Wednesday 19 July 2017

Author Interview & Giveaway - The Day Trip by Stephen W. Cheshire

The Day Trip
Author: Stephen W. Cheshire
Genre: Sci Fi / Action / YA
Pages: 230
Language: English
Publication Date: December 27th, 2016

Book Description:
Girls, guns, and of course some very good friends. Bradley Harrison is your everyday teenager and can’t ask for much more out of high school life. He spends his senior year looking forward to college, scoping out good-looking women, and blowing off steam at the local gun range.

However, a trip to the Big Apple is going to change his life forever. An alien species called the Armazoids, way ahead of our time lands in New York the night before and starts an invasion. Bradley has to guide a small group of people through an infected city.

But what happens when the girl he loves, her best friend, another pupil he hates plus the teacher he despises are kidnapped by the invaders. How does he get them back to Earth? Can he help prevent another invasion in the close future? You tell me!

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Author Interview

1. What inspired you to write your first book?
I have always had an interest in becoming an author. When I was at school many years ago I won an award from the rotary club. From here I stuck with the thrill of writing. However back to the question about what inspired me to write my first book. The Day Trip was part of my GCSE project at school. Some from school The Day Trip was lurking in my mind. So in 2010 I decided to get back into writing fully.

2. Do you have a specific writing style?
Yes, cinematic is what a lot of my readers have said so far. One reviewer stated that she loved how I keep the pace rolling. I believe being cinematic makes it easier for readers to understand the storyline. Think of it as watching a film. You are reading what I am writing.

3. How did you come up with the title for your book?
As The Day Trip was about to be about a trip to New York City for a day before the alien invasion begins, American’s use the term “Field Trip” But due to the problems with the self-publishing company I used in 2010 to publish my work I had to change the name from The Field Trip to The Day Trip. Shame though but luckily the storyline is still mine. I would like to also add to this. If you are looking at “The Field Trip” please do not buy it as it is being sold illegally with a defunct publisher. But The Day Trip is the better version plus a much more reliable publisher Black Rose Writing.

4. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Team work. Trust me in an alien invasion you must work together in order to survive. (trust me I have been there)

5. How much of the book is realistic?
When setting a novel in a city or country you have never been to it is hard to picture what the location is really like. As you should be aware The Day trip is set in Manhattan in New York City. When writing a book set in a location such as New York, Paris, London, you can use the key locations. For example if you as a writer are setting a novel in Paris, France, the most iconic landmark is the Eifel Tower. Just use google maps to describe the surrounding areas. Then just use your imagination for the rest. With the Day Trip I have used the major locations such as Times Square and Central Park. The back streets and other locations I have just put there.

6. What book are you reading now?
I tend to read more factual articles, such as National Geographic and Newspaper stories. But as a huge Resident Evil fan I have read the books by S D Perry.

7. Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Just S D Perry and the Resident Evil series.

8. What are your current projects?
I have a zombie horror that is complete. Plus I am working on another horror. So if any Horror Publishers reading this want to make contact, please do.

9. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
The Day Trip has helped me through a lot. From all of the countries I have been to while writing the series I have used destinations that I have been to as locations for story settings. So I have more discovered places than learnt from writing.

10. What were the challenges (research, psychological etc) in bringing your story to life?
I agree with what J K Rowling states, you can get attached to characters as how she was with Arthur Weasley. I did get a bit emotional in The Day Trip 2. But you learn to adapt to the story changes.

About the Author
My name is Stephen William Cheshire and I am the author of the series “The Day Trip”. A bit about myself, I was born on the 29th November 1988 and currently live in the UK with my family.

I was diagnosed with Dyspraxia at a young age, but my opinion is people grow out of the conditions as they get older, depending on the individual. I am also “believed” to have Aspergers Syndrome. For example taking strong interests into one subject and being able to remember what happened on a certain day many years ago. However I am happy in life. I am really enjoying the process with Black Rose Writing, the staff are fantastic.

I studied my Foundation Degree at New College Nottingham from there I went onto doing my BA top up in Travel & Tourism with the University Of Bedfordshire. 

I love the aviation industry I have always had an interest in this area of the World. Plus I love travelling; I cannot stay on the ground for no longer than a few months. My most favourite destination in the World is Iceland. The World’s most northern country. The reason for my liking to this country is the amazing scenery, plus the people are very friendly, always willing to help you. I believe that travelling has helped me to write. Being out of the country, in a new environment relaxes your brain. For example I went to Kiev in the Ukraine August 2014. I remember sitting in the hotel overlooking a part of the city. I was struggling writing a chase scene for The Day Trip 3. While I was sitting down waiting for dinner to arrive my brain clicked, and before I knew it I was thundering away on my laptop. It is the same with India. I flew from Mumbai back to Delhi, and while I was sitting on the Air India flight, my brain clicked and I was writing again. So that is my theory on writing on travel.

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1 comment:

  1. Hey all, im the author of this book. Many thanks for viewing it. Still at 99p / $1.28 from my publisher. Please feel free to add me on twitter. S_W_Cheshire