 gay men in a Yahoo group who educated me as to the inequalities suffered by the LGBT community. I visited one of the men in San Francisco who lived just up the street from the Castro. As he showed me around, we stopped in front of what was once Harvey Milk’s camera store. My question, “Who was Harvey Milk?” started my education into Gay history.
Before I left San Francisco, I mentioned my lifelong desire to write. Steve’s response was, “I’d like to read a book where the boy gets the boy and they ride off into the sunset together.” That’s when I thought about the story for Acceptance.
I have since written five more books and hope to have the sixth finished by the end of March.
In addition, I have a short story published in a free anthology of Christmas stories here:

Email:- alixtheweaver@yahoo.com
Twitter @alixtheweaver

A T Weaver – Interview with Grey Wolf

1. How long have you been writing?

Ten years

2. What is the earliest work of yours that you have published or intend to publish?

My first book was Acceptance: One Man’s Quest

3. Who were the earliest authors to be an inspiration for your writing?

Oh, my goodness. That’s a hard one. I’ve been reading for over fifty years. My favorite authors are Nora Roberts, Jude Deveraux, Phyllis Whitney, and, of course, the queen of mystery writers, Agatha Christie..

4. Which other authors do you consider to be an inspiration and for what reason?

Again, it would have to be Nora Roberts and Jude Deveraux. Their descriptions of people and places give me a feeling of being there. I’ve had people say I sometimes put too much description in my work and yet others don’t think there is enough. My reaction to those who say ‘too much’ is, “If you don’t like the descriptions, skim over them.” The same goes with sex scenes. If it’s too graphic, skip it.

5. Are you inspired by any landscapes or buildings, or even towns and cities?

Not really. I’m more inspired by people’s lives.

6. Which was the first book you published and why?

Acceptance: One Man’s Quest. I wanted to show gay couples are just like straight couples, they laugh, they cry, but most of all, they love. I also hoped people who read it would understand the two extreme differences in the way parents react when they learn they have a gay son. They have the option of accepting that child or not accepting him.

7. Have you been surprised by a negative reaction to any of your work?

Not really. I get some negativity from a lot of people about the genre in which I write – even my own children. But that’s to be expected given the attitude of many people regarding homosexuality.

Of course, like any writer, I like good reviews. But I also welcome negative reviews. If everyone always praises your work, there is no room to grow. I always say I don’t care if you like or hate my books, or if they make you laugh or cry. As long as they evoke a reaction, I’ve done what I set out to accomplish – I’ve moved you.

8. Other than authors (and friends and family) who are your heroes?

You don’t make this easy, do you? Given the genre in which I write, I’d have to say Harvey Milk, Matthew Shepherd, all of the gay men and women who have stood up for what they believe to be their rights. And in that same vein, Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, and those who stood for their rights.

9. If you could go back in time to learn the truth about one historical mystery or disputed event what would it be?

Who killed the young princes? Was it Richard III or Henry?

A T Weaver, Thank You very much!

Author Interview with Karina Kantas

We bid a warm welcome to Karina Kantas

Karina Kantas author Books by Karina Kantas

With my love for rock music and S.E.Hinton’s YA novels, it’s no surprise my first novel was in the motor-cycle fiction genre. In fact, my following novels are also urban thrillers. But those that have read my short story collection Heads & Tales and UNDRESSED know I’m not just a “one genre” author.

Born in the midlands UK, I grew up in a poor, rough area of town and used my writing to escape an unsettling reality. Delving deep into my characters’ minds and hearts, I give my readers thought provoking and sometimes dark story-lines.

I have over thirty publications including book reviews, film reviews, poetry and articles.

Nominated top ten of female authors of biker fiction, my horror story Crossed, also won the first prize in an International Short Story contest. And my books have received raving reviews.

With an International fan base, you can find me on popular network sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Myspace, where I’m only too happy to interact with my readers.

No matter what genre of fiction I write, you’ll always hear loud rock music playing while I work, as it allows me to fade away and become one with my characters.

Don’t except happy endings in my novels as I write about real life. What you will get, is exciting story-lines that will have you glued to the pages and eager for more.

I live on the beautiful Island of Corfu with my Greek husband and two daughters.

Titles to date:-

In Times of Violence
Lawless Justice
Heads & Tales: short story collection
Road Rage
Stone Cold: YA supernatural thriller.

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Karina Kantas – Interview with Grey Wolf

1. How long have you been writing?

I have been writing since high school but I wasn’t published until twenty years ago.

2. What is the earliest work of yours that you have published or intend to publish?

In Times of Violence was my first novel. I wrote it as a short story when I was 18. My first publication was a film review of the horror film Constantine.

3. Who were the earliest authors to be an inspiration for your writing?

S.E.HINTON inspired me to publish my first book. Music, especially rock music, inspires me to continue to write.

4. Which other authors do you consider to be an inspiration and for what reason?

I love it when I hear of an Indie author (independent) become a huge success and doing it alone.

5. Are you inspired by any landscapes or buildings, or even towns and cities?

Life inspires me. Meeting new people and learning of their stories.

6. Which was the first book you published and why?

After reading The Outsiders by S.E.Hinton I knew I wanted to write my own rebel fiction. So I started work on In Times of Violence which is still my number one best seller.

7. Have you been surprised by a negative reaction to any of your work?

Only from other authors, not from normal public readers.

8. Other than authors (and friends and family) who are your heroes?

Nelson Mandela. RIP

9. If you could go back in time to learn the truth about one historical mystery or disputed event what would it be?

Which came first the chicken or the egg!

Karina Kantas, Thank You very much!

Resurrection or Data Mining

I’ve long had these three science fiction stories I wrote in the 1990s at the back of my mind. One was completed, one was well underway, and the other was just begun, but together they form a trilogy, and somewhere along the way they gained the names Beholder, Bellerophon, and Cerberus. For a long time Cerberus was almost a myth – I knew there were several parts, but I could only ever find one.

Beholder was in some ways worse – I had tried a couple of times to collate it, but it consisted of chapterettes catalogued by a numbering system that often jumped to the next decade number to mark the end of a cycle, and seemed to jump to the next century numbers to mark the next major ‘book’ inside the novel. Over time, the originals on floppy discs had been taken off, catalogued, analysed and so on but I was never sure how much was missing – for missing an amount certainly is. I remember my first attempt at doing this and the creation of the ‘Lost Lambs’ folder, those missing chapters found on their own on a floppy disc otherwise dedicated to another subject. Eventually, it might be said that there are at a minimum two chapters missing (there is a mid-teens gap that makes no sense in terms of jumping to the next numerical milestone) and at most maybe a dozen or so missing. But the bulk of the story is there, and has finally now been collated into one document. Even that was not without its trials, for I did this on holiday and only had my laptop to work from, but the originals were written using Microsoft Works, yet Vista on my laptop refuses to install Works, so I had to work through Notepad, opening each document, stripping it of code and copying it into Word. Fine, but it had the very peculiar effect of always including a stray snippet of text at the bottom, often somehow pulled from a different Works document. I decided to keep these in on the basis that if I could match each snippet to a piece of text elsewhere, good, but if I couldn’t I might have the only remaining fragment of one of the lost chapters – truly story-writing archaeology!

Bellerophon was intact, of reasonable length and would probably have formed a third of the total novel length, whereas the 3 chapters I eventually found for Cerberus are clearly only a beginning, and may yet be missing a part I vaguely recall writing, or perhaps I only recall planning, but never wrote?

The continuous thread through the three stories was the Artificial Intelligence known as Ariadne, and the possible naming of the books relates to her role in the stories – in Beholder she is watching for the mostpart, in Bellerophon she is fighting, and in Cerberus she is protecting. At least that is a rationalisation!

In the past I had tried to make something of the existing stories, either to rewrite them in a more coherent manner, or expand upon what existed, but neither approach had really worked. They are in a sense too much of their time, even though written in a somewhat distant future, and they were written with influences long since eclipsed by more recent influences – eg there are clear streaks of Deep Space Nine in some of the terminology and imaginings, whereas since that time I have taken in all of the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica.

Instead, I decided this time to write a sequel to the trilogy, taking it as a whole, and setting it ten years after the events in the original work. On one level this was an easy enough decision, but on another it raised some rather large questions. Due to the disjointed nature of the trilogy, that Beholder’s characters other than the AI are not in Bellerophon, and that Bellerophon’s characters, other than the AI, are not in Cerberus, but Cerberus revolves around one group only of Beholder’s characters, what has happened to all the rest of the characters? This is not simply a question of what has happened to them over ten years, since that is my decision as the writer of the new work, but it is very much the question of what happened to them during the time-frame of the original trilogy. As an example, General Kalister escapes from Station One when it is destroyed by the aliens and is last seen hurtling towards Earth in a convoy of evacuation ships. What happens to him during the timeframe of Bellerophon, and if he survives that what has happened to him by the timeframe of Cerberus?

We cannot think of him as still on that ship when up to a year must have passed within the internal reckoning of the triology.

In a sense, the opening scene of the new work suggested itself to me as a scene seeking a story. I needed not only a background, but a character and this took some working through. What became easiest was to extrapolate certain trends from the existing stories – the Human Imperium is on the backfoot, the enemy is not only choosing the battlefields within human space, but has some kind of secret weapon, but one group of characters has information taken from an alien battlecruiser and intends to use this to bargain for a pardon from the Emperor. Taking these as long term trends I could say that the aliens continue to win, but that the humans are able to fight back and delay them – delay them but not stop them.

Having thus decided the overall strategic situation, it becomes clearer both what to do with many of the characters, and what their likely fate would have been. A lot of the military characters are going to be dead. Given that a continuing alien advance is going to mean that human habitation after human habitation falls to the aliens, then a lot of the political characters are also going to be dead. The war is clearly going to have given pirates, freebooters, outlaws and bandits a certain free rein, but since the aliens are going to make little distinction, this kind of war also gives all of these types the chance to shine as unofficial adjuncts to the human military – or guerillas, if you will. Whilst this gives them a continuing valuable role in the story to come, it also means that, as with the other characters, a lot of them are going to be dead.

All of these dead characters seems a bit daunting on the one hand, but what a trilogy of novels does, even one with incomplete volumes, is to generate a mass of characters. Quite literally some of the ships are overloaded with characters when we last see them, so culling them down to a few key characters makes perfect sense for the story to come. The choice of characters to definitely kill, of characters to promote as it were, and of others to have surviving and able to play a useful role in the story to come was an interesting one. Resolving it, brought clarity to who it was I could see in my mind’s eye in the first scene of the new work. It also led me to kill off some of the leading characters who had survived the previous works, and to promote others into their places.

One thing a ten year gap does is to age people. An important segment of the characters from Beholder were teenagers chosen by the leaders of the criminal cartels for their youth as much as for their skills. They are now in their mid to late twenties, and the youngest of them, chosen for her ability to escape notice and to get around tight corners, whilst at the same time having a high intellect, is now a young woman of twenty-one. But she is not the character who emerged from Beholder intact and in high esteem, for Cerberus (what there is of it) is built around her ordeal at the hands of her captors. She is a more withdrawn figure after this experience, and ten years of fighting the alien menace has not mellowed this in her.

Ten years also does things for the youngest characters in the previous work – the youngest named character was a four year old refugee from Station Two in Bellerophon. Escaping on the yacht that contained the AI, she is clearly missing by the time that Cerberus comes around, and the only in-story explanation was an alien attack badly damaged the ship and the crew took to the life pods. Extrapolating on this, it seemed reasonable to posit that she fell into alien hands and forms one of probably hundreds of thousands of human prisoners on alien slave worlds. This puts a character of an interesting age in an important place, in terms of viewpoint.

The other youngest character was not born, but the mother came on board the pirate ship already heavily pregnant. As this was at the end of Beholder, it is obvious that a child must have been born during the time period represented by Bellerophon, and be present but not mentioned during Cerberus. That child is now ten, and has grown up on a pirate ship, all his life dedicated to the pursuit of such goals, and of hitting the aliens in the guise of being a privateer. This is going to make for some very interesting child development!

At the opposite extreme almost the oldest character is still around. I decided that in terms of what we know about the Spacefleet of the Human Imperium, the old admiral who refused retirement and who was sent in with his reserves when the aliens attacked, would be one of those characters most likely to have been able to use all of his experience to survive in a war where humanity is increasingly out-numbered and defeated. I decided that despite his now truly ancient years, keeping him in command makes perfect sense for the story. After all, this is science fiction, it is the future, and it is quite possible in terms of life-span for the better-off that when they retire they can look forward to some thirty or more years of leisure.

The sequel is now about ready to begin. Characters have been chosen, settings set, backgrounds assigned and the grand strategic overview is in place. A few names have had to be changed, not least that of the aliens for when the story was written Dell was something you associated with Dingley and not with a multinational computer company! Others have been standardised, their spelling having slipped across the chapters, whilst as far as it has been possible full names, including last names, have been data mined from obscure brief mentions in the chapters they occurred. Some characters don’t have any – perhaps they never did, perhaps they do not remember it, perhaps they choose not to use it and nobody really cares anymore, considering the circumstances. Some characters have been assigned roles in keeping with their stature but very different, at least in geography, to where we saw them before.

And of course, this new story also needs a name. Sometimes the name is the easiest part, sometimes it is the hardest. I have the vaguest inkling at the moment, but hopefully when the opening scenes have been written it will coalesce into something I can use. Wish me luck on this great voyage of exploration!

Beholder is available to buy at these locations

Best Regards
Grey Wolf

Science Fiction Month is Coming!

November 2013 is Science Fiction Month


Science Fiction Month is a month-long multi-blog extravaganza where numerous bloggers will devote the entirety of their blogs during that period to posts on the multitude of topics that come under the banner of ‘Science Fiction’. There will be reviews, interviews, give-aways, top tens and much more.


Grey Wolf’s blog will be a full participant in Science Fiction Month, with over four weeks of posts already planned, including the ‘Monday Favourite Doctor Who Story’, the ‘Saturday Doctor Focus’ and the ‘Wednesday Book Day’. There will also be promotions for new and recent science fiction books, a look at some of the classic films of the genre, both older and modern, and author interviews available for independent authors who write in the genre of Science Fiction.


A large feature of this blog during Science Fiction Month will be the forthcoming 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, and the TV Special that airs on Saturday 23rd November. There will be a lot of build-up to this event, some of it starting in mid-October so as to properly stagger the posts, and I will be featuring one of my favourite stories from each Doctor, starting with ‘The Keys of Marinus’ from William Hartnell’s era. I will also have a weekly overview feature, comparing and focusing on two doctors at a time, with the first on Saturday 19th October having a look at William Hartnell’s and Patrick Troughton’s portrayal of the character and an overview of 1960’s Doctor Who.


Grey Wolf’s blog offers author interviews to independent and other authors, and for the month of November 2013 there is a special opportunity for any independent science fiction author to have an interview that will no doubt be syndicated across many other participating blogs. If you are eligible and interested, please email enquiries@alternate-history-fiction.com.

Author Interviews

Here, at Grey Wolf’s Blog, I plan to do a series of Author Interviews, hopefully one every couple of weeks, with the possibility of one a week of genre authors during Science Fiction Month (November 2013).
To that end, I am adding Interviews as a top-level navigational device, alongside Home and Guest Blogging, and will archive every interview on a webpage of its own after it has been on the blog for a week. That way, they will all remain easily accessible going forward.

Science Fiction Month

November 2013 is Science Fiction Month and Grey Wolf’s Blog will be playing a full part in events, with articles on classic and modern Science Fiction television, films and books, a running Doctor Who feature that will focus on one Doctor, and one story a week, building up to the 50th Anniversary show, reviews of new Science Fiction and author interviews.



Advantage is a Science Fiction anthology, containing 8 discrete works, and 3-chapter previews of 2 full-length novels which have yet to be published. Looking at them in order, you have:-

ADVANTAGE – This is space opera science fiction, with a first-person character trapped alone on a burning battlecruiser, situation unknown but perilous. A self-contained story it should both thrill and amuse!

THE ESTATE – Action science fiction, this sees one of the guards of a royal estate, upon a planet, realise that something is wrong, and his struggle to come to the aid of his princess. Again, intended as a stand-alone piece, there is the potential for a sequel.

THE BROKEN RAINBOW – A piece that is both alternate history and science fiction, this is written in the form of a historical text, looking back on the events that have seen God break his promise to the world.

THE GOLD AND THE RUSSET – Stumbling into an alien object, the main character finds himself taken to a world that is parallel, but markedly different from the one which he has come from, and yet at the same time one which is more than aware that people are arriving in it from outside of the confines of their own world.

AN INTRODUCTION – Seeming at first to be a Neo-Byzantine alternate history, written in the first person, from the perspective of a prince of the dynasty, as the story unfolds it becomes clear that there is much more happening that at first meets the eye.

1) Bellerophon – Bellerophon is the sequel to the published novel BEHOLDER, and thus forms book 2 of The Ariadne Cycle. We join the story with Saloran Ratan at Station Two, after the events of the first book.

2) Cerberus – Cerberus is the sequel to Bellerophon, and thus the third and final book of The Ariadne Cycle, which begins with the published novel BEHOLDER. We join the story with Tarli Callas, imprisoned in a cave base by people she knows not who they are, nor what they want. But all will be revealed.

ADVANTAGE is available to purchase from Create Space

or for Kindle for KDP Select at

The cover of Advantage by Grey Wolf