Today, we have the pleasure of interviewing Alex and Andrew Salter, Authors of their debut novel Seven: The Rescue. Writing has always been their passion, and they are excited to take you on this journey into their imagination.
What inspired your story, Seven?
Our family and a love for fantasy and science fiction.
Would you please tell us where the book takes place?
A distant galaxy in a solar system with thirteen planets. While some of these planets don’t seem habitable, most are with just a bit of scientific help. It is a diverse system with the different races living together mostly in harmony. Each planet has its own governing bodies, some more than one, but each planet has Tribunes that are part of a System Council. This System Council oversees the issues of the system in a diplomatic manner.
What inspired you to choose a distant galaxy as the location for your novel?
We have always loved science fiction and have had a desire to write something that takes place in that sci-fi realm.
How long did your novel Seven: The Rescue take you to write?
The idea came to us many years ago and was something we would discuss and research throughout those years. When we finally decided to write the book, it took us about a year to completely finish the book.
How many books will there be in the Seven series?
At the start, we were thinking about it as a trilogy, but over time the story has grown throughout the writing process, so we hope it will be more.
Will there be a movie for each book?
Andrew: There are no plans for a movie.
Alex: But if Amazon Prime wants to hit us up, we are open for discussions.
Who are some of your favorite or most influential authors?
Andrew: Brandon Sanderson, C.S. Lewis, Frank Herbert, John R. Erickson, Patrick Roth fuss.
Alex: K.A. Applegate, George R.R. Martin, J. R. R. Tolkien, Jules Verne, Brandon Sanderson.
What other types of books do you like to read?
Andrew: I love reading in general but do love old classics, mysteries, and Louis L’amour westerns which my Uncle got me into before I was even a teenager
Alex: I love the classics, Swiss Family Robinson, The Lost World. I also enjoy mystery/thrillers such as the Pendergast series.
Do you write anything other than novels?
Andrew: Not at present.
Alex: I dabble in poetry but nothing too serious.
When do you like to write?
Andrew: I write mostly at the end of my day as I have usually been thinking throughout the day of different ideas or scenarios. So, the end of the day is a good time for me to write as I have usually gone over these ideas and scenarios, gaining a sense of what to write.
Alex: I find it a little more difficult writing when I first wake up unless it is something I have been thinking about and planning out for the day before. I normally have so many thoughts about the story when I am writing that I can sit down most anytime and get my creativity sparked pretty easily unless work was hectic that day.
What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
Andrew: When you start writing, do not seek perfection; seek a story. Write down that story and then edit when you have finished that story. I have started multiple books and never finish them because I seek perfection in each line, perfection that I would never find. Write your book, then try to make it the best book you can, while also knowing it will never be perfect. That is what has helped me the most.
Alex: It’s incredibly easy to start a book; the problem is the finish line. One thing I mentioned to Andrew early on in the writing process was, let’s just finish one, and I am so glad we did. We achieved our lifelong dream of publishing a book that we wrote. Also, start with an outline, but don’t be afraid to vary from the outline. The book we outlined and the final book is not the same. They are similar, but some pretty big changes happened along the way that made the book better. Those changes wouldn’t have happened if we were married to the outline.
Fantastic! So tell us, how can people find out more about you?
Thank you so much for giving us your precious time! We wish you the best for your journey ahead!