Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Hello! My name is Joe Dacy. I'm a former journalist, but I've also had full-time careers as a real estate agent, law enforcement officer and corporate computer-software instructor. Now, I'm retired so I can devote all of my time to my writing. I have 18 novels on Amazon Kindle. All but four were written during the past four years. My forte is hard-science novels, the kind that feature real science as a basis for the story. I love reading, landscaping … and cats!
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is called Quantum Nova. It's a military space-opera. Like many of my novels, it was inspired by a science news story. This one was about quantum entanglement and how the quantum world underlies the physical world. I used this theory to develop the "future" space-flight technology in the book for a realistic method of travel, including time travel!
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I usually write in the mornings when its quiet. I do a huge amount of research as I'm developing a book. Sometimes, I get my ideas in dreams so I keep a notepad by my bedside. I don't do a lot of outlining; I let the story write itself. Sometimes I know the ending (or the beginning) and then I let nature take its course. I also use a lot of graphics in my books.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I'm influenced by the old masters of the science-fiction genre: Arthur C. Clarke, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov and John Brunner. There's also a little Tom Clancy in my work.
What are you working on now?
I'm developing a trilogy about androids which uses my Last Reunion comedy-drama series as a backdrop. I'm working on books two and three of that series: Tier 4 — Android Apocalypse and Curtain of Fire.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I've been using a site called Best Book Promotion Sites, which lists many of the most prominent places to go to promote your books.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Two things: Do Not Give Up. You are competing against more than two million books and you have to be industrious and patient. Also, have a great cover.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
The best advice I've gotten is to write for a particular audience, for a specific kind of reader.
What are you reading now?
I'm reading a book called Arx.
What’s next for you as a writer?
The coming year is pretty well planned out. I'll finish and publish at least two novels and spend the rest of my time promoting my books and website.
What is your favorite book of all time?
My favorite book of all time is called The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. It's a 1974, first contact, space-opera.