…with K. M. Tolan
The Cartesian Theatre now welcomes guests from around the worldosphere, with an invitation to tell us all about themselves – in 25 words or less. Okay, okay, it’s not as bad as all that: they get 25 words per answer. They can wax lyrical if they want, but beware: I edit with an axe…
This week, let’s give a big hand to K. M. Tolan, aka Kerry, one of the industrious new wave of fantasy and science fictioners.
Hi, Kerry, tell us “all” about yourself.
I am a SF/F writer based near Austin, Texas, when I’m not busy slinging software as a “dot com” developer.
What is the most inspirational thing you’ve ever read – and why?
The People by the late Zenna Henderson. She was the first to introduce me to deep, fascinating characters while presenting a believable, touching SF story.
What was your first published work?
That would be Blade Dancer, a Sci-fi action thriller published back in 2008 and now the first of four volumes in a series.
What is the best thing you’ve never had published?
Probably my first try at a novel – it gained me an agent but not much more. Now being reborn as my current work, Reliquary.
What are you most proud of – in your life, not just your writing?
Wife and family – easy answer. Serving my country in the USAF as a sentry and then avionics tech would run a close second.
Tell us about your latest work – novel, short story, shopping list, whatever.
Reliquary is an SF novel whose protagonist has a split personality – and one of them belongs to a rather upset alien. Hope to have it—
Sounds smashing, Kerry – my axe smashing the end off your sentence, I mean!
Nothing splits a personality like an axe, as they say. So, pitch us your unwritten masterpiece – you’re in the Hollywood elevator now…
What if you were raised among ancient tombs by alien ghosts, trained in the darkest disciplines, and were then set free to discover why?
If only one person was to ever read your work – who would you want it to be?
Orson Scott Card, because he’s one of my favorites when it comes to great characters.
What are your plans for the future – all of it?
Finish Reliquary, give my 2014 weird-western/steampunk novel Tracks a companion novel, and then maybe revisit the “Dancer” universe. In other words – write!
Thanks to K.M.T. – just one tiny misstep there… too brutal. You can find out more about him at his blog, and maybe he’ll come back again one day, more under relaxed circumstances…