What is your latest release and what genre is it? My latest release is the second volume in my debut story, Nastragull. Hunted is the second part in my debut series. Nastragull: Pirates was the first. Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian, Space Opera, Action, Adventure, Military, Romance, Strong Women
Quick description: Nastragull: Hunted (volume 2) – After escaping from pirates with an emperor’s ransom in loot in NASTRAGULL: Pirates, young Alec and friends take refuge in a roving collective of space stations and massive starships called New Frontier. Along with fleets from Nastasturus and the rival Florencian Federation, three massive pirate armadas descend like locusts upon New Frontier, triggering a cataclysmic battle. Crippled and flung deep into space by an explosion, Alec’s ship becomes the quarry of everyone.
Nastragull: Pirates (volume 1) – As a tight-knit group of human cadets heads home after eight years of military training, their interstellar transport, Bright Star, comes under attack by pirates and after a bloody battle, they’re taken prisoner. One of the cadets, Alec Horn, eventually manages to escape with the Bright Star’s captain and an emperor’s ransom in loot. Together, they set out on a harrowing adventure to rescue their friends and comrades.
My name is Erik Martin Willén, a first time author from Sweden who loves books and loves writing even more. I live in a small village in south Sweden and I received my education at an American Business University.
I recently published an original science fiction novel titled NASTRAGULL: Pirates, the first book in a projected series that combines the non-stop high-tech adventure of Star Wars with the awe-inspiring, complex cultural backdrop of Dune–with quite a bit of Quentin Tarantino thrown in for good measure. This action-packed novel includes elements of military SF, traditional space opera, dystopian SF, and the sociological explorations of writers such as Ray Bradbury and Ursula K. LeGuin. At heart, though, it’s a love story–the tale of two literally star-crossed lovers, and their Herculean efforts to move Heaven and Earth (sometimes literally) to find each other again and again as circumstances rip them apart.
How it all started: This is a story that I’ve kept coming back to since I was very young. Back then, a friend and I decided to create a cartoon. He was a great artist and could draw anything—and I was a bit crazy with my creative imagination. We decided I would come up with the story and he would handle the drawings. Boy, what a team we were! We produced a couple of pages, and then we got bored and went outside to play.
Through the years, I made notes on the topic … many notes. Several times I attempted to write a book based on those notes, but didn’t have the patience to complete it; after a few pages, I simply stopped. Years went by, and from time to time, whenever I faced difficulties in my life, I made more notes. Eventually I wrote the outline for the saga and turned it into several screenplays: Dawn Sets In Hell, Twenty-First, Nastragull, etc.
The turning point in my life, the one that made me an author, was when my younger sister Sofia was diagnosed with Lupus SLE—and died shortly thereafter at the young age of 24 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Sofia’s death came as an incredible shock. It hit my family and me very hard, and made me re-evaluate my life. During my grief I started to write, and I wrote and wrote, and I held back nothing. Finally I had found my author’s voice, and the result is the saga called NASTRAGULL.
Links to buy Erik’s book:
Pirates – eBook & paperback
Hunted – eBook & paperback
What are you working on now?
Currently I’m working on part 3, Nastragull: Dawn Sets in Hell & also Section Twenty-One (4) They should both be published later on this year.
Erik’s reading recommendation:
Emperor, The Blood of Gods by Conn Iggulden