Sam, an ex-soldier who is trying to rediscover himself after twenty years of service, unwittingly stumbles upon a mysterious alien presence in rural Wales. He is drawn into a tangled web of intrigue, pitting him against forces bent on destruction and putting his life in peril. Feeling mentally eroded by his time in the army and having worked hard to overcome this, he is thrust upon an alien journey that will change his life and beliefs in a profound way.
Claims of benevolence are only the beginning of the mysteries he’ll have to unravel as doubt and mistrust haunt him. He will have to form unlikely alliances in order to fathom the mysteries at the secret Mineran enclave, where intrigue, deception and imminent danger reside.
His journey for answers will introduce him to pernicious enemies with hidden agendas, as a heinous plot to kill him unravels. Can he defeat his personal demons to secure justice and discover the truth of who or what is behind the nefarious machinations and why?
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 P.N. Burrows whose book Mineran thrilled as well as captivated 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 for P.N. Burrows, a biography of the author and an interview between me and P.N. Burrows 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 P.N. Burrows!
Born in England and raised in Wales, I started my working life on a farm in the glorious, yet rainy Welsh countryside. I retrained to become to work in IT and I ended up running and teaching at a Cisco Academy. After this, I became a small business Advisor for the local county council and the Welsh Government. In this role, I helped thousands of people start up their own businesses. These days I make a living writing novels and creating websites for other authors – www.novel-websites.co.uk
In my leisure time, I work my way through a comprehensive bucket list with my fiancée, Cath. This has caused us great delight as we have attended various courses and fun days out, such as beekeeping, pottery making, stained glass making, painting course, cooking courses, hawk walks, animal experiences, quad biking, gorge walking and much more. Our favourite one was learning to dance. This activity remains with us and will hopefully do so for the rest of our lives. We can do a reasonable Waltz, we collapse in laughter trying the Viennese Waltz, but it is the 1920’s Lindy Hop that we have fallen in love with.
Strangely, for an ex-geek, my favourite gadget is my Italian Marcato pasta machine. I love cooking real, unprocessed food and my freshly made pasta with a home cooked sauce is amazing.
I have always enjoyed reading, and in my early teenage years, I read authors ranging from Harry Harrison to Greek mythology. Later in life, I turned to thriller writers such as the 3 C’s; Clancy, Cussler and Child. Also, I will always have a Terry Pratchett book on my phone for light reading. His imagination was and always will be, inspiring. I had wanted to write the Mineran Series for several years prior to actually starting and with the encouragement from Cath, who has suffered my many varied, imaginative pranks over the years, I began. At the time of writing this, I am 50% through the last book in the 5 book series.
Besides writing science fiction, I have also started a series of children’s picture books. The first book, ‘Emily and Her Mums: Emily’s First Pet’ is a diversity book hidden behind a lovely story about a young girl and her imagination.
Now, how wonderful does P.N. Burrows sound?! P.N. Burrows is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of P.N. Burrows’s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between me and P.N. Burrows, I hope that you enjoy P.N. Burrows’s answers to my questions, they are incredible and provide some great advice too!
Could you please tell us readers about your book and what inspired you to write your book?
I had the idea for a science fiction book in my head for at least twenty years. I started to write it on two other occasions but gave up due to the usual reason, lack of confidence, no understanding of the literary world, lack of resources (before the internet I had to use the library) and in the case of my first attempt, I would say lack of worldly knowledge.
The first book in the series is called Mineran Influence. It is about a retired ex-soldier, who having left a career in the army has lost his way and purpose. He stumbles upon what he thinks is organised crime, only to discover something far more sinister.
What would your advice be for aspiring writers?
Join writing groups, being a writer can be lonely and if you do not have a support system to bolster you now and again, you may falter.
Sign up for any courses that you can afford, the more you experience in life, the more vibrant and textured your written work will be. The tapestry that is created by your scribblings will become enriched and enthrall your readers. For the last twelve years, I have not had a TV and so for entertainment Cath and I leave the house and actually do things. I will sign up for anything that I can afford. Learning in the Real World beats the TV every time.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing about a book?
Enjoying the process, If, as an author, you do not enjoy writing a particular scene, then the reader will not enjoy reading it. I could not write a scene that would do justice to the death one of my favourite characters, because I didn’t really want to kill him off. So I wrote it from a different angle, I wrote it to reflect on how we normally find out how someone dies. From the perspective of the protagonists being informed by the grieving widow, the funeral and how they felt afterwards, I showed the grief, the tears and the loss that way. It was a much better scene(s) as it pulls the heartstrings and we can all relate to it. I felt the loss and tried to write that, at the same time I enjoyed the process.
What is your writing process like?
I use a program called Scrivener, and I love it. It allows me to type, it holds all of my notes, holds my character sketches and even allows me to drag and drop scenes from one place to another. It’s much better than using MS Word. I do not write much at home as that is also my place of work, it is too easy to get distracted. I find a corner in a cafe and write for an hour or two every morning before returning home to crack on with my day job.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
The old saying ‘Don’t judge me by my internet history’ is true. I have this month researched the effects of being sealed in a room and how the CO2 buildup will kill you before the oxygen runs out (including timings and variables to fit the scenario), researched the composition of a sun and the various layers, looked at various drugs, effects and antidotes, research concealed and illegal weapons for gentlemen (for my next book), positions of US underwater listening stations and much more. Most of my research is done at the time of writing a particular scene. Before this, I would perform research before I started the book, only to find that the story moved in a different direction and my research was wasted.
Do you have a set schedule for writing, or do you only write when you feel inspired?
I write for an hour or two every weekday. I leave the house with Cath (my much better half) as she goes to work and find somewhere to write. I aim to write at least one percent of my book each time.
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I normally have a book or two on the go at all times. Although lately, I have not been reading as much as I used to. I have a massive ‘to read’ pile, this is partly due to the number of new authors that I work with and the fact that I am a member of the ‘Carnival of Words’ committee, An association that organises a week-long list of literary events for the town where I live.
My all-time favourite author is the late Terry Pratchett. His imagination was remarkable.
Lastly, when can we readers expect to read more wonderful books from you?
Of the five books in the Mineran Series, I am writing book five now. Book four has been uploaded to Createspace and I am waiting for the graphic designer to finalise the spine width and insert the blurb on the back cover.
I have a children’s picture book which is available in English and Welsh. This is a multiracial, same-sex parent, diversity book about a young girl called Emily. The story hides all of the diversity stuff and the readers only ever see Emily’s wonderful imagination. It also uses a special Dyslexic font and offers free colour-in downloads from the website.
After I have finished the Sci-Fi series I will be writing about an alien wizard in modern-day England. He gets embroiled in nefarious plots and machinations. I am really looking forward to writing this book.
Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with P.N. Burrows! If you have liked what you have read about P.N. Burrows and are interested in learning more about P.N. Burrows and reading P.N. Burrows’s work, 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,