Another DRASTIC MEASURES interview? Really?

Yes. Really.

People never learn, do they?

DrasticMeasures-CoverLast year, writer Paul Semel interviewed me about Headlong Flight, the first of two Star Trek: The Next Generation novels I had published during 2017. With the release of Drastic Measures, Paul reached out again with a whole new batch of questions, not just about the book but also its development, what it was like working with the people developing the new TV series, and a few other queries just to make sure I was paying attention. 🙂

Paul has published the results of my stream-of-consciousness babbling to his site, which is now available for your perusal. Check it out: Exclusive Interview – Star Trek: Discovery – Drastic Measures Author Dayton Ward

Thanks very much to Paul for the engaging interview, and for keeping me on my toes!


Catching Up: Interviews and Planet Comicon!

Well, last week was a thing.

I spent most of it battling illness, being stubborn about it and trying to keep all the balls in the air. It started midweek, and only went downhill from there, to the point that when Saturday came around, I was a sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching, stuffy-headed, fevered, unable to really rest person.

planetcomiconBetween that and some family issues Kevin was dealing with, we made the decision to withdraw from the tables we’d planned to man all weekend at Planet Comicon, Kansas City’s awesome pop culture convention/party. It was the fair thing to do, given that Kevin was already scheduled to work a good portion of the weekend at Hallmark’s PopMinded booth and my not even being there at all on Friday due to my own work scheduled. With all of that and my being sick, we knew the con could reassign those tables to other creators/vendors who were on a waiting list. That said, both Kevin and I missed the opportunity to spend the weekend hanging out with friends, making new friends, and – yes – offering our various titles and other wares for sale.

On the other hand, we’d also both made a commitment to friends and fellow writers Jennifer Frontera and Jason Arnett to participate in a panel Jennifer was moderating on Sunday about writing “for hire” and/or for licensed properties. Kevin would be back at the con to continue helping out with the PopMinded booth on Sunday, so all that remained was for me to swallow enough meds to keep me upright and presentable for a few hours. So, I jammed a bunch of stuff down my throat with a Mountain Dew chaser and with my trusty sidekick, daughter Addison, set off for Bartle Hall.

The panel went off nicely, I thought. Jeni was a superb moderator, hitting us with a string of well-considered questions that generated some good discussion between the four of us and also prompted some great questions from our audience. After the panel, Jason graciously hosted Kevin and me at his table for a short while, where we were able to sign books for people who’d been trying to track us down throughout the weekend.

My biggest regret of the weekend was not being able to catch up with everybody I’d been hoping to see, but also that we needed to back out on our commitment to the con itself. The gang who runs Planet Comicon have always been incredibly supportive of me and Kevin, and we hate not being able to participate in the entire weekend’s fun and games. Hopefully we’ll be back to normal for next year, when Planet throws its 20th anniversary party!

DrasticMeasures-CoverElsewhere, last week’s distractions made me all but completely forget that yet another interview with me about Drastic Measures was made available for your listening torture enjoyment. Matthew Miller from contacted me a week or so ago to talk about the new book, and damned if we almost got through the thing before one of us remembered why we were talking in the first place. Matthew’s provided the results of that gabfest over at the TrekZone site, so you’re free to stick them in your ears at your convenience. Check it out: Author Dayton Ward On Writing Trek Novels

Many thanks to Matthew for hosting the interview!

Speaking of interviews, I know of two others which are prepping to drop in the coming days, and I have another phone interview scheduled for this evening. Between now and then, I’ll be finalizing the manuscript for a book project that’s due later this week.

Busy writer is busy!

Changes to our Planet Comicon appearance plans.

So, hey!

Kevin and I were originally slated to appear as guests this coming weekend at Planet Comicon, the ginormous pop culture convention held each year at Kansas City’s Bartle Hall convention center.

Kevin was going to be there all three days, though the bulk of his Friday is committed to working at Hallmark’s PopMinded booth. I have to work that day, but we both had tables in the exhibitor area for the entire weekend, at which I’d planned to spend the bulk of Saturday and Sunday.

Circumstances have seen to it that neither Kevin nor I will be there on Saturday. With his prior commitment on Friday and our effective absence for two of the show’s three days, we felt it only proper to contact the con folks and give up our assigned table spaces. Our understanding is that there’s a waiting list, and we hope we’ve provided sufficient time to let those spaces go to other creators looking to show off their wares.

As of now, our plan is to be there Sunday, as we’d both previously agreed to appear with fellow writers Jeni Frontera and Jason Arnett on a writing panel at 11:30am that day. Though we won’t have assigned table space that day, we’re still happy to sign books/etc. for anyone who wants to find us. If that means sitting at one of the tables outside a panel room for a bit, I’m game for that, and I’ll even be schlepping along copies of Drastic Measures for those who may be interested. If you’re planning to be there on Sunday, hit me or Kevin up on Twitter, and we’ll find a way to connect.

We’re truly sorry for the late change of plans, and we’re grateful to the gang at Planet Comicon for being so understanding. We remain huge supporters of the show and those who work so hard to bring it to life each year, and it’s our sincere hope that we can be back as guests for 2019.

Hey, it’s another Drastic Measures interview!

Last week and in the wake of the release of Drastic Measures, my Star Trek: Discovery novel, I conducted several interviews (and there are at least two more I can recall offhand still scheduled). I told you about one such Q&A yesterday, but wouldn’t you know that a new day also brings with it another link to share!

This time, it’s the fine folks over at, one of the more prominent fan-driven Star Trek news sites. Contributing writer Alex Perry hit me up with a nice batch of questions, such as how I managed to keep my big mouth shut not just during those months before the series premiere before I was announced as writing the book, but also from week to week as each new episode was made available. For example:

“I haven’t spilled anything even to my wife, who’s been watching the show each week with me, and there have been occasions where something happens and she’d turn to me and ask, “You knew that was going to happen, didn’t you? Didn’t you? What else is coming? What else? TELL ME!” while I just smile and shake my head.”

Babbling responses such as this to each of Alex’s queries are now available for your perusal. Check it, yo: – Interview: Dayton Ward’s “Drastic Measures.”

Many thanks to Alex and the entire TrekCore crew for letting me invade their space yet again!

New Drastic Measures interview!

People never learn.

They want to talk. To me, I mean.

They ask me questions, pay attention to my answers, and after reviewing my responses one last time, take the final leap of posting said questions and resulting answers for all the world to see. Such was the case (again) with Darren Perdue, host of the book-appreciating/book-loving site Ninetoes Loves Books.

Savvy readers of this space may recall that Darren interviewed me a short while back, but this time he’s picking my brain (mostly) about my new Star Trek: Discovery novel Drastic Measures.

The interview covers the book’s genesis and how folks working on the show (namely my honorary big sister, the always awesome Kirsten Beyer) helped me all while juggling the mighty task of creating and producing a television series. As I’ve already said, the writing of this book was unlike any of my previous Star Trek ventures, but it was a heck of a lot of fun.

Give our little back-n-forth a read, whydontcha:

Ninetoes Loves Books: An Interview with Dayton Ward


Thanks again to Darren for graciously accepting the drop in property value by inviting me into his space!


Drastic Measures

DrasticMeasures-CoverStar Trek: Discovery

It is 2246, ten years prior to the Battle at the Binary Stars, and an aggressive contagion is ravaging the food supplies of the remote Federation colony Tarsus IV and the eight thousand people who call it home. Distress signals have been sent, but any meaningful assistance is weeks away. Lieutenant Commander Gabriel Lorca and a small team assigned to a Starfleet monitoring outpost are caught up in the escalating crisis, and bear witness as the colony’s governor, Adrian Kodos, employs an unimaginable solution in order to prevent mass starvation.

While awaiting transfer to her next assignment, Commander Philippa Georgiou is tasked with leading to Tarsus IV a small, hastily assembled group of first responders. It’s hoped this advance party can help stabilize the situation until more aid arrives, but Georgiou and her team discover that they‘re too late—Governor Kodos has already implemented his heinous strategy for extending the colony’s besieged food stores and safeguarding the community’s long-term survival.

In the midst of their rescue mission, Georgiou and Lorca must now hunt for the architect of this horrific tragedy and the man whom history will one day brand “Kodos the Executioner.”

It was quite a thrill to be asked – both by Pocket Books and the always amazing Kirsten Beyer from the Star Trek: Discovery writers room – to write this, the second “Disco” novel. Having watched the show develop almost from the very beginning and after numerous conversations with Kirsten all through that process, I’ll admit to a bit of bias so far as how I feel about this latest entry into the “Star Trek mythos.” This, despite the obvious knowledge that Discovery sure ain’t your daddy’s Star Trek.

Wait… dad never liked Star Trek. On the other hand, I’m old enough to be the target for such a comment. As a lifelong fan of Star Trek in its various forms, including its ventures to the novel and comics realms, I’m jazzed at having been given the equivalent of a ringside seat to watch the new show’s genesis. I’m excited about the prospects for future seasons, and what it might mean for the next chapter(s) of Star Trek.

As for Drastic Measures? Like friend and fellow word pusher David Mack got to do with his own DSC novel, Desperate Hours, I was given a chance to connect Discovery to the larger Star Trek universe by way of a couple of prominent bits of lore. The trick was to do it in a manner that remained consistent with what was already known about these “morsels of mythology” while at the same time providing a story which could focus on the new show’s characters. It’s up to readers to decide whether I managed to pull that off.

For those interested in learning a bit more about how this book came to be, I invite you to check out a guest post I wrote for the fine folks over at Hopefully that will give some insight into the unique challenges Drastic Measures presented: “Go Inside Discovery: Drastic Measures with Dayton Ward”

The book is now available at bookstores everywhere, in trade paperback, e-Book, and audiobook editions. If you’re still one of those folks who loves going to an actual store for your reading material, I humbly suggest patronizing your local independent bookseller. If that sort of thing isn’t feasible for whatever reason, then of course we have other options:

Simon & Schuster
Barnes & Noble

In addition to providing a permanent home for links to find and order the book, this blog entry also will serve as our book’s “official” Q&A thread. Those of you who want to chat about the book, feel free to post your questions/etc. to the comments section. For those of you who’ve found this page and perhaps not yet read the book, BEWARE THAT SPOILERS ARE POSSIBLE FROM THIS POINT FORWARD.

January writing wrap-up.


Well helllllllllllllllllllo there, 2018.

I see you didn’t waste anytime swerving over into the hammer lane and pounding the gas pedal through the firewall. WHAT IS YOUR DAMNED HURRY? I mean, we’ve got the whole year to spend together, right? Slow down. Take in the view. Enjoy the sights. 2019 will be there, sooner or later.

So, what’ve I been up to? Thanks for asking.

A good portion of my writing in January was for my full-time gig during the day. I’ve completed several pieces and I’m continuing to work on new articles, along with editing a couple of submitted pieces and helping out the other members of my team in various capacities. I’m still re-learning the art of balancing a daytime job, family priorities, and my various freelance ventures. To be honest? It’s been a bit rough. That said, a few things are still getting done, albeit more slowly than I’d prefer. I’m hoping to get back up to full speed sooner rather than later.

Meanwhile, on the freelance front, I continue to toil in anonymity, working on various things which haven’t yet been formally announced by their respective publishers. A few of these are looking like that they’ll break out into the open soon…you know…so I CAN MAYBE TALK ABOUT THEM.

:: ahem::

So, with that out of the way, here’s the writing rundown for January:

Continue reading “January writing wrap-up.”

Columbia: 15 years ago today.

On the morning of February 1st, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia, returning to Earth after a successful 16-day mission, broke apart during re-entry and disintegrated, killing its seven-member crew.

I spent the rest of that afternoon and the ensuing days watching the news coverage as new information came to light, and possible explanations and causes for the disaster began to emerge. To this day, it’s hard to believe that something so seemingly simple as a few damaged heat tiles could wreak such unchecked destruction.

On the other hand, the tragedy served to reinforce the harsh reality of the incredible dangers inherent in manned space flight, and that nothing about it is “simple” or “routine.” I did and still believe that our exploration of space is a worthy and necessary endeavor, and I hope that the sacrifices made by men and women such as Columbia‘s crew always will be heeded when taking our next small steps and giant leaps.

Generations from now, when the reach of human civilization is extended throughout the solar system, people will still come to this place to learn about and pay their respects to our heroic Columbia astronauts. They will look at the astronauts’ memorial and then they will turn their gaze to the skies, their hearts filled with gratitude for these seven brave explorers who helped blaze our trail to the stars.

– Sean O’Keefe, NASA Administrator, Arlington National Cemetery, February 2nd, 2004.

 (l-r, blue shirts): David Brown, William McCool, Michael Anderson.
(l-r, red shirts): Kalpana Chawla, Rick D. Husband, Laurel Blair Salton Clark, Ilan Ramon


God speed to the crews of Apollo 1 and Challenger.

Yesterday, I missed observing the anniversary of the Apollo 1 fire, which occurred on the evening of January 27, 1967. While conducting a routine test of their spacecraft’s power systems, astronauts Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom, Edward H. White, and Roger B. Chafee were killed when a fire broke out inside the capsule.

Grissom had been with NASA almost from the beginning, flying missions for both the Mercury and Gemini programs, and White also was a Gemini veteran. The Apollo 1 flight was to be Chaffee’s first space mission.

Their sacrifice, though tragic, ultimately played a monumental role in NASA’s effort toward bettering the machines which soon would fly to the Moon, and ensuring the safety of the men who would take them there.


(L-R: Astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White, Roger Chaffee)




Each year, January 27th marks the beginning of a somber week of remembrance for NASA.

73 seconds after launch on a particularly cold Florida morning 32 years ago today, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded, killing astronauts Dick Scobee, Michael Smith, Judith Resnik, Ellison Onizuka, Ron McNair, Greg Jarvis, and Christa McAuliffe.

On March 21st, 1987, a permanent marker paying tribute to the crew was placed at Arlington National Cemetery. The marker’s face features likenesses of the crew and the following dedication:

In Grateful
and Loving Tribute
To the Brave Crew
of the United States
Space Shuttle Challenger
28 January 1986

Inscribed on the back of the marker is this poem:

High Flight

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
and danced the skies on laughter silvered wings,
sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun split clouds – and done a hundred things
you have not dreamed of
wheeled and soared and swung
high in the sunlit silence hov’ring there.
I’ve chased the shouting wind along and flung
my eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the windswept heights with easy grace
where never lark or even eagle flew
and while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
the high untrespassed sanctity of space
put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

– John Gillepie Magee, Jr.


L-R: Ellison S. Onizuka, Michael J. Smith, Sharon Christa McAuliffe, Francis R. Scobee, Gregory B. Jarvis, Ronald E. McNair, Judith A. Resnik

5 Questions with…me?

After all this time, you’d think people would’ve heeded the harsh, painful lessons learned by others, and pointedly avoid asking me questions which I then answer so that those responses can be published for the world to see. Perhaps one day, that will happen.

Today is not that day.

bookloveThe next poor, tortured soul to step into the breach is Darren Perdue, who maintains Ninetoes Loves Books, a blog devoted to reading along with books and the people who make them. For his “5 Questions” feature, he sought out little old me.

Sorry, dude.

Actually, the questions were fine…at least until I started answering them. Those interested in seeing my responses should meander on over to Darren’s blog and check out the digs:

Ninetoes Loves Books: 5 Questions with Dayton Ward

In all seriousness, thanks to Darren for reaching out. I mean, it’s not like I really need much prompting to talk about books.

(Photo credit: Russ Colchamiro)