Today I am interviewing Rajan Khanna, author of the new urban fantasy novel, Raining Fire, final book in the Ben Gold trilogy.
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DJ: Hey Rajan! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Rajan Khanna: I’m a writer living in Brooklyn. My first story was published almost 10 years ago and I’ve been plugging away ever since. In addition to writing fiction, I also have written articles and reviews for sites like Tor.com and LitReactor and I’ve also done story narrations for sites such as Lightspeed, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Podcastle, Escape Pod, Pseudopod, and Starship Sofa. I’m also a musician, a craft beer enthusiast, and a roleplayer.
DJ: What is Raining Fire and then the Ben Gold trilogy about?
Rajan: The books take place in a near alternate post-apocalyptic future where a global pandemic has resulted in much of the population regressing into an animalistic, violent state (these are referred to as Ferals). The disease spreads rapidly, transmitted by fluids, and some of the surviving individuals have taken to living in the air, on airships (more plentiful in this world) and in floating cities.
The series focuses on Ben Gold, a cynical airship captain and forager and Miranda Mehra, a scientist looking for a cure. Miranda manages to convince Ben to join the cause, though it’s something he struggles with.
In Raining Fire, we start with Ben at a low point after the catastrophic events of the previous books. He’s lost almost everything at this point and is on a slow slide to ruin. Haunted by the past, he tried to find some final closure, even if it kills him, but a chance encounter with a ragtag group of survivors alters his course. Continue reading