Daniel Haight – Flotilla

Title: Flotilla

Author: Daniel Haight

ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0615562544

Page count: 206

Genre: Science Fiction / Apocalyptic

Price: $9.99 (paperback) / $2.99 e-book


Author Bio:

Daniel Haight is a long-time author of numerous published short stories and now a new novel “Flotilla.”  Since 2007, Dan Haight has been published by many fiction sites and is known for his blend of dark humor and crackling narrative.  As a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Dan first fell in love with science-fiction watching Star Wars and Star Trek before moving onto the other classics of the genre.  He lives with his family and when he isn’t writing, he works as a lowly IT guy in a large computer company (which we won’t name because they threatened us).


Tell us about your book:

Flotilla, by author Daniel Haight is a crossover apocalyptic science-fiction in which a young man is thrown into an ocean, literally and figuratively, to find himself both a survivor and a hero who rescues his family from disaster.  This is a whirlwind adventure over two summers that paints a vivid picture of adventure and hardship.  It is also a deeply moving look at the impact of sustainable technology on some hilariously dysfunctional, flawed characters.  Readers are finding Flotilla to be stirring coming-of-age tale that brings together fathers and sons and conquers loss through courage and inner strength.

Jim Westfield is a 15-year-old male teenager living in near-future, suburban Los Angeles. Jim is forced into rehab by his mother and step-father and then kicked out of the house to live with his father, Rick, on a floating community that raises fish commercially using a process called ‘mariculture.’ Although Jim shows that he can act responsibly, he is also capable of self-destructive episodes that leave him exposed to wicked revenges imposed by other community citizens.  As the events of Flotilla progress, Jim forces himself to survive his personal failings and be the hero he needs to be in order to save himself and his sister.

Flotilla has already captured the hearts of readers worldwide as its issues are real and relevant to many young men (and women) who are  growing up in today’s risk-filled environment. A Second Edition will be published on Black Friday (11/23/2012) and readers are already anticipating the sequel “Iron Mountain” which is due for publication in mid-2013.


How long did it take to write the book?

2 Years


What inspired you to write the book?

I have been writing short stories since he was 12 – the original idea for Flotilla came to him during a staff meeting and I began writing scenes to talk about this floating colony of people and their daily lives.  I eventually decided to write a novel-length story to tie all of the stories together.


Talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?

My routine is to write whenever I have a spare moment!  That tends to be in the morning but it can be at any point if the schedule allows it.  As I write, or edit, and I have this crabby little inner voice go “How do you know that this is how it works?” I’ll start Googling and looking up information on Wikipedia.  It’s really important to me that my book is accurate from a physical or technical perspective.  I like to keep it honest.


What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?

I want them to finish it going “Wow, that was awesome!”  I want them breathless from the action, stirred from the emotions of the story and beating on me for the sequel, which I’m in the process of writing.


Where can we go to buy your book?

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Excerpt from book:

From the Prologue:

I don’t know how much longer I have to live.


This speech-to-text thing gives me something to talk to and I don’t feel like dictating a will. Can you do me a favor? If you happen to find this, will you please contact Rick Westfield or Theresa Bowman and tell them what’s happened to us? I have no idea where they are. Theresa is my mom and she lives in West Covina so I’m hoping that if there’s any central evacuation place for Los Angeles that you can find her there. Rick Westfield is my Dad, he was taken ashore and we’re trying to find him now.

Me and my sister Madison are on board this old yacht. It’s called the Horner C. It’s my Dad’s boat and it’s a beast. I spent a lot of time swabbing decks but I’ve never driven (sailed?) it before. I’ve been at sea for over six months but I have almost zero experience at how things work when the boat is under power. My name is Jim, by the way.

It’s about 2230 right now, 10:30 to everyone besides us. The weather is pretty bad but I’m not complaining – if it wasn’t for this storm Madison and I would have been grease spots on a deck somewhere. I’m hoping that the boat can handle it but we’re getting water under the door to the bridge and the wind is blowing us like a kite all over the place. I can’t hold my course to more than 20 or 30 degrees … that might be the wind or the fact that this old tub hasn’t moved in the last 10 years. I’m trying to watch our GPS, the black night outside our windshield and Madison all at once. She’s asleep at the chart table next to me …I’m afraid she’ll slide off the chair and crack her forehead on something.

I don’t know how else to say it so I’ll say it: the world has come to an end.”