G & T Show Book of the Celestial Temple Book Club – From History’s Shadow with Dayton
G & T Show Book of the Celestial Temple Book Club – From History’s Shadow with Dayton is now available to download. Check it out here. This time, Steve, Terry, and Mike are joined by Dayton Ward to talk about his book From History’s Shadow. Nick couldn’t join us, but we manage to have a little bit of fun without him.
Mike introduces his cohosts as Agent Terry Shull and Agent Steve Mulder. Playing the role of the cigarette smoking man was Dayton Ward, and Mike played the role of the Klingon Lone Gunman. Steve starts us off with a question, asking about the genesis of this particular story. Dayton not only tells us where the story came from but also how it evolved from his first idea into what was eventually published some time later. Steve admits that his book has inspired him to go back and watch TOS for the first time, which surprises Dayton.
Terry poses the next question regarding the research he had to do for this book. Dayton says that the UFO phenomena has been an interest to him for a long time. He finds the conspiracy theories interesting. He goes on to explain his process and some of the sources he had obtained for the project. Terry’s next question was about his favorite character from the book. Mike enjoyed the way he wove all of the time travel episodes together. Dayton had the most fun telling these time travel stories from the point of view of Earth rather than one of the Star Trek characters. Terry was impressed about how effortless he had made it seem.
He reveals that if it had been his choice, he would have kept it completely in the 20th century, rather than framed it in the 23rd century. Since Terry mentioned that her husband is a TOS expert, Steve asks about some of the characters that were named after some of the people we know, including her husband, Nick, and our friend Cushman.
Terry asked if the rumors of a follow up to From History’s Shadow were true. At this point, the story is so vague, he’s not exactly sure what he is doing, but he is interested in the possibility.
Dayton admitted that he gained a new appreciation for Enterprise while working Mistral for this book. He also had a spreadsheet and a couple of whiteboards with sticky notes to help him keep the dates and story elements straight. We were impressed with his efforts, because it he had to appeal to multiple fandoms from Star Trek to UFO community, and more.
Steve asks about the locations that some of the stories took place, specifically, why he had chosen Dayton, Ohio. Mike thinks that’s what made the book so good, the fact that there was so much interconnected with real history weaved throughout the story. He mentions all of the references he put into the story, and then had to pull out a lot of them. Mike asks what did he have to take out of the story. Dayton joked that some of the references he took out may make it into the sequel.
Mike asks how he is enjoying his new job, now that he is a full time writer. He tells us about the previous day job. Terry asks about his writing habits, if he can write anywhere, or during specific times and what equipment he uses to write on and which word processor he uses. They even discuss author bios and some of the ones he rotates through.
There was so much talked about in this interview, including his experiences in the military among other things.
But, wait. There’s more.
He is the co-owner of Busy Little Beaver Productions and is the producer and co-host for G & T Show and Gates of Sto’vo’kor. He’s directed voice actors, and produced and edited audio podcasts and dramas because he doesn’t have the face for video. He plays well with others and is always on the look out for the next project, the next thing, the next next. If he wasn’t working on something with a half dozen other projects waiting in the wings, somebody please check to make sure he’s still breathing.
During the day, he’s a mild-mannered computer repair man who dabbles in web design in his small, rural, Central California community. He lives with his lovingly dysfunctional family and loyal canine companion and spends most of his time in the closet concocting some hair-brained scheme or another. He’s got an unhealthy obsession with Lego video games, Klingons, and Star Trek Online that borders on the neurotic.
Despite all this, he still finds the time to write the words. Find out what he's doing here.