What are some of the best tools available today for writers, especially those just starting out?
I use a lap top for writing and a spreadsheet for outlining. Recently, I’ve found Dragon Naturally Speaking speech-to-text software to be highly productive.
How did you develop your writing?
I started with short stories and entering contests. I accepted and took seriously the review comments and suggestions I received over the years and worked to improve my skills. Nothing helps like writing, writing and more writing. Eventually, you find you flaws and perhaps occasionally a few gems.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I read and reflect on what I find there. When I write I stand on the shoulders of these great authors.
What other jobs have you had in your life?
I started out serving in the U. S. Navy as an engineer on nuclear submarines. Since then, I’ve been a scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and a computer software Professor at a community college (see www.hpeteralesso.com )
How much sleep do you need to be your best?
Sleep is not just important for health, during the semi-waking periods before drifting off to sleep or while you are just waking, ideas and concepts creep into your thoughts. You can find creative images and speculations cropping up. That’s why I keep a pencil and paper besides my bed.
As the last star fighter in squadron 111, Midshipman Henry Gallant is on his way from Jupiter to Mars. With the United Planets’ fleet on the verge of annihilation, he can expect no help as he passes through the asteroid belt and threatening aliens. With so much uncertainty about the aliens’ capabilities and intentions, analyzing the captured computer equipment in Gallant’s possession could prove crucial. The fate of Earth could rest on the abilities of Midshipman Henry Gallant. Unfortunately, it is his abilities that have been much in doubt during his tour of duty.
In an era of genetic engineering, he is the only Natural (non-genetically enhanced) officer left in the fleet. His classmates and superior officers have all expressed their concern that he will not be up to the demands of the space service.
Only bright and attractive junior officer Kelsey Mitchel has shown any sympathy for him. Now as his navigator on the last fighter in squadron 111, her life as well as a good many others, depends of Henry Gallant.
Genre – Science Fiction
Rating – G
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