Please join us in welcoming A.L. Bates to Sinfully as we celebrate the release of her new novella Deep.
Researching the deep
A L Bates
When I was asked to prepare some guest posts for the tour of The Deep it was initially suggested that I do a piece about the research I undertook… Yeah… about that.... What research? This is a made up world! Made up technology! I watched Finding Nemo—does that count?
It was also suggested that I write up a few notes on why I love sci-fi—which is a bit like asking me to open a box of chocolates and only eat one—impossible! Very luckily these two categories actually fit together—almost as well as my leading characters—and so this is a brief post about how my excessive lack of research is more than compensated by a love of sci-fi.
In truth my research was watching endless sci-fi shows and films, witnessing suffocating and claustrophobic alien environments, while being inspired by the camaraderie and bravado of those heroic enough to walk through them. Whether it be Star Wars, or Alien, each sci-fi film has something to offer, and inspires me to build on the potential humanity has for exploration, survival, and, of course, destruction. From the organisation of the Star Trek Enterprise, to the anarchy of Farscape, to the determination of SG-1, to the despair of Battlestar Galatica, so much shapes the potential for building an alien world and developing a sci-fi story, I just can’t get enough of it.
In writing the sea scape I concentrated on my interest in the isolation of space travel (like in Stargate Universe), as well as the longstanding fear I’ve always felt for the ocean. For me the sea is dangerous, filled with terrifying things, and I can’t think of anywhere else I’d rather not be. I built on this fear, pushing the crew and the ship, Ariel, deeper into danger, severing them for any hope of escape should anything go wrong. It was easy to imagine the perilous situation under that much water, but just to make sure I watched Finding Nemo again (hiding behind a cushion at the shark scenes).
Seriously though, I believe you have to write what you love, especially when you are writing a love story. If you can believe in the world and make it credible then it doesn’t matter if your research takes years or hours. I wrote about sci-fi because I love sci-fi and I live my life in sci-fi books, film, and TV. It was the most natural place in the world—or rather not in the world—to put my characters and where I feel most comfortable, both as a reader and writer.
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing
Published: 29th January 2016
Genre: Science Fiction, Gay Romance, Gay SciFi
Fleeing from a troubled past that left him feeling tarnished and used, Sean finds work as a medic aboard the deep sea mining ship Ariel, on a distant planet.
Under the leader ship of the infuriating, yet charismatic, Captain Joel Riley, Sean settles into his simple, but dangerous, new life. It’s a life he soon comes to love; albeit one in which he conceals his sexuality and avoids intimacy.
But Sean’s new world is turned on its head when an old face threatens to expose him for the man he used to be.
With Joel’s help, will Sean learn to come to terms with his past and become a man he can be proud of?
Don’t miss the Valentine’s Day Sale (February 11-17) 50% off on WIP’s website and 40% off on ARe!
Connect with the Author
A.L. BATES has a keen interest in Sci-fi and adventure novels and enjoys writing stories with strong characters in imaginative backgrounds. Although an avid writer, Deep is the first published novella by A.L. Bates.
A.L. Bates can be found on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authoralbates
Prizes: $10 WIP Gift Card + $4.99 WIP Gift Card