Now, many months after publishing “Alternative Lives,” I am pleased with the story. It was only my second science-fiction effort and I completed it in only a few months. Even now, I marvel that I was able to do this while I was in the midst of the trials and tribulations of completing the formatting and grammar checking necessary in advance of publishing “Creator.” Since then, I have authored four other sci-fi volumes and realize that “Alternative Lives” flowed rather easily from the beginning. With most of the stories I have written, I can tell you where and when I had the first idea of them. However, I can’t retrieve that information for “Alternative Lives.” I can tell you this. I believe the characters are well crafted. For me, they live and breathe. They often dictate the turn of events in the story. On reviewing a passage in “Alternative Lives,” I can find myself highly emotional about what they are experiencing. I have to admit to sometimes shedding a tear or two. “Alternative Lives” begins in a quiet way. Well, the first chapter comes on strong to capture attention and motivate the reader to want to know more. In any case, there are plenty twists and turns before “Alternative Lives” concludes. Regarding the characters … I brought back two of them to have major roles in “Conjuror” and share major roles in “The Lost Pharaoh.” They are eager for something more and I will probably bring them back once more in my tenth book (seventh science fiction) that I contemplate placing in Hawaii. I’ll share a final bit of information with you. There was at least one instance when I initially created a major character who could have turned to be a villain or a hero. In the end, however, the character embodied qualities that dictated the only course. Is it any wonder that I often credit my characters for writing the stories themselves? Sh-h-h, they may be listening.