Today on Author Spotlight, I’m interviewing Arthur M. Doweyko, the author of “As Wings Unfurl”. Thank you so much, Arthur, for taking the time to be interviewed.
Leigh: Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a scientist. Most recently, my work centered on the discovery of new drugs. I developed cutting edge software to provide three-dimensional models of drug-target protein interactions. This work led to a variety of new drug analogs in the fields of immunology, anti-inflammation, and anti-cancer therapies. In 2008 I was awarded the Thomas A. Edison Patent Award for the discovery of a new cancer drug on the market today.
I’ve been writing science fiction and fantasy stories all my life. I even passed around short stories in high school trig class (and got caught). My love for the arts also included painting and sketching. When I retired, I gave writing a serious effort, culminating in two award-winning published novels and short stories, many of which were honored with awards, including Honorable Mentions in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future competitions.
Leigh: So, what have you written?
Algorithm (Pub. 2014, E-Lit Books. A novel of two books: The Medallion and The Makers): A story of DNA, our purpose and destiny.
As Wings Unfurl (Pub. 2016, Red Adept): The redemption of an amputee Vietnam veteran.
About two dozen short stories published in a variety of venues, both e-zines and in print.
Leigh: Where can we buy or see them?
Algorithm Book 1 – The Medallion – Is available as a free read on Wattpad: Algorithm Book 1: The Medallion at Wattpad.
and on Radish (for iOS and Android devices): Radish Fiction
The books are also available through Amazon:
Algorithm: Algorithm at Amazon
As Wings Unfurl: As Wings Unfurl at Amazon
Short stories are available either as free reads on my website (www.ArthurMDoweyko.com) or as part of published anthologies on Amazon.
Leigh: What inspired you to write “As Wings Unfurl”?
I always liked the old school film noir feel of detective movies and wondered how that motif would feel if it had a science fiction element thrown in. In addition, I’ve seldom seen a hero that was an amputee. And since I grew up in the Vietnam era, and recalled how badly those veterans were treated, I felt the time had come to give one such unsung hero a chance to shine.
I wrote an essay on the subject: The Disabled Hero: http://www.arthurmdoweyko.com/blog/the-disabled-hero
Leigh: What are you working on at the minute?
I’m putting the finishing touches on Wind-In-Trees, a novel-length work loosely based on an award-winning short story, Andrew The Last – Henry Wind-In-Trees is a Lakota Sioux native American. He is also a cyborg made of metal, plastic, tubes and wires, except for his human brain. An asteroid strike and a viral outbreak that followed left few humans alive — those that were lucky to have their brains encased in impervious titanium skulls. At least that’s what the radio broadcasts said before they stopped. Henry will discover the truth, but in no easy way. He, his ghost of a wife, a robot aide and an alien colonist will take a roller-coaster ride through a post-apocalyptic world where nothing is as it seems.
Leigh: Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead characters from your most recent book?
The characters are in their early twenties, so the choices would be limited to young actors. Jennifer Lawrence as Angela and Daniel Radcliffe as Applegate Bogdanski come to mind.
Leigh: When did you decide to become a writer?
As mentioned earlier, I’ve always been a writer, or at the very least, a story teller. I still remember making up stories as a preteen and holding an audience of colleagues in awe as they sat on a park bench. The looks on their faces were unforgettable.
Leigh: Where do your ideas come from? Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
Like any creative endeavor, artwork or writing, the ideas generally result from experience and roaming thoughts which knit themselves into new thoughts. I hate outlines. I start with the plot idea, work up a story idea, and keep in mind a fuzzy idea of how it all comes out as I write. If I run into a problem, I’ll bite the bullet and write a short outline.
Leigh: What is the hardest thing about writing?
To do it well you need to write every day. Regardless of whether you are inspired or bored, you need to write. And that is the thing that’s hardest to do.
Leigh: Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors? What book/s are you reading at present?
I like the classic sci-fi writers: Asimov, Heinlein, Farmer, Lem, Clarke, the list goes on. Right now, I’m reading Mike Resnick’s Buntline Special (another classic).
Leigh: What is your favorite quote?
“The first draft of anything is shit.” – Ernest Hemmingway
Leigh: I love that quote too. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Read, read, read. Write, write, write.
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Amazon Author Page: https://authorcentral.amazon.com/gp/profile
Leigh: Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview. I’m going to have to keep an eye out for the release of “Wind-In-Trees”.
Arthur M. Doweyko Bio:
Arthur has authored 100+ scientific publications, invented novel 3D drug design software, and shares the 2008 Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award for the discovery of Sprycel, a new anti-cancer drug. He writes hard science fiction, fantasy and horror.
His debut novel, Algorithm, which is a story about DNA and the purpose of humanity, garnered a 2010 Royal Palm Literary Award (RPLA) and was published by E-Lit Books in October, 2014. His second novel, As Wings Unfurl, a story of guardian angels that are not angels, forbidden love, and the secret fate of humankind, took 1st place as best pre-published science fiction novel of the year at the 2014 RPLA competition and was published in 2016 by Red Adept Publishing. Many of his short stories have been honored as finalists in RPLA competitions, as well as achieving Honorable Mentions in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contests. His current project is Wind In Trees, a story about the last creature with a human brain, and what it means to be human in a post-apocalyptic world where nothing is what it seems to be. Wind in Trees was recently honored with a 2016 RPLA award.
He lives in Florida with his wife Lidia, teaches college chemistry and happily wanders the beaches when not jousting with aliens.