Woohoo, I’m on a roll. Here’s another interview.

Hello Readers,

It looks like I’m on a bit of a roll here, having obtained another interview this week (I’m doing a little happy dance right now to celebrate). This one was with the awesome crew at awesomegang.com and has similar questions, but still some new info in here. If you want to take a look, click here.

Happy Reading!

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Check it out! I got an Author Interview :)

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Surprise! I managed to score myself an author interview over at Book Reader Magazine. If you want to check it out, you can find it here: http://bookreadermagazine.com/featured-author-allan-walsh/

 

An Interview With Nik Krasno

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An Interview with Nik Krasno.

Nik Krasno is a fiction writer, writing in the genre of Crime/thriller. He is also a moderator for the growing Goodreads group ‘Wealth, Writing, World’. But don’t let me tell you about Nik, let’s find out more from the man himself.

Allan: Hi Nik, thanks for taking the time to be interviewed for my blog. Why don’t you start by telling us a little about yourself?

Nik: Hi Allan, thanks for hosting me in the DownUnder and your virtual space -:)

Born in Kiev (Ukraine, then- USSR) in the seventies I immigrated to Israel when the enormous Soviet Empire opened its borders and started crumbling only to return there for business 8 years later.

By the time I had accomplished my law degree, Ukraine came out independent from the Big Bang of the USSR and offered endless business opportunities. I established (with partners) an international law firm and managed it during its first years. I counselled a wide range of multinational sovereign, corporate and individual clients, engaged in diverse areas and industries. Simultaneously with promoting the law office, I worked for an international business group and took part in different projects primarily in real estate as well as in privatization, defence, medicine and telecommunication in Ukraine and some other countries, sharing time between family in Israel and work and business mostly in former USSR countries.

Witnessing the meteoric rise under new capitalist rules of a small number of individuals from modest Soviet citizens to mighty billionaires, who often neglected any rules or laws, I felt compelled to expose to the world the unique phenomenon taking place in this less familiar part of the globe. The fictional plot of my series combines real and imaginary events with some lawyers’ “folklore”, known corruption and criminal schemes customary for Ukraine and other former USSR republics. I offer some insight and interpretation into the glorious and simultaneously tragic events of the 2013 uprising, ensuing Russian aggression in Crimea and tensions and war in the Eastern regions of Ukraine.

Moneymaking always has an audience. Inspired by the popularity of movies about Zuckerberg, Gates and Jobs, I thought some Eastern European billionaires had ‘spicier’ career paths and tried to offer a fictional insight into making billions of dollars in once socialistic country.

I currently live in Israel and work as an independent legal practitioner and an author.

Allan: As an author you have already released a few books, including: Be First or Be dead, Mortal Showdown and Rise of an Oligarch. Which of these did you most enjoy writing and why?

Nik: Probably – Mortal Showdown. After ending the first book (Rise of an Oligarch) with a cliff-hanger, I was very anxious myself to find out how Michael (the protagonist) proceeds and whether he survives, so I just helped him… by writing the 2nd instalment and thus solving the riddle for myself and hopefully – the readers -:)

Allan: For your fans and to satisfy my own curiosity, what are you working on now or what will be your next project?

Nik: After releasing the 3rd instalment and placing a short in an anthology, I’m hesitating where to head: whether to finish the series or try other projects. So I’m toying with a few ideas and not writing anything at the moment.

Allan: When you’re not writing, what authors do you like to read, and which writers have inspired you?

Nik: I like diverse stuff, including sci-fi/fantasy, thrillers, contemporary, classic adventures and so on. Not sure I can pinpoint inspiration, but certainly there was some influence of Mario Puzo – for Oligarch is a Godfather in a sense – a Ukrainian mafia billionaire, of Irvine Welsh – for encouraging literary mischief and of Tarantino – for cool and raw action and grotesque.

Allan: Is there any advice you would give a newbie author, just trying to get started as a writer?

Nik: To first make money elsewhere and then just enjoy being an author -:) When sales aren’t a concern, it’s fun, but if you count on a career, be prepared for long years of obscurity which may result in some glory in the end, but equally, even most likely, – may not.

Allan: Well that just about wraps things up, thanks again for contributing to my blog Nik and good luck with your writing.

You can find out more about Nik and his books by clicking here

An Interview With Daniel Ferguson

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An Interview with Daniel Ferguson

Daniel Ferguson is an avid gamer, reader and writer. Having paid his dues at uni, he emerged with a degree in creative writing, and is the author of the newly released novel ‘Children Of Fire’.

Allan Walsh: Hi Dan, tell us a little about yourself and the genre’s you write in.

Daniel Ferguson: Hi Allan. So I’m the kind of writer who doesn’t drink coffee. (hears the entire writing community die of shock). I do have caffeine often though, just not through coffee. I don’t have a job, that’s because I have a disability and get a pension for having it, which is pretty nice (though it does get boring sometimes). I love rock and roll, my DVD collection is monstrous, and I do karaoke any chance I get. Maybe because I slayed that particular beast, the semicolon is therefore nothing to me. I write mostly some variety of fantasy or apocalypse, but I am aware I should try out genres other than my favourites. And I live in a suburb whose streets are named after Greek and Roman mythology.

Allan Walsh: You’ve just released Children of Fire (COF), can you give us a quick summary of what the book is about?

Daniel Ferguson: Children of Fire is about a girl. This girl has magic powers that she doesn’t want, because [Spoiler]. She sets out from the fallout shelter she’s lived in the last 4 years, alone and up against the scary world outside. There she meets up with the main characters, who are helpful mercenaries (that’s a sentence you might not read/hear very often!) with super powers of their own. In short, it’s a post-apocalyptic urban fantasy/superhero novel about a girl who doesn’t want to be a sorceress any more.

Allan Walsh: How long have you been working on your first published novel – COF?

Daniel Ferguson: When I was a teen, I came up with the characters that found their way into the book. I was writing some stories with those characters, and I was enthusiastic about it. Eventually I had a bit of a nervous breakdown, and I questioned everything I thought about the stories they were involved in.

Fast forward to 2008. I’d decided sometime around there that I wanted to use the characters, but put them in a new world. I also liked apocalypse stories, and urban fantasy, and I just had the epiphany that I wanted to combine them. The rest is history.

Allan Walsh: So now you’ve released your first novel, what’s next?

Daniel Ferguson: one: I can now write the rest of the stories in the series, because I don’t have the spectre of COF looking over my shoulder as I write. You would not believe how good it feels to slay that monster. I’ve been basically focusing on the publishing, as a self-published author. Mostly I just want to rest. And even though I’m writing, I’d still count myself as resting after this one particular milestone that’s been so long in coming. Then right back into the word mines.

Allan Walsh: As a writer, where do you draw your influences from?

Daniel Ferguson: Terry Brooks wrote Armageddon’s Children, around 2008. I got a lot of inspiration from him. He was the one who taught me I can mix fantasy and apocalypse, something my mum doesn’t think can be done. I will have to put that book in particular on her desk some time.

Allan Walsh: You are a member of a Brisbane based writers’ group called Vision Writers’ – How has the group helped you with your writing?

Daniel Ferguson: How *haven’t* they helped? They’ve helped me turn from a monkey flinging raw, unpolished ‘prose’ (I use the term lightly) around, to someone who can write a proper sentence (usually). Uni helped too, of course, especially one teacher in particular. But Vision have helped by putting up with me, believing me, and helping me spot errors I wouldn’t see on my own.

Allan Walsh: And finally, do you have any advice for wanna-be writers out there that are trying to write and publish their own novels?

Daniel Ferguson: Remember that the worst published novel is still going to be more successful than the best unpublished novel. And also, YOU are in complete control. Write even if the muse doesn’t have your back. Forge ahead anyway. You’ll thank yourself later.

Allan Walsh: Well Dan, it’s been great talking to you, thanks for your time and I wish you all the best with your new book.

Daniel’s story Children of Fire, is available now from http://tiny.cc/cof2e (ebook) and http://tiny.cc/cofprint (print).

To find out more about Daniel ferguson and his work you can check out his blog at http://thedarkword.wordpress.com/.

An Interview With Sharna Walsh

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An Interview with Sharna Walsh.

Sharna Walsh is a vibrant and talented young Brisbane author. At the tender age of sixteen she wrote her first published work, a short story titled – XVIII: Crazy He Calls Me. Born in London, UK and raised in Australia, this 17 y.o. ‘Aussie’ girl is a writer to watch out for. So I caught up with her for a chat. This is what she had to say.

Allan Walsh: Hi Sharna, it’s great to catch up with one of Australia’s upcoming young authors. So tell me, what made you want to be a writer?

Sharna Walsh: Initially, it was fond memories─ I always loved being read fantasy when I was a kid, and the idea that I could create my own little, magical worlds, and live in them, even momentarily, was something that stood out to me. So, really, I started out writing for myself. I didn’t really consider it as a profession until people started telling me I was good and encouraged me to do it. I’d never really had anything ‘recognisable’ that I could do well and it sort of got me thinking, ‘Yeah, sure, I could do this.’

Allan Walsh: There are many great authors, but who are your favourites and where do your influences come from?

Sharna Walsh: An old graphic novel my dad used to read to me is always the first thing that comes to mind when I’m asked this sort of question. It’s called ‘Elf Quest’, written by Richard and Wendy Pini, and it created the fantasy nerd in me. I wanted to hunt with the wolves, swing from the trees, run with the elf-tribe and hunt the evil humans with my wicked bow. It made ‘untouched’ nature seem like the only mystical spots of magic and perfection that still existed in our world, the one connection that we had to the undiscovered and the unexplored, like everything you’d ever dreamt of or imagined could be lurking between the trees, waiting to be discovered.

Allan Walsh: Was your story XVIII: Crazy He Calls Me, the first story you have written or do you have a stack of them hidden away in a box, a drawer or under your bed somewhere?

Sharna Walsh: Well it’s my first completed work, outside of school. I tried to write a novel when I was about 12 and had my cousin edit it for me. I read over it now and I’m like ‘I shall take it! I shall take the notepad to Mordor!’, but thinking about it, it’s the only hand-written piece I have and, at the time, I thought it was going to make me a famous writer. Ah, innocence.

Allan Walsh: When you’re not writing, what is it you like to do most?

Sharna Walsh: Gaming, I love gaming. I think it’s the same kind of thrill; you’re involved in the world and the story, you feel like you’re in danger and it’s the adrenaline and the panic you can get from being as involved in a novel. And really, it’s a similar form of art─ someone has created this world and invested parts of themselves in it to share an experience with someone else. It can be emotional, thrilling and terrifying, just like a novel.

Allan Walsh: With one piece published at such an early age, what are you working on right now and what can we expect to see from you in the future?

Sharna Walsh: Hopefully a lot. I’m currently working on a whole stack of things (a few short stories, some novels, I have a few folders of stuff), but between work, school and having a social life, it is taking me a while to get through everything and to organise all my thoughts into something I can mould into a story. This year’s a big year, QCS exams coming up before I go out into the big, bad world, so I’m trying to focus on my grades more than anything else, though I am a world-class procrastinator.

Allan Walsh: Well Sharna, it’s been a pleasure talking to you, thank you very much for your time. I wish you all the best with your writing in the future.

For any readers interested in picking up Sharna’s story, you can grab a copy in the anthology ‘18’ from Amazon for less than a cup of coffee.

An Interview with Christopher Kneipp

 

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Interview with Christopher Kneipp.

Christopher Kneipp is a mild mannered, talented, Brisbane author who is set to release his new novel “ONE” in December. This is the third book in his Kasdtien Cycle series and promises to be a great addition and powerful conclusion to this fantasy trilogy. So what better time for me to catch up for a chat with the author than in the lead up to the books release.

Allan Walsh: Hi Chris, I heard a rumour that you have been writing this series since you were a wee lad. Is this true? And if so, what has kept you motivated to finish the series over all these years?

Christopher Kneipp: Not a rumour. This story has been rattling around in my head since I was 15. I finished the first draft of book one when I was 21 and then, dissatisfied with the result, burned every copy. It was another 15 years before I returned to it. Some stories just won’t let you walk away. I’ve grown a lot older since then, but my main character, Mark, never really grew up. As for what keeps me going, the characters keep me writing. Sometimes a story will just grab you by the throat and demand to be written.

Allan Walsh: According to your webpage – http://parttimelunatic.wordpress.com, you were born in the Sydney, live in Brisbane and have a passion for the outdoors. Do you think the Australian bush and the cities you have lived in have inspired your writing in any way?

Christopher Kneipp: I think any writer is affected by the places they live or where they have been. Sydney and the Blue Mountains play an important part in the Kasdtien Cycle. The Mountains in particular were the first place I really discovered the magic of the Australian bush.

Allan Walsh: When you’re not writing, I would hazard a guess that you are probably reading. This poses the question – who are your favourite authors and why?

Christopher Kneipp: I have a soft spot for some of the old school fantasy authors, J.R.R Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Michael Moorcock, etc, but it was Stephen Donaldson’s Thomas Covenant Chronicles that first made me think, I need to write. Also Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea books and David Eddings works have had a lasting influence on me. Currently I’m reading Marianne De Pierres, sci fi western Peacemaker.

Allan Walsh: When you started the first book in the Kasdtien Cycle – Parallel, did you already have a plan? Did you know where the story was going and where it would end? Or have you written it by the seat of your pants, getting the words down on paper as they have popped into your head?

Christopher Kneipp: I really tend to do a bit of both. I know exactly where I want a story to start and where I want it to end. Connecting the two is more of a seat of the pants thing. I’m usually a few chapters ahead of what I’m writing, plot wise, and I can see how to connect everything but I like to let the story reveal surprises as it unfolds, even to me.

Allan Walsh: Now that you have wrapped up the series, what is the next project on the horizon for you? Will we see more from the characters, Mark and Angelie? Or do you have something new you are itching to get down on paper?

Christopher Kneipp: When the trilogy is done and dusted, that’s it for the characters. After 35 years, I think I can let them get on with their lives. I’m torn between two projects next. One is a psi noir thriller called Harmony, the other is a dystopian tale that begins with six short stories that interconnect, followed by what happens to the characters when they all meet. Hard choice. For now I’m just focussing on One, getting it finished and ready for a December release.

Allan Walsh: Well Chris, thank you very much for your time, it has been a pleasure. I wish you all the best with the release of your newest novel – One.

For all you avid readers out there, if you are interested in picking Christopher’s story up from where it started, you can grab a copy of Parallel, the 1st ebook in the series, from Amazon for the measly sum of $1.05. And if that isn’t value enough, to promote the release of the third book, Christopher is having a free giveaway of the second ebook in the series– The Immortal Darkness. The free giveaway is available from Amazon today 1st July & tomorrow 2nd July. So make sure grab your copy here, The Kasdtien Cycle Series is well worth the read.

An Interview with S. Elliot Brandis

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This softly spoken engineer spends half of his time dreaming up new worlds for us to enjoy through his writing. S. Elliot Brandis is a talented author who has just published his post-apocalyptic Sci-fi novel – Irradiated.

Elliot also has a recently released short story─18/20, in the anthology, 18. I have been fortunate enough to catch up with him to talk about his writing and what makes him tick. This is what he had to say.

 

Allan Walsh: Hi Elliot, your story 18/20 in the anthology, 18, is set in a post-apocalyptic world. I’ve read a few of your stories to date and noticed this is not the only one with a post-apocalyptic theme. Is this a topic that stimulates your creative writing?

S.Elliot Brandis: Hi Allan! You’re not wrong—I love dystopians, both as a reader and a writer. I see myself more as a Speculative Fiction writer than a Science Fiction writer. Is there a difference? Well, it depends who you ask, but when I sit down to write a story I don’t think What will happen with science in the future? but instead What will become of mankind?

And, for me, this tends to lead to dystopic visions. 18/20 shows a society on the brink of collapse, while Irradiated is set long after the fall. Creatively, these settings open up so many different possibilities. You get to create a world from scratch, as close to or as far away from modern society as you like. To me, this is the fun of fiction. I get to build worlds and create new lives.

 

Allan Walsh: In your new novel, Irradiated, there appears to be a connotation towards the wild west. Was this intentional and if so, are you a big fan of westerns?

S.Elliot Brandis: I think this is a very natural, organic connection. I didn’t sit down and try and infuse western elements into my novel. I do, however, think there is a huge overlap between a low –technology post-apocalyptic landscape and that of the old American frontier western. You take away petrol and electricity, made the landscape harsh and sparsely populated, and suddenly it begins to invoke the feeling of the ol’ west. Every confrontation comes with the potential for danger, and people can get away with being a little more, well, wild.

Am I a fan of westerns? Not particularly the old spaghetti western movies, but I do love stories with a good southern feel. Cormac McCarthy’s Border Trilogy is one of my favourite pieces of literature.

 

Allan Walsh: Both Irradiated and 18/20 have well developed and utterly evil antagonists. Where do you draw your inspiration for such despicable characters?

S.Elliot Brandis: I know I created her, so I’m probably not the fairest judge, but I freaking love The Queen in Irradiated. She my favourite character, of all my creations.

I think the trick to writing the bad guys is that you have to make them think they’re the good guys. Nobody is evil just for the sake of it. In The Queen’s mind, she’s saving and protecting her own people. And when the stakes are as large as that, you can justify the brutality of your actions.

The other thing I try and do is make the good guys the bad guys, sometimes. My protagonists often do despicable things. They kill, they lie, they deceive. It’s what makes them ring true. Nothing is black and white. My novel is a big melting pot of grey.

 

Allan Walsh: I remember when you first joined Vision Writer’s group, you were already a well-established writer. How do you think Vision has helped you to further your talent as a writer?

S.Elliot Brandis: At the risk of surprising you, I have to disagree. When I joined Vision, I wasn’t established at all. The story you all critiqued, The Worst of Paths, was the first complete story I’d written in about ten years. I’ve written limitless reports, two thesis, multiple blogs, and all sorts of things, but that was the first time I’d sat down and completed a work of pure fiction.

How has Vision helped me? It’s given me incredible confidence. I can’t quite explain it, and it probably sounds a bit wanky, but I feel I have a natural aptitude for fiction. The kindness and support offered to me by members in the group shifted my mindset from this is what I want to be to this is what I can be. It requires a lot of hard work, but that’s what makes it worth the while.

 

Allan Walsh: Your style of writing is very literary. Which authors do you admire and have they encouraged your writing style.

S.Elliot Brandis: I find it very difficult to define what makes a work ‘literary’. I’ve heard my work described this way quite a bit now, but it’s not something that I deliberately set out to do. When I write, I listen to the rhythm of the prose, the feel of the words, and do what feels right in my mind. The result is what you read.

I’m a huge reader, and love science fiction. Despite what some people believe, the best science fiction is incredibly well written. Kurt Vonnegut, H.G. Wells, Arthur C. Clake, John Wyndham, Hugh Howey… they’re all fantastic writers of prose. Even Douglas Adams has a rollicking rhythm that bleeds off the page. I also think that every writer should read a wide range of fiction. I don’t pay much attention to genre and labels, and read anything that interests me, from any era — Irvine Welsh, Jonathan Safran Foer, Cormac McCarthy, Hunter S. Thomson, Michael Chabon, and so on, so forth. I think having a broad base of influences has helped my own work immensely.

 

Allan Walsh: It looks like you have been busy with your writing recently, with stories in two anthologies and the publishing of your new novel. What can we look forward to seeing from you in the future?

 

S.Elliot Brandis: I’ve just published Irradiated, and am working very hard on the sequel, Degenerated. I actually started writing Degenerated back in February, and have recently typed out the final page. At the moment, I’m carefully rereading and reworking the manuscript, a page at a time, before sending it to my editor in June. If all goes well, I’m hoping for a July/August release. From there, it’s onto the third and final book.

After, I have a few ideas I want to work on. I want to write a story about the computer on board a long-distance space flight. You know how the AI is always made into the villain? The crazy, monotonous on-board system that goes crazy and kills them all? Well, I want to make them the good guy. I also want to write a novel about an android, struggling to survive after the fall of man.

So many ideas, so little time to write them.

 

Allan Walsh: It’s been a pleasure talking to you Elliot, thank you for taking time out to speak with me. I look forward to seeing what great things lie ahead for you in your promising writing career.

 

S.Elliot Brandis’ story 18/20, can be found in the anthology 18, here and his new novel – Irradiated, here. To find out more about S.Elliot Brandis and his work, check out his website here.

An Interview with…

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I recently completed an interview with an author friend of mine by the name of Kenneth Mugi. Kenneth has kindly asked me to do the same for a post on his site www.noshovelshere.com. If you are interested in having a read, just follow this link – http://www.noshovelshere.com/?p=413

I hope you enjoy.

Have you had an interesting interview posted? let me know if you have.

An interview with Kenneth Mugi.

Interview with Kenneth Mugi

With a Canadian accent and Japan running through his blood, Kenneth is one of our published Sci-Fi writers. Kenneth has already stomped a footprint in the muddy world of writing with his published novels – He was a hero, he shouldn’t have died and App Fail.

His latest release is Flickering Lives—a short story about Emra, a dimension jumper searching for her brother, Mal—in the anthology, 18. I am fortunate enough to know Kenneth personally and have pulled a few strings to get him to talk a little about his writing. So let’s see what he has to say.

Allan Walsh: Where did you get the inspiration to write your story – Flickering Lives, and is there a deeper meaning behind your prose?

Kenneth Mugi: In my day job, I work with at-risk adults in the education sector so I’m constantly navigating trigger words or phrases that can set off a traumatic memory. The idea of taking a cultural touchstone—18—that traditionally represents coming of age, fighting against the system, and turning it into something darker, terrifying in its own right, interested me.

The opening sequence is, in some ways, a statement about privilege. The girl, Danika, knows eighteen is a forbidden word but she assumes her parents would never hire ‘those’ kind of folk. Due to this, she uses the phrase in front of a bodyguard who has the condition and ends up dying because of her actions.

Unfortunately, the real-life counter part of this—people from privileged backgrounds using words and phrases irresponsibly and then getting upset when their actions lead to negative outcomes—occurs way too much. There’s an interesting debate about who’s to blame in these situations. Is it the verbal assault that’s the initial attack or the physical violence? The more I read up about at-risk behaviours and see them in my classes, the less certain I am that I have any comprehensive answer. Instead, these issues get explored in my writing as I think through what all this says about the world and our social preconceptions.

Allan Walsh: The ‘world’ that your story is set in seems to be well established and quite complex, do you have any plans on bringing more characters to life within this universe?

Kenneth Mugi: I could probably spend the rest of my life writing in the Flickering Lives’ universe if I didn’t get restless and enjoy world creation so much.

One of my current projects, She Lit Up the World Like Silver, is set in Sora (the universe the short story is located in). It’s a tale about a woman who’s cursed and blessed with a supernatural sister and a childhood love. The first draft was completed back in 2012, but it ended up being a complete mess and the tone was wildly inconsistent.

I’ve been re-writing it here and there over the past year and a half, but unfortunately it still requires a significant amount of work before it can even be shown to beta-readers.

So, yes, there will be more stories set in Sora. If I’m lucky, I might be able to produce a first-first-first draft of the new tale by the end of 2014, but I wouldn’t bet your pearls or favourite hat on it.

Allan Walsh: Let’s get down to business. What other works do you have in the pipeline that your readers can look forward to?

Kenneth Mugi: Unfortunately, for my writing, I’m currently in the process of moving to another country so my longer works have slid down the priority queue. However, I’m currently working on writing short stories for my website, noshovelshere.com, and creating some episodic content for a long-running series.

My writing group responded really well to a short story of mine that was a little (a lot) off-kilter and after one false start in doing something with it, I’ve come back to the characters and their world. I’m hoping to have a new story up each week and to create several 13-episode series over the course of the year.

I have no idea if there’s a demand for a violent, wise-cracking group of four adventurers who enjoy sex as much as normal people, but I’m looking forward to finding out.

Allan Walsh: Do you think your love of all things Japanese has influenced your writing?

Kenneth Mugi: That’s such a big question to unpack. Japan and Japanese culture have definitely impacted on my views of the world, but whether or not it affected my style of writing, what I write about, the way the characters interact, or all of them, I can’t say.

I love the cool, indifferent protagonists Japan uses—Spike and Yuki Nagato, as examples—but my characters can’t be quiet for a second. They banter, mock and ridicule everyone as they go about emoting and slashing their way to victory. As all writers do, I’ve looked at the contradiction between what I write versus what I like, and wondered why that is. Am I rebelling? Am I afraid that I’ll fail in creating what I hold dear?

The creative process is so strange and takes you down so many twisted rabbit holes, it’s difficult to know what pushed you into composing that morbid piece about corpses at 3:00am.

In saying that, being married to someone from a different culture has helped me become a better human and writer. I believe (though I could be wrong), that my characters are deeper and more nuanced than when I used to compile them from my adolescent-fever dreams. I think a lot more about the long-term impacts of the myths I write now, and if they’re building a world I’d want my (potentially) future children to live in or not.

Allan Walsh: Has Vision Writers’ Group helped you along your writing journey and if so how?

Kenneth Mugi: Vision Writers has been invaluable as an experience for me. I’ve been diagnosed with minor social anxiety and I’m not super confident in my skills at the best of times, so I avoided writing groups because I didn’t think we’d gel well together.

Fortunately, our President—Belinda Hamilton—used her powers of persuasion and talked me into it. The group was so welcoming and passionate about their craft that it was impossible not to enjoy the experience. They found some flaws in my writing that I’m working on, and made me brush up on my grammar knowledge. All of which, I believe, has benefitted the end readers of my works.

It was also exciting meeting the future generation of speculative fiction writers and I’m hoping to continue to be friends with many of them for a long time.

Allan Walsh: And last question for the day, what are your 5 top movies of all time?

Kenneth Mugi: Right now? I’d have to go with Lost in Translation, Ronin, Stranger Than Fiction, Batman Begins, and The Big Sleep.

Allan Walsh: Well. It’s been great talking to you Kenneth, thanks for your time and I wish you all the best with your future.

Kenneth’s story Flickering Lives, is available now in the recently released anthology – 18, which can be found here. If you want to find out more about Kenneth and his work, check out his website noshovelshere.com.