Today I'm happy to welcome supernatural science fiction writer, Andrew Lamb, to the blog. (Is it Andrew who is supernatural, or his science fiction? Read on and find out!)
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
During the day, I’m a structural engineer, I run my own consultancy and have a doctorate in the subject. But at night I write supernatural and science fiction thrillers. I love the macabre and the unusual.
2. When did you start writing, and why?
I’ve been seriously writing now for around 5 years but before that I wrote as a hobby really. It just seemed to stem from there. During the recession, I was out of work for three months and I returned to writing.
3. What do you write, and why? What do you enjoy about what you write?
I enjoy mashing my favourite genres together, namely science fiction and the supernatural. I find it helps produce something a little out of the ordinary.
4. What is your latest book or series? Any forthcoming books?
I have two series, Dispatchers and the De Cavalieri series. Both have sequels in the works but Dispatchers 2 (Infinity and Oblivion) is further along in development. I have outline concepts for other novels, one of which I am hoping to get out by Christmas.
5. "Welcome To My Worlds": Tell us a little about the world of your latest book or series.
Ah, you’ve been to TwistedSpace… and you survived. Impressive. [Kyra sez: Andy's world is indeed a strange and wonderous place!]
Dispatchers is about a group of people who can Astrally Project, the difference between that and regular Out of Body Experience (OBE) is that a Dispatcher can take physical form and unleash incredible powers. The good Dispatchers have formed a secret society called Spectral, which polices and monitors all Global Dispatcher activities. Of course, there are some bad Dispatchers who use their abilities for their own ends and a group of killers, descended from Witch Hunters, who would rather Spectral simply disappears.
The main protagonist is called Marcus Townsend, who has only just discovered his abilities in Book 1. In Vengeance of the Dark, three murders are committed by a killer who has seemingly defied the laws of physics. At the same time, a terrible car crash has left Marcus Townsend practically orphaned. As he comes to terms with his loss and the mysterious skills he has begun to develop, he discovers that he may be next on the killer’s list.
6. Introduce us to some of your characters. What do you like about them?
Marcus is a moody teenager. Like most teenager boys, he has very little time for things that aren’t of interest to him. I had a very similar attitude to life when I was that age.
David Raymond is the detective assigned to the murders. He’s charismatic and cool, seemingly laid back but constantly scanning for clues. Alas he has a fear of hospitals which interferes with his investigations.
A fan favourite is Zach “Bax” Baxter, who is a little bit older than Marcus and a trainee Dispatcher. He’s a rogue, eager, highly skilled and, although loyal to Spectral, very difficult to control. He’s inspired by rock music and has a tendency to run into danger without thinking things through.
7. A fun fact you would like your readers to know about you or your book.
I wrote this because someone said I would never write a book.
8. Blog/site link, and where your book is available.
I have a blog at http://twistedspace.weebly.com/ and I can be followed on twitter @doc_lamb. My book is available now at Amazon for kindle and in paperback.
Dispatcher Book 1: Vengeance of the Dark
They have existed in plain sight for hundreds of years. They've waged wars in complete shadow and protected us from impossible horrors. Their powers are infinite, their skills are supernatural. They are virtually unstoppable. However, so are their enemies….
Marcus Townsend's life was just like any other until that fateful night. A supernatural killer was on the loose and Marcus was next on his list. The only question was why?
With the only connection between the victims being the mysterious black and red rose, Marcus finds himself in a race against time to uncover the truth before he becomes the next victim.
About the Author:
Mysterious and slightly deranged...
Andrew Lamb was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire. He spent most of his career working as an Engineer in vehicle crash safety. His area of interest is in the supernatural and science fiction and typically enjoys mashing the two together to create vivid and magnificent worlds. His debut novel Dispatchers: Vengeance of the Dark has already topped the bestselling Amazon charts in the Astral Projection and Horror categories.
He holds a Doctorate in Engineering from Cranfield University and a degree in Aerospace Engineering from Kingston. He currently resides in Derby with his wife.
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