Jan Domagala is the author of the sci-fi novel Ronin, which is the first in a planned series ‘Col Sec’. We had a chat with Jan about his book, his inspirations and his plans… see below 🙂
Tell us a bit about your new book…. what is it about?
My new book, Ronin, is about one man’s journey to enlightenment. He begins the book as nothing more than a drone basically, a soldier in the Special Forces willing to obey any order issued to him. During the story we follow him as he begins to realise that he has, what could be ultimately deadly potential to cause either great harm or great good to the people in the galaxy.
Is it part of a series? Are you planning any more?
It is the first book in a series that I am in the process of relaunching and I am currently writing book six. The second book will be out shortly entitled, Omega. I hope to reissue each successive book approximately every eight weeks.
What inspired you to write the book?
I’ve always been a huge fan of action and sci movies and as an avid reader I was constantly disappointed that there were no books that delivered the same adrenalin rush as did those movies. I had dabbled with writing and drawing comics in my youth and I considered myself to have somewhat of a talent of storytelling so I decided to give writing a book a go. I tried my hand at writing a spy novel but it came out like a bad copy of a Jack Higgins book so I gave that up. Then I tried my hand at a sci fi novel. Everything I wrote either came across like Star Trek, Star Wars or Babylon5 so I went back to the drawing board. Eventually I came up with the idea of combining the two elements, action adventure with sci fi. The result was Ronin.
Who do you think will enjoy reading the book?
I would think anyone who likes a good story with strong characters. I would think that fans of James Rollins Sigma series, or David Goleman’s Event Group series or even Matthew Reilly’s Scarecrow books would find something they enjoy in it.
Someone asked me recently to describe the type of books I write and I said that they are action adventures that just happen to be set in the mid twenty fifth century. His reply made me realise something that I hadn’t considered. He told me that the books had space travel in them, dealt with genetic manipulation and had technology such as the Neural Interface so they were obviously sci fi. I suppose he was right but the sci fi element to the story’s are just a backdrop to me, nothing more than a canvas to paint on and I try to keep the science to a minimum so that it doesn’t distract the reader from the action.
When did you start writing books and why?
I’ve been writing since the late eighties on and off, mainly as a hobby. I sent certain pieces of work off to publishers and received the obligatory decline notice every time. When I read an article in a newspaper about how a certain self publishing company had revolutionised the business I sat up and took notice. That company was Lulu.com. Up until then I, like many others had regarded self publishing another term for vanity publishing, this article opened my eyes. Since I started writing I had always wanted others to read my work and to enjoy it as much as I had writing it. I felt I had all these ideas that needed to be shared and to write them down seemed to be the best idea, so I gave Lulu a try. When I heard about Createspace and Amazon I thought that might be the better option and so when Ronin was ready I decided to publish it with them.
I love writing, I enjoy every aspect of it even then pain from looking at a page of work and thinking what the hell is that c**p? The feeling you get from going over a piece of work that is finished is a mix of emotions from anguish(is it good enough), to satisfaction(Well done me) and everything in between. The satisfaction of someone saying that they enjoyed any piece of work you produce is just the icing on the cake. I do think though that if asked most writers would continue to write even if no one liked their work. It’s just something you have to do. There are days when I am unable to write due to other commitments and it’s those days I hate the most.
Which authors, dead or alive, inspire your writing?
I would love to say people like Dickens or Hemingway but seriously I cannot. The writers who inspire me most are those I read the most; Higgins, Rollins, Goleman, Cussler, Robinson, people like that. One day I hope to have an endorsement on the cover of my latest book from one of those guys. On that day I will be one happy writer.
When is your book available to purchase and from where?