Why am I surprised?
My friends have told me for a long time I am a great storyteller, to them my success is no surprise. My amazement is due to the fact this is my first Sci-Fi work - I usually write ghost stories - and I never expected a lot when I put the series on Barnes & Noble. The reason for that is when I checked their outlets, I found most where in higher education stores, and I thought my work wasn't of a high enough standard to entertain people in Universities.
A few days ago, while chatting on line with my friend/editor, Julia, she asked what did I think the success was down to?
I have no definitive answers, but a few theories fit the bill.
Disregarding the fact that Sci-Fi is more likely to sell than most genres, I put the success down to any/ all of these factors.
A) My stories don't waste pages doing nothing; if I have written something, it's because I feel the story needs it to move smoothly (that goes for the profanity in this story).
B) The story is action from the off, and the tension builds the further in the series you go.
C) There is an eerie feeling, you know something is there, but you never see it.
D) There are no heroes, just soldiers lost in dead space; there are no battle honors either, only men trying to fight an unseen enemy, and live.