04-28-08: MilSciFi.com interviews Jason William Egroff, author of the science
fiction novel "The Tento Saga: Mankind's Perilous Journey."
MilSciFi: "Welcome. What was your inspiration
for your story?"
Egroff: "I started this project when I was
a senior in High School. It began as nothing more than an attempt to create a
solid science fiction story. Iíve always loved writing about ďfuturisticĒ and
ďunseenĒ worlds. It took shape over five years."
you have any future plans for stories set in the same universe?"
Egroff: "No. If you read the story, youíll
understand. Perhaps another author could pick up the ball?"
MilSciFi: "What would your ideal project be
if you could plan your own anthology?"
Egroff: "Well, I like to think of The Tento
Saga as an epic. Truth be told itís kind of like an anthology. It spans over
237 years (beginning in 2993). However, Part I doesnít start in 2993. It begins
in 3034 Ė the last year that Earthlings call Earth home. Then, in Part II,
youíre taken back in time to discover how the leader of the human race,
Wolfgang Zonfer, came to power."
other upcoming works are on the horizon for you?"
Egroff: "I am currently working on a new
series that I have planned out to be a three book cycle. Itís in its beginning
stages. Iíve been totally engrossed with the production of ďThe Tento SagaĒ.
Being that I did all the cover and interior layout, built the website from top
to bottom, ect., I had my work cut out for me. When I get this book on itís
feet, Iíll REALLY start my next project."
MilSciFi: "How would you describe your
experience working on the book?"
Egroff: "A LABOR OF LOVE Ė Iíve been
fortunate enough to be able to follow my dreams in life. This novel was a
dream. I never thought I would have the time to write this. However, when I
decided against going to college for something I didnít want to do in life, I
had the time. Now, Iím writing to milscifi.com for an interview about it. WOW."
MilSciFi: "What was your favorite part, the
concept that just really gets you going?"
Egroff: "Crafting future political
environments. That was my favorite part of writing the novel. Part II has a lot
MilSciFi: "Is this book a part of a series?
Tell us a bit about it."
Egroff: "No. Youíre getting everything with
this book. Itís four parts, all in one book!"
MilSciFi: "If you had a chance to write one
story/novel just because you wanted to, and didn't have to worry about if it
would sell or not, what would it be about?"
Egroff: "It would be this novel!"
MilSciFi: "What is your favorite story/novel
you have ever written and why?"
Egroff: "This novel! However, Iím only 23.
Iíve got a long time to write!"
MilSciFi: "What are you working on next?"
Egroff: "UNIGOV RULES ALL! *enigmatic
MilSciFi: "Do you have a lead on your next
storyline? Care to share a hint?"
Egroff: "Earth is now Haven. The nuclear
fallout has been hell on the populous. Amerland and Euroland are throwing nukes
everyday. Thankfully, weíre the aristocracy of humanity. We live in the UniGov
complex hovering near the highest point in the Milky Way. They think UniGov is
helping us. I know better. Iím going to end them."
MilSciFi: "What advice would you give the
aspiring military science fiction writer?"
Egroff: "KEEP WRITING! Donít get discouraged.
Just keep writing."
MilSciFi: "Who is your single-most influence
in science fiction and what impact have they had on our own work?"
Egroff: "I recently read George Orwellís
1984. Letís just say that Iím glad I did. I like to think the style of The Tento
Saga is quite unique."
MilSciFi: "What is the one thing you find the
most difficult about writing military science fiction?"
Egroff: "Authentic dialogue. Perhaps if I
was in the military, it would have helped. I did my best."
MilSciFi: "Do you have any awards you would
like to tell us about?"
Egroff: "NothingÖ yet. (Just kidding)"
MilSciFi: "Is military science fiction the
only thing you write, or is there something else out there we should be looking
Egroff: "I think Iím going to be writing
much more future political stories. I find this really fun. Iím a political
MilSciFi: "Do you find it difficult finding a
home for your military science fiction work? What challenges do you face?"
Egroff: "Finding a publisher for a new
author is impossible. You need to do all the work yourself. Thatís the only way
to do it. If you donít take initiative yourself, youíll never release your
novel. Itís that simple."
MilSciFi: "Do you have a website where our
readers can go to fine more information about your work?"
Egroff: "http://thetentosaga.com Ė Go here for
everything. Thereís a section for artwork. Iím hoping people are inspired by
the story and create something for it. I try to explain at the page. I would
also welcome fan fictions. I love collaborating with every and anybody!"
MilSciFi: "Do you write under any other
Egroff: "Nope. Jason William Egroff. Thatís
MilSciFi: "Give us some details on your
upcoming author appearances."
Egroff: "I donít even have an agent. Isnít that sad? Iím hoping the buzz
for my novel with start on the net. Weíll see. Thank you for this opportunity,