Author Interview with Mike Kearby

Ok guys! This is the perfect book to read with the fall season and of course Halloween right around the corner! Lots of blood and guts everywhere! If you are a tear em up and such em dry fan, this is going to be right up your alley! Thank you so much Mike for stopping by My Seryniti and giving us a glimpse to your obviously twisted mind. I love it! And yay for a vampire story! Thank you!

  • Title: Kavachi’s Rise
  • Series: The Devouring #1
  • Author: Mike Kearby
  • Genre: Damnation Books
  • Publisher: Horror, Thriller
  • Paperback/Ebook
  • Words: 56,000

Book Description:

A Dark Secret. Thomas Morehart and his sister, Kara are vampyre, not the undead, but creatures evolved over hundreds of thousands of years to mimic their prey, man. Then – rescued from a Nazi Prison Camp, Thomas and Kara are brought to the U.S. and forced to work inside government-owned mortuaries. Now -betrayed by the government sixty-seven years later, Thomas and Kara are in a race against time to transform back to their feral states or risk Exsanguination by government sanctioned hit squads.

Interview:

-How did this story begin? Was it a character, or a particular image?

Most definitely an image – I was stopped at a red light in Lampasas, Texas and glanced around saw a funeral home on the corner of the intersection. I was immediately struck by the thought – if I were vampire, that’s where I’d hang out. I’m sure every writer in the writing world can relate to the fact that once an idea invades your mind, it will not leave until you write the story. So, The Devouring was born. Plus, I felt it was time to “evolve” the vampire story from the undead to living creatures that were an apex predator.

-Did you have any growing pains with this novel?

Yes, as sometimes happens in storytelling, minor characters often try and hijack the storyline for more reader time. In The Devouring, the female character, Tetanya, sister to the main character, Kavachi, definitely caused a number of chapter rewrites.

-How would you most like readers to respond to the novel?

My hope with all of my novels is that readers are continually asking questions about the storyline and chapter goals of the main character. I have always felt that a reader who asks questions is an interested reader. At book’s end, my hope is that the reader walks away internalizing, “Wow, that was an interesting take on vampires.”

-What are you reading right now? Are there any authors (living or dead) that you would name as influences?

I just finished SecondWorld by Jeremy Robinson. The biggest influence for me, (and this will show my age) was Ray Bradbury. Ray’s stories were instrumental in making me a lifelong reader, and they also instilled inside me the desire to write.

-What do you do when you’re not writing?

I enjoy working around the farm or riding my horse.

-What is your next project? What have you been working on recently?

I am midway through the next Devouring book. The Devouring~Annihilation.

– What is your favorite word?

Ubiquitous

– What is your least favorite word?

Avoid

– What turns you on?

A winter sky with lots of stars.

– What turns you off?

Liter on the side of a road.

– What sound do you love?

The clack of a train on tracks accompanied by a long horn blast.

– What sound do you hate?

A ticking clock.

– What is your favorite curse word?

Joder!

– What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?

Chef.

– What profession would you not like to do?

Butcher.

– If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?

“Mike, the ending to your last book; I never saw that coming.”

About the Author:

From Wikipedia: Mike Kearby (born 1952) is an American novelist and inventor. Since 2005, Kearby has published ten novels, one graphic novel, and written two screenplays: (2011) Boston Nightly, with fellow writer Paul Bright and (2012) The Devouring. Boston Nightly is scheduled for filming in the spring of 2013.

Kearby was born in Mineral Wells, Texas, and received a B.S. from North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas) in 1972. He taught high school English and reading for 10 years and created “”The Collaborative Novella Project”” The project allows future authors to go through the novel writing process from idea to published work.

 About the author:

Kearby was born in Mineral Wells, Texas, and received a B.S. from North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas) in 1972. He taught high school English and reading for 10 years and created “”The Collaborative Novella Project”” The project allows future authors to go through the novel writing process from idea to published work.

“”Ambush at Mustang Canyon”” was a finalist for the 2008 Spur Awards.

“”A Hundred Miles to Water”” was awarded the 2011 Will Rogers Medallion Award for Best Adult Fiction.

“Texas Tales Illustrated” was awarded the 2012 Will Rogers Medallion Award for Best YA Non-Fiction.

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I absolutely love, love, LOVE getting some insight into authors. It’s just so much fun! This book was a ton of fun, gore and all!

Want more author interviews?

I’m seriously looking for some more vampire reads.

Any of you have some favorite vamp stories that you want to share? Please do!!

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