Detective Eddie Solomon is hiding a dark secret that’s tearing him up inside. It causes him to bury his past and return to his childhood home of Philadelphia. While he tries to rebuild his life and his relationship with his brother, he’s hit by an alien beam that gives him superpowers.
In what seems like a dream, the Eoch tell Eddie of their war with the Thiar and the stalemate they are in. To settle it once and for all, both sides have chosen a champion to fight to the death.
Now Eddie must master his new abilities and face an opponent that is hellbent on finding him by any means necessary.
If you're a fan of superhero action, you'll love Deadlock.
Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.
I was born and raised in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. I still live there with my wife, Amy, and our daughter. I’ve been an avid reader since grade school. The first “real” book I remember reading was Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. My love for sci-fi is a big part of my life. Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who and other shows like them combined with my comic book collection has molded me into the man I am today.
What inspired you to author this book?
Back in the 1990s, I was at my local comic book store when the idea for my story hit me. At first, I conceived it as a comic book. The problem was I can’t draw and didn’t know any who could either. I kept it in my head and rolled it around every now and then. A few years ago, I was at a mini-comic con and struck up a conversation with an artist and writer who was doing his own comic. I told him he was living the life I always wanted. He suggested I write it as a pulp magazine. Later my wife said if I was going to do that, I might go the whole way and write a book. And here I am.
Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?
I found a designer online and gave her the blurb and other info, and she produced the cover.
Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?
In terms of writing style, I look at Stephen King and Dean Koontz. I like how King can take his characters and isolate them from the rest of the world them send them on a roller coaster ride. Koontz mixes humor and horror well. I’m certainly not in their league, but I find myself borrowing ideas from them from time to time. My family is my biggest influence on me, personally. My wife and daughter are my cheerleaders. They help keep me focused and encourage me to keep going even when I don’t think I have it in me.
What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?
Time. I work a full-time job. My wife works the second shift, and my daughter goes to school to pick her up from the sitters after work. I make dinner and help her with her homework. After she goes to bed, around 8:00 p.m, I start writing and stop when my wife gets home, around10:30 p.m.. I need to stay focused in those two hours, or I won’t hit my writing goals.
Tell your readers about your book.
Eddie Solomon is an ex-detective of the LAPD. He experienced a tragedy that caused him to quit the force and return to his hometown of Philadelphia. The farther away from those memories, the better. He now works as a private investigator for his brother’s law firm. While his brother and brother’s girlfriend were leaving a restaurant, Eddie is struck by a blue beam from space, giving him superpowers. While he’s connected to the beam, he’s given information about what is happening and why. He has been chosen to act as a champion for an alien race called the Eoch. Another alien race, the Thiar, has selected their champion, and the two must meet and fight to determine the outcome of the war the aliens have fought for thousands of years. They are deadlocked and needed to find a solution to break it. Now Eddie has to learn how to use his powers and prepare himself to fight a competitor who has no issues with using his powers anyway he sees fit.
Who is your target audience, and why?
My audience is anyone who likes comic books, sci-fi and action. There are some scenes that younger kids might find disturbing. 12 and up is the age range.
What do you consider your greatest success in life?
When I look back on my life and everything I’ve done, my greatest success is my daughter. She has been the brightest light in my darkest times. She has grown to love sci-fi as much as I do. Even finishing my book pales in comparison.
What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?
I don’t know if it’s unique, but I’m trying to recapture the feel of the comics of the ’80s and ’90s. I think the stories today are missing escapism that I remember and can’t find anywhere now.