What is your book all about?
Cresting the Sun is a SciFi / Fantasy Anthology of twelve award-winning short stories written by three authors honored by the Writers of the Future contest. Published by Epic Edge, Brian Hailes, Rick Bennett, and I co-edited the collection, including artwork acquired through ArtStation.com.
Cresting the Sun is also the 2020 Gold Quill winner from the League of Utah Writers for Published Collections. One of the LUW judges, who teaches a University-level writing course, included “Half-Z’s” in their 2020 curriculum.
Table of Contents:
- Roadblock by Brian C Hailes
- The Hubbard Drive by Rick Bennett
- L.E.A.P. by Nicholas P Adams
- Sketch Artist by Brian C Hailes
- The Devil & Woody Harrelson by Rick Bennett
- Half Z’s by Nicholas P Adams
- The Chaser’s Prey by Brian C Hailes
- Overture to The Opera of The Blades by Rick Bennett
- The Artist’s Model by Brian C Hailes
- Gone are the Light-Wielders by Nicholas P Adams
What inspired you to write the book?
It all started when Rick Bennett, the leader of our group, sent out an open call in the neighborhood for authors of all skill levels to gather at his home to help each other develop their talent and share their passion for writing. After several years, Rick, Brian, and I have remained the stalwart band of literary brothers and decided to put our talents on the line and co-publish the compilation with Epic Edge Publishing.
What is your target audience for the book?
This compilation is for anyone who loves speculative fiction on par with the annual Writers of the Future anthology. There’s something for everyone (including a little crime and horror).
What do you hope readers could get out of your book?
I hope our book stirs the imagination and sense of wonder in all those who dive into its pages, with adventures sure to rattle your bones, launch you beyond the stars, and carry you through space and time. Prepare yourself, hold on tight, and enjoy the ride!
What are your future goals/plans for the book?
We hope to garner more readers and reviews on Amazon by sharing our anthology with the Authors’ Lounge. Keep an eye out for our upcoming giveaway on Goodreads.
And something more about yourself.
I grew up in the small, rural town of Boring, OR with my six brothers and sisters.
After graduating from High School in Gresham, OR, I attended BYU-ID and received my Associate’s Degree in Pre-Med. After that, I returned to Portland, OR, and attended Portland State University, where I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Biology/Pre-Med before changing my career track to Architecture. I completed my second Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture at Portland State University before achieving my Master of Architecture Degree from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT.
After graduation, my wife and I moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where we adopted four children over the next eight years. I currently live in the Salt Lake City area, where I am an Associate Member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the League of Utah Writers.
I am a seven-time Writers of the Future award-winner. My other interests include movies, singing, and motorcycles.