Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Richard H. Hardy - The Infinity Program - Author Interview & Giveaway
About the Book
Jon Graeme and Harry Sale are unlikely friends. Harry is a world-class programmer, but his abrasive personality alienates co-workers. In contrast, Jon is a handsome and easy-going technical writer, the low man on the IT totem pole.
Sharing a love of nature, the men set out together, planning to go their separate ways--Jon on a hike and Harry, fly fishing. Three days later, Jon arrives at the rendezvous point, but his friend is nowhere in sight. When Jon finds Harry unconscious on the floor of a cave, Harry claims to have been lying there the entire time. But he is neither cold nor hungry. What Jon doesn't know is that Harry fell into an underground cavern, where he came into contact with an alien quantum computer.
Back at work, Harry jettisons his regular tasks and concentrates exclusively on inventing new operating language to access the alien system. In the process he crashes his office's Super Computer and is fired. Jon convinces the company to give Harry a second chance, arguing that the system he has invented will make them millions.
Jon has no idea what havoc Harry is about to unleash.
1. How did you come up with the title?
I’ve never been very good at coming up with titles, but in the case of The Infinity Program I was lucky. While I was working on the book one morning, the title came to me out of thin air in a line of dialogue. When I write dialogue, it’s almost like I stop being me and become the character who is talking. My lead character used the phrase “infinity program” and as soon as I re-read the draft, I realized I had my title.
2. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
My main goal in writing The Infinity Program was to write an entertaining book. But there is a message behind the fun: We must be better caretakers of our world or all that we love and cherish will be in jeopardy.
3. How much of the book is realistic?
I tried hard to create a realistic setting. Part of it was created out of my own work experience but most of it came from stories told to me by people who had previously worked for much larger companies. I must confess too that a lot of it was purely imaginative.
4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
If I could re-write the book at this point, I think I would re-work the love triangle in the book. I think there were many possibilities that I could have developed more completely.
5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
I always have trouble with the middle section of a book. When you get to the mid-point of a novel, it seems like so many different directions are possible. It’s almost like moving through a labyrinth. There is always the fear that you will take a wrong turn and end up totally lost. I had to do a lot of re-writing to get the middle section right.
6. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I think the most important thing I learned is that problems can only be solved one scene at a time. If you try to work out every detail in advance, you end up locking yourself in a box. A corollary of this is persistence. I learned to stay with a problem and solve it before I moved on. A programmer/analyst once told me that making a programming mistake was like taking a wrong turn on a highway. If you catch the wrong turn immediately, then you can get back to where you want to go. But if you take a wrong turn and then make a second wrong turn, you can end up hopelessly lost.
7. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I was a big reader from a young age and even wrote a few stories. But I never thought of myself as a writer until I read a short story by Thomas Wolfe called Gulliver. It was a story about an exceedingly tall man and the difficulties he faced because of his height. At the time, I was 14 years old and over 6’4” tall. I was blown away with how a fictional story could get so directly to the truth of an experience. I decided then and there that I wanted to be a writer.
8. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
This is really difficult question because I love so many books. But the book that had the biggest impact on me was Doctor Faustus by Thomas Mann. When I finished this book I turned back to the first page and read it over a second time. I recently purchased the new translation by John Woods and am looking forward to reading it again. I love all the different levels of meaning in the book. I found the main character, the composer Adrian Leverkuhn, absolutely fascinating.
9. Tell us your latest news.
My latest news is that The Infinity Program is now available on Apple’s Itunes.
10. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
A writer is nothing without a reader. My sincerest thanks to all the readers out there!
The Infinity Program can be purchased at:
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Prices/Formats: $5.95 ebook, $13.95 paperback
Genre: Science Fiction, Romance
Release: April 1, 2014
Publisher: Camel Press
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About the Author
Richard H. Hardy was born in Glasgow, Scotland, during a week of relentless bombing raids just before the close of World War II. The day he was born an incendiary bomb fell on the church across the street from where he lived, so he is fond of saying that he entered the world with a big adrenaline rush.
His family later moved to England and then on to America.
After college Richard bounced through a series of temporary jobs as he traveled around the country, wanting nothing more than to write fiction. A job driving a library van allowed him free time to write several short stories and work on a novel.
He and his wife moved to New Hampshire, where he took an entry level job at a software company. He was soon promoted to the technical writing department and ended up producing over 500,000 words of online documentation. After a few years he was promoted to the programming department and ended up as the Senior EDI Programmer, creating EDI maps and writing UNIX scripts and troubleshooting on AIX systems throughout the U.S. and Canada.
After he retired, he started writing fiction again. The Infinity Program is his first published novel.
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