Author spotlight: D. Andrew McChesney

Welcome, D. Andrew McChesney, author of Beyond the Ocean’s EdgeAuthor photo

Why do you write fiction?

I’ve never considered the “why” of it.  I just do.  But I suppose that it lets one use more of one’s imagination than writing non-fiction would.  In the second instance we are bound by facts and what’s real.  With fiction we can alter history, tread into unknown realms of science, all while exploring the reality of everyday life today, tomorrow, or in the past.

Please tell us about your book. What ideas or images inspired this novel?

My number one inspiration would have to be reading other books of somewhat similar nature.  The beginnings of Beyond the Ocean’s Edge and the Stone Island Sea Stories sparked into existence after reading a few of C. S. Forester’s Horatio Hornblower Stories.  Fascination with lost islands and continents, such as Atlantis, also played into the development of the story(s), as did an interest in social equality and justice.  The alternate world aspect entered somewhat later, when I kept having to make the island bigger and could no longer say it simply was undiscovered.  I also have a deep interest in the historical aspects of the time I write about, the ships and vessels, the technology of 200 years ago.

Do you have an ideal reader in mind when you write? If so, please describe that reader.

I suppose I would be my ideal reader. In many ways I’m writing the stories I want to read. Most likely, those who would enjoy my stories are those who have a sense of history, enjoy tales of the sea, and yet are open minded regarding the possibilities of parallel or alternate worlds.

Please describe your writing routine.

Ideally, I like to take care of all other computer related work, checking e-mail, important web-sites, and social media as a warm-up.  Then I get to the current project, often reading from the beginning of the chapter so as to get a running start.  If all goes well, I’ll reach the end of where I had finished and just keep going.  My goal is to write four or five pages a day.

What advice do you give new writers just starting out?

Be patient.  Be sure to re-read, revise, edit, and then do it again.  Seek out alpha and beta readers and pay attention to what they tell you about your work.  Act upon those suggestions you feel are of importance while keeping true to what you are trying to create.  Never be in such a hurry to publish, whether by traditional means or via self-publishing, that you end up publishing junk.

More about Beyond the Ocean’s Edge:

“No, sir!  Not that, sir!”  Hotchkiss was nearly beside himself in his fright, and it fast approached a full panic.  Odd, that such a slight distraction could affect Pierce’s friend that way.  Isaac had always been the cooler of them.

Cover artHotchkiss continued on.  “Ed! You didn’t see it?”  The use of his captain’s first name on deck attested to the first lieutenant’s growing apprehension and maddening confusion.

“See what, Isaac, my old friend?”  Pierce recognized his shipmate’s state of mind and did not correct his lapse of quarterdeck etiquette.  Clearly, a more personal and comfortable approach was needed.

“The stars!  The stars, Ed!  We weren’t just looking up at ’em.  We were amongst them.  There was the sea, and then there wasn’t.  An’ the stars were below us as well!  And we were there, right among them, like we were the stars themselves, or the moon, or….”

“I’m sure you saw what you’ve described.  Unfortunately, I chanced not to see it, although I have had a strange feeling of timelessness.”

In 1802 Royal Navy Lieutenant Edward Pierce is on half pay during the Peace of Amiens.  He gains command of a vessel searching for a lost, legendary island.  When found, Pierce and crew discover the island exists in an entirely different world.  Exploring around Stone Island, HMS Island Expedition sails headlong into mistaken identities, naval battles, strange truces, dangerous liaisons, international intrigue, superstition, and ancient prophecies.  Detained by the equivalent of Great Britain, Pierce struggles to free ship and crew.  Despondent over surrendering and possibly never seeing Evangeline again, Pierce discovers new friends working to liberate him and his crew.

How to connect:

Website:  www.stoneislandseastories.com —  (Author website also has links to purchase sites and location of physical stores)

Email: daveeva@comcast.net

Author’s blog: http://vespican.livejournal.com/

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/pages/D-Andrew-McChesney/440438235985693

Twitter: https://twitter.com/stoneisland1803

Buy Link:   www.outskirtspress.com/bookstore/9781432780371.html

One Response to Author spotlight: D. Andrew McChesney

  1. Jim Parry says:

    Impressive website! Impressive interview with Dave. Thoughtful questions (and answers).

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