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Ian Richard Gill

Ian Richard Gill
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    Action & Adventure Literary Fiction LGBT Humor Science Fiction Fantasy Poetry
  • Country: Canada
  • Books: 1
  • Profession: Author
  • Born: September
  • Member Since: Jan 2022
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BIOGRAPHY

I was born in 1957 with a hole in my heart that leaked severely. I was called a "Blue Baby", because every time I would exert myself I would turn blue and collapse. After two open heart surgeries, 1 at 3 years old and the second at 8 years. I could not do the things that other kids could, sports for instance, so I read How and Why Wonder Books, Science Fictions, Adventures, anything. I began then to write.

At 63 years old I published my first Novel, a Science Fiction, Action Adventure set in an Age when Life is eternal, and Mankind are the Creators.
Distant Kingdoms: The Drodenar Project, Book 1, Folly of the Gods is set in the Fifty-First Century, when a University Research Team transforms the planet Drodenar from a deep Ice Age state, to a temperate paradise. From an indigenous amphibian anthropoid marsupial, the team evolves a sentient species, highly intelligent, hermaphroditic, and gives them tech and culture equivalent to Earth's Early Bronze Ages.

Then suddenly, Humanity is recalled from Drodenar, as Earth's Great Empire falls into Civil War, a time that these Androgenari come to know as The Great Abandonment. The story begins here a thousand years after the Abandonment, and tells the tales of the Androgenari, and the Humans who made their kind, so very long ago.

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Distant Kingdoms: The Drodenar Project, Folly of the Godsby Ian Richard GillPublish: Mar 21, 2021Series: Distant Kingdoms: The Drodenar ProjectAction & Adventure Literary Fiction Science Fiction Fantasy

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    1 Distant Kingdoms: The Drodenar Project, Folly of the Gods - Published on Mar, 2021

Ian Richard Gill Interview On 06, Jun 2022

"Born in 1957, Ian Richard Gill grew up in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. He has written since he was a teenager. He published his first novel, Distant Kingdoms: The Drodenar Project, Folly of the Gods at the age of 63. He has been a science geek his whole life. His writing is very descriptive, so you can see the worlds and inhabitants clearly in your mind."
Where did you grow up? What was your childhood like?

I grew up in Oakville, Ontario, Canada until I was 14, then we sold our house and moved to an apartment in Etobicoke (west-end Toronto), big change. Lived there for my high school years, and moved out on my own in 1976. My childhood was different from most, as I was born with a hole in my heart, which was life threatening. After two major surgeries (3 years old & 7 years old) I was on the mend, but still not able to keep up with the other kids, so I kept to myself a lot, read science fiction and science fact, both of which fascinated me. Eventually I became strong (in my 20’s) but remained susceptible to asthma attacks, so had to be careful.

While growing up did you, in any way, have any embarrassing moments?

Nothing unusual or memorable enough to remember, although I’m sure that I did.

How did your friends and family react to your first book?

My family has been aware that I write, and that I wanted to write a novel for a very long time, as I had been attempting to do so since my early teens. When I finally did finish my first novel, Distant Kingdoms: The Drodenar Project, Folly of the Gods (first book of a trilogy) I think that they were surprised at my ability. In particular, my older brother and two of my sisters served as alpha readers, and were quite supportive.

What encouraged you to start writing at age 63?

Actually, I have written since I was a teenager, but never with the drive to finish a project. When I was 57 (2014), I envisioned this book, and began writing, but like before it was a start and stop kind of process. Then the pandemic hit in March 2020. It gave me the time I needed to focus, and so I hunkered down and wrote the rest of the book. After my brother Steve agreed to read it, and came back with positive feedback I became determined to publish it. My sisters, Heather and Kathy also read the manuscript at that point, and encouraged me to finish the project, so I have written two subsequent volumes, Book 2, Wars and Rumors, and Book 3, Age of Askelwrought. These volumes are waiting to be published, once Book 1 starts producing significant sales.

How did you begin writing the Distant Kingdoms: The Drodenar Project series?

I was sitting around the dining room table with my sons, Jason, and Krystofer in early 2014, and the topic came up of a story that had occurred to me in a dream the night before. The dream was about a race of beings, neither male nor female, but both, created in a University Research Facility in the distant future,… but where? We brainstormed a bit, and I chose a fictitious planet in orbit around the binary star Sirius. Then it became necessary to envision these beings, so sketches were quickly made, according to what I thought they should look like. I wanted them to have very specific attributes, including arms that carried a double forearm, and so we discussed what kind of musculature would be required to support this system. We thought that an extra large upper arm and shoulder was required to accommodate the extra muscles needed to operate the additional limb. Other details were fleshed in as I set about writing the story. I began to create the world Drodenar, on which these Androgenari lived, including a planetary history, topography, and political systems and religions that made up their cultural environment. Once these things were established I began to create my Andro characters. Only then did I begin to write my Human characters, and develop their own realities, including their civilization, its economy, politics, and so on.

Whom did you base your character, Rochester upon? Is he inspired by someone in real life?

Rochester, like all of my characters, is a composite of many components, not based entirely on any person I have ever known. He is the first-born identical twin, along with his brother Maximillian, of a mother, Anna Gloria Henderson, who is a fiercely independent business woman, Owner, and CEO of Trans-Galaxy Shipping Lines. In essence, the characters of both Max and Roche, as they are also known, are largely determined by their relationships with their mother. Max, the dutiful son, followed Anna’s directions and studied hard and long to become a noted scientific authority in multiple fields, while Roche, preferring a more Bohemian lifestyle decided to follow The Arts, which placed him into direct conflict with Anna’s wishes. She disowned him, and cast him adrift to avoid embarrassment. Understandably, the futures of both men develop divergently from that point forward.

How much did you research about galaxies and related things while writing your first book?

I have been a science geek my whole life, so it came as no surprise to me that I had a decent knowledge base to start with. That being said, I researched certain facts, such as the distances of other star systems from our own, including the star names, online. I wanted the scope and distribution of the Earth Empire to be reasonable, and not spread out too far into regions that we could not have reached by the dates I intended to use, as we were limited by our inability to travel faster than light. I chose to avoid the whole warp speed thing, and stick with established reality. In my Empire, sub-lightspeed colony ships were sent out to the nearest stars, including those that were only a small number of lightyears from Earth, the journey taking mere decades. It was then that receiver technology could be established on those worlds for matter transference technology. Subsequently, additional equipment and personnel could travel at the speed of light, a journey of only 4.2 years to Alpha Centauri, for example.

If there was anything you could say to your younger self, what would you say?

Buy gold. Seriously, it was $50.00 an ounce when I was a teenager.

As a writer producing a work of fiction, do you tend to know the ending when you start, or do you find out as you write?

This is a great question. Initially, I did write a brief outline, but it was only bare bones and only took me so far into the storyline. What I found, was that my characters, once they had been established, wrote the story for me, so to speak, by their interactions with one another. As they moved the plotline forward, their characters developed, and as they changed so did the trajectory of my writing. It was their development that contributed to several plot twists along the way, and due to this those twists were not really seen until they happened, surprising even me at times.

What would you do if what happened to Max happened to you?

So many things have happened to Max, so I will pick one. As a young Archeologist, Max makes a discovery on the ancient world, Defynas that wins him tremendous notoriety across the Empire. Unfortunately for Max, too much of a good thing can take a toll, and over several decades of a whirlwind of travel and speaking tours, celebrity wears thin, leaving him exhausted mentally and physically. In response, he falls off the scientific touring wagon and spends a decade in relative anonymity aboard one of Anna’s ships. Perhaps my books will propel me into the limelight one day, and I will do my best to accommodate that if it happens, but I don’t have Anna Henderson at my bad pushing me, the way Max does.

How do you decide upon the perfect book titles?

The titles of my books have tended to come to me on their own, before I begin to write. Strangely, however, when I am writing chapters, the opposite is true. Generally speaking, I don’t know the title of a chapter until very near to, or at the end of writing it. Only then is the real theme of the chapter obvious to me, and therein do I find the title.

Are you friends with other authors? If so, how have they helped you in your journey as a writer?

I have author friends on social media, including Facebook, Instagram and most recently, Twitter. Some of them have read and even reviewed my first book, and provided me with insights and critiques which have been helpful. On Twitter, I am involved in a writer’s forum, where there is a lively and ongoing discussion of writing topics, as well as a fair number of philosophical questions that stimulate thought. Often, writers engage in writer’s-lifts that encourage us to share our projects, websites, and reviews, to develop exposure.

What time of day is your favorite time to write?

It really varies for me, as I will sit down and write whenever something occurs to me and must be put down, but I tend to do most of my writing during the morning, after breakfast, until the urge subsides.

Is there anything you are currently working on that may intrigues the interest of your readers?

Of course, I am working on the two subsequent books of the series, Wars and Rumors, and Age of Askelwrought. The Drodenar Project is, after all, an epic, that follows the Androgenari and their Human creators over millennia, though adventures, and through wars, to a conclusion that contains so many more possibilities.

What are your thoughts on AllAuthor? Would you recommend this platform to your other author friends?

I have only been with AllAuthor for a few months now, but so far they have done everything that they said they would do. This has not been my experience with other platforms I have tried, some of which did part of what they promised, some things decently, others poorly or not at all. Yes, I would recommend AllAuthor to other authors that I know.

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    • Have you ever experienced "Writer's Block"? Any tips you would like to share to overcome it?
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      • The only times that I have experienced writer's block were those that came to me when I was mentally tired. At those times I just put it away, and came back to it when I had gotten some rest. Usually, if I am ready to write I just sit in front of my keyboard, and the words flow.
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      • Everyone has issues that they must deal with, so I don't have any problems with this. I simply write all of my characters as real, feeling human beings, each with a spectrum of issues of their own. For example, Helen's issue is related to a workplace accident that occurred a very long time in her past. She was unknowingly exposed to a compound which severed the download link for her memories for twenty-five years. Now she has to deal with fact that she has no recollection of the first twenty-five years of her relationships with her grandchildren. Other characters have different issues, but none are purely male or female in nature. The Androgenari, for example are both male and female in a single body, so they can experience both sides of this coin.
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      • I was a sick kid. Born with a heart defect, I could not run and play with the other kids, so instead I turned to reading, (mostly Science Fiction). Seeing the fantastical worlds produced by writers like Huxley, Herbert, Wyndham and others, I found that I wanted to create my own. I have been writing since I was 10 years old (give or take). I published my first novel in 2021.
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    • Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?
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      • Absolutely. Many of the story lines and characters are flavored by bits and pieces, places and people from my own experiences. I'm certain that most writers use these things.
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