Interview Time! Tima Maria Lacoba author of the Dantonville Legacy Trilogy

Woot! at long last I’ve nabbed the busy Ms. Lacoba and have asked the usual round of interview questions. This Aussie writer was very gracious and didn’t even mind the minor bout of kidnapping (Kidding!)

Anyway, without further ado here is all the juicy little tidbits you wanted to know about Bloodgifted.

Itadakimasu!

 

1. How would you describe Bloodgifted to those who haven’t read it yet?

Bloodgifted is the story of a young woman who stopped aging in her mid-twenties, and only later learns the frightening reason why.

2. How did the idea for Bloodgifted come about?

While I was doing research for my MPhil in Archaeology in Britain, I came across a Roman fort on Hadrian’s Wall that had been abandoned in the mid 3rd century and re-inhabited a century later. No explanation was given as to why it was abandoned so suddenly. So, I came up with my own.

3. Is there a sequel?

Bloodgifted is the first book of the Dantonville Legacy series. Book 2, Bloodpledge has only just been released, and Book 3, Blood Vault is due for release April/May 2015.

4. When did you first realize that writing was something you wanted to do?

It was only a recent development, and totally unexpected. My career took up so much of my time, very little was left for either reading or writing. So, I didn’t take it up seriously until I resigned from my teaching job.

5. What’s your usual writer’s schedule like? Are you an Outliner, or do you let the characters lead you where they may?

Oh, I wish I had a schedule! I write whenever I get the time. Although I prefer mornings when my brain is fresh, there are always interruptions—life so often gets in the way. As for being an Outliner or not, I’d say I’m a combination of plotter and pantser. I tend to outline the story from beginning to end so I know which direction I’m going, but some individual scenes I happily leave up to my characters. After all, it’s their story.

6. Name some of your writerly crushes.

Where do I begin? There are so many. But my ultimate author crushes have to be on Maggie Shayne, Gena Showalter, MaryJanice Davidson and Lindsay J Pryor. They’re all brilliant.

7. Movie Time! Who would you cast for Bloodgifted: The Movie?

Since Bloodgifted is an Australian story, I would have to choose an all-Aussie cast. Here they are:

  1. Laura – Theresa Palmer

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2. Alec—Justin Melvey

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3. Luc—Chris Hemsworth

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4. Judy—Rebecca Gibney

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5. Matt—Sam Worthington

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Interview Time! Character interview with Jools Clayworth of The Sanctum Trilogy by Madhuri Blaylock

With the new book in The Sanctum trilogy out right now (a totally awesome book by the way, you should go check it out). I decided to do something different this time– or at least different for this blog– and host a character interview with one Jools Clayworth, Class A Warrior and Acting Head of The New York Academy. Also one of my favorite characters because she’d just awesome like that. 😀

Full name: Jools Gabrielle Clayworth

Age: 18

Occupation: Class A Warrior for The Sanctum, Acting Head of The New York Academy

KNR: Tell us a little bit about what happens in The Boy?

I feel like it’s a treatise of sorts on dealing with loss, the devastating effects loss can have on you and how everyone handles loss differently.

I’m sure Wyatt would say it’s all about him becoming more perfect than he already was, but for me, THE BOY is about coping and overcoming and loving and ultimately, growth. On so many levels, from the most basic, where you see me step into Sam’s shoes and start leading our Academy to the more subtle, like when Ryker forgives Dev (which I’m not supposed to know, but I’m totally nosey and manage to get all sorts of information out of Madhuri) (she likes me best, you know).

KNR: What is the Sanctum? What are Magicals?

Currently, The Sanctum is going to mean different things to different people, depending on their agenda. Ideally, The Sanctum was created by the gods to oversee Magicals and keep humans in the dark about the supernatural lives existing right under their noses, on their blocks and sometimes in their very own homes.

Ask a Breslin and they’ll tell you The Sanctum is a means to achieving dominance over all of us, warriors and Magicals alike. Ask Carter Breslin and he’ll tell you The Sanctum is his premier torture chamber in the basement of The London Academy.

Ask Wyatt and he’ll tell you The Sanctum is an upstanding and vital organization meting out justice for all Magical-kind. Ask Ryker and he’ll tell you The Sanctum is nothing but a bunch of blood-thirsty, murderous fools.

Personally, The Sanctum represents what we are and how we should always strive to improve. Yes, we protect Magicals and humans, but we can do a better job of it, we can be more just and less brutal. We are the fine line between Magical and humankind and maintaining that balance in an honorable manner should be our primary goal, as the gods intended when they created us.

What was your other question? Oh yeah, what are Magicals? Basically, that’s just Sanctum lingo, a catch-all term we use for any non-human being, from demons, vampires and werewolves to faeries, trolls, imps and the like.

KNR: You’ve recently become Acting Head of the New York Academy, can you tell us a bit about what a day as Acting Head is like?

Hell mixed in with a lot of ass-kissing, cajoling and threats. Ha! I kid, but not really.

It’s tough.

I’m young and I’m not Wyatt. And everyone expected that next to the words “Head of The New York Academy” would be the name Wyatt Clayworth. So I’ve spent a lot of time having to prove myself to our allies. And as much as I hate to admit it, having Ryker around has helped tremendously. He seems to iron out all of my wrinkles, stepping in whenever I get testy, saying just the right thing and putting everyone’s minds at ease.

I’m working on being better at that aspect of the job, but for him, it just comes naturally.

Right now, I’m so caught up in creating this coalition to take on the Breslins, that the other aspects of running The Academy are still being handled by my dad. Of course, Sam has rejoined us, so I imagine she will help Dad, but right now, he’s been handling the day-to-day with the Magicals. He’s my right hand and I love him.

KNR: What do you think people would be most surprised to learn about you?

I love a good rom-com. And I had a fling with a werewolf.

KNR: List five things you can’t live without.

My crossbow, a good pair of jeans, scotch, mint ChapStick…and Ryker

But if you tell him he made my list, I swear to the gods, I will kill you.

KNR: If you weren’t a part of the Sanctum what do you think you would be doing?

Practicing Shindo, no doubt. Dark magic, black arts. Making The Sanctum crazy because if I’m not in The Sanctum, I’m pretty positive I’m doing something to make them chase me around constantly, so I can fight them all the time.

It’s in my blood. I’ve got to fight. I can’t really imagine a life where I don’t have a blade around my hips and that crossbow on my back, you know?

Did you think I was going to say something like own a brownstone in Brooklyn with Ryker and have a bunch of babies?

Ha! Not likely.

KNR: What do you feel is your best characteristic? Your worst one?

Best characteristic, easily my killer instinct. I’m one of the best warriors in The Sanctum, if not the best now that Wyatt is gone and Ryker never liked being a warrior anyway.

My worst? You should have asked Wyatt since he’ll have a nice, long list for you of all my annoying qualities. Personally, I think I’m freaking awesome, but if I have to pick something, probably those rare moments when my bratty side rears its head.

KNR: Lastly, can you give us all a tiny hint at what’s going to happen in Book III?

No way.

Madhuri will kill me.

 

[Le sigh, I had to make an attempt :)]

Interview Time! Natalie Wright author of Emily’s Heart

How would you describe Emily’s Heart to those who haven’t read it yet? 

 
Emily’s Heart, Book 3 of The Akasha Chronicles, is a dystopian love story. The story is set in our modern world but the planet is gripped by the influence of the dark god, Ciardha, who has escaped his shadow prison. Emily’s Heart has a dark edge to it. In a world filled with chaos and darkness, can Emily find love in her heart? That’s the main theme. Emily’s friendships, which she relied on most of her life, are falling apart. She’s more alone than ever at a time when the world is moving inexorably toward total darkness. She has to unite with an old enemy, try to reunite her old friendships and find new friends to help her fight the darkness.
 
Emily’s Heart is different from my prior books and not quite like most books that readers may see for young adult audiences. It is told in the dual first person of main character Emily and of her friend and love interest, Jake. But there are also short vignettes told in the third person that are “Apocalyptic World” chapters. These short chapters set the scene for the reader of what’s going on in the wider world. The book is more character oriented than the prior two books in the series, but there is plenty of action too.

How did the idea for Emily’s Heart come about? 

 
I had the original idea for the first book, Emily’s House, while in a hypnotherapy session! I had a vision of a torc arm bracelet and I couldn’t get it out of my mind. I began researching Celtic history and myth and the next thing I knew, a story began to emerge.
 
I had not originally planned for it to be three books. But on the plane ride back from Ireland (yes, I won a trip to Ireland where I was able to go to all of the places mentioned inEmily’s House!), I had the idea for three books and all three titles came to me. At that time, I knew only the title for book three and that I wanted Emily to connect with her true love. It was only after writing Book 2, Emily’s Trial, that I knew that Emily’s Heart would be a dark, dystopian sort of love story.

Any plans for a sequel?

 
Emily’s Heart is the third and final book of The Akasha Chronicles trilogy (Emily’s House is book 1 and Emily’s Trial is book 2). So no, there won’t be any more Emily. I’m currently working on a new young adult science fiction series titled H.A.L.F. It will appeal to fans of T.V. shows like The X-Files and Roswell. Alien-human hybrids, government conspiracy, and lots of action. The first book will be out in the Spring of 2015.

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

 
I always wanted to be a writer. However, I got sidetracked for a while with a career as a lawyer. It feels good to now be doing full-time what I wanted to do all along.

Who are some of your writerly crushes?

 
Are you speaking of writer’s that I crush on? Or characters?
 
If it’s writers you speak of, I have lots of writer crushes. Gillian Flynn (“Gone Girl”) and Erin Morgenstern (“The Night Circus”) both come to mind. But right now I’m writer crushing on on the writing genius of both Richard Peck and George R.R. Martin. Richard’s writing is short and each word is perfectly chosen. His stories are tight and poetic and I think he’s the best young adult writer of the past century. George is very different. His stories are long and more wordy but they are visceral and you feel like you’ve lived the story. I’d love to pick the brains of these guys!
 
If it’s characters of which you speak, I have a thing for manly men! I have a mega crush on Thor – both the character and the man who plays him, Chris Hemsworth. I’m not a very having-crushes-on-guys sort of girl and I’m generally not the swoony type. But if Chris Hemsworth walked into my house without his shirt on, I’d probably faint like a pubescent girl.
 
 
Another fictional character that I’m hot for is Jon Snow from Game of Thrones. Not so much the T.V. show (though he is super hot), but the character I’ve imagined from reading the books. I love strong underdogs that rise to the top. I’d like to curl up in Jon Snow’s furs with him.
 

What’s you’re usual writer’s schedule like? Are you an Outliner, or do you let the characters lead you where they may? 

 
I generally spend a month or more researching and planning a new novel. I don’t outline the whole book, but I do what’s called the “snowflake” method. I know the major plot points and spend a lot of time on character motivation and world building. When I’m ready to write, I write for 2-3 hours every day until I’ve got a first draft. That takes about a month to a month and a half (I type pretty fast 😉 After the first draft is written, I let the novel sit for a while and percolate. When I go back to it, I revise and rewrite many times. The first draft, at least for me, is just a beginning. Much of what I write in the first draft will go by the wayside.
 
I do plan a bit, but I let the characters lead the way. I am often surprised at the turns the story takes. And I think readers are surprised too because I get that comment a lot – “I didn’t see that coming,” they say. That is my absolute favorite part of writing – the excitement of the story unfolding before my eyes. But because I let my characters wander where they will, I think that’s why I have to spend more time than some in revision. I have to clean up messes that my characters make! 😉
 

Movie time! Who would you want cast for Emily’s Heart movie?

 
Ah, movie time! Well if I could cast anyone as Emily, it would be Ashley Phillips, the cover model for the covers of books 2 and 3.
 
 
We chose Ashley for the cover of book 2 but shot the cover for book 3 at the same time. So while writing Emily’s Heart, I pictured Ashley as Emily.
 
For Greta Hoffman, I pictured Anna Sophia Robb. She’s the great combination of blonde beauty but she looks strong. And Greta is no shrinking violet! She can hold her own, against both Emily and the shadow people.
 
 
Jake is a bit tougher for me. He began the series as a too-short-for-his age nerdy kid with thick glasses and a tousled mop of sandy blond hair. But by Emily’s Heart, he’s seventeen and has grown up and filled out. He wears contacts now and his hair is darker than when he was a kid. He’s thin but strong. Jake Cooper, at least in this photo, is close to what I pictured for Jake Stevens. My character Jake is a bit older than this in Emily’s Heart, but you get the idea. Cutey nerd 🙂
 
 
In Emily’s Heart, Fanny Katz is lost in the Umbra Perdita (most of the time). But before Fanny was taken by the darkness, she looked a lot like Allisyn Ashley Arm.
 
 
 
And then there’s Tristan. Yummy, hot Tristan! I’m not sure who this hotty is, but I pinned him from somewhere to my Emily’s Heart pinboard and he was the inspiration behind my character Tristan Fields.
 
 
I had a lot of fun searching for Ciardha and Draicha. Stuart Townsend is perfect to play Ciardha in his adult, human form.
 
 
And Dorcha? Rooney Mara would be perfect. Longer hair with a bright pink streak in it and it’s Dorcha in her human form!
 
 
And I hope this doesn’t scare the bejeezus out of people, but this photo captures the eyes of the people in Emily’s Heart who have “turned”. 
 
 
 
And check out the trailer to Emily’s Heart right here!

Interview Time! Patrick Wong, author of Balancer++

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I love when I stumble across a really awesome book (with a really gorgeous cover btw), that I want to push to all my friends (then promis serious bodily harm if they don’t read it :D), but i’ve come to realize I also like learning about the minds who write such really awesome books.

So without further ado:

 

>>How would you describe Balancer to those who haven’t read it yet? 

It’s a Coming of Age Paranormal story about a suburban teen who must learn the consequences of the unusual gift she has been given.  Every action has a reaction. Every life saved is a life lost.

>>How did the idea for Balancer come about? 

Past history is full of cultures that have practiced the concept of sacrificing one living thing for another.  What if that practice was a legitimate way to heal someone? 

That’s the base mythology behind Balancer…I expanded on that idea to see how an ordinary teen might react in the modern world.

>>Any plans for a sequel?

Absolutely – Book 2 of The Final Deity is in heavy-draft right now…I have over 45 chapters completed.  It’s coming soon!

 [Yay!!!]

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

I’m a full-time software developer, so there’s definitely more left-brain in me than right-brain. And I didn’t plan on writing a novel, but the Balancer story kept playing in my head about 2 years ago and I couldn’t stop it.  So I started writing at night. 

I love movies, and I began developing Balancer as if it were a screen-play rather than a novel.  So if Balancer feels more like a Movie, that’s why…Balancer should’ve been a movie before it became a book.

>>Who are some of your writerly crushes?

I grew-up with JRR Tolkein, and Stephen King. 

When my kids were younger, we went through a major Harry Potter phase and read JK Rowling in the evenings. (actually, we’re still in that Harry Potter phase…can’t wait for the Universal Studio expansion to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter)

Most recently, my daughter suggested the Legend series from Marie Lu, and Maze Runner from James Dashner.  Both good suggestions.

>>What’s you’re usual writer’s schedule like? Are you an Outliner, or do you let the characters lead you where they may? 

Most of my writing happens between 11pm-1am.  

And I’m definitely an Outliner – probably due to my computer background – I like to have some structure to work against.

>>Movie time! Who would you want cast for Balancer movie?

Nicole – I’m a believer in casting unknowns into lead roles  (like Daniel Radcliffe for Harry Potter).  So Nicole would go to an undiscovered talent. (My daughter has volunteered!)

 

But Nicole would be surrounded by established stars…

Amy Madigan – Emma Fanning or Chloe Moretz
Dr Lucy Aaronson (Nicole’s mom) – Helen Hunt
James Aaronson (Nicole’s dad) – Kevin Costner
Professor Jim Barnard – David Tennant (the 10th Doctor Who)
Professor Anthony DuBois – Harrison Ford? Sean Connery?
Ben Owens – Nolan Gould (Modern Family)
Senator Campbell Jennings – John Goodman
Drake Jennings – younger Alex Pettyfyr 
 
Don’t forget to check out Balancer by Partick Wong!

Interview Time! Robert L. Slater

I love interviewing other authors and find out the thought process that goes into each books. Some are eerily similar to mines while others are completely different, which goes to show you there isn’t only on way to write a book. Just do it!

Today, i’m interviewing Rob Slater, author of All Is Silence the first book in the Deserted Lands Series, after reading this interview be sure to check it out.

How would you describe All is Silence to those who haven’t read it yet? Edgy, painful, realistic apocalypse told from the point of view of a young woman who wonders why death left her behind.

 How did the idea for All is Silence come about? I wrote a short story about 17 years before that had similar elements. It was an immediate, visceral response to reading Lord of the Flies for the first time at age 28. Since then, I taught high school first as a substitute teacher and then at two small alternative high schools. The characters of Lizzie, Zach and Nev are conglomerates of my students from those years. I wanted to write a book for girls who don’t read books, to give them a central character they could identify with. Lizzie has issues, a lot of them. She’s a tomboy who doesn’t look like one, a kid who has had a rotating cast of poor male father figures, a girl who has cut herself in the past in order to feel, and a someone who has told her family, “I hope you all die.”

 Any plans for a sequel? I’m about 40,000 words into the first draft of Straight Into Darkness, which begins about a month after All Is Silence ends. There will be at least one more book about Lizzie and her friends and I have novel ideas for at least 6 more in the series. I’ve released an eBook of short stories, Outward Bound: Science Fiction & Poetry that has another Deserted Lands story and I’m submitting another Deserted Lands story to magazines, online and print. I hope to continue to write short stories to help people through the year in between novels.

[A whole year! Waaah!]

When did you first realize that writing was something you wanted to do? Maybe early elementary school. I wrote stories, song lyrics and poetry. At age 12, my best friend Rick Moyer and I wrote an audioplay sequel to Star Wars called Star Base ][. Funny, Rick produces SF songs and does audio voice work and I’m writing science fiction novels. I’ve written lyrics for 80+ songs with music for most, though many of them the music has been graciously forgotten. Then in college I wrote plays and had several produced. About 1991 I started my first novel and finished it in about 2-3 years. Then I wrote and submitted short fiction to science fiction and fantasy magazines for many years collecting a dozen or so sales and 600 rejections. My focus one writing has had to share my creative energy with music and theatre, kids and work, so there have been long dry patches. I still can’t believe I had the audacity to write All Is Silence for NANOWRIMO and plan to release it as a novel within a year. The final draft of the All Is Silence was in my hands 14 months after I wrote the first words!

Who are some of your writerly crushes? Robert Heinlein, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Spider Robinson, Andre Norton, Steven R. Donaldson.

What’s you’re usual writer’s schedule like? Are you an Outliner, or do you let the characters lead you where they may? My writer’s schedule is anything but. One of my goals for 2014 is to write at least 500 words every day. So far, it has only happened about 20% of the time. I used to let the characters lead, but found that if I didn’t have an idea of how it ended, the story wouldn’t get finished. With All Is Silence and Straight Into Darkness, I started out with short paragraphs describing 30-40 scenes. Finding the ending was still challenging, as the one I had in my head didn’t work out, but having that loose framework enabled me to keep writing.

 

[Wow! We’re pretty similar. I go for 1000 words a day and i write about 12 sort sentences describing a scene.]

Movie time! Who would you want cast for All is Silence movie? Wow. I don’t know. My students might do better with this. Lizzie is of Irish and Mexican descent so Seychelle Gabriel, who has been in a bunch of science fiction roles, would be my first choice. I really can’t think of an actor for Zach, who is a solid red-headed young man. I suppose Josh Hutcherson, who played Peeta Mellark in Hunger Games, maybe. For the father figure, Mannie, I’d go with Bodie Almos, though he’s a little young, or maybe Ricardo Antonio Chavira.

 

 

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Interview Time! Deux! Kevin Hallock

So, one good interview deserves another and since Cecil was such a compelling character as the bad guy of Sojourning Souls (booo~ hiss~ *rotten tomato*). I decided to ask a few more questions. Who knows this could become a regular things!

 

Kayti: What inspired the character of Cecil?

Kevin: Honestly, I don’t really remember what inspired Cecil. I think I just liked the idea of a bad guy from the early 20th century. 

 

Kayti: What made you want to write Dead Doughboy Walking?

Kevin: Cecil was a character in Eye Spy and I wanted to learn more about him, so I started doing some research to understand more about the era he grew up in, what would have shaped his personality, and who his friends would have been. After reading several historical books about that time period, the seed for the story was planted and it grew into Dead Doughboy Walking. 

 

Kayti: Is he an easy character to write? 

Kevin: Not really. He’s a sadistic twisted character who really enjoys inflicting suffering on other people. But having said that, some parts are fun to write, like his old-fashioned vocabulary and his quirky obsession with tailored clothes. 

[Interesting, I love writing twisted characters]

 

Kayti: Will he be making appearances in any other books?

Kevin: Definitely. He’s not happy about being Johnny’d, and every body dies sometime.

[YES!]

 

Kayti: What advice would you give a new writer for creating characters?

Kevin: I think every writer is different in how they create characters. I enjoy research, and so I often spend a lot of time researching characters especially if they’re from a time or place that I’m unfamiliar with. And so if I were to offer advice, I’d encourage new writers to research their characters, including small details like what music they like, where they grew up, and other things that would make the character believable.  

 

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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.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Eye-Sojourning-Souls-Kevin-Hallock-ebook/dp/B00GZQK9X6

Amazon.ca: http://www.amazon.ca/Eye-Sojourning-Souls-Kevin-Hallock-ebook/dp/B00GZQK9X6/

Amazon.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Eye-Sojourning-Souls-Kevin-Hallock-ebook/dp/B00GZQK9X6/

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/eye-spy-kevin-j-hallock/1117531318

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/eye-spy/id771127039

Kobo Books: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/eye-spy-1

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Kevin_J_Hallock_Eye_Spy?id=j1Y8AgAAQBAJ

Sony’s ReaderStore: https://ebookstore.sony.com/ebook/kevin-j-hallock/eye-spy/_/R-400000000000001166889

Interview Time! with Kevin J. Hallock

 

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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

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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.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Eye-Sojourning-Souls-Kevin-Hallock-ebook/dp/B00GZQK9X6

Amazon.ca: http://www.amazon.ca/Eye-Sojourning-Souls-Kevin-Hallock-ebook/dp/B00GZQK9X6/

Amazon.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Eye-Sojourning-Souls-Kevin-Hallock-ebook/dp/B00GZQK9X6/

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/eye-spy-kevin-j-hallock/1117531318

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/eye-spy/id771127039

Kobo Books: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/eye-spy-1

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Kevin_J_Hallock_Eye_Spy?id=j1Y8AgAAQBAJ

Sony’s ReaderStore: https://ebookstore.sony.com/ebook/kevin-j-hallock/eye-spy/_/R-400000000000001166889

 

 

 About Kayti Nika Raet

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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!

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/311320