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Author Interview: Joe Ollinger

Today I am interviewing Joe Ollinger, author of the new science-fiction novel, 10,000 Bones.

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DJ: Hi Joe! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Joe Ollinger: I’m an author. I’m a lawyer. I live in Los Angeles. I grew up in a small town in eastern Florida. I went to USC, where I studied screenwriting and psychology. I worked as a script reader for a while and read a lot of screenplays and some books in that role. Personality-wise, I take The Beatles over Elvis, coffee over tea, pizza over burgers, Batman over Superman, and Kirk over Picard. It’s a narrow margin for all of those except that first one.

DJ: What is 10,000 Bones about?

Joe: 10,000 Bones is a sci-fi thriller set on a world where calcium is used as currency. It follows a Collections Agent named Taryn, whose job it is to hunt down black market calcium to bring it back into the currency system. A job recovering the corpse of a little girl leads her onto the trail of a dangerous conspiracy, which threatens her life and forces her to confront her conflicted emotions toward the world she wants to leave.

DJ: What were some of your influences for 10,000 Bones?

Joe: In terms of literary influences, I grew up reading the classic sci-fi authors. Asimov, Heinlein, Clarke, Dick. Larry Niven came a bit later, but he’s my personal favorite, and his body of work is comparable to those guys. Years later, I read a lot of thrillers and became interested in the unique challenges of telling an emotional story in that mode of storytelling. In terms of real-life influences, the germ of the idea came from an academic interest in the power of money: the ability or inability of governments to control its value and manipulate it to their ends, the consequences of the use of the power. Continue reading

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Author Interview: K.D. Keenan

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Today I am interviewing K.D. Keenan, author of the new fantasy novel, Fire in the Ocean, second book in the Gods of the New World series.

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DJ: Hi K.D.! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

K.D. Keenan: Thank you for this opportunity to talk about my books!
For more than 30 years I worked in Silicon Valley public relations and marketing, which was fun because I always had a little window into the future and could see new technologies under development. Silicon Valley became the setting for my first book, The Obsidian Mirror.

My mother was an archeologist, and she sparked my interest in mythologies and ancient cultures.

I live in a beach town on the Central Coast of California with my husband, my daughter, my son-in-law, two granddaughters, two elderly dogs and a cat. Between taking are of the grandkids and writing, I don’t have much time for hobbies, but I do design and make sterling silver jewelry.

DJ: What is the Gods of the New World series about?

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K.D.: It’s about the entirely preventable damage we are wreaking on the environment. The Obsidian Mirror points out that the people who are defiling the earth also have to live here. It’s not like they breathe different air and drink different water than the rest of us, so what can they be thinking?

Fire in the Ocean highlights the damage we are doing to the oceans with plastic waste and development.

The third novel in the trilogy, Lords of the Night, emphasizes the need to protect animals from our environmental destruction and casual cruelty.
That said, the books are intended to be fun adventures with a large dash of humor, not boring lectures. More honey, less vinegar. Continue reading

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