Interview with Weston Westmoreland, Author of “Dawn: Freedom Takes Flight”

Today, I’m excited to have the author of “Dawn”, a science fiction novel, Weston Westmoreland on my blog. Thanks for the interview, Weston!

Leigh: Tell us a little about yourself.

Nothing special here. Born in 1972, Engineer, teacher, freelance photographer, married and father of two. I like to travel when I can to visit old stones, both those found in nature, and those left by any ancient culture I can sink my teeth on. I do not read a lot, but I read all the time. I also like to trail run every other day, and I have many other hobbies in which I am not too good but that I extremely enjoy. I love to meet my friends and share a couple of beers every week if I can, and I have always lived surrounded by animals, plants, and trees, in a green land of time-rounded kindly mountains near the sea.

Leigh: What insight can you give us into the character of Arlet, son of the First Citizen?

Arlet’s life had been always based on reaction. His acts always responded to his resentment, and it got so usual that it turned into his only goal for years. This of course, ended up carving a dark hole in his soul he tried to ignore behind his nonchalant pose. The war, and the unexpected personal cost it exacted on him despite his efforts to stay detached, forced Arlet to face himself and reassess his values scale from top to bottom.

Leigh: Which actors could you see playing the roles of Brod, Duna, and Mara?

Ha ha ha that’s a nice question. I do not know. I have been asked this before, so I can give you the same answer. All my characters have faces of their own, of course, but they do not always come from real people. Brod is a guy I know, Mara takes after a Marvel comic hero called Longshot, Arlet might look like Marvel’s classic Dr. Strange (comic, not movie). Dunali comes from several women.

If you push me, Jared Leto/Jake Gyllenhaal could be Brod, Eddie Redmayne/Tom Holland could be Mara, Marion Cotillard could be Dunali, James Franco could be Arlet, and Emma Stone could be Rora. I’d love to have Clint Eastwood for General Trop or the Pilgrim. Arzo Barr could be Rob Reiner with black hair, General Suwen could be Lee Van Cleef, or a short haired Dr. Gero from Dragon Ball.

Leigh: What scene was the most difficult one to write?

Deaths. No doubt. Killing one of my “kids”, even some of the bad guys, is always difficult. The good guys are surprisingly hard to let go. Writing how the others take the deaths of their loved ones is not easy either. And it doesn’t get any better. Forget your own writings for a while, reread the death of any of your characters, and you are in for a hard time. I think it’s only fair. Killing shouldn’t be easy, not even in fiction.

Leigh: Will there be other books in the science fiction world created for Dawn? Will there be a series?

I do not think so. There were a few things I wanted to tell when I wrote Dawn and I already did. That’s how I work, I have something to tell and work a story around it. Dawn revolves around irreversibility, about how we cope with what we cannot fix. It is a story of personal journeys, of pain, but also of hope. Life is a tough ride, but also a wonderful one, worth every tear… that’s what I wanted to tell. I don’t know if I can build the other way around, and I am not sure I would want to. If something comes to mind and fits in Arweg, we’ll see. But it’s not likely. My writing ideas are going on the opposite direction, towards the far past when mammoths roamed the land…

Leigh: What’s your writing day like?

I do not have a pattern. Writing is a hobby for me, so I never push it. When something comes to my mind I write like a maniac, as though it was not me who is writing. It is a strange and wonderful experience to see how the story flows out of your mind, with a life of its own.

Leigh: What book are you currently reading?

Every year, at the beginning of September, I leave my family at home and I go on my own for 8-11 days. This year I am preparing a journey to Rome, so my reading is now somewhat chaotic. I have several non-fiction books about Ancient Rome I am pecking at, and I am also reading Last Citadel, by David Robbins, a novel set in the Battle of Kursk, during WWII.

Leigh: What are some of your hobbies?

As I said before, I have spent my life taking different hobbies and tackling them until the learning curve gets too steep. That has given me a chance to be a pretty lousy amateur hobbyist in many different disciplines, something I actually enjoy a lot. I never had the need to outstand in any single thing, hobby-wise. You have to renounce to too many things to focus on being the best at something and the world is way too full of wonderful things one can do to forget about them and center on only one. Mostly I read, take pictures, trail-run and hike with my boxer Xare. Apart from that, I like to build model kits, paint them, age them and set them in dioramas. I enjoy growing plants and trees in my garden, I play the guitar pretty terribly and sing even worse, but I used to be part of a band formed by similar geniuses and we really got our kicks. I sketch, I paint once in awhile, I carve sometimes and I love to visit Paleolithic caves. I have a little pond my father built where I breed tadpoles, newts, salamanders and dragonflies, I grow orchids and carnivore plants, and I love, love, love having long and interesting conversations and arguments (as long as they are open-minded and friendly). I love TV series like Breaking Bad, GoT, Justified, Orange is the New Black… And, of course, I write, I blog around my pictures (but not about my pictures)…

Leigh: How can readers find out more about you and your work?

Website: WestonWestmoreland.com

Blog: InspiringThoughtsandImages.com

Twitter:@WWstmoreland

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Weston-Westmoreland

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16893100.Weston_Westmoreland

Thank you so much for taking the time to be interviewed, Weston!

Author Biography:

Weston Westmoreland was born in the spring of 1972. He is married and father of two kids.

Weston earns a living working by himself as an engineer, teacher, and freelance photographer, but not from writing. In all honesty, even though he enjoys writing in different forums and used to blog every now and then, he does not see himself as a writer. Dawn is his first work of this kind, which is the reason why he invested in it far more effort and love than it probably deserved.

Avid reader, lone traveler, slow trail-runner, passionate photographer, terrible guitarist and worse singer, amateur modeler, persistent sketcher, weekend trekker, occasional painter and sculptor, self-taught gardener, committed father and husband, and first of all, a curious man… you can learn more about the way Weston sees life through his old but current blog at:

http://InspiringThoughtsAndImages.com

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