Book Nerd Guest Post
Rob Kaay is an Australian author and musician.
During his entire twenties, Rob toured Australia and America in a major-label signed rock band. On the road he would read books by incredible writers such as Chuck Palahniuk, Hunter S. Thompson and Bret Easton Ellis.
Eventually wanting to get off the road in his early thirties, Rob chose to base himself where he originally started; Perth, Western Australia. It was here he used his decade-long traveling experience to begin writing his own stories.
Rob's first urban fantasy novel is called, Silverbirch; A Tear in the Fabric of the Night Sky and is available now in Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle and iBooks format.
Currently, Rob is releasing spoken word podcasts of Silverbirch for free, where he narrates and writes most of the music himself. Some chapters also feature the voice of a Los Angeles based actress named Mem Kennedy and music with permission by Nine Inch Nails and Moby.
Rob is gearing up to release the sequel to Silverbirch in 2012, recently returning from a ten-month research expedition covering thirty countries.
Do you believe in life after death?
Wow, that's one hell of a question to get the day started with!
The truth of it is, I think about this topic at least once every single day of my life. I have done since I was a little boy.
I remember in graphic detail, one of my primary school teachers telling the class that the entire reason for our existence was simply to procreate. "That's it," he said. "We are all simply here to make more of ourselves. Unless we do so, the human race will cease to exist."
It's the first time I can remember disagreeing with an adult's point of view. I mean, sure, most of us plan on having children. To ensure the Human race lives on. But, even back then, something inside me knew we must be here for a greater purpose than to just make more of ourselves.
That teacher's proclamation got me thinking about the true meaning of my own existence. He got me thinking about what happens after I die. It's a really cool moment, as a child, when you get to that point. Similar to the moment you look up at the stars and wonder, "What the hell are they there for?"
I've been chasing the answer to my own existence ever since. In between living the life of a so-called normal Australian male. Fitting-in to the environment and system that was built around me before I ever had a say.
It didn't take me long, as an adult, to find that talking about this particular subject to your peers makes you sound obsessed with death. And because no one knows the answers, I've found most people are scared to talk about it. And if they're not scared, they have closed the mention of it for discussion and put it in the too-hard area of their brain. Or, worse still, they think the topic is too crazy to talk about.
I guess this is the main reason I write the Silverbirch novels. They allow me to ponder the concept of life after death in the format of a fantasy novel. The characters and books don't judge me when I ask the hard questions. Quite the opposite, actually. They help me look for the answers.
Do I believe in life after death?
Can I prove it?
No. But I think that's all part of the master plan.
Although Nudge hates the red lightning-bolt mushrooms, if he doesn't find their source, he has no chance of reuniting with his soul mate.