Interview Time! with Kevin J. Hallock



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.


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 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.,, on Facebook, Youtube, or email her at KNRwrites(at)gmail(dot)com.



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Interview Time! The Sanctum by Madhuri Blaylock

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If you read my review of The Sanctum though it wasn’t all confetti and cupcakes, it was still and enjoyable read with an awesome cover and a cool author who agreed to do an interview (Yay! Interview time!). So while you’re waiting for Harm to hit the shelves be sure to lend your support and check out The Sanctum by Madhuri Blaylock!

Kayti Nika Raet: How would you describe The Sanctum to those who haven’t read it yet?

Madhuri Blaylock: It’s a fast-paced, paranormal story that begins as one girl’s simple quest for revenge and evolves into a complicated tale of trust, friendship, honor, and love.

KNR: How did the idea for The Sanctum come about?

MB: The real catalyst for The Sanctum trilogy is Dev. She’s the reason I created the story. I had been reading a lot of fantasy and paranormal books and felt as if I kept meeting these amazingly powerful and fierce girls who only became that way because a boy clued them into whatever aspect of themselves made them so awesome and fierce in the first place. I wanted to create a girl who knew she was the sh*t from jump. She didn’t need anyone telling her about herself. Of course, Dev can’t do everything on her own and needs help from others, but she’s very self-aware, which was really important to me.

Once Dev was outlined and thought out, the rest of the characters and story fell in around her.

KNR: Who are some of your writerly crushes? 

MB: Zora Neale Hurston

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Jorge Amado

George R R Martin

Laini Taylor

Rosalind Miles

Toni Morrison

David Sedaris

Cassandra Clare

(KNR: Laini Taylor! OMG I looooooooove her! *ahem* back to the point. . .)

KNR: When did you first realize that writing was something you wanted to do?

MB: Since I was a kid, I’ve always loved writing. I remember keeping a notebook of stories about living in New York City with my friends and that notebook making the rounds so everyone could read my latest installment of our super-fab life in our Manhattan loft.

I think I realized it was my passion during a creative writing class in college. We were working on a short story exercise; mine was called “Seattle Sunshine”. I remember reading my work to the class and feeling so gratified by their comments and reactions. Everyone was so moved and the story led to quite a bit of discussion. It was a very powerful moment for me, one that has stayed with me all these years.

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?

MB: These days, I write whenever the chance arises. Early morning, during my commute, late at night. It’s tough, balancing writing Book Two with marketing Book One with being a lawyer with being a mom and being a wife, but I’m doing my best to write as often as I can.

This trilogy is very loosely outlined, which kind of goes against my nature, but I tried it anyway. I have notebooks full of notes and ideas and interestingly enough, I find myself going back to those notes here and there, so it’s actually been useful. I think I’ve strayed a bit from my original outline, but I’m still glad I took the time to organize the ideas.

KNR: Movie time! Who would you want cast for The Sanctum movie?

MB: This is hard to do and loads of fun and would never happen in real life, but here goes nothing…

Dev: Yaya DaCosta

Wyatt: Logan Lerman

Ryker: Kendrick Sampson

Jools: Emma Stone

Darby: Dakota Fanning

Sam: Angelina Jolie (totally not happening, I know, but a girl can dream)

Josiah: Clive Owen

Ava: Kate Winslett

Carter: Michael Kelly (we went to high school together and I actually thought of him right away when I was creating Carter Breslin; I’m confident he can pull off the perfect combination of good looks and pure evil)

Maya: Lisa Bonet

Philip: Jamie Foxx

Wouldn’t that be an epic movie? Be sure to tell her how much you enjoyed The Sanctum as well as Madhuri’s other books.