06/16 Brian K. Larson – Our Write Side

Brian K. Larson is an author the executive team met last year when he wrote a regular sci-fi column for another online site. As a multi-time published author, we would be remiss if we didn’t include him in our lineup. So, meet our June author of the month, science fiction author Brian Larson.

Name: Brian K. Larson

Latest Book Released: Time Squared

Preferred Genre: Science Fiction

Brian K. Larson was born and raised in Seattle in 1959. He grew up in the town of Mount Lake Terrace, a small suburb north of the city. Brian, being the youngest, had two siblings, his eldest brother, Mike and sister, Pam. School was challenging, as Brian suffers with Dyslexia, a learning disability that affects 1 in 15 Americans. That didn’t stop Brian. He was named “bookworm” in school because he always had his nose in a book.

Brian received his MBA in 2010 in Business, now writes for fun, living his lifelong dream of writing science fiction books. He enjoys his off time, with his seventh grade sweetheart, Diana Rose now for going on sixteen years. She has been by his side and continues to supports his writing. Brian says that without her encouragement, his dream would never have become a reality. They now live in Marysville, Washington, and enjoy three wonderful kids and eight grandchildren. They range from newborn to thirteen, and he says they are so special and great to have around.

It is Brian’s hope that through his writing he will fill hearts with joy to readers all over the world, sparking their imaginations.

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We are so honored to have you as our Author of the Month! Thank you for sharing your words with the world! Let’s talk about your latest released book. Tell us a short blurb about the book, please?

Time Squared is a book about, well, time travel. Here’s the synopsis:

Jonas Arnell, Tipper Montgomery, and a crew of seven launches from Jupiter Station on the Aevus. They’re sent to investigate a mysterious signal coming from the star Gliese 667.

Nearly destroyed from a surprise attack to prevent the mission, they retire into cryogenic sleep for the nineteen month journey.

When they awaken, their world is turned upside down as they discover the origin of this mystery signal; their own ship. Only the crew and the ship’s skiff are missing.

Landing on the planet, they discover a time chamber where an accident has altered their time-line. Now they must travel through time to stop the paradox from occurring. 

Where did your idea for the story come from? This book was originally inspired by the 1960’s TV show, “Time Tunnel” that I watched as a kid. I was enthralled by the idea, or, possibility, that we could travel through time.

How long did it take you to write it? Time Squared was one of my easiest books to write with a completed manuscript in two months. I love science fiction and when you toss time travel in, well, it becomes even more awesome.

How did you come up with the title? Time Squared has several been inspired by many different works. However, one comes to mind is an episode on Star Trek: The Next Generation called Time Squared where Captain Picard discovers his shuttlecraft floating in space. When they bring it onboard, Captain Picard is inside. It’s a wonderful time travel episode. However, the crew in this book finding themselves and the title are the only things you will find familiar. The story does take on its own life and after ready a couple of chapters, you will be hooked.

What is your favorite line from the book? There are many lines from Time Squared that are great lines, but one in particular is when one of the crew is sitting in Clint’s office on Jupiter Station and he leans forward saying, “I’ve waited a long time for this moment.”

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From this point, the reader’s perspective, takes on new meaning as some things are revealed about who this mystery man is sitting in Clint’s office.

There’s a lot of talk in the writing community about “writing what you know.” Does that apply to this book? I believe you can write on any topic as long as the author does proper research. I’ve written many books with various technologies I knew nothing about. Performing a thorough search will reveal a lot of information. It’s also a good idea to ask experts on the subject questions to help clarify. You can find many experts that may already be fans, just ask. Of course it helps a great deal to already have the knowledge of the subject, but it’s not deal breaker if you have to research.    

How did you find “your voice?” It’s me; simple as that. The first book I sat down to write seemed natural. I’ve grown immensely in the last four years, and my book stats on Amazon prove it as I get over 60 to 80 downloads on average a day for my free works.

Do you stick to one genre or do you dabble in others, too? I mainly write Science Fiction. However, my last 3 book series titled ‘Warlords,’ mixed science fiction and fantasy. I had one review state that he loved the books and I didn’t trip over one genre over the other, it was blended nicely.

What are you currently working on? Currently, I’m working on volume 2 in the ‘Time’ series titled, ‘Time Fractured.’

Which manuscript did you have the most fun working on? By far, the manuscript I had the most fun writing was the third book in the ‘Warlords Series’ titled ‘Blood Scroll of Antares.’ The words flowed onto the page, and I had a clear understanding of every aspect of the story. I found my groove on this one for sure.

What is your best advice to other writers? Never give up if you have a passion for writing. It may seem like a long road to success, but with perseverance you can be successful. I’m living proof that by sticking to it, you can make it work.

Let’s talk about you, the author, now. What do you do when you aren’t writing? If I’m not sitting behind my keyboard writing my next best seller, I tend to binge watch Netflix series. My favorite one is newest ‘Battlestar Galactica,’ followed by ‘Fringe.’ Currently, I’m just starting season 3 of ‘Lost.’

If you had to sum your life up in 3 words, what would they be? Live, Laugh, and Love.

What motivates you? My motivation comes from thinking up new book ideas. Several are in the works, only if there were more hours in a day.

Tell us about your favorite cause. I support the International Dyslexia Foundation. They help others recognize and deal with Dyslexia.

Identify your superpower. Mind control.

What’s your favorite song and food? My favorite song is ‘Come Sail Away’ by Styx and I love artichokes.

Are you coffee or tea? Most definitely a coffee person, but I do like tea as well.

And lastly, what is the one thing you wish people who DON’T write would understand about writing? Writing is NOT an easy profession. Sure, the story ideas come fairly easy. However, it takes a lot of planning such as world building and creating unique character that reader will love. Lastly, it’s not all about writing. When you’re an independent, or Indi author, my job’s not done when the manuscript is done. Revisions, editing, doing the book layout, as well as all the marketing fall to author. Having some experience in business with project management does help a great deal.

Thank you for answering our questions.

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If you enjoy sci-fi, here are the rest of Brian’s books:

CEO at Our Write Side/OWS Ink, LLC Stephanie Ayers is a full-time world-building ninja, seven-time published author, and graphic designer enjoying the country life in central Virginia, while crafting her own story and resisting growing up at all costs. She mothers her children, loves her husband, attends church, and avoids all things zombies. Tagged with: #ourwriteside, author, Brian K. Larson, science fiction