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Monday, April 21, 2014

Interview and Giveaway Reconquest: Mother Earth by Carl Alves



Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

I am a writer of horror, fantasy, and science fiction.  My first novel, Two For Eternity, is an historical fantasy novel that takes place of 12,000 years.  I followed that up with Blood Street, a paranormal thriller featuring vampires feuding with mobsters.  My latest novel, Reconquest: Mother Earth, is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller.  I basically find concepts that really interest and excite me and I turn it into a story.  I see myself doing more of that in the future, regardless of genre. 

For my day job, I’m a Quality Engineer at a medical device company.  It’s probably not as exciting as it sounds, but my role is basically to make sure the product line that I am working with, which is a surgical lighting product, meets all the demands that the FDA requires. 

Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

My novel Reconquest: Mother Earth is a post-apocalyptic thriller.  The story’s protagonist, Navy SEAL, Mitch Grace was among the first humans to see the aliens when they invaded the planet.  On the day of the invasion, he was injured and went into a coma.  He wakes up five years later in the care of an alien physician that they now control the planet and use humans as slaves.  Mitch rehabilitates himself physically and mentally and creates a resistance movement to take the planet back from the aliens.  He is later captured and enslaved, becoming an intergalactic gladiator fighting as the sole representative of the planet.  He has to win back his freedom and reconquer the planet from the aliens.  I like to describe it as a combination of Independence Day, Red Dawn, and Gladiator.

Are you a parent?

I have two boys, one four years old and another nine, and they certainly keep my busy.

If yes do you find it hard to juggle writing and parenting?

I work full time, have two small children and a wife who has a very demanding job.  Of course it’s difficult, but all good things in life have to come with a struggle.  I basically write whenever I can, even if it’s just a few minutes here and there. 


Is there a theme or message in your work that you would like readers to connect to?

I try not to overtly put messages in my novels, however, Reconquest: Mother Earth is mostly about the human will to survive and adapt, to find ways of fixing very complicated problems.  This perseverence and unwillingness to accept defeat is embodied in my main character Mitch Grace, a former Navy SEAL who is determined to take back the planet Earth from the alien conquerors.

What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

I can speak two languages (English and Portuguese).

When you’re not writing what do you do? Do you have any hobbies or guilty pleasures?

I lift weights and work out on a daily basis, something I always strive to make time for.  I’m also a big sports enthusiast.  My favorite sports are football and mixed martial arts.

Is there a genre(s) that you’d like to write that you haven’t tackled yet?

At some point I might dabble with writing a mystery.

Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

In my novel Reconquest: Mother Earth my favourite character is Mitch Grace, the lead protagonist in the story.  He’s a Navy SEAL who is knocked into a coma on the first day of the alien invasion and wakes up five years later to find that aliens have taken control of the planet, and is determined to take the planet back from the aliens.  I’ve always had a deep admiration for members of our military, specifically the Navy SEALs.  They are almost superhuman to me.  What they are capable of doing is amazing.  For me Mitch Grace is the embodiment of what is good about the United States.  He is intelligent, fit, strong in both mind and body, and has an uncompromising will to survive and not accept defeat. 

What is next for you? Do you have any scheduled upcoming releases or works in progress?

Just recently I finished a manuscript am I currently titling Beyond Ragnarok, which starts off with the Battle of Ragnarok taken from Norse mythology.  In my story Loki swerves the Asgardian gods by not appearing at Ragnarok, and instead spending the last decade on Midgard (Earth) creating a virus designed to wipe out most of the population so that he can wrest power from the world’s leaders.  It is up to two of the survivors of the Battle of Ragnarok to stop him.

What book are you reading now?

Crossroads of Twilight by Robert Jordan

What is in your to read pile?

Next up on my list is Bloodstone by Nate Kenyon and Seven Brains by Michael Louis Calvillo.


Reconquest: Mother Earth
Carl Alves

Genre: Science Fiction

Publisher: Montag Press

Date of Publication: March 26, 2014

ISBN: 978-1-940233-02-4
ASIN: B00IKYE5WM

Number of pages: 304
Word Count: 75,000

Cover Artist: Jeremy Rathbone

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Book Description:

SEAL Mitch Grace was among the first humans to see the aliens when they landed at the naval base where he was stationed, but like the rest of humanity, he was powerless to stop them. 

Five years later, Mitch awakens from his coma under the care of an alien physician to find that aliens control the planet.  Starting alone, as a one man army, he rallies the surviving humans to build a resistance movement to take the planet back from the alien conquerors. After his capture by the aliens, Mitch is forced into intergalactic slavery to become a gladiator, fighting as the sole representative of the human species. Against all odds and far from home, he lays the plans for the reconquest of his homeland.

Reconquest: Mother Earth is the thrilling combination of Red Dawn, Independence Day, and Gladiator.


About the Author:

Carl went to Boston University majoring in Biomedical Engineering.  Carl graduated with a BS degree, and has since worked in the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries.  He later graduated from Lehigh University with an MBA degree.  His debut novel Two For Eternity was released in 2011 by Weaving Dreams Publishing.  His novel Blood Street was released in 2012 by True Grit Publishing.  His novel Reconquest: Mother Earth is scheduled to be released in 2014 by Montag Press.  His short fiction has appeared in various publications such as Blood Reign Lit, Alien Skin, and Dark Eclipse.  He is a member of the Horror Writers Association and has attended the Penn Writers Conference. 

You can visit his website at www.carlalves.com



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