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.”
- Book title: The Enclave
- Genre: Science Fiction
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?”
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.”
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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