TIM MEYER: Let’s get started by telling people a little about you and your newest release.
GAYNE C. YOUNG: My latest release is “Bug Hunt” from Severed Press. It’s set in the not too distant future where newly created technology allows hunters to come face-to-face with rhino-sized bullet ants, beetles twice the size as an African elephant, and praying mantises with cheetah-like speed and a ferocity not seen in the regular-sized world. It follows the adventure of a professional hunter as he leads a hunting party into a controlled environment after insects only to find things go very, very wrong.
I also have three articles coming out in the next three issues of Sporting Classics magazine.
TM: What inspired you to write this book?
GCY: I thought the idea of hunting insects was a pretty fun one. And I was inspired to write sci / fi utilizing my knowledge of safari hunting I’ve gathered over the last twenty years of my writing for outdoor magazines. The technology and the ability to shrink people in this book is, of course, completely made up. How hunters would hunt giant insects and the weapons they would hunt them is not.
TM: Which writers influenced you the most?
GCY: My all-time favorites are Larry McMurtry, James Carlos Blake, Peter Hathaway Capstick, and Ernest Hemingway. I also grew up loving Jim Corbett, John Steinbeck, Hunter S. Thompson, and a few others.
TM: What’s your writing process like? How do you approach each book?
GCY: Other than make a rough outline, I can’t say that I’ve ever done the same thing twice. Sometimes I type everything, others I write or dictate.
TM: Do you plot or outline, or make it up on the fly?
GCY: I draft a rough outline and character traits and adapt them as I go along.
TM: Do you do a lot of research for your stories?
GCY: Yes, but most of my work is at least partially based on something I’ve experienced. As an outdoor writer I’ve met some really interesting people, lived some great adventures, and traveled extensively on five continents.
TM: Do you prefer writing novels, novellas, or short stories?
GCY: Most of my book work have been short read novels. I enjoy writing these but, so far, have found magazine work brings me more money.
TM: What are you working on right now? Can you give us a brief synopsis?
GCY: I just signed a contract with Severed Press for The Tunnel. I expect it will be out pretty soon. Here’s the blurb:
Hell lies under the Texas-Mexico Border.
When the Acuña Cartel tunnels under the Rio Grande and into the United States, they tap into a vast cavern that’s home to a once thought mythical species.
The massacre that ensues leaves 12 men dead, brings tunnel construction to a standstill, and turns the idea of it ever opening into an unacceptable possibility. Losing money by the hour, the Cartel pulls Captain Jarrett Taylor out of retirement to lead a band of mercenaries under the Earth to eliminate an animal more savage than any human force they’ve ever faced. The mission quickly goes bad and plunges the team into a desperate battle of survival and exodus from the beasts’ very lair.
My Amazon Page is https://www.amazon.com/Gayne-Young/e/B005FADUX4