Monday, January 9, 2017

Author Interview with Science Fiction Author Larry Cockerham

Today, science fiction author Larry Cockerham is ready and willing to talk about all things writing. Spend a bit of time getting to know this author, and check out some of his books!


If you could, would you tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I have been a pastor for thirty-five years and have a Master of Theology degree. I enjoy writing both fiction as well as non-fiction. I've watched sci-fi and military
movies and documentaries for over fifty years. I'm married with three children and four grandchildren.  I retired in January of this year, but I still preach at a local church.

How long have you been writing?
I wrote my first non-fiction book in 1995, followed by a space opera a couple of years later.  Then twenty years later, I wiped the dust off of the sci-fi manuscript and had it formatted and uploaded to Createspace and Kindle.

So, what have you written?
I've written one non-fiction book, Revelation: Prophetic Addresses to the Seven Churches, and four sci fi novels.  The first was Dark Force Invasion (1995), the second was The Mortalis: Beyond the Stars (2015), the second was The Mortalis: Beyond the Cosmos, and the third was The Mortalis: Beyond Eternity.  I've just finished uploading the three in a boxed set.

Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book(s)?
I haven't decided yet on a trailer.

Where can we find your books?

My books are on most of the major vendors. I first uploaded them on Amazon, then decided to use Draft2Digital to get more coverage.

What genre are your books?
Except for the non-fiction book, all of my books fall into the space opera category.

Is there something about this genre that draws you to it?
I think that the ability to travel to the stars is part of being human, the desire for exploration.

Do you have a favorite book that you've written?
My second book in the Mortalis trilogy was my favorite as it was primarily a time travel adventure.

If you could cast anyone to play the characters in your most recent book, who would they be?
It would have to be a very tall actress as my main character is well over six feet tall.

Why do you write?
I get a sense of completion when I write which is not always possible in most vocations.

Where do you see your writing taking you in the future?
I would love to write a time travel novel or series of novels, but I'm not sure what direction it would take.

Where do the your ideas come from?
Most of the tekkie stuff comes from past series and movies, but the basic premise for The Mortalis series was mainly theological.

Some authors use outlines, some just fly by the seat of their pants. How do you write?
Usually I have a beginning and end already in my mind.  It's the middle that sometimes brings me to a halt.  Usually I will outline as I start to get into the middle and end of the book mainly to check my thoughts in order, to notice the word count, number of chapters.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?
It's been taking about three months, not counting the editing and formatting.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
Once I have an idea that I'm passion about, I write whenever I get a break in my schedule.  My most creative time is late at night.

Do you design your own book covers?
Most of the later covers were done by  They have some great artistic covers that they can overlay your title and information. Once you have one of their covers the image is taken down and is unique to only your novel.

Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
The later covers by played a big part in the process.

How do you market your books?
I have used some of the social media, Amazon marketing, and other avenues, such as, Goodreads, Wattpad, etc.

Do you have any advice on how to get book reviews?
I have software that automates a certain amount of the process of book reviews. But I have used some bloggers and others.

What are your thoughts on good vs. bad reviews?
I think the negative reviews were certainly helpful, although I think some were overly critical for various reasons.

Who are your favorite authors?
I loved H.G. Wells along with Isaac Asimov, but most of my immersion in science
fiction has come through movies and television series.

If you could have been an author for any book, who would it be and what book?
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
I would say study the craft of creative writing.  Buy as many books as possible about writing.  If you love to write, write, even if you never do it full time.  It has always given me a sense of satisfaction, although I have a ministry to care for.

Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?
Most of my writing has a theological undertone, although it's not always obvious.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?
I have a website, Facebook page and am on Lnkedin, Amazon, Twitter as noted below.

Larry Cockerham
Prophecy Forum
Blog: Prophecy Forum
Facebook: Larry Cockerham
Twitter: Larry Cockerham
Linkedin: Larry Cockerham
Pinterest: Larry Cockerham
Amazon Author Page: Larry Cockerham

Book Links:
Revelation: Prophetic Addresses
The Mortalis: Beyond the Stars 
The Mortalis: Beyond the Cosmos 
The Mortalis: Beyond Eternity 
The Mortalis Series: Books 1-3
Dark Force Invasion


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