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Patrick Thomas

"Dereliction of Duty"

09-13-07: interviews author Patrick Thomas, contributor to the upcoming military science fiction anthology "Breach the Hull".

MilSciFi: "Welcome. What was your inspiration for your story?"

Thomas: "I was working on a story for a zombie anthology at the same time I was working on a story for BREACH THE HULL and I came up with the idea of combining traditional monsters with military science fiction. DERILICTION OF DUTY grew out of that."

MilSciFi: "Do you have any future plans for stories set in the same universe?"

Thomas: "Most definitely. I plan to write at least several more stories with the 142nd Starborne and hopefully a novel. I also just finished a pitch for two books set the 21st century of the same universe although there won't be much by way of crossover."

MilSciFi: "What other upcoming works are on the horizon for you?"

Thomas: "The next Murphy's Lore book will be out in mid-2008 from Padwolf.  Elder Signs Press has asked to do a collection of my Agent Karver of the DMA (Department of Mystic Affairs) stories. I have a novella in a Kali collection coming out in 2008 from Two Backed Books. I'm in talks for a Murphy's Lore comic book mini-series as well as writing another comic mini-series. And I have stories scheduled to come out in multiple anthologies, including UNTIL SOMEBODY LOSES AN EYE."

MilSciFi: "How would you describe your experience working on the book?"

Thomas: "Excellent. It gave me a chance to branch out into what was for me a new genre."

MilSciFi: "If you had a chance to write one story just because you wanted to, and didn't have to worry about if it would sell or not, what would it be about?"

Thomas: "Honestly these days, it would probably be one of three novel ideas I've got sitting on the back burner because I have so many other projects keeping me busy. Went I first started writing, I tended to write just stuff that I wanted to. Now there's so much that I want to write, I simply don't have enough time."

MilSciFi: "What is your favorite story you have ever written and why?"

Thomas: "I find it hard to narrow it down to just one. I've had somewhere between 75-100 stories published and there are several that stand out. The top three that spring to mind are PINK ELEPHANTS (in the Murphy's Lore series), SICK DAY (because it was the start of my Terrorbelle series) and DERILICTION OF DUTY because it let me try something completely different."

MilSciFi: "What are you working on next?"

Thomas: "I'm trying to finish up some stories for anthologies so I can finish up two books in time for their deadlines."

MilSciFi: "Give us the details on your upcoming author appearances."

Thomas: "I'll be at Chiller, Philcon and some others, but I'm also the author guest at the Bethel Woods Arts Center on 10/7/07 .It's built on the site of the original Woodstock. I recently went there for a concert and while I was waiting in line for tickets there was a poster for Lynard Skynard and next to it was a poster for author signings with my name on it, abet in much smaller type. It was surreal and very cool. And I made sure I got a copy of the poster."

MilSciFi: "What is the one thing you find the most difficult about writing military science fiction?"

Thomas: "My Dad was a marine, but I've never served in the military. I think that makes writing military fiction of any kind a challenge, but challenges are what keep things interesting."

MilSciFi: "Do you have any awards you would like to share with us?"

Thomas: "The closest I've gotten to a major award is being recommended for the Stoker. My story SOUL MAN was chosen as one of the 2 best published in the modern version of Fantastic Stories of the Imagination."

MilSciFi: "Do you write under any other names?"

Thomas: "I've had 2 books published under another name, but they're pretty much out of print and I don't use the name anymore."

MilSciFi: "Is military science fiction the only thing you write, or is there something else out there we should be looking for?"

Thomas: "I actually write more fantasy than science fiction. I write the MURPHY'S LORE series (currently at 7 books, 2 spin off limited editions and a horde of short stories.) I have novellas in FLESH AND IRON from the Two Backed Books imprint of Raw Dog Screaming and GO NOT GENTLY from Padwolf. I write the syndicated satire advice column DEAR CTHULHU. I have a GRAVEYARD ANGEL story in the (sniff) last issue of CTHULHU SEX. I one day plan to complete the trilogy started with my novel EXILE AND ENTRANCE. Although the first book didn't have much by way of military science fiction in it, the next 2 books will." 

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