Friday, October 26, 2018

Interview With Author Darren Beyer

Today I’m excited to share my interview with Author Darren Beyer. Darren Beyer’s latest book ‘Pathogen Protocol’, the second book in the Science Fiction Anghazi series has just been published on October 10th and has had some raving reviews. Publisher’s Weekly calls the book "fast-paced, action-packed, stellar storyline. A riveting intergalactic adventure filled with space battles, mystery, and even a hint of romance." Find out more about this book and the author here today!

About the Book:
Humanity's greatest secret is uncovered. An insidious plot threatens its future.

A corporate and government conspiracy, led by CEO-turned-politician Gregory Andrews, has succeeded in taking over the Applied Interstellar Corporation (AIC), and its stockpile of hyperium, the element that enables interstellar travel. But Andrews didn't get everything. AIC's leader, Jans Mikel, escaped to a hidden base on the alien moon of Helios, where he harbors the company's greatest secrets, the most profound of which is that humans are not alone in the galaxy.

Now, as Andrews seeks to finish off AIC, Mandi Nkosi sets off to help Jans and AIC forge new alliances that could provide a path to their salvation. Their journey takes them beyond the realms of known space and uncovers revelations about humanity's future that will shake the foundations of science. On Eridani, AIC soldier Grae Raymus commands a fledgling resistance aimed at buying Mandi and Jans the time they need. But Grae uncovers that Andrews is little more than a pawn in a larger game, one that threatens more than just AIC, while Mandi discovers an even deeper, more insidious evil at play. With humanity's future hanging in the balance, Mandi and Grae fight to save the people they love, and along with them, all of mankind.

The Facts:

Publication Date:
October 10th, 2018
Anghazi #2
Science Fiction
eBook, Paperback
Available at:

The Interview:

  • Why did you start writing Science Fiction?

I've been a sci-fi fan my entire life, and I essentially lived it for 10 years during my time as a Space Shuttle Engineer for NASA at Kennedy Space Center. When I decided to write a novel, they say to write what you know, and I know science and space, so sci-fi was a natural fit. I'm also a stickler for realism and accuracy, and through writing I have an opportunity to enable readers to learn about space and science without knowing they are learning. 

  • What do you love most about Science Fiction? 
Sci-fi and fantasy are interesting genres because they give authors a blank canvas to define their universes, and readers the latitude to interpret authors' words against their own creativity to visualize these new worlds. No other genres enable this to the same extent. 

  • You worked for NASA. Does this help with writing Science Fiction? 
Working for NASA has been instrumental in bringing realism to my writing. Not only does it enable me to weave detailed technical descriptions into the story line, which adds tremendously to the believability, but also craft solutions to problems the characters face based on this knowledge. 

  • Tell us about Pathogen Protocol?
Pathogen Protocol is the second book in the Anghazi Series. It picks up right where book one, Casimir Bridge, left off, and jumps straight into the action. While book one was more about corporate greed and corruption, Pathogen Protocol carries a much more sinister undertone that has implications for humanity as a whole. The first book had very limited references to any sort of extraterrestrial involvement. I dropped some clues that something was amiss, like a brief discussion on a news channel about how the element hyperium, which enables interstellar travel, could only be found in one location. I also drop hints about how humanity could have progressed so far technologically so quickly. But I don't directly indicate any sort of help from "out there" until the very last chapter. In Pathogen Protocol, I reveal much more in this regard. I'm not really giving anything away by saying so--the cover depicts the main character, Mandi, emerging from a crashed life boat, looking up at some ruins. In the background, two moons are visible in the red sky, giving a clue that this is an alien world. A lot of back story comes out in Pathogen Protocol, but it pales in comparison to the amount that I took out and moved into book three. I just didn't have enough pages to write it all in. The next book will be a challenge in this regard. 

  • Publisher’s Weekly called your book a riveting intergalactic adventure. Is this what you set out your book to be or did it develop this way while writing? 
"Intergalactic" isn't exactly a proper description, as everything takes place squarely in our galaxy within galactic spitting distance of Earth. But the story does span multiple star systems, and reveals some interesting information about humanity's origins. From the beginning I knew I needed the entire series to take place across multiple systems, not only because it opens up your canvas to depict new worlds, but also because it was necessary to support the underlying story. It is core to a number of key elements. 

  • In your books people live on another planet. Is this something you would want?
It would depend on the planet... The only planet we'd likely be able to live on within our lifetimes is Mars, and even that will present significant challenges. For the first colonists, it would be a one-way trip. Would I want to do that? The notion is tempting, but I think that never again being able to see Earth, or even go outside without a pressure suit, would put me in the "no" column. If somehow we were to conquer interstellar travel and also find an Earth 2.0 somewhere out there, the prospect would be tempting. 

  • Why should we read the Anghazi series? 
The Anghazi series is more than just another sci-fi read. I've woven in currently relevant topics like corporate overreach and government corruption, as well as a number of historically accurate topics ranging from the British East India Company to nuclear forensics, to the Denisovans, an ancient humanoid species related to homo sapiens. As with all my technical descriptions, I do my research and strive for accuracy in my story telling. SPOILER ALERT: On top of that, I will be presenting in the third book an interesting fictional account of how humanity, Earth, and other habitable planets came to be. I'm very excited to get the concepts behind this put into words.

About 'Casimir Bridge (Anghazi #1):

A manned, interstellar survey ship has gone missing.
A nuclear terror plot is thwarted just outside Washington, D.C. And it’s an election year. Mandisa “Mandi” Nkosi is a young reporter who, while on a trip to Johannesburg to connect with her roots, is contacted by an anonymous source with evidence that material seized from a nuclear terror plot will point squarely at one of humanity’s most important companies as the supplier. The source also unveils that the “evidence” against the company - Applied Interstellar Corporation (AIC), a science and technology behemoth with more corporate and political foes than can be counted - is a setup, and part of a plot to destroy AIC and gain control of its technological secrets. The deeper Mandi digs, the more of a target she becomes. What follows is a heart-pounding, unforgettable ride through the hallowed halls of big government, far-flung star systems, and the revelation of a conspiracy that runs so deep, Mandi’s life, and the future of humanity, are put at stake.

About the Author:

Darren Beyer was born in Washington, D.C., but quickly became a child of the world. His family moved overseas when he was age two and together they traveled extensively throughout his childhood. Darren draws on these experiences to add an element of realism and depth to his writing. At the age of six, he was awakened in the middle of the night by his mother to watch live pictures being broadcast from the surface of the moon during the Apollo 17 mission. At that moment, even at so young an age, he decided to pursue a career related to the space program. In high school, he took classes in math and science. In college at Virginia Tech, he enrolled in the engineering school and received a degree in aerospace engineering in 1989. Following graduation, he was hired by NASA at Kennedy Space Center, where for nearly ten years he worked as a Space Shuttle experiment engineer. While there, he worked on the Hubble launch, as well as numerous Space Lab and other scientific missions. Experiments he was responsible for ranged from telescopes to frog life support. He conducted astronaut training, performed installations onboard the Shuttle just prior to launch, and was part of the recovery crew following landing. Darren has had the honor of working onboard every Space Shuttle orbiter except Challenger. In late 1998, Darren left NASA to become an entrepreneur, and, after more than seventeen years, an author. He is a student of science and technology and is an instrument-rated private pilot. Darren lives in California near San Francisco with his wife, dogs, cats and fish.

For more information about Darren please visit his website. Or visit him on Twitter and Facebook.

This interview was made possible by Smith Publicity

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