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About the author:
I got hooked on reading early in life, reading nearly everything I could get my hands on including the Encyclopedia Britannica. As well as being an avid reader I enjoyed bicycling, skateboarding, fishing, and building models and puzzles. As far back as I can remember, I loved anything to do with aircraft. I joined the USAF as an aircraft mechanic working on the F-4, T-38, F-117. and the F-16. A knee injury stopped me from working on aircraft. My knee couldn't support me on the odd angles and slick surfaces. While in the USAF I attended college. My second love was tormenting my English teacher. I found out she had a fear of death, then she was at my mercy. Anything she said not to do I did just to show her I could. Every essay or theme I wrote dealt with the topic of death, from the first-person perspective of a person undergoing an autopsy, being buried alive, and rising from the grave. She was glad when I graduated. Some authors who inspired me are Robert Heinlein, Harry Harrison, Alan Dean Foster, Piers Anthony, and much more.
What inspired you to write your book?
Sometime in the distant future, we will travel among the stars, taking our culture, military, religions, and government with us. This is the story of one of our future travelers. The Roberts family has always had a problem with authority, especially Nathaniel Roberts. He has learned to hate the Alliance. That hatred has made him and his shipmates fugitives. They need to find someplace where they can start new lives and is also out of reach of the Alliance. Someplace far, far, away.
Here is a short sample from the book:
"We don't have anything else left to take. You've taken everything we have already."<br />
"Not everything. You still have your ship. Your taxes are due. We will be here to collect them by the end of the month. If you can't pay, we will take your ship for payment."<br />
"We paid our taxes last month, and the month before that, and the month before that."<br />
"We have no record of payment," the Alliance captain laughed.<br />
"That's what all of you say every month."<br />
"Watch it kid; we may just conscript you to teach you some manners."<br />
"You can't do that. We are free citizens."<br />
"Not if you don't pay your taxes."<br />
Short of stealing and selling stolen cargo, there was no way we could earn the credits we needed to pay our taxes again. What few credits we had left from our family fortune were gone. The Alliance patrolled their region of space protecting their citizens. Their region of space was too well protected for any chance of piracy to succeed. The only way we stood a chance of making credits was to escape Alliance space.