We have self-published author of The Bridge Chronicles series & The Stepping Stone Cycle series, Gary Ballard, with us here today. Okay, so i want to hear a blurb from your book. 

Reclamation is the fifth novel in the cyberpunk series The Bridge Chronicles. The peace of the virtual world Bottle City is broken by an incursion, a cry for help from the mythical hacker enclave 4nasia. These hackers are legend, dating back to the first appearance of cybernetic implants on American covert operatives in the Venezuelan War of 2017. Now their cry for help reaches Artemis Bridge, the fixer who “knows a guy” in the gritty Gangland of 2030 Los Angeles.

Bridge has his own problems from Michael Freeman, the rogue hacker with a grudge , to the secret dealings of the wizards on the Technomancer’s Council of Five. Can Bridge pull off the high seas rescue of the 4nasia hackers while keeping the gangs of the Five Families from destroying their safe haven in the Gangland? Enlisting the aid of Triad gangster Fong, will Bridge be able to save the hackers and the Families before Freeman destroys it all?

That sounds quite interesting, I’ll have to pursue that one further if I ever get out from under this mound of too read books. Now I want to know, what inspired you to start writing?

I have always enjoyed reading from comic books to sci-fi to fantasy and horror. As a kid, things like The Hobbit movie and eventually reading the book inspired me to play Dungeons & Dragons and to write my own stories around the adventures I had in that game.

Building stories around games seems to be a forming trend, which I must say works quite well for those of you who have a gaming background. I myself have never been much of a gamer. So, how did you go about getting published?

My first novel, Under the Amoral Bridge, Book 1 of the Bridge Chronicles cyberpunk series, was originally published as a serial on a blog, one chapter per week. After I finished it, I decided to self-publish the whole thing so that readers could get it all in one place. While writing the sequel, it became clear that thanks to the exploding popularity of eBooks, I could keep publishing the work. The third novel, if [tribe] = was written as a normal novel instead of serially and I think it was a better work for it.

What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?

I tend to only get the chance to write on the weekends. My usual routine is to get up, walk the dogs, have a nice breakfast while watching soccer, then hammer out a half a chapter or more.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets (besides dogs), hobbies?

I have a full-time job as a website designer. I tend to watch too much TV, especially sports, play too many video games and try to squeeze in some time on the guitar when I can.

Hey! A fellow website designer, well, actually I’m only a fledgling coder at the moment but I’m getting there.  As an animal lover myself, I have to ask, happen to have a favorite animal?

Dogs. I love dogs, which is why I have two of them. Dogs are so much more fun to be around than people.

I’d be inclined to agree with you if the dogs’ barking wasn’t what has been keeping me from sleeping lately. But that’s enough about me, do you have a favorite myth?

I’ve always liked the creation myth of the Navajo tribes, with the First Man, First Woman, Great Coyote and First Angry ascending the world tree.

I can’t say I’ve heard that one, but I’ve heard some similar to it. Tell us about your next book project. 

I’m currently writing the fourth novella in my Stepping Stone Cycle series, which is a modern-day interpretation of the Cthulhu Mythos. I’ve also just completed a screenplay adapting my first cyberpunk novel into a movie, as well as a pilot TV show based on the same universe.

That’s awesome! So, what are you reading now?

I just finished Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and am planning on reading the sequel 2010.

Have any links you’d like shared before I head off to class?