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 TrekZone.org 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:

TrekZone.org: 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!

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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 TrekCore.com, 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:

TrekCore.com – 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

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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…..my 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 StarTrek.com. Hopefully that will give some insight into the unique challenges Drastic Measures presented:

StarTrek.com: “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
Amazon.com
Barnes & Noble
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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.

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.

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(Photo credit: Russ Colchamiro)

Empty Space: A Kickstarter project by Michael Jan Friedman.

Well, lookie what we have here.

My buddy Mike Friedman is at it again. First off, the dude has a list of publishing credits about a mile long, encompassing novels, short stories, comics, and TV. He’s been around the block a few times. About once every year or so, he undertakes a somewhat bold quest of bringing to life some writing project without the benefit of a publisher. In recent years, he’s turned to crowdfunding to help him amass the money necessary to bring these plans to fruition. He tends to set modest fundraising goals with these things, and in every case (four, so far), he’s hit his mark and delivered on everything promised.

He’s also one of the genuinely good, decent guys in this whole writing business thing, and I really am helpless to resist him when he pulls something like this.

This time, though, Mike’s stepping up his game. Instead of prose novels or short story collections, he’s swinging for the fences and trying to bring to life a new graphic novel: Empty Space.

What’s it all about? Well, I should probably let Mike tell you:


I’ve described Empty Space as a cross between Star Trek and Lost, but it’s really more than that. It’s a twisty, turny, sometimes unsettling narrative set against the limitless backdrop of the stars, with the sort of bizarre alien species and against-all-odds derring-do that’s always characterized the best space adventure–along with a heaping dollop of the macabre.

This is the kind of tale I’ve wanted to tell for a long time. In fact, it’s a dream project for a guy who fell in love with comics and science fiction at the age of six and never stopped loving them.

It’s also a chance for me to give back to you–the readers who’ve been following me for decades–the best, most intriguing, and most entertaining work I can possibly come up with. If at any time in your immersion in Empty Space you think you know where the story is going…I humbly invite you to think again.


Okay. I’m in.

Empty Space is intended to be a 128-page graphic novel, filled to overflowing with juicy art and page-turning story shenanigans. There’s also a boatload of cool perks for those choosing to back the project. As I write this, I’ve already become a backer, because hey! It’s Mike.

For the complete rundown on Empty Space and all the delicious stuff waiting for those who opt in, run on over to Kickstarter and check out the project’s page:

Empty Space by Museworthy, Inc.

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Good luck, Mike! I hope you make it, and not just because I want my own copy of this to hold in my grubby little paws.

A tease from the Book Fairy: Drastic Measures!

The book fairy paid me a little visit today. This time, it was just a brief pit stop….long enough only to offer a tasty morsel of good things to come.

What am I babbling about, you ask? Behold, yo:

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Yep! The package contained two brand-spankin’ new, fresh off the press and awash in that new car smell copies of Drastic Measures, my upcoming Star Trek: Discovery novel that’s due to hit stores on or about Tuesday, February 6th.

Don’t they look pretty? Wait….what’s it about? I’m so happy you asked:


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.”


Drastic Measures is the second Discovery novel, following after David Mack‘s Desperate Hours, which was released back on September 26th. Those of you dialed into such things likely know that James Swallow has been announced as the author of a third book in this fledgling series. Fear Itself is due out in June, and will focus on Saru during his time aboard the U.S.S. Shenzhou under the command of Captain Philippa Georgiou.

Meanwhile, you’ve got mine and Dave’s books to tide you over until then.

Of course, the addition of a new tome to the shelf means I can play a new round of Trek Book Timeline Trolling…..

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Thadayton-at-workt should set some fan eyebrows to twitching.

Tee hee hee…….

More stuff for your ears: the audiobook for Predator: If It Bleeds!

predator-antho-coverGet to da headphones!

The audiobook train seems to just keep on rolling. This time, we’re talking about an audio adaptation of If It Bleeds, the Predator anthology which was published by Titan Books back in October. Edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt, the collection features a seriously bad-ass author lineup.

Oh, and me.

Blackstone Audio is producing the adaptation, and they’re making things more interesting by giving each story its own narrator, which I think is pretty cool. Check it out:

(story author in parentheses)

Introduction (Bryan) – Tom Taylorson
Devil Dogs (Tim Lebbon) – Nicol Zanzarella
Stonewall’s Last Stand (Jeremy Robinson) – Tom Taylorson
Rematch (Steve Perry) – Traber Burns
May Blood Pave My Way Home (Weston Ochse) – Bradford Hastings
Storm Blood (Peter J. Wacks and David Book) – Bahni Turpin
Last Report from the KSS Psychopomp (Jennifer Brozek) – Emily Sutton-Smith
Skeld’s Keep (S.D. Perry) – Ulf Bjorklund
Indigenous Species (Kevin J. Anderson) – James Patrick Cronin
Blood and Sand (Mira Grant) – Andre Eiden
Tin Warrior (John Shirley) – Scott Brick
Three Sparks (Larry Correia) – Feodor Chin
The Pilot (Andrew Mayne) – John Pruden
Buffalo Jump (Wendy N. Wagner) – Mark Bramhall
Drug War (Bryan Thomas Schmidt and Holly Roberds) – Dan John Miller
Recon (me) – Peter Berkrot
Gameworld (Jonathan Maberry) – John McLain

Since I listen to audiobooks on a regular basis – thanks nowadays in no small part to my work commute – I’m familiar with several names on this list, including Peter Berkrot, who’s been tapped to read my story, “Recon.” Mr. Berkrot is a veteran actor as well as an award-winning audiobook narrator, with nearly 200 audiobooks to his credit. Movie nerds may also recognize him as Angie D’Annunzio, one of the golf caddies at the Bushwood Country Club in the comedy cult classic, Caddyshack. D’Annunzio is the one who nearly gets stabbed with a pitchfork by Bill Murray during his story about meeting the Dalai Lama.

And now he’s reading my story. How cool is that?

The unabridged audio adaptation of Predator: If It Bleeds is currently slated for release on February 27, 2018, in digital download, MP3 CD, and regular CD formats. Check out Blackstone’s page for the book to get all the details!

Stick this in your ears: Drastic Measures…the audiobook!

Yesterday, I was pleasantly surprised to see this Tweet from actor Robert Petkoff:

For those of you who pay attention to such things, you know that Mr. Petkoff has served as narrator for nearly all of the Star Trek audiobooks released since the summer of 2016. This includes Purgatory’s Key, mine and Kevin’s contribution to the Legacies trilogy, as well as my own Star Trek: The Next Generation novels Headlong Flight and Hearts and Minds.

Next up for Mr. Petkoff?


Awwwww, yeah.

The audiobook edition of Star Trek: Discovery – Drastic Measures will be available as a digital download beginning Tuesday, February 6th, 2018, alongside the trade paperback and e-book editions.

As always, thanks very much to Robert Petkoff for lending his voice to jazz up my words. I look forward to hearing his performance!

You say you want to buy my books to give as presents? All righty, then!

KlingonSantaHoliday shopping is in full swing, and plenty of writerly and other creative folks are advertising their respective wares. I’ve gotten a few emails or other messages from people here and there, asking for suggestions about which of my books might make for good gift-giving and whatnot.

Setting aside my kneejerk initial answer (“Um, all of them? Get one of each, and make a nice gift basket.”), I’ve pondered this a bit over the last couple of days, and settled on a handful of titles I think might have broad(er) appeal to the Trekkie on your shopping list. Also? You’ll be helping me to do things like pay my mortgage and put food in my kids’ faces. Everybody wins!

Here, have a look:

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