It was highly motivating to work on a pure fiction story, without having to back check historical facts. Fiction writing, as opposed to non-fiction, can be liberating and fast. I am committed to continuing the Talwin story.
I have always been a fan of the Star Wars franchise, even with the modern iterations and spin-offs cluttering the lore, it is, and will remain the benchmark for a Space Opera epic story, spanning multi generational characters and multifaceted story lines that paint life into the worlds and plots of the grand story.
Another favorite story that influenced me to write 'The Chronicles of Talwin' was a series of books written by Piers Anthony. - 'Bio of a Space Tyrant' is an epic Space Opera following the life and times of Hope Hubris. Its a classic story, full of action and a fascinating edgy novel that delves into human nature in ways reminiscent of Lord of the Flies.
I have enjoyed this project immensely, and have already started thinking of the next three books that will paint a grand story in the style of Anthony and Lucas.
I hope I can live up to their wonderful world building and storytelling.
Steven Lazaroff is an extensive traveller with a passion for history. Able to root out the backstory of a building, an architectural ruin or battlefield, he seeks the humorous side of the story and attempts to convey a scene with sarcasm, humour, and style.