Monday, May 4, 2015

Meet David Edward Wagner author of Anchors No More.

Today, I have an interview with David Wagner author of "Anchors No More" 

What is the synopsis of your book?

Doctors Holly Marshal and Gary Neff have discovered the secrets of time travel. Now that they have made the first practical test of their theory, they find themselves in an entirely different race against time as the military and its corporate investors want what they have.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

The idea for this book came from a couple of different places. I will mention two of them. First of all, I wanted to try something a little different from my last two novels, something on a little bigger scale. In my previous novels (Linus Cain: a dark fable and D.O.V.E.) I was primarily focused on one character and his inner journey as he was involved in some grand scheme. Definitely psychological and confined even though the stakes were high and far reaching.
In Anchors No More, I wanted to break outside of the head space of one person and write more of a classic action piece and I can definitely say it was great fun to do. Many characters, lots of movement, adventure, violence, a touch of philosophy… what’s not to love.
Second, I have always been fascinated by time travel but I have not seen a story that really gets into the fact that someone figuring out how to travel in time would have very fierce and direct consequences on a military and political level. What would the Federal government want to do with the time machine and the technology? What about military applications and what kind of restrictions and regulations would be created? These are the questions I had in mind when I began writing Anchors No More.

What genre does your book fall under?

Anchors No More is a science fiction story and its subgenres are time travel and high tech. It also has elements of a classic action piece and a bit of political commentary.

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in the movie adaptation?

An interesting question. In the two lead roles, I can see Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Gary Neff and maybe Julia Stiles or Diane Kruger as Holly Marshall. They are in the right age range and could really embody the characters as both scientists and unwilling action heroes. And just to get down and dirty, how about Willem Dafoe as Tobias Vanderhoff.  

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

          I wrote the first draft of this in about five months, pretty fast considering I was working another novel and a screenplay at the same time (as well as working a part-time job and being a good husband). I spent another few months polishing it a little at a time. I was fortunate to release the story as a serial on Serialteller(dot)com which let me do the final edits in chunks of time over the rest of the year. It ran one chapter very Tuesday for 46 weeks. After it finished its original run, I did a final massive editing job and really had it knocked into its final shape. The book available for purchase now (in ebook and print) I am calling the Author’s Cut as it is a bit more of a fully realized vision than the initial release.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Well, this is just a good old fashioned fun read. Not much more interesting than that. However, if you needed more, than know that there is more than enough action, speculative but realistic science and philosophical conundrum to make anyone giddy. A touch of humor, a dash of heroism, fast-pacing, characters you hope survive and an intelligent, well-structured read: these are what you will get on every page. The best selling point I personally can come up with was what a reader told me. She said that Anchors No More is a little like Vonnegut mixed with Dan Brown and William Gibson. So if that is not interest-peaking than I don’t know what is.

Thanks for being here today, David.

For more about David Wagner, follow these links.

Amazon Author Page


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Good point about the military and government interest in such a machine. Imagine what they would want to do with it.
Congratulations, David!

Pat Dilloway said...

I don't leave much time travel fiction but it sounds interesting.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

Great choice on Joseph Gordon Levitt. I love that guy; he's a great actor.

dwagner said...

Hey, thanks Alex. The possibilities of what a modern governenment could do with such technology is so scary. geesh...

dwagner said...

Thanks Pat, check it out if you have time and let me know. Cheers and have a great day.

dwagner said...

He would be good in the role also. A mix of innocence, brains, and enough chops to pull off the other subtle things needed for the character.

Sharon Marie Himsl said...

Time travel is always a winner. Sounds like a good book.

Empty Nest Insider said...

What an interesting premise, and it seems like you've chosen a wonderful cast! Great interview Cindy and David!