Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Interview with Patrick Hemstreet, author of The God Wave

Please welcome Patrick Hemstreet to The Qwillery as part of the 2016 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The God Wave is published on May 17th by Harper Voyager. Please join The Qwillery in wishing Patrick a Happy Publication Day! Look for Qwill's review later this week.

TQWelcome to The Qwillery. When and why did you start writing?

Patrick:  Thank you, the pleasure is all mine.

I started writing as a young adult. I have a very (overly) active imagination, and at times, I am bombarded by ideas. If I don’t write them down and give them an outlet, they linger; constantly reminding me of their presence in the back seat. It’s not quite like Lisa and Bart repeating “are we there yet?” but it’s close.

TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Patrick:  Definitely a hybrid; I find both approaches have their merits and should be applied as needed. I would say the initial creation of the story is more suited to pantsing, and implementing that story into written word is definitely more suited to plotting.

TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Patrick:  Editing. Re-reading a first draft can be very…um…enlightening. Particularly when you hear yourself say aloud, “I wrote that sentence?!”

TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

Patrick:  With regard to The God Wave, it was mountains of neurodiagnostic texts and articles, tons of material from my own collection of comparative religion/occult tomes, and an enthusiast’s level of knowledge of quantum physics. There are also the books (which cannot be named) contained in my special library, accessible only via secret passage.

TQDescribe The God Wave in 140 characters or less.

Patrick:  Humanity will cross a threshold with a mighty leap.

TQTell us something about The God Wave that is not found in the book description.

Patrick:  Like Chuck and Matt, my first experience as a neurology convention guest exhibitor was at the San Antonio River Walk. And, like the characters, I did not have time to see the Alamo.

TQWhat inspired you to write The God Wave? How much of The God Wave is grounded in hard science? Is it really true that we only use 10% of our brains?

Patrick:  No, we use 11.345678% of our brains—kidding!

A good deal of it is grounded in science. There is research being conducted world-wide on EEG-driven apparati. The EEG rhythms in the book are all recognizable in neurodiagnostic circles (with the exception of the zeta wave of course). I dressed up some of the tech to make it more colorful, but the essence of the material is grounded in real neurodiagnostic technique.

As far as the percentage of brain use, I’m not certain it’s a hard number. I do think there are latent abilities we have yet to tap into.

TQWhat sort of research did you do for The God Wave?

Patrick:  Well, I would say The God Wave was a product of my professional research and hobbies. During my career as a neuro-diagnostician, I spent hours poring over professional articles and studies on PubMed. In my own time, I devour metaphysical, occult, and comparative religion materials. These two themes came together in my mind and The God Wave was born. I wanted to approach what could be construed as a metaphysical or mystical story device through science.

TQWho was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Patrick:  The easiest was Chuck, the hardest was Matt. These two characters are essentially me, sliced down the middle. Chuck is me staring into a mirror brightly; he is my “feel-good” character. Matt is me staring into a mirror darkly and the inverse is true. This is not to say that Matt is a villain, I think the traits both Matt and Chuck embody are needed in good leadership and entrepreneurial endeavors.

TQ:  Which question about The God Wave do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!


Big time Hollywood mogul: “Patrick how soon can we make a movie based on The God Wave?”

Me: “You got a pen?”

TQ Give us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from The God Wave.

Patrick:  Non-spoilery?! Ah, come on!

“What if the brain waves a person generates to screw in a lightbulb could actually screw in the lightbulb?”

Eugene, sitting at his chaotic desk, looked up and gawped at Chuck. “Is this a lightbulb joke?”

TQWhat's next?

PatrickThe God Wave is a trilogy, so the sequel is coming next spring. I am hard at work on books two and three.

TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Patrick:  Right back at ya!

Well, that is to say thank you for allowing me to join you. You are Qwillery after all; you really wouldn’t be joining yourself. Unless of course, you had some kind of super-power.

TQWe have no comment... .

The God Wave
The God Wave Trilogy 1
Harper Voyager, May 17, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

A team of neuroscientists uncover amazing new capabilities in the brain that may steer human evolution toward miraculous and deadly frontiers in this spectacular debut work of speculative science fiction—Limitless meets James Rollins—that combines spirituality and science in an inventive, mind-blowing fashion.

For decades, scientists have speculated about the untapped potential of the human brain. Now, neuroscientist Chuck Brenton has made an astonishing breakthrough. He has discovered the key—the crucial combination of practice and conditioning—to access the incredible power dormant in ninety percent of our brains. Applying his methods to test subjects, he has stimulated abilities that elevate brain function to seemingly “godlike” levels.

These extraordinary abilities can transform the world, replacing fear and suffering with tranquility and stability. But in an age of increasing militarization, corporate exploitation, and explosive technological discovery, a group of influential power brokers are determined to control Brenton’s new superbeings for their own manipulative ends—and their motives may be far from peaceful.

About Patrick

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Patrick Hemstreet is a novelist, neuroengineer, entrepreneur, patent-pending inventor, special-warfare-trained Navy medic, stand-up comic, and actor. He lives in Houston, Texas, with his wife and sons. The God Wave is his first novel.

Website  ~  Twitter @Hemstreetauthor



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