5 autographed copies will be given away on Friday, September 30, 2016!
In the chaotic and crime-ridden settlement of Boxtown on Mars, Minty Storey witnesses a bar fight she has no idea will change the course of her life.
Halfway across the planet, Janet Pilgrim and the Volunteer Space Rescue Service struggle to do something about the pirate menace on the spaceways between Earth and Mars.
But the problems both face are much bigger than pirates and bar fights. When a leader of Earth’s Manifest Destiny movement makes an appearance on Mars, events begin to roll to a climax that will hold the fate of the planet in the balance.
Exclusive interview with the author:
1) What genre have you not yet written but really want to try?
Mysteries. I read a lot of mysteries as a kid, including almost all of Agatha Christie’s output. I was fascinated by how you salted the book with clues, yet (to me) hid the important ones until the end. I’m actually working on a present-day mystery now, and it’s a struggle.
2) Thinking back to the way beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now?
Finish the damn book! There is a huge tendency to get four or five chapters in, then say “chapter 1 is weak” and go back and re-write it. Don’t do it! In fact, in all three of my books, what is now Chapter 1 was not the chapter I first wrote – I swapped the order of chapters at some point.
3) The Night Watch is a great title! How did you pick it and does it have any significance?
In the previous book Pirates of Mars, the characters meet in Dutchman’s Bar. In the back room, he’s got a near-life-sized replica of the Rembrandt painting “The Night Watch.” (The real painting is huge, larger than life.) That was the first seed for the title. The second was from my Navy experience – all three of my Captains told me the important things happened on the night watches. Thus in the book.
4) When did you start to write? What was your first story about?
Well, my first writing effort was a mystery play in sixth grade. I got three pages into it and it died. My first serious effort became The Mars Run, Book 1 of this series.
5) We’d love some of your favorite book suggestions! Can you give us a few and tell us why they’re your faves?
John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War. It’s got the best first line in science fiction, and a real new take on war in space.
Jack Campbell’s Lost Fleet series. They are emotional rollercoaster rides.
Jim C. Hines Goblin Quest. Sheer humor.
About the author:
Chris Gerrib admits to being a bit obsessed with Mars, but in a healthy way – all three books of his Pirate Series are set on Mars. Chris still has a day job as the IT director at a Chicago-area bank, and holds degrees in history and business from the University of Illinois and Southern Illinois University. He also served in the US Navy during the First Gulf War, and can proudly report that not one Iraqi MiG bombed Jacksonville, Florida while he was in the service. In his copious free time, Chris is a past President of and currently active in his local Rotary club. Visit Chris online at www.privatemarsrocket.net.
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