Pay It Forward featuring Author H. Day’s novel NEXT YOU: DESTINED FOR SOMETHING
SYNOPSIS of Next You: Destined for Something
In the last year of mandatory school each soon to be graduate takes a multitude of tests to efficiently funnel them into the right career. Personality profiles showing you to be low IQ, bigoted and prone to senseless violence really increase your chances of being denied.
Scores mean enough to tempt test takers to cheat using answer sets bought from sketchy characters.
You don’t always get what you pay for as Felix Dernoft discovers in Destined for… Something, a Next You novel.
My Review of Next You:Destined for Something
I am fessing up to something that I shouldn’t reveal to my die hard Vampire buddies, but I am an avid Sci-Fi fan.
Angus H. Day writes a fascinating tale of a quirky hero Felix Dernoft! Ah yes, Felix, the really complex, hero of Next You: Destined for Something.
I have to give Mr. Day a pat on the back for the out right complexity in the novel. It required me to read things over and over again. Next You: Destined for Something.is not a book that you can just gloss over, you have to really read it and digest it and in the end, the base story is what counted.
I was intrigued by the flashbacks. However, I was able to adapt and it was kind of nice to be treated as a Mr. Day only does. Next You: Destined for Something had twists and turns in the story with Felix. There was Aliens and Adventure, but there was also Romance. Everything in the story was good because they were explained.
I had to grit my teeth because I was forced to close my Kindle after half Next You: Destined for Something was read. Because it had captured my attention. For sure the next morning I was up reading until I finished!
Okay, okay, I will go hide in my Sci-Fi closet again. But you better bet the next book in the series will be in my Kindle!
Well done Mr. Day! I recommend this book for readers who are “grab you by the shirt” readers, and I sure am glad I am part of that audience.
Awesome read with 5 out of 5 Stars!
Interview with Angus H. Day
How old were you when you wrote your first piece?
I was forty eight when I finished my first novel.
What was it, and in what genre?
Legacy of Daddy and Science Fiction is the larger of the boxes it inhabits.
What made you write it?
I ran out of excuses not to write it and everyone since. Lots of persons would like to write a novel or produce a piece of artwork and never get around to it because they let negativity control their lives. That is no way to live.
What have you written since then?
Next You Interstellar LLC, Having Nice Things, Utopian Estates and Destined for Something.
What was the inspiration for your current book?
Originally I wanted to create a Character that everyone would hate, reveling in that being suffering for being an ass all the time. By chapter two I knew I couldn’t go through with that as it was an unworthy goal. I like to write stories that I would like to read. So Destined for Something became a story of change and growth for one Felix Dernoft with dystopian society, space opera, aliens and romance transforming the life of one all thought of as collateral damage into an epic journey.
Tell us a little about it, and where it’s available?
Felix Dernoft was an accident from conception. Born during the time of the Writ of Exchange his mother’s life was spared since she had skills as an Astrogator and Felix was a ward of the Indianapolis Dome-state where he was raised through mandatory school in an at best indifferent system. Not happy with the sewer worker career plan the state has in mind for him he begins to try different things to improve his lot. As a B-strander he should never have amounted to much. He rises above. Destined for Something is available in print through Amazon and as an ebook through Amazon and everywhere Smashwords distributes.
Is there a particular place or setting where you get your writing ideas?
Everywhere is a place. I’m an author and I can make that happen. That is also my answer because my stories do not come from a particular place or setting but encompass ideas gleaned from a lifetime of reading and experience.
What made you choose either traditional or independent publishing?
I’m starting this late in life and I was determined that if I was going to make my work available to readers then the route should not include languishing on some persons slush pile, at best waiting for a middle person to deem the taste of the public ready. Why would I willingly put someone else in charge of me? I believe from being a consumer that the Big Five are running corporate models and not looking for good reads so it didn’t make any sense to wait on their leisure. The last straw was that I took some advice from an author who writes media tie in novels in the traditional jungle. He pointed me at Smashwords and explained why he would do it if he wasn’t currently contract bound. The only caveat I would add to that is that by transitioning to Independent Publishing more doors open for your work and you share the promotion load.
If you had to choose the most important element in an author’s platform, what would it be?
Don’t make it pressure cooking work. Gain moderate well crafted ground on your writing on a daily basis but cut it off after a couple of hours unless you are into a really happening roll. If it isn’t fun to create, don’t expect the reader to enjoy it.
What mistakes have you made in regards to publishing and marketing your work, and what will you do differently in the future?
The biggest mistake I’ve made is probably my early attempts at covers. I needed to accept that my contribution to this was the story and telling it. Cover art sells books, inner matter quality hooks readers. I’ve also had some editorial battles over story direction and have since determined what qualities I look for in an editor.
Do you have an idea for your next book?
At this time I’m midway through the writing process of a book I’m titling Native Heart. It is the first of a four book mini-arc within the Next You Universe franchise. The entire mini-arc is entitled Minus a Conscience. Two operators for the Intersystem Alliance are sent to a planet in the Rakan empire to raise an indigenous force to cause problems for the Rakans. These operators are not in human bodies and one of the two was cloned of the DNA soup made from a mix of the most vile assassins for the previous three centuries. Half the population of the planet Naif still embraces technology and the other half avoids it with a religious fervor. How do you win that half over to your side? Fasten your seat belt and start your engines.
BIO of Author Angus H. Day
I live in Fort Collins Colorado with my wife and son. My daughter has embarked on her career as a graphics designer. I’ve been an Infantryman, Swine Farmer, smattering of other trades and jobs and now I’m a manufacturing pharmaceutical chemist. What aspect of my life that is devoted to fitness favors swimming in open water which means I spend most of the year working out in a pool then hit the lakes when it warms up a bit. My wife Cheryl safety kayaks for me when we manage to make it work. One day when I was waiting on everybody else in the house to get off of the computer when it hit me. Start doing what I had wanted to do for the last thirty years, write science fiction stories. I’ve read extensively, experienced way more than a person is entitled to and I am a scientist. That being said, sometimes I just pull them out of my ass. The ability to picture a scene in my head helps, once I stop laughing uncontrollably for no reason.
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