KNR: How would you describe Eye Spy to those who haven’t read it yet?
KJH: My elevator pitch is: Eye Spy is a paranormal thriller about a psychic agoraphobe, the bodies he visits, the sister who saves him, and the people they protect.
For people who would like something less “pitchy”, it’s about a brother and sister (CJ and Steph) trying to overcome the emotional (e.g. CJ’s fear of leaving the house) and financial hardships brought about by a brutal attack on their family that killed their parents.
CJ developed his mind sojourning power after the attacks, and because he really wants to be a good guy, and would like to find the people who murdered their parents, they have become aspiring detectives. It’s their amateur sleuthing that brings them into conflict with a cult that kidnapped a young girl to force her to marry their leader—the Archmessiah, as well as getting noticed by some less desirable people with paranormal powers of their own.
KNR: How did the idea for Eye Spy come about?
KJH: Every now and then I heard or read about people who had a near death experience, or suffered some kind of trauma, and during that time, they felt like they’d left their body. A classic story is somebody who hovered over his or her body after being declared clinically dead for a short period of time. The idea for my Sojourning Souls series began when I wondered what might happen if the mind didn’t make it back to the body in time. Where might the mind go? What might it do?
KNR: Any plans for a sequel?
KJH: I have at least two more novels planned for CJ and Steph, as well as several other stories related to other characters, e.g. Dead Doughboy Walking is about Cecil, a character that is in Eye Spy as well, but isn’t one of the main characters.
[More books woot!]
KNR: When did you first realize that writing was something you wanted to do?
KJH:Not until I was doing a postdoc after my Ph.D., so I’m a late bloomer when it comes to writing fiction. I started doing it for fun when I had time, and fell in love with it. Now I do it every day.
KNR: Who are some of your writerly crushes?
KJH: A tough question because there are so many good writers. Mike Marano’s Dawn Song is beautifully written, and yet the words are almost physically oppressive at the same time. I always enjoy rereading Alfred Bester’s The Demolished Man. Joss Whedon has a gift for writing witty dialogue for his TV shows, and J. Michael Straczynski is able to move a four-season plot arc forward in almost every episode of Babylon 5 while keeping the smaller plot arcs entertaining. I’m also very thankful to the authors of The Indian in the Cupboard (Lynne Reid Banks, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (Robert C. O’Brien), and Bunnicula (James Howe) for firing my imagination when I was a kid.
KNR: What’s you’re usual writer’s schedule like? Are you an Outliner, or do you let the characters lead you where they may?
KJH: I’m an early morning writer. I outline each story before writing, and then revise and delete scenes as the story and characters require since as much as I like to think I’m in charge of the characters, they really do whatever they want.
[Yes! mornings are totally the best time to write!]
KNR: Movie time! Who would you want cast for Eye Spy movie?
KJH: Another tough question. I don’t watch a lot of TV or movies, so I have limited exposure to actors, but my wife and I put our heads together and came up with the following list:
CJ: Thomas Brodie-Sangster
Steph: Molly Quinn
Paul (the sheriff): Tom Selleck
Kris: Chloe Bennet
Cecil: Michael K. Williams
Melvin (the Archmessiah): John Lithgow
Martin: Stephen Root
Doris: Meryl Streep
Father Rodney: Jeffrey Wright
Lauren: Sami Gayle
Doug (FBI Agent): Michael Imperioli
Courtney: Lindsey Lohan
About the Author
Kevin J. Hallock was born in Missouri, grew up in rural mid-Michigan, and currently lives in Massachusetts with his lovely wife. He’s been interested in science for as long as he can remember: collecting insects as a kid (gaining the nickname Walkingstick because he was tall and scrawny), majoring in chemistry and math in undergraduate, and earning his Ph.D. in physical chemistry. His current hobbies include reading, writing, role-playing games, Sudoku, as well as the occasional video game.
Eye Spy (Sojourning Souls #2) is available from many online retailers. For those who are curious, but not ready to commit, Dead Doughboy Walking (Sojourning Souls #1) is available for free from most online retailers.
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/eye-spy-kevin-j-hallock/1117531318
Kobo Books: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/eye-spy-1
About Kayti Nika Raet
Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Kayti Nika Raet moved down South when she was 11 where she was bit by the writing bug as well as other less friendly insects. She the author of the YA dystopia, Niko, the upcoming sequel Harm, as well as the short stories Slither and Tape the Devil’s Mouth . She’s also a reviewer for reader’s favorite and her own Youtube Cahnnel Kayti Edition.
Her procrastination aids are reading, K-pop, and photography.
Kayti lives in Milledgeville, Georgia.. Visit her online at http://KNRwrites. tumblr.com, TheOutsiderChronicles.tumblr.com, on Facebook, Youtube, or email her at KNRwrites(at)gmail(dot)com.
Niko, the first book in The Outsider Chronicles is available for free during the whole month of January!