|Author James M. Corkill|
A funny thing happened while working on the same story for the past four years. Each time I got back to it, it morphed into a different adventure for the Alex Cave series. That’s how I came up with Gravity. At this rate, I may never finish that original novel. I’m not super-stitious, but I’m a little-stitious. I’m afraid if I do finish it, I’ll run out of new adventures for the series. Lucky for me I’m only up to six chapters in that old story.
The series began with Alex Cave, a retired CIA operative turned geophysics instructor. By chance, he learns about some advanced alien technology, abandoned by the first race of humans to occupy the Earth 180 million years ago.
|Gravity by James M. Corkill|
In Gravity, Alex locates an alien spacecraft buried in an unknown island in the Aleutian chain of Alaska. He and his team manage to get the ship operational and take it to Groom Lake, Nevada, (Area 51). They discover the alien craft also controls a device that defies the laws of physics, and threatens to drag the International Space Station from the sky. Things go from bad to worse when the device begins pulling the moon from orbit and dragging a massive gold asteroid on a collision course with Earth.
The inspiration for the story was a documentary on how the force of gravity is different at various locations on Earth, and I decided to invent a way to explain how that’s possible. Of course, an artificial gravity device is purely science fiction. At least for now. Just like the Star Trek communicators became our smart-phones, perhaps one day we will be able to control gravity.
Gravity’s newest award from Reader’s Favorite also came with an invitation to attend the awards ceremony in Miami on Nov. 17, where I’ll be introduced to movie producers and prominent people in the publishing industry. My bags are packed, my flight and hotel room are booked, and I’m ready to go. Now I just need to curve my excitement for a month until the ceremony.
|Pandora's Eyes by James M. Corkill|
The thing is, I forgot that I had entered the competition and almost deleted the email announcing the winners. At the last second, I decided to see who they were and my jaw dropped when I saw my cover. I’m a retired Federal Firefighter and I write as a hobby, and I never expected this kind of notoriety, especially since I didn’t take writing stories seriously until the age of 61. (Four years ago)
Gravity is the fourth book in the series, followed by book 5, Pandora’s Eyes, published last year, and book 6, DNA, which I’ll release on 3 November 2017.
I’m halfway through the first draft of the next Alex Cave adventure. This time, Alex finds an ancient alien laboratory with some interesting experiments. I don’t know all the various ways this new discovery can raise havoc with us here on Earth, so I guess I’ll find out with the rest of you when I finish the story.