I am trying something new for 2012. Twice a month I am hosting “Author Open Mic.” The days will spotlight the author’s work or any topic that they want to cover. It can be off the cuff or customized based on the author’s needs. The goal is to get readers and authors together, throw some questions out there that need to be asked and answered, and most importantly, have fun. There are no requirements or restrictions. And yes, this is for mature audiences ;-)
Author Open Mic welcomes P.K. Brent
Author of Starfire: Kingdom on the Edge of Forever.
Before we get started with the interview questions, I’d like to introduce PK Brent. I love her biography, because she is multi-talented and has such a variety of interests that I’m sure each one of us can identify with. So, let’s get to it shall we?
P.K. Brent was raised in upstate NY, next to farms, a cemetery, and an abandoned WWII munitions factory. She writes fantasy, horror and paranormal romance fiction.
Jean: Tell us 10 interesting things about yourself…
10 things about me…
1.) I have an M.S. in Information Management.
2.) I worked for many years in the Information Technology field.
3.) I once helped to train horses and taught dog obedience.
4.) I rescue Jack Russell terriers, the craziest funniest dogs.
5.) I still feel bad about Laika, the dog sent into space, and I dedicated my space romance to her.
6.) I play World of Warcraft.
7.) I like Oblivion and Skyrim — metafiction in action.
8.) I’m a voracious reader in many genres.
9.) I split my time between northern FL and upstate NY.
10.) I study Hermeticism.
Jean: PK, can you tell us a little about Hermeticism because I’m sure there are some out there that are not familiar with this belief system? I assuming it plays a big role in your writing. Can you share with us how your belief system influences your writing and how you draw some of those beliefs into your writing?
PK: Hermeticism is the western mystery tradition. It’s not a belief system or a religion. It goes back to antiquity, though there have always been groups that study and practice it. It’s a western Yoga and focuses on raising awareness. In regard to my writing, the main influence of Hermeticism has to do with my study of mythology, meditation, magick, and mysticism.
Jean: You mentioned in your biography that you rescue Jack Russell terriers. How many do you have? What qualities does a Jack Russell have that draws you to them? Do you want to share one important fact for future Jack Russell owners?
PK: I have two Jack Russell rescues, plus my son’s bichon frisee, a dwarf rabbit, a hamster and a beta fish. I’m not taking in any more Jack Russells now, but I am a volunteer to transport rescue dogs. Jack Russell’s are extremely active, funny, persistent, and intelligent. They are not AKC dogs, so they vary somewhat in appearance, and Jacks have more natural canine instincts than other dogs. They avidly look for opportunities to hunt, kill vermin, and protect the home. They are definitely not for everyone. You need a fenced yard. Plus they frequently will try to kill smaller animals. Some are same sex aggressive (toward other dogs) and some dislike children. My oldest one is Little Louie, who weighs 14 pds. and is mixed with Pomeranian (or something). He was returned twice to the SPCA for being “too active.” I’ve had him for 10 years and he still has a very high energy level. My other dog, Delilah, was kept in a cat carrier her first year, unable to stand up, soiling herself all day. She was starved down to 8 pds. and now weighs 17 pds. She was so weak and confused when I got her, that it took a solid year to housebreak her. But she is fine now and a very good dog. Jacks are hugely affectionate and loyal to their owner, but you have to earn their trust.
Jean: Do you have any New Year resolutions you would like to share?
PK: No. Sorry! I didn’t make any. I’m in the process of moving to Northern Florida so I’ve been focusing all my energies on that.
Jean: Okay, I am fascinated with your novel, Starfire: Kingdom on the Edge of Forever. I love storylines that bring two races together to fight a common enemy. Can you tell us a little about the book and its characters?
Back Cover Blurb: Danizar is a young, halfbreed beauty, — illegitimate daughter of the late Roran King and the Valent woman Eluna. She has the self-discipline of a Roran and the unique gifts of the Valent, an ancient wisdom race. Because of her mixed heritage, Danizar is an outsider to both the Valent and Roran cultures, which are distant and strange to each other. Yet it falls to her, to convince the Roran that the threat of the Zunit insect race is real, and to convince the Valent that they must work with the Roran if they are to win against the Zunit. If Danizar fails, the galaxy will be lost.
PK: Danizar is the main character. She has always been an outsider, due to her mixed racial background. Neither of her birth races accept her, so she has had to make her way alone in a hostile world. Facing adversity has shaped her and made her into a strong, capable woman.
Jean: Are there any romantic interests for Danizar? If so, who?
PK: Eventually Danizar and the Roran Tenaegon fall in love. That will be a main theme in book 2.
Jean: Can you tell us a little more about the three races? Roran, Valent and Zunit.
PK: The Valent are an ancient wisdom race that seeded the galaxy. All other humanoid in the galaxy evolved from Valent seed, but they are all far more primitive. The Roran are very conservative, factual, and rigid. Danizar is half Roran and half Valent. Both look down on her and consider her to be improper and inferior. The Zunit are the evil insect people. They look like large preying mantises and talk in a high pitched squeak.
Jean: What was the hardest thing about writing this book/series? Research, character or world development? Cover? What was the easiest?
PK: It was really easy to write this book. I wrote 14,000 words in one day. I wrote it while my son was playing chess tournaments. I drove him, so had several hours at a time to write, while he was playing. The cover was tricky, because after the fact I realized that I should have bought rights to the medium size image, not the large. So the font is smaller than it should be. I’ll redo it eventually. I’m an indie author, so I don’t have a copy editior, storyline editor, publicist, or graphic arts department. I’m working to improve in all these areas. I think the marketing is really the hardest part for me. Putting myself “out there” is unnatural for me.
Jean: Now Kingdom on the Edge of Forever is the first book in the Starfire series. What can we look forward to next?
PK: The next book is tentatively titled, Starfire: When Worlds Collide. This will show Danizar on the Planet Roran, where she was raised and treated like a slave. Now she comes back successful. Plus the battle with the Zunit insect race will become serious. There are a few people from her past who make an appearance. Also, she starts to fall in love, but there are complications of course.
Jean: Where can readers find out more about you and your series?
PK: They can visit my website at pkbrent.com, and my books are available on Amazon.
Jean: Where can readers purchase your book?
PK: On Amazon.com
Jean: Are there other novels you would like to share?
PK: Yes, I also have a young adult paranormal series titled The Witch of the Western Gate. This is full of action and paranormal characters.
Open Mic can’t work without some shot from the hip questions or comments, so don’t delay…. Post your question below!
I want to thank P.K. Brent for taking the Open Mic and sharing her book, Starfire: Kingdom on the Edge of Forever. Look for more on this author.
Have a Happy New Year!!
Your humble host ~ Jean Murray