I wrote this book to help flesh out the Spineward Sectors and its story a little more than has been allowed during my brother's Jason Montagne books. It's a really large story he'd like to tell, but certain events are, if not 'beneath' the level of an Admiral, better examined via a different lens.
So the Pride of Prometheus seemed an obvious choice. My brother had originally intended to write a novella about the Pride's escapades in the far-flung Sectors of the Spine, but he was feeling like it would never happen for him so we thought it would be a neat idea for me to tackle.
I really enjoyed writing this book. There's a bit of hero worship in here on my part, specifically regarding a certain Lancer Sergeant's namesake, as well as a bit of well-intentioned ribbing of oft-derided villains who shall remain nameless. But if you're looking for them, you'll find 'em ;)
The Chinese characters were a definite favorite for me, and not-coincidentally while I was writing this book I watched Three Kingdoms (2010) with my daughter. It's a truly fantastic (if completely Asian, and therefore liable to rub some westerners the wrong way) telling of one of human history's greatest epics: Romance of the Three Kingdoms. That story - which is a fictional account of the Three Kingdoms period in Chinese history - began in the late second century and, depending on who you ask, ran for somewhere between sixty and a hundred and fifty years. Now it is a romanticized version, so it departs from reality plenty of times, but it's really an interesting epic with quite a few bits of wisdom scattered throughout.
There are some differences between my brother Josh's style and my own, most notably I think in the amounts of inner monologue on the parts of the primary characters. Josh loves to dive right into his characters' heads and really flesh things out from A to Z from that vantage point, while largely eschewing external details such as uniform colors, specific actions taken during a scene, or tactical details. I'm kind of the opposite in that sense: I prefer to paint the action or event details a little more thoroughly, while leaving the inner turmoil going on between a character's ears more open to interpretation barring dramatic moments like when the Lancer Sergeant gave Lu Bu his final order. But no matter the style which an author employs, I honestly think that as authors we have our own biases as to what we think readers want to read, and we really do try to provide that as much as possible. However, I have served as Josh's editor for every one of his books to date, so the 'voice' of my books vs. his will probably not end up being terribly dissimilar.
All in all I enjoyed the story, and I liked the characters immensely. I didn't struggle with any of them for overly long, and writing this book was a real pleasure as far as I'm concerned. I hope it's as much fun to read as it was to write!