Interview With Scott J. Toney
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Tell us about your latest book?
Brief run down in your own words:
Scott- Here’s a review below by a fellow author to give you a good grasp on the book.
“Nova Forge is a Sci-Fi book that also fits in to the Fantasy genre. There is a distinct voice that makes this story what it is and
from the onset, I knew it was going to be a good one.
A meteor punches through the atmosphere and we meet Julieth, bow and arrows in hand, fleeing a scorched city with the ten-year-old Bayne. As she meets Ivanus something strangely wonderful happens. Not only can she fly, but Ivanus can help her people. Is this perhaps the winged woman the dark-hearted Samuel is afraid of? The descriptions in the narrative are strong and we can ‘feel’ Julieth’s pain and her sense of mistrust. Already she is a character to root for. Bayne is injured and so she must carry him to safety. This cleverly fulfils the ‘pet-the-dog’ theme through the first chapter and we can only hope he survives.
Toney has cleverly set the scene of devastation, raging battle, ripping explosions and a crumbling city in this opening chapter
that will keep readers rooted to the end. I can’t recommend Toney’s work more.
He never fails to entertain. A five star review for another roller-coaster ride into the unknown.”
Author of Chasing Pharaohs and The Fowler’s Snare
Anything in particular that you want to say about it? Where did you get the inspiration from? Favourite characters? Tell us
My favourite character in NovaForge is Julieth. The character Julieth in NovaForge is an intense, headstrong female character with vast feathered wings and a leaning towards the bow and arrow. She’s tough, and yet in a world that has been decimated by years of corrupt humanity, she is the character with the most heart. She understands the need for battle, and yet struggles in her mind against it.
The origin of the name Julieth has a long history for me. Each one of my books has a character in it that in some way came out of my
poetry book, Dusk Crescence. In NovaForge Julieth is that character. There was a character in Dusk Crescence named Julieth who was a winged woman. She had a different personality than this Julieth, but that is the name’s original usage in my books. When I created the name I was in High School, sitting in class looking at a friend of mine, Judy. I needed a name and I thought… Judith, Judie, Julie, Juliet. But Juliet is Shakespeare’s character’s name. Then I added an H. Julieth. So now you know where and how.
Julieth is a key player.
There are many fantastic characters in NovaForge; a cyborg, a telepath, a dark priest, were-beasts, Julieth and a young boy who has to come to terms with the decimated realm he exists in, just to name a few. But Julieth is certainly my favourite.
What are you working on next and when can we expect to get our greedy little mitts on it?
I’m currently deep in the grind of writing NovaForge’s sequel, NovaSiege. It will release June 2015 and is just as
high-intensity as NovaForge. I’ve got some striking plans laid out for NovaSiege.
and love. But at the peak of its civilization, a great meteor fell, bringing long-dead souls to Solaris, souls that had been sustained by the life-force of one lone man, Ineal.
At the moment of impact, these souls scattered across Solaris, giving inhuman abilities to mortals while scarring their bodies and corrupting their lives.
Samuel was one such man, a man of faith who thought to use his powers to worship his God: he watched his followers, and his planet, die. Seas turned to lava and the skies darkened. And as Samuel’s heart grew weary and angry, he used his powers to manipulate the world to serve him alone.
Samuel became god of a planet whose only life was the symbiotic life so like his own.
Centuries later, he discovered others, threats that had not been on this planet before. A winged woman; a cyborg; a future-seer and a child. A great vengeance burned a comradery between them.
They were souls that could overthrow him. Souls that he would need to destroy.
Look for NovaForge's release Tomorrow, Saturday, May 3rd!