Interview with A.J Trevors

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Recently I spoke to the debut novelist A.J. Trevors about writing, and about his new book (The Gaia Chronicles: Birth of Hope), how to keep up motivation on the twisty road to publication and how to find inspiration.

1. As a writer who is just about to publish their debut book - what was the hardest thing you had to overcome?

As a fresh author, I think the hardest thing to overcome is self-doubt. Every night before I sleep, my mind is always assailed by doubts and worries. Will readers enjoy the book? Is the story solid? Will the characters come to life? Good God, will it even sell? 
This book project is a new experience to me and the hardest thing to do is to leave the worries to one side and just write. Because once these doubts creep into your work, your writing will never be as good as it can be. That's when you have already failed.

2. What do you think a sci-fi reader would look for in a book?
 I think a sci-fi reader will enjoy really exploring in depth the planet of Gaia. What I realised about this generation of sci fi books is that they prescribe to the thinking of, 'Hey, let's visit as many planets as possible. The more, the better! Right?' Wrong. When you do that, you never really shell out each planetary environment to it's full potential.
Think Star Wars. There are numerous planets but each seem to only have one city and the rest of the planet is barely inhabited! So, what I think sci-fi readers will enjoy is the vast environment present on Gaia, shared by many different alien races. New technology is also coming into play in terms of military equipment. I'm sure it will be a blast!

3. As a sci-fi writer specifically, what have you been inspired by, how has this inspiration come across in your writing? 
I'm more of a fantasy kind of guy but in terms of sci-fi, I have to go back to Star Wars. Alongside Star Trek, it was the one series that gave birth to the entire sci-fi genre in terms of good pacing of story, introducing incredible technology and the vast array of aliens present in the movies and books. Dune is also a sci-fi classic that focused more on explaining rationally how things work, such as why they use melee weapons instead of range weapons.

I would like to think that Gaia has been able to achieve the best of both worlds. The book will showcase a great story with a lineup of memorable characters fortified by scientific rationale used to explain certain events and environments in the book.

4. What advice would you give to budding writers of any genre, what do you wish you had been told before you started writing your first book?

Just write! Too many aspiring writers today only aspire but they never write. They are always in a atmosphere of stasis. Sure, there will be lots of excuses. Work. Studies. Social Life. However, if it is your passion, you will always find time to write.

Also, never give up! There will be times where you feel like you are slogging through and you hate your work. Don't worry. It's normal.  You have no idea how many times I have rewritten a scene or deleted a character from a particular chapter. Sometimes, I have just shredded entire sections of the book that took hours to write. All of this is necessary in order to write a good book.
I wish someone told me how fun it was! Many writers these days only moan about the bad things. Deadlines being brutal on them. Publishers harrying them non-stop and editors changing swathes of texts into forms that you hate. In the end, you will look back and say, "I got to write what I want. People like it. So I'm happy."

5. You also write on Wattpad and you are continuing the remastered version of "Phae and the Sun Chariot" - what have you liked about Wattpad and how has this helped with writing your book?

I think Wattpad is a great platform for amateur writers to improve on their writing. The community on Wattpad is so generous with their time and comments. When writing Phae, I would get comments about grammar, story, sentence structure. Characters they like and don't like. Through these, you will understand the mind of the reader and what appeases them and what doesn't. It will help aspiring authors in the future when you are finally serious in releasing your own book.

If you wish to find out more you can follow A.J on Facebook or Twitter

You can pre-order the book on the 15th January for $2.99 on Amazon ( ) or buy it on the release date, 1st February for $4.99

Here is the book synopsis:
Joy. Peace. Fear. Death. Hope. To many, these are just emotions, facial expressions or words that are evoked in the face of numerous situations. However, there are a select few in the galaxy that have the power to wield them into something more. Into a weapon. Into a personification of their inner being.

They are called Spectres

Damien is one such person. With the Spectre Hope, he will shoulder the hopes of the galaxy as he strikes out on an epic adventure that will bring readers to all four corners of the planet, Gaia. From the peaks of Mount Cygnus to the sand-blasted plains of the Tahiba Dessert, Damien and his group of friends will try to find a way to end the war with the merciless Vangarians and unlock the secrets hidden within the depths of their hearts.

Have a wonderful week, I hope you enjoy the book. I would love to know what you think! You can also leave a review on Goodreads:

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