- We’ll skip the “tell us about yourself” because coming up with something on the spot is, truly, the bane of an author’s existence. So, let’s start with something a little easier! Tell me what you’re working on at the moment.
At the moment I have completed my first novel, The Interstellar Police Force, Book One: The Historic Mission. And in March of this year I self-published it on Amazon. I will be branching off to other platforms shorty. This will be a three book series and book two, The Interstellar Police Force, Book Two: Beauty of Violence, is now about98% completed.
2. In as much detail as you would like, tell me about your book(s) that are already out/on the way.
This Science Fiction-Action-Comedy, set on present day Earth, begins in a far-off galaxy. Prodor Moffit and four other prisoners have escaped to Earth and it’s up to two IPF Agents to find them. But, right off, they are met with problems. The first is that they have limited information on the human race that only goes up to the late 1950’s. The second is that the Agents are alien in appearance, so to complete their covert mission they must replicate themselves into humans. The commander’s replication succeeds, but due to a computer glitch his partner is replicated into a Doberman Pincher. With mid-twentieth century information in hand, the agents successfully land. And with the help of a young Earth girl who unwittingly discovers their true identities, the mission to re-capture Prodor Moffit and the other prisoners is on
3. As far as the writing process goes—including such things as conception of idea all the way through to money in the bank—what is the least favourite bit? (Everyone has one!)
Well, the story actually came to me in a song I heard on the radio while driving. And I do try to read a lot so the writing process came kinda naturally to me. How the dialogue should flow, the pacing, things like that. Being that this is my first novel I haven’t really come across anything yet that is my least favorite thing about the writing process
4. Conversely, what is the bit of the writing process that gets your writery brain grinning?
Having an idea just flow on the paper always makes me grin. There were several paragraphs that I didn’t pre-write ahead of time or even thought about. It just unfolded as I wrote, like I was watching the outcome in a movie playing in my head.
5. If you could steal any author’s ability to improve your own work, who would you steal from and why? (e.g. Tolkien’s language skills, Douglas Adams’ humour, etc.)
It would probably be Dean Koontz. I just like the way he puts a story together. The guy really knows how to build a world into a book that you just can’t put down.
6. Now for some fun! The main character of the book you’re working on (or have recently finished) has kidnapped you for ruining their life. How will you explain that what you’re doing is for the best?
Not sure how to really answer this one. If anything, I gave him a purpose. I gave him a new police investigation to solve. An investigation that takes him and his partner of many years to a new and unknown world to do what they both do best as police officers.
7. You, your main character(s), and the protagonist of the last book you read are playing poker. What are the stakes? Who will win and why?
Ok, I can see this. I’m sitting at a round, green felt covered poker table, chips and discarded cards in the center. Jeff Trent just bet it all and Genghis Khan (the Doberman) calls. Sitting with us is Zoey Drake, the anti-hero from Lisa Unger’s novel The Red Hunter, which I just finished yesterday. She’s thinking that she could upturn the table and karate kick us all into oblivion and run off with the loot. But in reality, Genghis has a full house and wins the pot because he’s the only one who fully understands the game.
8. Let’s face it, writing is hard. What do you think are some traps to avoid in your particular area of expertise? (Whether that be your genre, your knowledge of plot, your character building, your world building, etc.)
I would think you could easily get trapped in your world building. Mine takes place on present day Earth in a town I conjured up. But, I can imagine the difficulties if my story was on a different world.
- Anything else you’d like to add? Plots to take over the world, for example. Upcoming release dates, links and things, maybe even your favourite chocolate cake recipe.
Right now it will be awhile before Book Two comes out. But you can find Book One on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08YXTFBGT/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_T1YADC62FK9HCDP175MZ
And me on Facebook – The Interstellar Police Force and Raymond F. Klein