About the Book
Romo and his friends find themselves on a dead world torn by war, but with an impossible secret. Something in orbit is distorting time and bending the sky. And that is where they must go. To get there they must travel to the only surviving settlement on the planet and negotiate with the remains of a government now reduced to squabbling factions of refugees.Above the surface is a vast construction project and a mysterious region forbidden to all. There Romo discovers a ruthless and powerful being that craves understanding and universal answers. And it wants to form a relationship with him. But they find others in the mysterious station as well, both friends and foes, one of whom is a mortal enemy. How they proceed may mean the difference between freedom and extinction.
About the Author
Paul J. Joseph is a man of many talents; he is responsible for writing, producing, and directing two independent films: The Ultimate Case and The Project. The Project found success at film festivals and won the Eva Gardner award for special effects. The Buffalo, NY native’s 30 years in higher education has led him to the heartland of America, as well as the American east coast, and even abroad to mainland Europe—as the department chair for mass communication for ten years as well as teaching and facilities manager for Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where he resides.
Paul is a long-time lover of science fiction and has found his place in the sci-fi corner of publishing. When he is not writing or working, he enjoys experimenting with new technologies, including virtual reality, 3-D printing, and drone flying. He is also a fan of fitness walking and bike riding. A tinkerer by nature and Paul has always been a fixer. Also, an avid photographer, he also travels every chance he gets, snapping photos along the way. Paul hopes to inspire others to be better people through his epic stories.
Qn 1: Can you tell us more about your book What is it about?
Romo’s Mission is about a treasure hunt with really high stakes. Romo returned to his friends on the Mars colony in the previous book, unable to fully remember where he had been. In this installment, he faces his fears and leads his friends through the same maze he had walked through in the years he’d been missing. On the other side of a quantum door, the team finds themselves on a planet torn by war. In the sky above is a distortion where light bends into a kind of perpetual rainbow. That is where they must go. There they find an entity that had tried to reach out to Romo as a friend and has an interest in humanity as well. But this entity is far from human and may not even have basic human sympathies. And Romo isn’t the only player in this game. Others from Earth have been gathered to meet them in a world that lives simultaneously multiple times.
Qn 2: Who do you think would be interested in this book, is it directed at any particular market?
The Turing Files series is hard science fiction, not space opera. It is intended for those who enjoy the classics and the way-out stories that make you think. Those who like Philip K. Dick and Arthur C. Clark would also like these.
Qn 3: Out of all the books in the world, and all the authors, which are your favourite and why?
If I’m considering all the books of the world, I would have to choose the Bible for many reasons. But, for the purposes of literature, particularly science fiction, I favor any author that makes me think and challenges my imagination.
I have enjoyed the works of Phillip K. Dick, for example, for the sheer magnitude of his ideas. I also like the science depicted in Arthur C. Clark’s 2001 and its sequels. But I have also found many other books that have their own charms. Nathan Lowell wrote a series about the age of the Yankee Clipper, which depicted a future of commerce between planets and how one might make a living in space.
Finally, I enjoy great world-building like that of George Orwell in 1984 and other great dystopian fiction that looks ahead to the good and the bad in technology.
Qn 4: What guidance would you offer to someone new, or trying to enhance their writing?
The best advice I can give writers is to write. Never stop writing. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Also, try to travel if possible and observe life where you find it. Every place you see can become a setting. Every conversation you overhear can become dialog. And characters can appear based on everyone you meet.
Don’t let anybody tell you what to write or even how. Writing is instinct. Yes, you have to establish your voice, but that is based on practice and personal reflection. Write with your own voice, not somebody else’s.