Author Spotlight Interview with KS Fish
Q. Quickly, give us the title and genre of your book and a 30-word or less tagline:
A. Conception: Book 1 of the Dominion Chronicles. It’s one of those in-between genres, I suppose people might call “Horror” or Sci-fi or Fantasy, but really it’s all of those and none of those. Tagline: How many people would you kill to become a god?
Q. Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?
A. Most of the main characters are in their twenties, so that would be the easy answer, but every (adult) age seems to enjoy them.
Q. How did you come up with the title of your book and series?
A. The series, The Dominion Chronicles is apt because ultimately the longer story is about dominion of the planet. Conception was the beginning of this process, it was the natural title.
Q. Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?
A. The cover (revised edition) shows a coming storm. That’s exactly right. A storm coming to wash away the world as we know it.
Q. Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
A. That’s a tough one. I love all my characters in their own way, they’re all family. But if I had a gun to my head I guess I would say Sarah. She speaks to animals and is so antisocial. She doesn’t care what ANYBODY says about anything.
Q. How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?
A. I don’t really have a least favorite. Corey’s the bad guy, and he’s a real jerk, but he’s SUPPOSED to be. So…
Q. If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be? Why?
A. Hmm. I think if I could change one thing, it would be the method of marketing. I know that’s not precisely what you mean, but story-wise, I still love it.
Q. Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series:
A. All my life I’ve kinda believed these powers exist, if we could only tap into them.
Q. What other books are similar to your own? What makes them alike?
A. Probably The Stand by Stephen King, though that’s closer to book 2, Battle for Earth. I don’t think I’ve read a book very similar to Conception.
Q. Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
A. I see dead people… No, just kidding. I am a pure artist. I love to write, to tell stories. This isn’t something everyone can do well. I’ve found it’s not something you can really teach either. Sure you can teach grammar and punctuation, but there’s a point where the story takes you away and that point is magic, not everyone is a magician.
Q. How can we contact you or find out more about your books?
A. The best spot is my author website. https://ksfish.wordpress.com Trailers, reviews, links, it’s all there.
Q. What can we expect from KS Fish in the future?
A. Well, there’s the kid’s series, The Adventures of Emily Funderbunk, more of that is coming. I’m writing another novel now that’s still untitled, but shows a lot of promise. (No spoilers yet!) Of course book 3 to the Dominion Chronicles, Ascension will be coming also… I better get writing… lol
Q. What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
A. Tell their friends about it. Pure and simple. And buy 10 copies each.
Q. Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?
A. The best advice I got from Stephen King, in his book On Writing. If you’re a writer, write. The big empty page (or computer screen) is intimidating. Take a bite, chew, swallow. Then do it again tomorrow.
Q. Is there anything else you’d like to say?
A. Take my hand, let’s take a trip.
Q. And now, before you go, how about a snippet from your book that is meant to intrigue and tantalize us:
Conception:Book 1 of the Dominion Chronicles (excerp)
He concentrated on the door and nothing happened. The cell was so small that the smells of old piss and body odor assaulted him, it was as if the whole space had been soaked in sweat and urine. More disturbing yet, a pulse began to beat in his brain. It sent small stabs of pain into the back of his eyes.
It was a warning.
He ignored it and tried again. His eyes began to water. His brain sent a dagger up this time, and he groaned as it tore through his soft tissue. He wanted to puke. This was so not good.
The room began to spin and he lay down on the cold concrete floor. The smell of piss was stronger here and he retched as quietly as he was able. He was glad – not for the first time – that they had put him in a cell by himself. He curled into the fetal position and stuffed his nose into his armpit but the smell there was almost worse: Spent adrenaline…and fear.
It had been so long since he’d felt fear that when he recognized its stench on him, his immediate response had been a hatred that flared brightly through his entire being.
Those motherfuckers, how dare they? He rolled towards the door and focused on it again, feeding off the hate like a steam engine pulls power from a furnace.
He felt that familiar flexing inside of him, like a muscle contracting in his brain. The daggers were still there but he didn’t give a shit.
The air shimmered and for a second he could see every atom of every element in the room. They were his to control. He ground his teeth, converging his whole being on the door.
The steel vibrated, then began to bow.
His concentration was so fierce that at first he didn’t feel the blood pouring from his nose. It felt like he had swallowed about a quart of it and now he did puke. Suddenly the atoms in the air disappeared and all that was left were black spots. They chased each other down a murky tunnel and he followed them into the darkness.
Then, all went black.
There is a real magic in the author/reader relationship.
I was recently on a camping trip (grandfather’s cabin) where for one reason or another six copies of my books (3 each of Conception and Battle…) had been left on the front seat of my car.
Imagine my shock to walk in that evening and discover all six copies dispersed in the living area being avidly read by some of the campers.
Not everyone knew everyone there (it was a big trip) and they didn’t realize I had written them.
It is an indescribable feeling to see someone else engrossed in something that came through you. To see them love and hate and live through the children of your imagination.
To quote the late, Freddie Mercury, “It’s a kind of magic…”
Hello all, as some of you know I’m taking a little break from The Dominion Chronicles to get my children’s book, Turtle Soup, out into the world. Its all about the adventures of Emily Funderbunk, as she discovers her unique capacity for solving problems. I’ve commissioned a great artist to illustrate, and here’s the sneak peek at Emily and the gang!
To see the artist’s other work, go to http://Www.jamescotterman.com/
Conception by K.S. Fish – Book Review
Guest Author – Alice Andersen
In the novel Conception – Book One of the Dominion Chronicles – by K.S. Fish, evolution is given a boost in a bizarre plot to create living gods. Children produced as experimental subjects are kidnapped from their foster homes in later years and their special abilities are tested in the harshest means possible. The survivors of this extreme test are kept on a hidden compound and educated in the telekinetic skills necessary to become a god.
The intrigue of the plot draws the reader into the story from the beginning. How does the author plan on building gods out of children? From the creepy beginning, we are introduced to a variety of characters – the cruel man who will patiently do whatever it takes to alter the world; the newbie reporter chasing the story; the cops unsure of what to make of unlikely events; and the young adults given powers far beyond the possible. The plot seems incredible, but it is the character writing that keeps the reader’s interest and allows the journey to continue. Each character is memorable in their own way and easy to keep straight.
Then there is the plan itself. What price is too high to become a god? This is the question that drives the wedge between the group of young adults being trained for this ultimate responsibility. From the horrific beginning of their training, they have been exposed to the deadly results of failure in their elite club. Growing up in such a twisted environment, the group splinters into those who are good and those who are evil, and sometimes those who are both.
The author delivers a full round of suspense, drama, horror, and relationship problems in Conception. The writing style is smooth, easy to read, and entertaining. There is some gore and the plot is certainly horrific, but this isn’t a typical horror novel. It’s more like a superhero comic book written out in novel form. There are villains to despise and heroes to root for. And the author was visual enough in his descriptions that line drawings of the action (of which there is plenty) are easy to visualize.
Conception is part of a series but unlike some series books, this novel had a real, and surprising, ending and was complete in itself. Even so, it did the job of leaving me wanting more of the characters and more of the action. I’m glad to know the author is hard at work on a follow-up.
Conception: Book 1 of the Dominion Chronicles By: K.S. Fish When twelve-year old Tyler Hudgens wakes up in the courtyard, he’s buried up to his neck with twenty other screaming, terrified kids. Welcome to Frazier’s compound, a place where Tyler and a chosen few will unlock powers in themselves that they could only dream about. Frazier has a plan to turn them into gods, and the only price is the death of 2.5 million people. When a schism occurs in their group, they’re all flung into a battle that will test their loyalties and ultimately decide the fate of the world.
David “Whitey” Jones is a brand new reporter, and through chance or fate, he’s given the Tyler Hudgens case, a story no one else wanted. As Whitey digs for leads, he discovers the Moby Dick of all news stories; a riveting tale of mad scientists, telekinesis, and betrayal. With his eye on the Pulitzer, Whitey dives into a whole new world that may give him everything he ever wanted; or take his life.
The world’s future hangs in the balance and a new world waits in the wings, on the brink of Conception.