Alien Hunters Book Review & Author Review
by Daniel Arenson ©2014
Two thumbs up to Daniel Arenson! Alien Hunters will have you riveted. You’ll want to read the book again. Arenson grabs the reader’s attention from the very first sentence and the adventure doesn’t stop. It continues in Alien Sky.
Evil red creatures known as skelkrins prowl the galaxy destroying planets. A pirilian woman holds the balance of the cosmos in her hands. A misfit group in a dragon shaped starship are her only hope.
Join Riff Starfire, his brother Steel and the band of Alien Hunters across the galaxy. Their mission is to save the pirilian, Midnight from the cruel skelkrins. However, none of them have any clue what they’re doing. Will they be any help to Midnight?
Arenson blends past, present and future into a humorous sci-fi adventure in this first installment to his Alien Hunters trilogy. The next installment is Alien Sky.
What inspired you to begin writing?
I grew up reading a lot of fantasy and science fiction. I wanted to write the type of books I enjoy reading. Even before I was writing novels, I was inventing stories for my Lego and D&D characters. I began writing novels in high school and kept going.
Why did you choose science fiction to write?
I grew up on a healthy diet of Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, and other masters of science fiction, and it’s been a genre I’ve always enjoyed reading. Even after years of writing fantasy, it felt natural to start writing sci-fi.
What inspired Alien Hunters?
I had just finished writing a dark, serious fantasy series, and I wanted to write something lightweight and fun, something that felt like Firefly meets Guardians of the Galaxy. I had a blast writing Alien Hunters, a silly adventure full of humor and action.
How did you choose the names of you characters?
In Alien Hunters, I tried to give the characters names that fit their personality. The protagonist is a guitar player, so I named him Riff. His girlfriend is an explosive warrior, so I named her Nova. You get the idea.
Can you tell us about some of you other works?
I recently began releasing novels in a new science fiction series titled Earthrise. Unlike Alien Hunters, Earthrise is dark and gritty, an attempt at serious science fiction. The first novel is Earth Alone.
I’m also the author of many fantasy novels, most of them in two series: Requiem, which is about humans who can turn into dragons, and Moth, about a world torn between eternal day and endless night.
What can readers expect from you in the future?
I’m currently writing more Earthrise novels, and the entire series will be six books long when completed. I’m also working on a new, six-book epic fantasy series, which I hope to release in 2017.
Where can people go to find you books?
Check out my website: Daniel Arenson
What is your method for writing? Do you write every day? How much do you write each day?
I have two main phases: writing and editing. During writing phases, I hammer out a rough draft at a pace of 5,000 words a day. But about 75% of the effort is what comes later: many days of revising and polishing that draft.
What advice can you give to other writers?
A lot! Check out my writing tips here: Tips