It’s the 29th Century and 94 percent of the galaxy has been explored and conquered. The Starship Lionheart, along with other massive space vessels, travels through time continuums and parallel universes. June 2853: The Starship Lionheart enters a parallel universe and fights the Grey Empire. Shortly after, the entire crew is blown out of that universe and into our present one, after destroying their foe. Captain Bontrk, who is a 820 year-old Mudisan and veteran of the S’Phere War, commands the Starship. Along with his first officer John MacLeod and seasoned crew at the helm, the vessel sets out on another mission. Discovering a space station in orbit around a second Earth, the Lionheart will embark on a perilous journey that will nearly take their lives and prove to be a battle to the death. Who will win power over the galaxy and what old enemies will Bontrk and MacLeod face during their mission?
Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I will be writing another author spotlight for a well-accomplished author whose work I have loved. As you know book lovers I love learning about authors and the inspiration behind their work, it fascinates me and adds to the depth of the book because the reader will be able to better understand it. That is how the author spotlights were created because I soon discovered that you lovely readers ALSO love learning about author’s, so I am excited to tell you a little bit more about author Joe Pranaitis whose book Infinite Stars: Chronicles Book One thrilled me from beginning to end. I personally would recommend this book to all of those that love science fiction but really the book can be read by anybody as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight, a biography of the author and an interview between me and Joe Pranaitis will be shared, and I hope that you book lovers enjoy reading it! To kick this off here is an author bio about the wonderful Joe Pranaitis!
I grew up in East Chicago, Indiana, and at an early age, my parents whom I miss introduced me to science fiction. Powerful influences on the stories I write stem from a kid when I read the novel Star Trek: Final Frontier by Diane Carey and later on Babylon 5. For the past 12 years, I’ve been working in the Hoosier Theatre in Whiting, Indiana. During my time there, I’ve written 13 novels. Currently, I am working on my next, 2 of which have been published under the title of Infinite Possibilities of which the main title will now be changed to make it more marketable. One more thing about Infinite Possibilities is that it will continue in its new form. One of my goals is to work with every major studio. I am currently co-writing and co-producing my first theatrical movie which leads me to direct my first short film. I am the VP and Co-owner of the production company Shareef Entertainment.
Now, how wonderful does Joe Pranaitis sound?! Joe Pranaitis is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of the author’s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between me and the author and I hope that you enjoy Joe Pranaitis answers to my questions, they are incredible and provide some great advice too!
Thank you for joining us today at Red Headed Book Lover! Please tell us more about yourself
Hey Aimee, thank you for having me. I grew up in East Chicago Indiana and while I was in high school my art teacher saw me reading a ST:TNG comic and said, “I see you reading all these comics why not create one of your own?” I took the bate and she gave me the assignment for the semester to write and draw my own comic and that’s when Infinite Stars (Possibilities) was born. My parents where essential in introducing me to science fiction, they showed me ST:TOS and the original BattleStar Galactica, and later on I found Babylon 5 and the Star Trek novel Final Frontier by Diane Carey. All of that has had major impacts on my work.
Could you please tell us readers about your book and what inspired you to write your book?
Sure, Infinite Stars: Chronicles Book One is the first five years of the voyages of the starship Lionheart as she explores the last six percent of the galaxy and travel through time and jump to different universes. As to what made me want to write the book, that was wanting to flesh out the characters from the two comics that I had created in high school. Yes I know above I only talked about the first but had that assignment twice.
What would your advice be for aspiring writers?
To write, and write what you want to. And read. Begin by reading in the genre that you want to write and keep at even after you’ve begun. And don’t stop because you will be someones favorite author one day,.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing about a book?
The most important thing about my book is that it shows us that the Possibilities are truly Infinite.
What is your writing process like?
My writing process begins by reading for a little bit then watching an episode or two of a series then sitting down and writing.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
It depends on what type of technology that I need or a certain date that I want my characters to go to.
Do you have a set schedule for writing, or do you only write when you feel inspired?
Yes I write for a half hour to an hour six days a week.
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
Yes I do and I have a whole list, Diane Carey, Carissa Ann Lynch, M.D. Cooper, Kevin J. Anderson, S.D. Perry, Brittany Coon, Virginia Wright, Greg Cox, J.J. Green, Richelle Mead, Ellie Douglas, T.g. Ayer, Carrie Vaughn, Stephen Cheshire, R.B. O’Brien, Sherry Ellis, Mike Shepherd Peter David, David Weber, Kim Harrison, J.L. Clayton.
Lastly, when can we readers expect to read more wonderful books from you?
Yes you can and one will be out this year.
Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with Joe Pranaitis! If you have liked what you have read about the author and are interested in learning more, then please do have a browse of the links below and be sure to have a read of the preview too! You will not regret it.
Goodbye for now book lovers,