Author Q & A with S. A. Softley

Looking for a new take on the post-apocalyptic sci-fi genre? Look no further.

Pitch the concept of your book in 2-4 sentences. 

When a medical emergency causes a plane to make an emergency landing at an isolated northern Canadian airfield, a single survivor is left to piece together the events that found him unconscious and alone in the medical centre of a recently abandoned ghost town. Naked, sick and hungry, he must use his knowledge and skill to survive the sub-arctic winter and uncover the secrets of the town’s final days. His revelations will lead him on a quest to seek redemption and help the scattered survivors of a terrible disaster.

If readers like these three books, and these three movies, they’ll most likely enjoy your book. What are those movies and books?

Readers would enjoy Ain’t No Grave if they enjoyed “World War Z” by Max Brooks, “Earth Abides” by George R. Steward, or “The Old Man and the Wasteland” by Nick Cole. Movies: “The Road”, “Book of Eli” “I am Legend”.

Is this book a part of a series? Which part in the series is it, and how many are there/will there be in the series?

This book is part 1 of a 3 part series. Part 2 is (very tentatively) scheduled for August 2016.

What’s an aspect of your book, be it plot, character, political commentary, or so on, that people might not expect to be there just by reading the description or looking at the cover?

This book’s strength is in character development and introspection. It realistically portrays a man coping with a terrible apocalyptic event. The quiet simmering tone of the novel will leave readers in suspense and the twisting ending will leave readers wanting more. It is based loosely on the labours of Hercules.

What inspired you to write this story?

The song of the same name by Johnny Cash helped inspire the style and tone of the book. Also, the author has lived through many cold, dark Canadian winters and his love of the apocalyptic genre inspired him to consider what would occur in the frozen North; an area not often explored in other apocalyptic books and films. 

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