From the prizewinning finalist in the global Hugh Howey Booktrack competition – a Half Way Home short story
Born into fire and chaos on a strange new world millions of miles from Earth, herdsman Peter owes his life to the heroism of geologist Mica.
The precarious condition of their fledgeling civilisation causes tensions to rise in the rag-tag band of fifteen year-old colonists, and when Peter witnesses an opportunistic crime, he makes a powerful enemy.
Dangers increase when they discover that hidden perils lurk below the surface of the seemingly-benign planet they’re trying to tame, and a near disaster forces Peter to decide whether there really is safety in numbers, or if he should strike out with Mica in search of their destiny, and the chance to be her hero in return.
* PG / PG-13 content
* This is a short story of approximately 5,500 words / 22 pages
“Nobody’s Hero” is based on the novel “Half Way Home” by Hugh Howey, telling the story of Mica and Peter, two minor characters in his book. It is published with Hugh’s kind permission.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
After I read Hugh’s novel, “Half Way Home”, I found myself wondering what had happened to Peter and Mica to make them take the actions they did?
A short story competition run by Booktrack and Hugh Howey was the perfect opportunity to dream up the answer. I wrote this and another story (“The Final Solution”) as competition entries, and was absolutely delighted to be named as one of 5 finalists !
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
In this case, the characters had already been created by Hugh Howey; I just added some extra description, story and conflict to explain why they acted the way they did.
“Back on Earth, gold is precious. Very precious,” Mica continued. “Kingdoms are lost, men are killed, and people’s humanity is consumed by their lust for more of it. And yet here, on this godforsaken planet, it’s so common that we eat our dinner from it.”
I was starting to see where she was headed.
“I think Colony wants to send the rocket with news about the find, so that they — our mission sponsors — can come and plunder this planet.”
“And what happens to us, then?”
“Exactly,” she said.
A finalist in the global Hugh Howey Booktrack competition, Roz lives in Scotland with her husband and the obligatory dog and cat. Her writing experience includes screenwriting, songwriting, web pages and even sentiments for greeting cards!
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