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HER UNIVERSE

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CHILDREN OF THE FIFTH SUN

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Guest Post with E. M. Fitch


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E. M. Fitch is an author who loves scary stories, chocolate, and tall trees. Her latest novel, OF THE TREES, is a Young Adult horror/fantasy inspired by haunted cemeteries and the darker musings of W.B. Yeats. Its sequel, AT WOODS EDGE, will be released in the coming year from Month9Books. She is the author of the Young Adult zombie trilogy: THE BREAK FREE SERIES. Her story, BETWEEN SHADOWS, was recently featured in the Fragments of Darkness anthology; and her new collection of short stories entitled THE VEIL: GHOSTS, GOBLINS, GHOULS is coming soon! She has been published in Pulp Metal Magazine, Under the Bed Magazine, and her short stories RELEASE and THE CREEP were featured respectively in CHBB’s Lurking in the Shadows and Lurking in the Mind anthologies. When not dreaming up new ways to torture characters, she is usually corralling her four children, or thinking of ways to tire them out so she can get an hour of peace at night.

        


Grade Level: 7 - 9
Series: Of the Trees
Paperback: 302 pages
Publisher: Month9Books (April 16, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 194867159X
ISBN-13: 978-1948671590

BEYOND THE WILD WOOD
The faery queen has forbidden Aidan from stalking his prey, but Cassie should have known that nothing would keep him from what he wants: to steal her away forever into the realm of the Fae.


TOP TEN FAVORITE MOVIES
NOW THIS I CAN DO WITHOUT BLINKING!
  • 1) La La Land
  • 2) Casablanca (and if you know why I’m listing those two movies next to each other, message me, we might be undiscovered best friends).
  • 3) Ten Things I Hate About You – the best ever teen movie.
  • 4) Actually no, wait…Can’t Hardly Wait – hilarious. 
  • 5) Nightmare on Elm Street – my fav of all the campy, fun horror films of the 80s.
  • 6) Psycho. Really, all of Hitchcock, but that would take up the entire list. 
  • 7) Zombieland
  • 8) His Girl Friday. Freaking classic, such amazing writing! If you haven’t seen it, check this one out.
  • 9) The Boondock Saints
  • 10) And…hmm…let’s end on a musical. Chicago.

Beyond the Wild Wood (Of the Trees 3) by E.M. Fitch
Publication Date: April 15, 2019
Publisher: Month9Books


The faery queen has forbidden Aidan from stalking his prey, but Cassie should have known that nothing would keep him from what he wants: to steal her away forever into the realm of the Fae.

Cassie struggles to pick up what’s left of her life, keeping true to her promise to watch over her best friend’s son. But despite the faery queen’s promise of safety, the shadow of Aidan is ever present in her mind, haunting her dreams and turning forest shadows into nightmares. The rest of her friends are getting ready for college, but not her. The Fae haven’t left yet. Cassie knows because Laney lingers still, drawn to the son she gave up, the foliage at his window sill bright green and flourishing at her touch.

Laney’s son is safe in the arms of his adoptive parents, and the babe has Cassie to watch over him from afar. That should have been enough for the new faery, but it wasn’t. She couldn’t let her son go. Laney watches him from afar, motionless, ageless, addicted to his tiny movements and contented sighs. The thought of leaving him is unbearable, even if she knows leaving is the only way to keep her best friend safe from Aidan’s grasp.

When the faery queen’s threat of departure becomes all too real, Aidan takes matters into his own hands, throwing the Fae into a battle that risks their very existence. His action impels Laney to choose which side she really belongs on—human or faery—and forces Cassie to decide just who she can trust, at last, with the truth.

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Gather the Fortunes by Bryan Camp




Series: A Crescent City Novel (Book 2)
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: John Joseph Adams/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (May 21, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1328876713
ISBN-13: 978-1328876713


Praise for GATHER THE FORTUNES

"Camp’s prose is suspenseful and rich with feeling, highlighting an incredible heroine. VERDICT: Full of magic and numerous mythologies but still tied to the lush New Orleans setting, this Crescent City is one readers will not want to leave." —Library Journal, STARRED

"Savory...Renai’s second outing is as raucous as her first, and the magic is just as double-edged and slippery... Renai is a real standout of a heroine, a powerful African-American woman cutting through bad or desperate situations in living and dead realms of increasing chaos, armed with snark, courage, and a storm of magic drawn from deep within her. This will be a feast for all lovers of urban and dark fantasy." —Publishers Weekly, STARRED

"The second Crescent City book (after The City of Lost Fortunes, 2018) once again displays Camp's ability to weave different mythological beliefs in fascinating ways. Readers will relate to Renai as she learns her most trusted guides are unreliable in this fast-paced urban fantasy." —Booklist, STARRED

"In this second installment of his Crescent City urban fantasy series, Camp raises the stakes and broadens the scope of his alternate world...the richness and inventiveness of Camp's vision and the vivacity, warmth, and compassion of his leading woman keep you alert to whatever's happening next. As with the real New Orleans, once you leave this creepier but just as colorful variant, you'll be eager to go back." —Kirkus Reviews

"What a joy it is to return to Bryan Camp's weird, dark, vivid, gorgeous magical New Orleans. Highly recommended!" —Sam J. Miller, award-winning author of Blackfish City

“The magic and mythological heft of Bryan Camp’s debut doesn’t lose any momentum in Gather the Fortunes. He captures the essence and resilience of a still healing New Orleans by digging into the parts of a city too often ignored by the well-to-do and powerful. If The City of Lost Fortunes was a love letter to New Orleans then its next installment is an Earl King blue’s song.” —Brent Lambert, editor at FIYAH Magazine


Renaissance Raines has found her place among the psychopomps—the guides who lead the souls of the recently departed through the Seven Gates of the Underworld—and done her best to avoid the notice of gods and mortals alike. But when a young boy named Ramses St. Cyr manages to escape his foretold death, Renai finds herself at the center of a deity-thick plot unfolding in New Orleans. Someone helped Ramses slip free of his destined end -- someone willing to risk everything to steal a little slice of power for themselves.

Is it one of the storm gods that’s descended on the city? The death god who’s locked the Gates of the Underworld? Or the manipulative sorcerer who also cheated Death? When she finds the schemer, there’s gonna be all kinds of hell to pay, because there are scarier things than death in the Crescent City. Renaissance Raines is one of them.


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Photo Content from Bryan Camp

Bryan Camp is a graduate of the Clarion West Writer’s Workshop and the University of New Orleans’ Low-Residency MFA program. He started his first novel, The City of Lost Fortunes, in the backseat of his parents’ car as they evacuated for Hurricane Katrina. He has been, at various points in his life: a security guard at a stockcar race track, a printer in a flag factory, an office worker in an oil refinery, and a high school English teacher. He can be found on twitter @bryancamp and at bryancamp.com. He lives in New Orleans with his wife and their three cats, one of whom is named after a superhero.
        

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Allie Larkin Author Interview


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Allie Larkin is the internationally bestselling author of the novels, Stay and Why Can’t I Be You (Dutton/Plume), and the upcoming novel, Swimming for Sunlight (Touchstone, 2019). Her short fiction has been published in the Summerset Review and Slice Magazine, and nonfiction in the anthologies, I’m Not the Biggest Bitch in This Relationship and Author in Progress. 

Allie lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, Jeremy, and their fearful, faithful German Shepherd, Stella.

        
  


Where were you born and where do you call home?
I grew up in the New York City suburb of Somers, New York and live in the San Francisco Bay Area now, but I moved to Rochester, New York in my early twenties and spent the first part of my adult life there. Rochester is the place I feel homesick for. I consider it my hometown, even though I was a transplant.

What made you take the plunge and start writing?
I was always a reader, but I’d struggled in school and never thought of myself as a writer. I went to school for theatre and loved the character study work, but overall, it didn’t feel like my calling. I dropped out of school, spent some time working as a bartender. When I eventually went back to school for Communications, I took a few writing classes and felt like my mind finally made sense to me. I wrote the short story that turned into my first novel, STAY, in a class during my senior year. There was still a long journey from that short story to being published — I quit writing several times. Eventually, I found an amazing writing group and wrote STAY at a rate of eight pages a week, due at our Monday night meetings.

What were your inspirations for the character development?
After the first or second draft, I felt that to write well-rounded women who are in their seventies, I needed a better understanding of what Nan and Bitsie’s lives had been like when they were younger. I never took Women’s Studies in college, so I started studying on my own, reading books like The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan, Gail Collins’s brilliant book, When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present, and Feminism and Pop Culture by Andi Zeisler. I also listened to audiobook memoirs written by Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda, Carole King, and My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Diana Nyad’s memoir about swimming from Cuba to Florida at age sixty-four was especially influential, as a reminder that there’s a great benefit to the wisdom and depth of strength we acquire over the years, and that’s something we need to celebrate with ferocity.

That research helped me form a solid scaffolding for the characters, but I think their hearts grew from my homesickness. I had a hard time leaving my friends in Rochester – especially my writing group, and book club -- when we moved cross-country. It was comforting to spend so much time imagining Katie and Nan’s world. I wrote these characters because I needed them, and I hope readers will find some joy in spending time with them too. I have to admit that I miss the women from SWIMMING FOR SUNLIGHT as if they’re real people — what I wouldn’t give to have coffee with Bitsie!

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Any time someone tells me one of my books is their comfort read, I feel like my heart grows three sizes. I have those books — the ones with characters who feel like friends — that I turn to when I need some nurturing. That I have the opportunity to create that for someone else is astounding to me. I’m so honored.

What was your unforgettable moment while writing Luca and Nan?
I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but I loved writing the scene with the Eydie Gormé song.

In your new book; SWIMMING FOR SUNLIGHT, can you tell my Book Nerd community a little about it
SWIMMING FOR SUNLIGHT is about a woman named Katie who gives up everything in her divorce to gain custody of her fearful, faithful rescue dog, Barkimedes. Katie, (who’s also fearful), moves in with her grandmother, Nan, and soon discovers that Nan used to be a mermaid performer in a roadside attraction show. Katie and Nan start searching for the long lost mermaids and plan a reunion performance.

Are there authors that you’re excited to engage/work with?
Caroline Angell (author of ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD) is an absolute dream to work with. We have been accountability partners for several years now, and I am so lucky.

I go on weekly hikes with Cassandra Dunn (author of THE ART OF ADAPTING) to discuss our writing and creativity and life in general. We climbed a mountain together recently. 14 miles and the equivalent of 354 flights of stairs!

Recently, I had the opportunity to meet Ann Mah (author of THE LOST VINTAGE) in person, after many years of being online friends and critique partners. She was in San Francisco for a book event, and it was so great to see her in action. The depth of her knowledge base is astounding.

I’m tempted to go on and on. Getting to know other authors is a great gift. I will never lose the awe of having the opportunity to read books as they’re still developing, getting to see where an author takes them. And I deeply love meeting people who also spend their time creating fiction. It’s lovely to have that understanding built into a friendship, because it’s a strange thing we do, spending all this time imagining.

What part of Katie did you enjoy writing the most?
I’ve struggled with anxiety since childhood. I realized that to write about Katie’s issues with anxiety and trauma, I had to get very honest about how it’s felt for me. The details of Katie’s life are nothing like my own, but the way her panic feels in her body, and the fear, shame, and frustration around having anxiety are true to my experiences.

I was able to write this book because I’ve found effective ways to manage my anxiety and so I could examine these feelings from a place of safety, but it was still hard to write. I found myself having to work extra hard to make sure I didn’t get overloaded with anxiety. I know that might not sound enjoyable, but it felt victorious. I was honest with myself in ways I hadn’t even tried to be before. And writing this book makes me feel like what I went through was for something — I created work I think is beautiful as a result of the struggles I’ve had. I’m proud of that. And I hope it helps other people who have issues with trauma and anxiety feel less alone.

What book would you recommend for others to read?
I just finished CITY OF FLICKERING LIGHT by Juliette Fay and loved every moment of it. It’s a fascinating look at old Hollywood, it feels like a grand adventure, and the characters are completely endearing.

If you could have written one book in history, what book would that be?
I am completely obsessed with Song of the Lark by Willa Cather.

What is the one, single food that you would never give up?
I know it’s weird, but I love tofu. Like earnestly, honestly love tofu. Even plain. It makes me happy. (That’s super relatable, right?)

What is the most important object you own?
A computer. I’m not specifically tied to my computer, but having a computer is vitally important to me. My brain doesn’t work in a linear way. I didn’t think I could be a writer when I was a kid, writing longhand, rubbing holes through my loose leaf with a pencil eraser, because I could never connect the dots of a story in one pass. Writing makes my brain feel better, and my computer makes my writing better.

What decade during the last century would you have chosen to be a teenager?
I think now. While I know social media adds so much pressure to teenage life, the access to information and opportunities for engagement are abundant. I think I would have benefitted greatly from knowing the world was bigger than the place where I came from.

What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning?
It usually involves my dear friend, Stella, because she’s nudging me with her cute doggy nose.

What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?
When we moved to California we drove cross-country with Stells. It changed my perspective in ways I’d never expected and is one of my best memories. I wish for everyone to have the opportunity to safely and enthusiastically explore like that.

Where can readers find you?
My website is: https://allielarkinwrites.com
I’m on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/AllieLarkin
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/allielarkinwrites/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/allielarkinwrites/

I also do editorial and mentoring work, and readers can connect with me about that here: https://allielarkinwrites.com/resources/writer-resources/

TEN RANDOM THINGS ABOUT ME
  • 1. I can hang four spoons on my face at the same time.
  • 2. Even though I was always a reader, I didn’t start writing until my twenties.
  • 3. I’ve been a vegan for four years, but I stopped eating mammals when I was in third grade.
  • 4. There’s no way I’m accomplishing anything that could be considered housework without a good audiobook or podcast.
  • 5. I studied classical voice for ten years, but won’t sing in public.
  • 6. Other than singing in public, I’m thankfully not plagued by stage-fright. I don’t try to picture the audience in their underwear. I imagine everyone is my dear friend.
  • 7. I spent time teaching myself to sew so I could write Katie’s costume-making scenes in SWIMMING FOR SUNLIGHT.
  • 8. When I was a child, my imaginary friend moved away. I was devastated and for some reason didn’t seem to think I could simply imagine him back.
  • 9. I have a hard time leaving the house without sunglasses, regardless of the weather, because I like to watch people and it’s better if they can’t tell.
  • 10. I think visually. When I’m imagining my characters and settlings it feels like I’m watching a movie about them in my head (the image is a little cloudy sometimes, and I have to rewind a lot). For me, writing feels like a process of transcribing the right details and feelings from those imaginings.

When recently divorced Katie Ellis and her rescue dog Bark move back in with Katie’s grandmother in Florida, she becomes swept up in a reunion of her grandmother’s troupe of underwater performers—finding hope and renewal in unexpected places, in this sweet novel perfect for fans of Kristan Higgins and Claire Cook.

Aspiring costume designer Katie gave up everything in her divorce to gain custody of her fearful, faithful rescue dog, Barkimedes. While she figures out what to do next, she heads back to Florida to live with her grandmother, Nan.

But Katie quickly learns there’s a lot she doesn’t know about Nan—like the fact that in her youth Nan was a mermaid performer in a roadside attraction show, swimming and dancing underwater with a close-knit cast of talented women. Although most of the mermaids have since lost touch, Katie helps Nan search for her old friends on Facebook, sparking hopes for a reunion show. Katie is up for making some fabulous costumes, but first, she has to contend with her crippling fear of water.

As Katie’s college love Luca, a documentary filmmaker, enters the fray, Katie struggles to balance her hopes with her anxiety, and begins to realize just how much Bark’s fears are connected to her own, in this thoughtful, charming novel about hope after loss and friendships that span generations.

Praise for SWIMMING FOR SUNLIGHT

"With a light touch and a big heart, Allie Larkin has crafted a moving, humorous, and utterly absorbing novel about a woman who discovers that sometimes you need to take a step back to learn how to move forward. I fell in love with her witty, strong-willed, resilient characters — including Barkimedes, the rescue pup whose spirit sparks both joy and growth in everyone he meets." —Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train

"Allie Larkin knows her characters so well—and loves them so much. Reading Swimming for Sunlight is like visiting a real place, spending time with a real and really good friend." —Rainbow Rowell, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eleanor & Park

“Swimming for Sunlight hits all of the women’s fiction sweet spots: strong relationships that grow throughout the book, light romance, and a main character who is easy to root for. An excellent suggestion for readers looking for an engaging summer read. —Booklist, starred review

"Larkin enthralls with a revealing view of one woman’s life as she moves on after a painful divorce. . . . Emotional and heartwarming, Larkin’s touching story is complete with romance, nostalgia, and genuine friendship." —Publishers Weekly

"Sweet, tender, and real, Allie Larkin's work is funny, endearing, and simply lovely time and time again." —Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones & The Six

"Populated by vivid characters that include aging "mermaids" and a companion dog so endearing that I, a cat person, was tempted to go find my own Barkimedes, Swimming for Sunlight is a rare thing: an intelligent, compassionate, entertaining tale that satisfies both the heart and the head. I loved this book and everyone in it!” —Therese Anne Fowler, author of A Well Behaved Woman and Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

"I instantly fell in love with this narrator—who’s brave, funny, feisty, tender, and, most of all, relatable. She handles a seismic change in her life with rapier-sharp humor and grace, proving that life’s curveballs can be processed with love and laughter—and the often-underestimated power of the companionship and loyalty of animals. Katie's next chapter in life takes us on a wild, waterpark ride, addressing losses in her past, the surfacing of a college flame, and a grandmother you'll wish was your own. Add to this Larkin’s descriptive writing—which sparkles on the page—and you have a gem of a novel."  —Lolly Winston, New York Times bestselling author of Good Grief and Happiness Sold Separately

"I loved every page of this beautiful, heartfelt book. Full of compassion, warmth, and charm, Larkin makes a complex story about anxiety and loss and female friendships at all ages feel both effortless and hopeful. I dare you not to hug this book when you finish.” —Julie Buxbaum, New York Times bestselling author of Tell Me Three Things and What to Say Next

"Poignant and funny, touching and eccentric, Swimming for Sunlight is brimming with heart. A gem of a novel that will charm not only dog lovers, but anyone, anywhere who's ever felt a twinge of anxiety. In other words, all of us." —Tish Cohen, author of Inside Out Girl and Town House

"This novel of hope, loss and friendships—both human and furry—make for the perfect spring read." —Dogster Magazine
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Thank you ALLIE LARKIN for making this giveaway possible.
Winner will receive a Copy of Swimming for Sunlight by Allie Larkin. 

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Monday, April 22, 2019

Gareth Worthington Author Interview


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Gareth Worthington is a trained marine biologist and also holds a doctorate in comparative endocrinology. Currently, Gareth works full time for the Pharmaceutical industry helping to educate the World's doctors on new cancer therapies. In his spare time Gareth has a number of passions, including: martial arts - he trained in Muay Thai at the prestigious EVOLVE MMA gym in Singapore and currently trains in MMA at Phoenix Sportkampf, Switzerland; playing acoustic guitar; studying ancient history; drawing; and most of all writing fiction.

An award winning author, he hopes to one day hang up the pharma hat and write full time.

You can visit his author page and blog at www.garethworthington.com

        
  


Series: Children of the Fifth Sun (Book 1)
Paperback: 414 pages
Publisher: Vesuvian Books (July 25, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1944109404


Praise for CHILDREN OF THE FIFTH SUN

"An action-packed, globe-hopping science fiction thriller... pedal-to-the-metal pacing and relentless action make it easy to turn pages..." ―Kirkus Reviews

"Insane! What Gareth did here was incredible! This author took a global look at America, China, and Russia, and added a species from another era into the mix, to create a well-researched novel of suspense, intrigue, with dashing individuals. The characters travel the world on a unique mission while trying to stay out of the line of fire as rogue government agencies from several different countries try to stop them. It's a wild ride from California to Peru, from Egypt to Siberia. The amount of research put into this novel is on par with a Michael Crichton novel. The main character, Kelly Graham, reminded me of Dirk Pitt from Clive Cussler's novels. Overall, an incredible read and a book I'm recommending." ―Jonas Saul, Best-selling author of the Sarah Roberts Series, April 2017

Suspend disbelief and let yourself travel on a downriver, undersea, and overland adventure in this well-constructed novel. The author takes you on a fast paced journey full of intrigue, government secrets, unusual creatures and just a tad of romance. Superlatives abound and the literary illumination paints an image so clear you feel you are there with the characters. For those who know the author, there are bit of his personality revealed which makes reading the novel even more enjoyable. A bit Tom Clancy, a hint of Dan Brown -- authentically Gareth in his debut work. ―Charity Scripture

"Scientist Worthington's understanding of the complexities and possibilities of marine biology and endocrinology are evident." ―Publishers Weekly, May 2017

***WINNER, SCI FI CATEGORY, 2017 LONDON BOOK FESTIVAL***
***2018 SILVER FALCHION AWARD FINALIST***
***2018 CYGNUS AWARD SHORTLIST (WINNER TBD)***




Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
When I attended the Dragon Awards in Atlanta with my co-author Stu Jones. We were up for ‘Best Science Fiction Award’ for our book ‘It Takes Death to Reach a Star’. Up against Andy Weir’s ‘Artemis’ and ‘Persopolis Rising’ by James SA Corey, we knew we wouldn’t win—it was a contest judged by public votes—but to even be there meant we had enough fans to put us on the ballet in the first place!

When/how did you realize you had a creative dream or calling to fulfill?
I’ve been writing since I was a kid, on and off. I spent a few summers writing short stories. I had a big idea—which eventually became ‘Children of the Fifth Sun (COTFS)’—all about the pyramids in Egypt. I wrote a little story based on the idea for a school project when I was maybe 14 years old. My English teacher said I should be a writer. I guess she was right.

Where were you born and where do you call home?
I was born in Plymouth, UK. But to be honest, home is where my kids are. I have lived in California, the Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland and Singapore. I move around, but if my kids are with me, it’s home.

What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 30 or less words, what would you say?
My most recent book… that’s hard, I’m working on few: the sequel to ‘It Takes Death to Reach a Star’ called ‘In the Shadow of a Valiant Moon’; a new book tentatively titled ‘Endo: Condition Black’ with Stu Jones; a Nordic noir thriller at the request of my publisher, and of course the final book in the Children of the Fifth Sun trilogy called ‘COTFS: Rubicon’.

COTFS: Rubicon is challenging to write as it is the end of a twenty-year journey, both literally for me but also in the story which spans the same time frame. The appeal of the COTFS series is that while it is heavy in grounded sci fi, and draws on elements of Indiana Jones and The Abyss, it is at its heart about what it means to be human and flawed. Book one was Kelly’s journey through pain and letting it define him as a person. Book two was about Freya and her being thrown into motherhood in a scary world. Book three is about KJ, Freya’s son now grown, trying to live up to the memory of a father he never knew. Of course, the military, intrigue, thrills, ancient knowledge bringers and fanatical cults are all a big part!

Which character have you enjoyed getting to know the most?
Kelly Graham for sure. Kelly represents a specific time in my life where the pain of my past very much defined me, and the fear of letting that go was overwhelming. Who was I without it? If I let the pain go, do I let the people who endured it with me go also? It was cathartic to write him.

Can you tell us when you started CHILDREN OF THE FIFTH SUN, how that came about?
Well, as mentioned initially it was based on a school project. I was obsessed with ancient Egypt. And then in maybe 2010 I started reading non-fiction books by Graham Hancock and the like regarding alternate history and things that make little chronological sense by archeological terms. I started to piece these fragments together and build a ‘what if’ story. It just exploded from there. Initially it was only ever meant to be one story, but my publisher—who firmly believes in the cinematic potential of the story—said: “I need two more books!”

For those who are unfamiliar with Kelly, how would you introduce him?
I have people who love Kelly and people who hate him, which is interesting given he is in a large part me. Kelly is broken, guilt-ridden for being unable to prevent a tragedy in his past. Because of this, he willingly throws himself into situations that will likely get him killed, and keeps everyone at arms-length by being sarcastic and foul-mouthed. To love again would open him to hurt he couldn’t take. But, if you mean something to him—even if you don’t know it—he’d charge in where angels fear to tread to save you.

Who has had the most influence in your life?
My kids by a country mile. Most of my life I have had to rely on myself and my own instincts on what is right, where to go, what direction to take. When my kids were born, something chemical changed in my brain. I thought I’d be a terrible father—but it feels so right to be one now. My son is autistic and he shows me every day what it means to see the world in a different light. My daughter is a little bundle of emotion, and makes me laugh constantly.

Do you play a musical instrument?
I play guitar, badly—haha! I taught myself. I don’t read music, I can play by ear and hear notes. It’s therapeutic sometimes.

What was the best memory you ever had as a writer?
Opening my first box of books. It was amazing to see something I’d created that technically could last forever.

What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?
To go to the moon or Mars or even the ISS. I am an official citizen of Asgardia, the space nation. The universe is so vast and we are so small. I want to feel that sense of insignificance.

What was a time in your life when you were really scared?
Ha. Most of my childhood. My father was very abusive. I grew up scared. Who knew he gave me the tools to be a writer? I think pain helps, and it comes through in my writing. Every lead character has a piece of me in them.

Which incident in your life that totally changed the way you think today?
My kids being born. Before my problems mattered. Now, only they matter.

TEN FAVORITE GUY/GIRL CHARACTERS FROM YOUR BOOKS, INCLUDING RANDOM FACTS ABOUT THEM.
  • 1. Kelly Graham – when nervous, his balls tingle (nutflies).
  • 2. Freya Nilsson – screws her nose up when she’s annoyed.
  • 3. Mila Solokoff – has a favorite insult: “Jackbag”.
  • 4. Demitri Stasevich – has a thing for classical music.
  • 5. K’in – likes mashed beans.
  • 6. Vedmak – has disdain for pretty much every other human on the planet.
  • 7. Faruq – is honorable to a fault, even if it means giving his life.
  • 8. Jonathan Teller – likes Star Trek a bit too much, annoying his colleagues with quotes.
  • 9. Mos – has a crush on a Gracile he meets.
  • 10. Ghofaun – likes to make moonshine he calls ‘Dreamy Clouds’.

Genre: “Science Faction” - science fiction, action and adventure with fact-based science, theories and mythology

IN ALMOST EVERY BELIEF SYSTEM ON EARTH, there exists a single unifying mythos: thousands of years ago a great flood devastated the Earth’s inhabitants. From the ruins of this cataclysm, a race of beings emerged from the sea bestowing knowledge and culture upon humanity, saving us from our selfish drive toward extinction. Some say this race were “ancient aliens” who came to assist our evolution.

But what if they weren’t alien at all? What if they evolved right here on Earth, alongside humans . . . and they are still here? And, what if the World’s governments already know?



  
Kelly Graham is a narcissistic self-assured freelance photographer specializing in underwater assignments. While on a project in the Amazon with his best friend, Chris D'Souza, a mysterious and beautiful government official, Freya Nilsson, enters Kelly’s life and turns it upside down. Her simple request to retrieve a strange object from deep underwater puts him in the middle of an international conspiracy. A conspiracy that threatens to change the course of human history.
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