Friday, November 16, 2012

Interview between Keira Kroft and Sci-fi author Edward McKeown

Hello Edward. Welcome. You have conducted many interviews, about your books and your personal life and your hobbies, so today...let’s talk about Edward the reader :)

Keira: How many books do you read per year?

Not as many as I used to before I was writing and in a writing group.  Since I am usually doing 3-4 chapters every two weeks from the group that cuts into it.  However I normally have a fiction and non-fiction book going so I would say better than thirty a year.  Before I was writing it would have been two or three times as many.

Keira: Who is your favorite literary character?

Oh you are killing me.  How do I keep it to one?  If I have to commit to one, let me go with Dard Nordis of the Stars are Ours, brave, decent and devoted he was a real young person trying to fit into a universe that did not make easy allowance for him

Keira: Is there one author that you have read every book that they have written?

There are two.  Andre Norton and CJ Cherryh

Keira: In your opinion what is the best movie adaptation of a book that you've read?

It would have to be the Lord of the Rings.  Jackson did a near perfect job of balancing the needs of the movie with respect for the text

Keira: When you are browsing book stores what is the first section you go to?

What I read, SF & F, then over to the History Section.

Keira: If you had the chance to have a sit down with any author alive or deceased who would it be and why?

I have been fortunate to sit down with some living ones.  Of the living I have yet to meet would be CJ Cherryh.  Of those who have gone into the great beyond, Andre Norton.
A little bit about Edwards work.

Was Once A Hero, for sale now.

Reluctant privateer Robert Fenaday searches the stars for his lost love, Lisa, a naval intelligence officer whose ship disappeared near the end of the Conchirri War. He’s joined by the genetically engineered assassin, Shasti Rainhell, whose cold perfection masks her dark past. Both are blackmailed by government spymaster, Mandela, into a suicidal mission to the doomed planet Enshar. Leading a team of scientists and soldiers, they must unravel the mystery of that planet’s death before an ancient force reaches out to claim their lives.

The classic Planet Stories of S/F have suffered abandonment, without a rescuer, until now. Edward McKeown's "Was Once A Hero" combines adventure and romance with the dark humor and human complexities absent from a more black-and-white age. Robert Fenaday and Shasti Rainhell are real people. They make mistakes, they hurt, they stumble in the dark emotionally, and they save the world. They are flawed, wounded heroes, and they make you realize, as you hungrily turn each page, that the best fiction contains excitement and passion; and the best aspect of life is the possibility of personal redemption. Was Once a Hero provides both." Tim McLoughlin, author of "Heart of the Old Country" (Movie Title: The Narrows) and Editor of "Brooklyn Noir"

Buy it now on Amazon

Coming in the late fall of 2012


Fearful Symmetry is the second of three novels concerning Robert Fenaday’s search for his wife Lisa, and his companion and sometime lover Shasti Rainhell’s search for her humanity. The trilogy is written so the reader can pick up any of the books and have a complete SF adventure in hand, yet all three form the overarching story of Robert’s quest and Shasti’s emotional voyage of self-discovery. Robert Fenaday, reluctant privateer, and the genetically engineered, but emotionally crippled, Shasti Rainhell have survived the terror of the doomed planet Enshar. Fenaday, now wealthy, returns to New Eire to restart his life. Something unexpected has grown between he and Shasti. Love? Perhaps, Shasti cannot tell. Her hard, cold life has little prepared her for such feelings, which both exhilarate and terrify her.

On a mission to Earth, Shasti is intercepted by the Confederate spymaster, Mandela, who offers her one of her heart’s desires, revenge on her abusive creator, Jalgren Pard, leader of a guild of assassins on her homeworld of Olympia.

Torn between a new life and an old hate, Shasti falls back on what she knows best, death. She joins a Confederate team dropped on Olympia to assassinate Pard. But disaster overtakes the team. Shasti and the survivors must flee and hide on a world rife with murder and intrigue. Fenaday learns of the mission and launches a rescue, gathering old friends and new, as well as an old enemy, the cyborg, Mmok, who serves only Mandela.
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    Keira Kroft

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