From his early childhood, G.A. Minton has always been a diehard fan of science fiction and horror. Whenever a scary movie was playing down at the local theatre, he was there in attendance with his friends, loudly screaming in terror alongside them. G.A. enjoys many hobbies, but the game of golf is one of his favorites, having lettered on his high school golf team. Besides writing, he also enjoys reading, traveling, fishing, swimming, snorkeling, working out, listening to hard rock music, and watching great movies—especially those genres that encompass horror, science fiction, mystery, and comedy. G.A. is married, and lives in Texas with his wife, a son and daughter, and two Bengal cats.
Strangely enough, it was only after G.A. was rear-ended by a drunk driver and suffered a closed-head injury, that he developed a newfound passion for writing (even though this story has the makings for a cheesy Stephen King horror novel, it is nonetheless true—he is now called “the savant horror writer” by his friends).
G.A. penned his first novel, Trisomy XXI, which oddly enough also has 21 chapters, in only three months. He begins with chapter one and writes in a freestyle manner—almost in a stream of consciousness—using no outlines, formats, or templates to assist him. The narrative flows freely from his vivid imagination, creating a thrilling tale of terror that is formed from an ordered sequence of events.
After his devastating car accident, G.A. suffered from both memory loss and problems communicating with others, which frustrated him to no end. After numerous visits with the neurologist and weeks of taking medication used by patients afflicted with Alzheimer’s Disease, G.A.’s brain slowly began to mend itself. But now, after completion of the healing process, something was very different. G.A. noticed that he had developed this overwhelming urge, this compulsive drive to put on paper a story that had formed de novo in his mind. That’s how Trisomy XXI was born. One could surmise that the damaged neurons in G.A.’s frontal cortex had rearranged themselves into a different pattern, thereby enhancing the creative elements in his brain. God only knows. . .stranger things have happened!
G.A. has recently completed his second novel, a dark, supernatural tale of horror that takes Good vs. Evil to a whole new level. Currently, his brain is busy at work, meticulously processing the text for another story of the macabre—one that will both entertain and horrify its unsuspecting reader!
About the Book:
Trisomy XXI is a story about the thrilling adventures of Joshua Allen, a sixteen-year-old boy who was born with an extra chromosome—a genetic aberration known as Trisomy XXI, or Down Syndrome. When a serious accident leaves him in a coma at the hospital, Joshua receives a mysterious injection that endows him with supernatural powers. The transformed teen is linked to a string of bizarre, unexplained deaths that have both the town’s sheriff and the coroner completely baffled. But when a ghastly creature from another planet lands on Earth and begins its hunt for Joshua—viciously slaughtering anyone in its path in order to complete its deadly mission—Joshua and his friends are thrown into a world of horror that is totally out of control. What follows is a horrific life-and-death struggle with the seemingly-indestructible extraterrestrial being. The salvation of an entire race of aliens hangs in the balance!
When did you decide you wanted to become an author?
I was inspired to write creatively after sustaining a closed-head injury when rear-ended in my car by a drunk driver traveling at 80 to 90 mph. Immediately after the accident, I suffered from memory loss and aphasia, a problem with expressing my speech and communicating with others. When the damage to my brain finally healed, I was left with an overwhelming desire to write a story, hence, the birth of Trisomy XXI. From my earliest recollections as a young child, I have always loved the genres of horror and science fiction.
What was your goal when writing this book?
My goal in writing Trisomy XXI was to produce a thrilling tale of mystery, horror, and science fiction that would mesmerize, enthrall, and horrify its reader. If readers do derive enjoyment from Trisomy XXI, and are unable to put it down, then I will have accomplished my mission!
Who is your target audience?
The target audience for Trisomy XXI is comprised of YA and adult readers who enjoy the genres of horror, science fiction, and mystery thrillers.
Agatha Christie got her best ideas while eating green apples in the bathtub. Steven Spielberg says he gets his best ideas while driving on the highway. When do you get your best ideas and why do you think this is?
Many of my ideas and epiphanies come to me when I am in a stage of relaxation, like lying in bed or by the swimming pool, when my brain is pumping out a fair number of alpha waves. This type of day-dreaming allows my imagination to go into overdrive, thus providing me with an ample amount of material that I can use for writing my macabre stories.
From the moment you conceived the idea for the story, to the published book, how long did it take?
It took me around three months to write Trisomy XXI, and the publishing process lasted another nine months.
Do you write non-stop until you have a first draft, or do you edit as you move along?
Since I am a perfectionist, and a little obsessive-compulsive to boot (as most surgeons are), after I complete a chapter in my novel, I go back completely through it and make any needed revisions before continuing on to write the next chapter. When I have finished my manuscript, I go back to the beginning and re-edit it in its entirety. Only when I am satisfied with my editing job do I submit the entire book to my editor and publisher for a final round of professional editing.
They say authors have immensely fragile egos… How would you handle negative criticism or a negative review?
Even though I may not like negative reviews, I try to learn from them, especially if they’re in the form of constructive criticism. If a negative review helps me to become a better writer, then I would welcome it. As an author, you can’t wear your feelings on your shoulders—everyone is entitled to their opinion, even if it differs from yours. Being both an author and physician/surgeon with an IQ of 161, I am always humbled by my fellow humans and the amazing things that they have accomplished in life. I am far from perfect, so I do my best to follow two important Golden Rules from the Bible; “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” and “Judge not lest ye be judged.”
As a writer, what scares you the most?
Not being able to write, especially if I were unlucky enough to develop Alzheimer’s Disease or some other type of mental deficit that would prevent me from utilizing my creative and imaginative writing skills.
How was your experience in looking for a publisher? What words of advice would you offer those novice authors who are in search of one?
Nowadays, it is very difficult to get your novel accepted for publication by a traditional publisher, especially considering the fierce competition involved. All authors have experienced their fair share of rejections by publishers, a reason why many choose to self-publish their own books. I was extremely fortunate in that Trisomy XXI was accepted for publication by three different reputable, royalty-paying publishers, thereby affording me a choice. I’ve read horror stories (no pun intended) about authors dealing with their publishing companies, so I am very fortunate to have selected World Castle Publishing as my publisher. So far, my journey into the world of book publication is going smoothly and has been very enjoyable. All things considered, I couldn’t have asked for a nicer experience! I chose to traditionally publish my novel because I believe that a royalty-paying publisher is willing to invest their money in a book that is not only well-written, but also has a storyline that will catch the attention of those readers willing to purchase a particular book. A traditional publisher is in business to make a profit, so I felt that my book had the best chance of attaining success through their professional editing, financial backing, and marketing support.
Novice authors looking to get their work published by a reputable book publisher need to first write a great story, then compose a compelling cover letter and synopsis to catch the eye of the submission editor. Most importantly, don’t get discouraged and don’t ever give up!
Do you have a website/blog where readers may learn more about you and your work?
You can find out more information about me at my author websites listed below:
http://www.worldcastlepublishing.com/author_g_a_minton.html for G.A. Minton author webpage at World Castle Publishing
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15065482.G_A_Minton for G.A. Minton author webpage at Goodreads
http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B01D5QASXO for G.A. Minton author webpage at Amazon
https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/trisomy-xxi for 5-Star reviews of TRISOMY XXI at book review page on Readers’ Favorite website
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29546925-trisomy-xxi?from_search=true&search_version=service for a 5-Star review of TRISOMY XXI at Goodreads website
Do you have another book on the works? Would you like to tell readers about your current or future projects?
I recently completed my second novel, a dark, supernatural tale of horror that takes Good vs. Evil to a whole new level, and am busy at work on a third story dealing with the macabre, which like my other books, contains an O. Henry or Rod Serling surprise ending that would even baffle the likes of the great sleuth himself, Sherlock Holmes! Considering the number of 5-star reviews and positive feedback that I have received on my first novel, Trisomy XXI, there is always the possibility of a sequel, or even a trilogy that could be written. Only time will tell!
As an author, what is your greatest reward?
Just being able to put your thoughts down on paper, creating an entertaining story that can both be shared and enjoyed by others, will give you an adrenaline rush that no amusement park ride can even come close to. To me, that is what’s great about being an author!
Anything else you’d like to say about yourself or your work?
Trisomy XXI is a unique horror/sci-fi/mystery novel that is unlike any other book you have ever read. If the likes of Stephen King, Clive Barker, and Michael Crichton were ever to have collectively penned a spine-tingling tale of horror, this would be it!
Delivering a roller-coaster ride full of thrills for its unsuspecting audience, Trisomy XXI will intrigue every intelligent reader with its alluring array of unforeseen twists and turns. Packed with tension and excitement, this chimeric version of Alien meets The Thing is a powerful story that is guaranteed to capture your immediate attention. You won’t be able to put this book down!
Gracie Bradford, a book reviewer from READERS’ FAVORITE, gave Trisomy XXI a 5-STAR review and said, “Trisomy XXI by GA Minton has 266 pages of adventure, with twists and turns the reader would not expect. The chapters are well developed and flow well, and the writer tells his story, adding excitement and anticipation from chapter to chapter. The story of the boy’s transformation and ordeals in life takes the reader to another dimension throughout the rest of the story. This book is filled with humor, sadness, mystery, and interesting twists in every chapter. . .prepare to be thoroughly entertained.”
Chris Fischer, another book reviewer from READERS’ FAVORITE, also gave Trisomy XXI a 5-STAR rating. “Author G.A. Minton’s Trisomy XXI is a book with an exciting and unique premise that will keep readers turning the pages from the very beginning all the way through to the very end. I definitely enjoyed Trisomy XXI. Author G.A. Minton has made a bold choice in choosing a young man with Down Syndrome as the protagonist of this book, and has done a great job at making him so much more than just a stereotype of someone with a disability. This read had action almost from the very beginning and will definitely be able to keep readers on the edge of their seats, even gasping with surprise at times. Any reader who enjoys a great work of horror should definitely grab Trisomy XXI. I am pleased to recommend this book, and will look for more from author G.A. Minton in the very near future!”