Interview with sci-fi novelist Gardner “G.M.” Browning

Readers. Today’s special guest is sci-fi novelist Gardner M. Browning. He’s
chatting with me about Karma City.

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Gardner Michael Browning is an award-winning author and
professional wrestler. In addition to receiving a New Hampshire Literary Award,
two of his novels were part of an international English literacy program for
middle grade readers. Gardner enjoys classic literature, fishing, playing
guitar and spending time with his family.

Welcome, G.M. Please share a little bit about
your current release.
A micro-predator has
crippled humanity
; but when Dr. Marcus Graves’ engineered cure
evolves to a greater threat,
it falls to mercenary, Luna Briggs, and the shotgun toting drifter she
loves, Jameson Shoals,
to stop this new killer-elite before it supplants
Excerpt from Karma

Though the
degradation in society perpetuated by the Malady parasite crippled advancements
in industry and commerce, coal mining prevailed in the mountains and parts
beyond Karma City, producing abundant fuel for steam engines and thermal power
plants. As a result, the railroad had become the people’s last lifeline. Two
4-8-4 steam locomotives, antiquated yet reliable engines, wheeled along
cardinal tracks transporting people, medicine and goods back and forth from
Karma, Rime, Lobos and many other unnamed stops in the endless Void Lands. The
masters of these locomotives were the rifle-bearing men and women sworn to a
life on the
the cold-hearted, Iron Tribe.

What exciting story are you working on next?
I am currently writing two science fiction stories: the sequel to Karma City
and a near future thriller set on one of Saturn’s mysterious moons!

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I first considered myself a writer after I read a
eulogy I wrote for my grandfather at the age of 20. I always enjoyed writing
stories for fun throughout my childhood and teenage years, but on the day my
hero was laid to rest, many attendees of the service approached me and
expressed how deeply moved they were by words. One older man who I did not know
met me in a hallway and asked, “are you a writer, young man?” I didn’t know how
to answer and before I could, he said, “you ought to be, son.” After that, I
thought about it long a hard and I came to the realization that a person can “be”
something and also “become” something. I understood then that, yes, I was a
writer. I was born a writer. But could I become a published author?

Do you write full-time?
If so, what’s your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and
how do you find time to write?

I wish I was a full-time writer. Truth is, there isn’t much money in it unless
you break out with a huge launch title by a major publisher or score a large advance
for a project. Those instances are rare. Writing is a fantastic hobby and it can
generate some spending cash. Some freelance writers can toil away and take on
all kinds of writing assignments under contract, but even then, the writer is
paid mere cents per word. It’s also been my experience that many companies or
clients do not want to pay writers fairly for freelance work.
I find time to write on weekends and early mornings.
(I start my days extremely early)
I am a seventeen-year veteran of the US Dept. of
Homeland Security. I have working in counter terrorism and aviation security since
the events of 9/11 dedicated to doing my part to prevent another such tragedy. It
has been an absolute honor to serve and work beside so many wonderful people
and do what I can as a civilian to protect our beautiful country and American

What would you say is your interesting writing

My quirk is that I am big re-writer. I am constantly
working over entire pages to tighten up prose, layer in better description or
make scenes more cinematic. I also cut out any and all areas of my story that
do not directly move the plot forward. I’ve pulled out entire characters and
all traces of them to strengthen the story.

As a child, what did you want to be when you
grew up?
I wanted to be the World Wrestling Federation Heavyweight

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7 thoughts on “Interview with sci-fi novelist Gardner “G.M.” Browning

  1. G.M. Browning says:

    Thank you for hosting me! To answer Bernie's question, the character I most relate to in Karma City is Jack Halligan. He is an investigative journalist and writing Jack, there is a lot of myself in him. But he is unique with his own troubles and talents.

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