Friday, March 11, 2016

Interview with Davila LeBlanc, author of Dark Transmissions


Inside the Book:

Title: Dark Transmissions 
Author: Davila LeBlanc 
Release Date: March 1, 2016 
Publisher: Harper Voyager Impulse 
Genre: Sci-fi/Space Opera 
Format: Ebook/Paperback

It is the late 23rd century. For engineers Jessie Madison and her husband David, a routine maintenance contract on board the orbital mining station Moria 3 has become a nightmare. Upon awakening from cryo-stasis, they learn a horrifying truth: while they were asleep, machines rose up against humanity...and won.

Marooned and at the mercy of the station’s malicious artificial intelligence, OMEX, David and Jessie rig an emergency transmission to broadcast into the darkness, desperately hoping someone is still alive to hear it...

Navigating the fringes of explored space in the Covenant Patrol vessel the Jinxed Thirteenth, Captain Morwyn Soltaine picks up a distress signal from a space station. But it’s broadcasting in Ancient Humanity, a language that has been extinct for several millennia. Even more incredible: there are two survivors on board. Morwyn’s rag-tag crew of reformed criminals mount a rescue op, unaware of the dangerous foe awaiting them. As the past and future collide, a routine mission becomes a deadly game of wits.
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When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

DaV: Pretty much from the moment I learned how to read. I love telling stories and it has always been passion of mine.

How long did it take you to write the book?

DaV: It took me about three months to write an outline and a first draft. It took me another month of polish before I started to shop it around.

What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

DaV: I’ve found that my “magic hours” are from ten to five. Too early and I’ll wind up wasting time drinking coffee and watching videos. Too late and well I want to sleep.

In your opinion, what does it take to get a book published?

DaV: Determination and an ability to accept criticism. Tons of people are going to reject you before you get the first yes. The trick when you get a rejection or any kind of feedback accept it, don’t get defensive, in fact NEVER get defensive. Like I said there are going to be hundreds of rejections before you get that golden YES. It’s that yes you are looking for and matters the most.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

DaV: It’s a melting pot of good+bad scifi movies and books. Even bad ones, especially the bad ones. My favorite movie is a bad movie with good concepts, because those will often springboard a story for me.

When did you write your first book and how old were you?

DaV: It was when I was sixteen in high-school. My friend Rend Mohammed asked me to finish a short story I had written in my school agenda and it wound up becoming a two hundred page book (which grew into a trilogy). I’ve re-read it and…yeah it’s awful, but looking back that was the first book and the first step on my journey to becoming a published writer.

What do you like to do when you are not writing?

DaV: I love roleplaying games and video games and they eat up a bunch of my free time. I also love biking, my ideal city is one in which you could bike all year round. I’m also an avid sword-fighter and will often spar with my fellow blade enthusiasts. 

Meet the Author:

Davila LeBlanc spent his college years studying print journalism but quickly found himself working as a writer and performer in the comedy circuits of Montreal. During this time his goal became to break into the world of professional writing. He would get his first opportunity when he co-created and sold the hit animated television series The League of Super Evil. This was his first foray into the world of production and an important first step on his road to becoming a writer. After working on various television shows, in 2013 Davila decided to take a year off from children's animation to focus on writing his first novel, Dark Transmissions. He is an avid reader of science fiction and fantasy and wants to add his own voice to the genre that inspired him. Davila currently resides in Ottawa where he is working on several other writing projects.

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