Carter Burke has a background
in the military and communications. He has served in the Active Army and its National Guard component; he is currently serving
in the California Army National Guard as a Specialist (E-4). Carter Burke has traveled the world, but currently
resides in Southern California. Above all, writing is the passion that consumes him. He spends his free
time in the company of friends and family. Carter Burke is the author of Bounded Allegiance.
Q: When did you get
the idea to write Bounded Allegiance?
A: I was on a trip back from Memphis where I had just attended my cousin’s
wedding. For the few years prior, I had been doing a lot of driving as part of my communications job and in order to entertain
myself I would just let my imagination wander. The book was just a natural outcropping of those highway daydreams. I still
get a lot of great ideas from time spent on the road. In fact, we’re taking a trip to New Orleans and Biloxi soon and
I’m hoping the time spent will be an inspiration for a few nice pieces.
Q: How hard was the book to write and how long did it take?
A: I’d have to say writing
the book was moderately difficult not because of the creative aspects, but more for the tedious grammatical revisions and
sheer resolve required to complete the book. To be successful as a writer you need not only to be inspired, but also you have
to have the strength of will to finish what you’ve started. Truthfully, I almost gave up several times on the project.
In real writing time it probably took a few years to come up with the finished draft, even though the story had been finished
for some time before that.
What’s the story about?
A: At its root, the story is really about the characters and their relationships. It’s about soldiers
and a call to duty. Like most of my stories, Bounded Allegiance is character driven. That’s
not to say there isn’t a strong plot line, but I just think that interesting characters will draw you into a piece more
rapidly than a complex narrative. In Bounded Allegiance, you follow a group of soldiers initially
as part of a major planetary battle, but the story takes a turn and centers on one mission and a small group of soldiers with
a secretive, shadow organization in command. I took a lot of inspiration from WWII movies like Memphis Belle and
Saving Private Ryan along with your typical science fictions stories like Starship Troopers and Halo.
Q: What made you
want to write science fiction?
A: Since I was a kid, I’ve always been fascinated by science fiction through the good and bad years.
Some of my favorite writers were Robert A. Heinlein and Alan Dean Foster. Unfortunately, sci-fi has received a reputation
for terrible writing and I think that Hollywood movie flops have had a lot to do with that. But if you look at the classics
and new classics of sci-fi like Bladerunner, the Terminator, Aliens, the original Matrix
and TV shows like the Star Trek franchises and Stargate, they’re more there than just eye-candy and action.
The stories are about human beings and our future as a species—life, death, love, hatred and the urge for power, all
the things that make us what we are. Above all, sci-fi is about possibilities, choices, and where we’ll be if we make
the wrong ones.
What is your connection with the military?
A: Well, I guess you could say I was born because of the Viet Nam War. My father was in the
Air Force and met my mother in Thailand. He spent thirty years in the service. I have fourteen, most of it in the Army National
Guard, although I did serve four years on active duty. I’ve worked in the Infantry, Military Intelligence, the Signal
Corp, and Transportation.
What do you want people to get from your writing?
A: I just want them to enjoy the reading. As kids, I think that a lot of tedious and torturous
reading is forced on us. As adults, we seldom have time for recreational reading. Nowadays, books have to vie for time along
with everything else in our face-paced lives. I love movies but great literature truly inspires the imagination and allows
us to consider “What if?”
About Carter Burke
Burke has a background in the military and communications. He has served in the Active Army and its National Guard component;
he is currently serving in the California Army National Guard as a Specialist (E-4). Carter Burke has traveled
the world, but currently resides in Southern California. Above all, writing is the passion that consumes
him. He spends his free time in the company of friends and family.
Carter Burke is the author of Bounded Allegiance.
According to the book description, Bounded Allegiance is “a fast-paced, action-packed adventure that tugs at
the bonds of friendship, loyalty and trust, Bounded Allegiance is a thrill ride that places you firmly in the battle. Follow
the men and women of Earth's military as they face victory and defeat in action against a desperate alien adversary.
In the future, wars
are conducted on a planetary scale. Join Earth's global military in the last battle of the Kathean War. Years of conflict
have culminated in this final offensive on the kathean homeworld of Tretaas.
Discover the role Zero Group, a shadow organization, has to play in the hostilities
as they commandeer a small band of soldiers for a clandestine operation against a secret alien research facility. What is
Zero Group's mission and the ultimate motivation of their leadership? Whose interests do they truly serve?”