I’m excited to have the chance to take a peek into the world of another new-to-me author. Today we are talking with Greg Alldredge about his novel, Lights in the Night.
Plagued by nightmares, Trevor’s drawn to Texas by unknown forces. What are those lights? Join Trevor and the quirky town residents as he searches for answers and tries to fill the void in his heart.
To start things off I asked Alldredge to tell us a bit about himself. Here’s what he had to say:
I guess I said it best on my author page, I’ve had several careers over the past 50+ years. Currently, I am a theatre teacher and a writer, this is probably where I will continue to work until I die. Growing up, I was bitten by the travel bug. Since my parents were not independently wealthy, I joined the Navy to see the world. I spent twenty years in the Navy I met and married my wife we adopted our son and we traveled extensively, I also acted professionally from time to time. Once I retired from the Navy I went into the medical manufacturing industry that was great it put my son through college. I came to Texas to retire, I failed at retirement. I began teaching because several people said I would be good at it. After five years teaching in Texas, we decided to travel overseas and teach. While in China I found an outstanding opportunity to write. I had tried and failed to write books in the past, either by location or maturity this time I was able to complete what I started.
I’ve been provided with the first three paragraphs of Lights in the Night to share with readers.
Let’s take a look inside this Sci-Fi Novel:
Everyone in town called ‘Old Sits’ the crazy old hermit. One of those men that by choice decided to live a life of solitude in the open desert.
Yet, this particular night, he was on a mission. Like a forward observer, equipped with surveillance equipment more suitable to the NSA or catching cheating spouses. Dressed in a ghillie suit, camouflage netting covering his entrenched position. Armed with a high-power camera, hyperbolic microphone and a four-inch tripod mounted telescope all targeted at the distance southern mountain range under observation.
Any rational observer would recognize someone who was spying on someone or something. He chose to position himself here, in this very location watching the same chunk of real-estate for the last four months. Every night from before moonrise to first light, eating cold spam sandwiches and drinking vodka, waiting for anything to happen.
It’s time to delve into the Q. & A.
This my favourite part. My questions are crafted to give a reader a clear look at how an author writes, what drives them, and what can be expected in their books.
Question: What genre would you say the book falls into?
I always say you must know your genre to know your audience. My book as science-fiction with a bit of humour. Of course if you find it funny it’s humour with a bit of science-fiction. I do feel every good book should have some mystery and suspense thrown in. If you know the end of the story, that’s half the reason for finishing the book. No one is surprised when the Titanic sinks.
Question: Are there any trigger warnings and/or explicit content readers should know about?
Not really, if it were a film it would be rated R for drug use. It’s not excessive drug use, the language is not harsh and there is very little sex. Oh my God, I just made it so a good portion of the world will not read my book. Hopefully, you read it even with my last sentence.
Question: Do you have any upcoming events?
My current events all revolve around finishing classes towards my master of theatre education from the University of Houston. After that, I must travel back to China and begin teaching a new school year. Any events between now and June I will have to schedule via the Internet.
Question: What is next for you? Do you have anything in the works?
Currently, I am working on the second book in the series. It has a working title of Darkness at Midday.
Question: Do you have any special mentions? (Editor, cover art etc…)
I must mention my wife, Connie. She is my editor, my muse, my sounding board, my proof-reader, and just about everything else. I’ll never understand why she has put up with me for the last 30+ years.
Question: What was your favourite book when you were growing up?
Funny thing is I didn’t read a lot until I got out of high school. I guess my favourite book in high school was by Alistair MacLean Where Eagles Dare. I was more of an action adventure reader. I didn’t begin reading a lot of science fiction until I was in the Navy and an early adult.
Question: If you could meet any character from any book, who would it be? Why?
Crystal; I think she could teach me a lot about yoga.
Question: When did you realize you were meant to be a writer?
That is a loaded question, I’m not 100% sure I should be a writer now. Lights in the Night was my third attempt at writing a book. The first two failed. Either time, space, or both has changed enough to allow me the motivation to finish this book. Now I feel the dam has been broken, I am finding it hard to not write. I guess it will be up to my readers to decide if I am meant to be a writer or not.
Question: If your life was a book, what would be the tagline?
Will he ever stop moving?
Question: What advice would you give new writers?
Just do it. There will always be excuses why not to write. There will be times you start, and times you never finish, but you’re never really done until you die.
Question: What has been the worst mistake you have made in your writing career?
Not finishing my first two books. Even if they never saw the light of day it would’ve been a start. I know I needed to mature before I could finish a book. It would’ve been nice to have started writing before the Internet became so popular and changed the way publishing happens.
Question: What is the best moment you have had with a fan?
I posted a saying on Facebook. A former student replied saying “I don’t know if you meant that for me, but I really needed it today.” There are times I think we overlook the simple things, and the effects they can have on those around us. I never want to forget the simple things.
Lights in the Night is in my TBR pile – watch for my future review! If you’re interested you can follow the following links to find out more about this author.
Thank you, Greg Alldredge and all my readers for your time!