Kasper Interviews Author H.M. Clarke

The Enclave: A Science Fiction Action Adventure Book Cover The Enclave: A Science Fiction Action Adventure
The Verge Series
H.M. Clarke
Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sentinel Publishing
May 14, 2014

"You will do as you are ordered Commander."

Katherine Kirk fumed. This cannot be happening. Not now!

"Sir. We have Hyde's ship cornered and I want to be there for the end game. Surely the man can sit tight for a few more days."

Admiral Baverstock's voice hardened over the commlink. "The operation to capture Hyde is not for your personal vendetta Commander."

"No Sir. Of course not Sir." Katherine tried to master her anger and made one last ditch effort to wheedle out of this new assignment.

"Admiral, the AFV Adelaide is an operational frigate, not a luxury personnel cruiser. Can't this Ambassador take another more suitable vessel to his posting?"

"You have been specifically asked for Commander Kirk, and Fleet Command does not like to have its orders questioned."

"Fleet Command? Who is this ambassador?"

"I don't know. Probably the usual stuck-up bureaucratic type." Admiral Baverstock paused; when he next spoke all formality had disappeared. "Katherine, you've been stuck out here on the Verge for the last two years under my command. You're a good officer, I wouldn't have given you command of the Adelaide otherwise. But the informal attitude we have out here will not cut it back in the Central Systems. You will have to curb your tongue."

Katherine latched onto the Admiral's informality. "Bryan, delay positing the new orders to the Adelaide. Please, you know how important getting Hyde is for me."

"I know. But Fleet Command expects you at Port Curtin in ten hours. The only excuse for your no-show after that time would be if you were dead." A sigh crackled across the link and Katherine knew she had lost the argument. "I'm sorry Katherine, my hands are tied. As I said, once you get to Curtin, don't make a fuss. I want you back within the folds of the Third Fleet ASAP."

"Yes Sir." It wasn't a committed response, nor enthusiastic, but it was the best Katherine could manage.

"I expect you back at Port McMahon in time to escort Hyde to stand trial Commander."

"Of course Admiral."

The comm link chimed off and Katherine let out a cry of frustration. Why now? Why not next week or even tomorrow? But these questions were moot - There was a snotty nosed diplomat waiting for her at Port Curtin, probably just dying to try and over whelm her with his puffed up importance.

I can't stand bureaucrats - and diplomats and their staff are the worst of that loathsome breed. It was a three-day babysitting cruise to deliver a diplomatic mission to Junter Three, a rebel city there apparently wants to be welcomed back into the folds of the Earth Federation. I wouldn't trust them as far as I could throw them. Junter was the system that produced Hyde. And Hyde was the man who devastated her life by killing her husband and son with a cowardly attack against her husband's home colony. And now, just when she had Hyde in her grasp, Fleet took him away from her.

Katherine clamped down on her rage. Though it was tempting to delay and tarry here for the three hours it would take to get Hyde, she was a sworn officer and could not disobey Fleet Command orders. They expected the Adelaide at Curtin in ten hours; she would be there in eight.

Katherine straightened her brown hair before tugging her cap firmly on her head and then took her black uniform jacket from the back of her chair and slipped into it. Best to start practicing the façade of formality for the bureaucrat. Her Executive Officer is going to love this, Richard can be a bit of a stickler for formal dress. Her Second Officer on the other hand was not going to like this change in orders at all - a lot of the crew would be on the warpath once the order is given.

Katherine glanced at herself in the mirror. Better show my face and get this over with, she thought as she buckled her jacket and took one last look at her reflection in the glass. Let’s go then.

The AFV Adelaide was a compact deep space frigate that carried enough firepower to get out of a jam but not for a sustained battle. Katherine was proud of her ship. For the two years she had been its commanding officer, the Adelaide had seen Katherine and her crew through more scrapes, fights and tight escapes that she had lost count. And now when the Adelaide was on the cusp of her greatest victory, it was to be ripped away to do a babysitting run for Fleet.

Stop it. Don't let your thoughts go there. Don't let the crew see your disappointment.   Easier said than done.

Katherine left her quarters and made her way steadily through the narrow corridors up to the operations deck, nodding at and accepting the salutes as she passed. Everything looked and sounded normal. But as soon as Katherine stepped into Communications a wall of silence hit her. All eyes in the Comms Area were focused on one man.

Serviceman Johnson was sitting in his seat holding a datapad and looking at it in shock.

"Fred, take it straight to the Captain," said the man in the seat next to Johnson.

Fredrick Johnson turned startled eyes to the speaker. "The Captain is going to have a meltdown when she reads this."

"That may be the case, but you still have to tell her that new orders have come in."

Katherine had to stop the smile that tried to appear on her face. "Don't worry Johnson. I already know about the orders contained on that datapad. Admiral Baverstock just informed me of them."

Johnson's face quickly sagged in relief, and then suddenly tightened again. "Captain, if you don't mind my asking. What do you plan to do?" Johnson's eyes noted the rarely worn jacket and tidied hair and very obviously jumped to the wrong conclusion.

"I plan to follow those orders Serviceman. They come directly from Fleet Command."

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H.M. Clarke

In a former life, H M Clarke has been a Console Operator, an ICT Project Manager, Public Servant, Paper Shuffler and an Accountant (the last being the most exciting.)

She attended Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia, where she studied for a Bachelor of Science (Chem), and also picked up a Diploma in Project Management while working for the South Australian Department of Justice.

In her spare time, she likes to lay on the couch and watch TV, garden, draw, read, and tell ALL her family what wonderful human beings they are.

She keeps threatening to go out and get a real job (Cheesecake Test Taster sounds good) and intends to retire somewhere warm and dry – like the middle of the Simpson Desert. For the time being however, she lives in Ohio and dreams about being warm…

H.M. says. “I’m a bit of a video game nerd and I am also into Star Trek, Midsomer Murders and Harry Potter.”


Katherine Kirk lived only for vengeance

Vengeance against the man who destroyed her home, her family and her life.

Sent on a babysitting mission to Junter 3, RAN officer Katherine Kirk, finds herself quickly embroiled in the politics between the New Holland Government and the Val Myran refugees claiming asylum.

After an Alliance attack, Kirk and her team hunt the enemy down and discover that they have finally found the lair of the man they have been searching for…

And the captive who has been waiting patiently for rescue.

“What would you do to the man who destroyed every important person in your life?”


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Hi H.M. Welcome to our Fantasy Sci-Fi Network space shuttle. Your book sounds great. What other writing have you done?

I write in both the Fantasy and Science Fiction Genres. I have also dabbled in Weird Westerns and Urban/paranormal fantasy

What made you choose these genres?

I love reading and watching Science Fiction, and I grew up watching classics like Doctor Who, Blakes 7, Battlestar Galatica, Star Trek and Star Wars. And strangely I even have fond memories of an old Sci Fi comedy called Quark…

Book wise, I’m a big fan of Arthur C. Clarke (no relation), Sean Williams, Greg Egan and Philip K. Dick.

What’s the story behind ‘The Enclave’ book title?

The title comes from a place featured in the book – the Braiden Hills Enclave. This is a small settlement on the Planet Junter 3 where most of the action of The Enclave takes place.

Have you used any real events or places as inspiration for your writing?

So, you would like to know the story behind the story eh?

You want to know the germ of the idea that made me want to turn this story into a novel?

Read on, though beware…the tale I tell may not be as exciting as you think..

Well, enough of the melodrama, here is the inspiration behind my latest book, The Enclave.

The Enclave was written a decade ago when there was the uproar in Australia about refugees coming into Australia illegally via boat to gain asylum status and how this sensitive issue was twisted to suit political election needs at the time by both major parties.

Because of this I decided to put the issues of refugees as a background story into the Science Fiction manuscript I was writing at the time.  And I think my MS benefited greatly from the addition.

Even though this story was originally written in 2004/5, this issue is still a burning topic in Australia, and in most other parts of the world, today.  I do not consider myself a refugee advocate, but I do believe in people’s (and children’s) fundamental human right to be treated as a person first and not a criminal.

The Enclave is a SciFi action/adventure with military overtones. I’ve always loved reading and watching Science Fiction, so I thought I might try my hand at writing one. There are a myriad of ideas and environments that you can explore and play with in either a near or far flung future. (And I am also a big Star Trek nerd).

We can learn a lot from stories about the future, just as we can learn and remember from stories of the past.


That is an interesting and thoughtful premise for the book.
How did you go about developing ‘The Enclave’s’ cover artwork?

The cover from The Enclave shows Daniel, a key player in the events as a prisoner of The Alliance just before his rescue. This cover was designed by Cheryl Ramirez.

What is your favourite quote?

“The person who says something is impossible should not interrupt the person who is doing it.”

-Chinese Proverb

This is a favourite proverb of mine.  People should always work (and I do mean work) towards their dreams and not let the nay sayers tell you NO, it can’t be done.  If you are active in working to achieve a goal, you will never live a life of regret.

What’s your favourite line from a book?

“Look…at….me…” – Severus Snape’s last words to Harry Potter just before he died from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling.

Reading that scene had me in tears and I am not ashamed to say it.

Alan Rickman played that part so well in the HP movies too. R.I.P.
Who would you like to be stuck on a deserted planet with?

Easy….Richard Armitage J

Who would you choose to read your audiobook?

If I had a choice of anyone in the entire universe to read my audiobooks it would be Richard Armitage…..Love the sound of his voice. But since the main characters of my books are women, then it would have to be Jennifer Hale, Cate Blanchett or Yvonne Strahovski.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?

I love watching movies, reading or playing video games – especially Mass Effect and Dragonage (Sorry, I’m a Bioware fan).

Do you prefer ebook or hardcopy?

I like both, but if I really like the book, I’ll get it paperback/hardback so I can get it signed. I have a nice collection of signed editions from authors – my prized signed books are Raymond Feist and Stephen Donaldson.

Are there any writing styles or genres you dislike?

I do not have a dislike of any Genre’s or styles. If they are done well or the story is engaging then who am I to complain about it?

Though if I really had to pick my least favourite genre, it would be graphic horror. I am not a huge fan of gratuitous blood and gore.

Favourite food: CHEESECAKE!!!!!!!!

Silliest saying: I’m always right, but if I’m wrong, I’m just testing you…..

Best holiday spot: Road Trips to anywhere

Favourite song at the moment: My Island Home by Christine Anu

Star Wars or Lord of the Rings: Both along with Star Trek…..

Number one thing to do on your bucket list: My bucket list has changed twice now as I keep doing the things on my list…. At the moment I am in a flux as I decide what I need to do next.

Thank you to H.M. Clarke for sharing your writing and thoughts with us today on the FSF Network. Best of luck to you for the future.

Interviewed by Kasper Beaumont, author of the Hunters of Reloria fantasy series. www.huntersofreloria.weebly.com

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