Welcome, Noah. What are your books about?
A Clear and Feathered Danger, What Lies Within and The Impending Darkness, are the first three books in the K23 Detectives novella series, are high fantasy/cyberpunk thrillers, although the Impending Darkness has heavy steampunk influences. They take place in a high fantasy world that has technologically progressed into the future. The biggest city is called New Delta, made up of roughly 1600 mile high towers. The city is so big, the police can’t patrol it effectively, they privatized justice to private detectives, with the police taking more of a military role. The series revolves around the top detective agency in the city and their biggest cases.
A Clear and Feathered Danger is about New Delta’s criminal overlords, the Avian Syndicate, made up of five foot purple macaws with arms, holding New Delta hostage to get citizenship… seriously. What Lies Within is about a biotech megacorp called Biogenomics trying to cover up dark secrets by using the K23 Detectives, which naturally backfires. The Impending Darkness takes place in the underground kingdoms of Brocenback and Alkhan, who are facing the wrath of a twisted chaos mage named Qub who has a mind-controlled army at his disposal.
Tell us a little about your main characters. Who was your favorite? Why?
K23 Detectives has an ensemble cast, with 4-6 main protagonists per book, but I will discuss three.
The leader of the K23 Detective Agency is Alfonso Deegan, your standard hard-boiled detective, who curses, chain smokes and rarely shows any emotion other than anger. However, he inexplicably remains married to a renowned reporter named Leyla Linour, whose constantly badgering him for inside scoops on major cases. This keeps him from snapping and going on shooting rampages, as he has something to lose.
Next is Quintanelle Fillion, is a young elven mage who moved to New Delta to get away from her totalitarian, xenophobic homeland. She gets hired by Alfonso after a goblin shaman told Alfonso she was the best candidate to be his assistant, despite her never showing up to interview. While she’s thirty-two in the books, I write her to early-to-mid-twenties. She’s diplomatic, not liking to resort to physical violence use absolutely has to. Despite being a magic user, she’s well versed in science. Quintanelle also has an eccentric twin sister, Metara, who is a main protagonist in the Impending Darkness, but has roles in all three.
Finally, there’s a Mordridakon, a half-crazed four-hundred-fifty year old red dragon private detective. He’s obsessed with eating hominids( collective term for humans, elves, gnomes, dwarves, orcs, trolls, ogres and goblins) and is constantly spouting sarcastic comments, insults, jokes and 4th wall breaking pop-culture references. He cares very deeply about hominids, despite his hunger for them, which leaves him in precarious position on occasion. He also excels in scaring the pants off most people, getting them to talk. Mordridakon is my personal favorite, as he’s fun to write. I’d love to do a character interview with him for a future K23 volume.
Who is your most unusual character?
That would be Dave 237, who is a Brac’tai, a ball covered with a dozen tentacles: four to walk on, six for arms and two which have his eyes. He has a mouth, but only speaks in chirps, whirrs and cries. He has a child-like personality, yet is extremely intelligent and a crack-shot marksman. Currently, Dave only appears for a few pages per book, but I might make him apart of the core cast eventually.
How much of a story do you have in mind before you start writing it?
I had two complete novels worth of material, part of a planned trilogy called Cybermagic , which you can read as they are published as part of a compilation of all three K23 books currently entitled The K23 Detectives Three Pack with Bonus Novels, which will be renamed once the print edition comes out by the end of the year.
The Cybermagic novels revolve around Alfonso, Quintanelle and Mordridakon, and contain many of the same characters and settings but are often radically different. These were sprawling fantasy adventures and decent reads, though I decided they were impossible to traditionally publish as they were bizarre. I loved the world and characters, however, and reused them for K23 Detectives.
The third Cybermagic novel remains half-finished, but I’ll finish it if I get enough people telling me to.
What are you working on right now?
I am finishing the fourth K23 volume, entitled The Divine Wave Coefficient. It should also be out by the end of the year, or shortly thereafter.
Are you writing to reach a particular kind of reader?
Fantasy, steampunk and cyberpunk fans are the most receptive to my work. I’m also reaching out to the people who don’t have time to read 100k epics anymore, as my works are shorter, yet highly entertaining.
What was the most difficult part about writing the books?
Taking some absolutely ridiculous ideas and presenting them seriously and with respect, such as turning purple parrot gangsters into serious villains. While I have Aspergers which makes proofreading difficult due a lack of attention to detail, I can always have someone else help with that. Making ridiculous ideas successful is something only I can accomplish, which is why it’s the hardest.
What do you like to read?
I mostly read non-fiction about various topics, but I do read science fiction and fantasy novels.
Have you written any other books?
Barbarian Girl is a YA superheroine novella about a teenage girl who turns into a hulking roid freak when she finds a magical axe.
What advice you would give to an aspiring author?
Do not publish the first thing you’ve ever written, chances are it will be terrible. Yes, Stephanie Myers got rich off the first thing she ever wrote, but most people agree twilight is a horrible, horrible book and it was such a rare occurrence, don’t take the risk.
Where can people learn more about your books?
Visit my website http://www.k23detectives.com There you can find info about all my books. You’ll be able to read k23 side stories, which are vignettes that place in the K23 world, called Terrall, but don’t contain the main characters. There is also the Terrall in Depth feature, which goes into various aspects of the world, like geography and magic. There’s also a page on Barbarian Girl for those interested about it.
All my books can be bought on Amazon, Smashwords and Barnes and Noble.
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