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#Author #Interview: Kevin Hammond-“The King’s Peace”

Genre: Fantasy

Available at Amazon for Kindle

Synopsis: “The Kingdom is young and yet it stands in great peril. Dark tales of the unnatural have reached the King’s city. The King is slain in his bed and the storm on the horizon brings black ships closer to the coastal city of Erenon. Nathaniel, a clever thief has stumbled upon a job that brings him to the home of the King when he is slain and Nathaniel is unwillingly dragged into the quest to reach the southern garrison which has gone quiet in recent months. Strange powers are helping and hindering him and the small company of soldiers dispatched to that garrison as war comes to the city. They will find those horrors that plague the common man, an ancient legend will unravel, and a deception so epic in scale it involves the Gods. The whole world of man and nations who live on the other side of the mountain range known as the Great Divide will come together in a war no one really understands and as the kingdom fights to survive it will face an enemy they know nothing about.


About the Author

 “I always thought there was something very iconic about falling down a really big hole. Until that happens I’ll just write some stuff.” Find author Kevin Hammond on Facebook.


What genre(s) do you write? Why do you write the stories that you write?

I write everything, and I cross them over, and muddle them up. It’s all about knowing what the rules are and then finding ways to break them. That’s why I write them, because stuff the rules!


When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I moved to America, and ended up in a tiny wee town somewhere removed from civilization. Really there is nothing else to do here. It was around about then.


Who or what was your inspiration for writing?

I think the crazies are your inspiration for writing. Everyone has crazies in their head, and I think a lot of people worry about it. I say don’t worry at all. Madness is going to be fun. Don’t fight it just enjoy the ride.


What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I eat cake and I drink hot tea. I stick my pinky out because it tastes better that way.


Where do you hang out online? Website URL, author groups, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc?

I have Facebook like everyone else these days. But sometimes I like to go on twitter and Crack awful jokes on other people’s tweets. I don’t know those people but I love them because they tolerate it so well.


What books are currently on your nightstand?

The lies of Locke lamora. Just started it and liking it so far.


Do you remember the first novel you read?

It was a famous five book. I remember a girl who really wanted to be a boy and I wonder why we still struggle to accept other people for who they are.


What would you like readers to know about you the individual?

I’m not stabby. Not even remotely.


Who are your favorite authors and why?

I love Christopher Moore as he is so funny. I love Jack Kerouac because his book was so unlike anything I had read before. There are lots of them.


Name one thing that your readers would be surprised to know about you.

I can clap with one hand. Seriously, solver of ancient riddles through weird double-jointed hands.


Where are you from originally?  Family?

Scotland originally, and I have a wifey and one child creature and a whole gaggle of cats.


Is there anything unique about your upbringing that you’d like to share with readers? 

No, I was like other children. I loved the sensation of falling from heights, liked to lie on the road to see if the cars would stop or just run over me. And I discovered much about the world by trying to eat it. Did you ever lick the bottom of a battery? Awful.


Your Writing Process


Why do you write?

Exact same reason other people write. We absolutely have to.


What excites you about writing?

Knowing how the story ends and discovering how on earth I get there.


What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

I don’t have a schedule. Just write when it’s time to and don’t force it when you can’t.


Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Yes! Don’t listen to other writers. Seriously, don’t. It’s your story and you have to do it your way. Ironically, you can’t trust what I am saying either.


What would you consider is your favorite part of a book to write? The beginning, the middle or the ending?

The end. That’s a relief.


Is there any other genre you have considered writing in?

All of them. They are all equally valid. One day I plan on trying to normalize tentacle porn.


Do you listen to music or have another form of inspiration when you are writing?

Nope, never listen to anything but the noise in my head.


Most people envision an author’s life as being really glamorous. What’s the most unglamorous thing that you’ve done in the past week?

It’s not even remotely glamorous. Most of us work just to support ourselves. Last week I fell asleep at my desk for a few moments and had a weird dream about a giant baby head who ruled the world. You should have seen him, he was so adorable. But every time he smiled someone had to die. How on earth can a life like mine be called glamorous?

How long does it take you to finish a book from start to submission?

As long as it takes, a few months or a year or whatever.


Do you prefer writing series books over non-series or does it matter?

It doesn’t matter. But I am writing a series the now.


What would you like readers to know about you the writer?

I love hugs. Anyone will do.


What is the best and worst writing advice you have ever received?

Write what you know. Write what you know about.


Do you have a system for writing? 

Not at all. I just wing it.


Do you track work count or write a certain number of hours per day?

No, don’t even care about that.


Have you ever had one of those profound “AH-HA!” moments while you were writing?  Would you be willing to share it?

Oh, I murdered someone I liked and I realized I liked that and everyone who felt the same way I did wouldn’t like it at all. Still, I did it.


What was the most uplifting moment you’ve experienced during your writing career?

Seeing someone had reviewed a book I wrote and liked it.


Your Books


Your book is about to be sent into the reader world, what is one word that describes how you feel?



How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

I can’t favourite my own stuff, sorry. But a few is going to be my answer for this.


When a new book comes out, are you nervous about how readers will react to it?

Nah. Once it’s out there I’m done with it. Whatever happens.


What can we look forward to in the upcoming months?

Living your life and trying not to suck at it. There are a lot of people who fail at this simple task.


Of all the books you have written, which would you consider your easiest to write? The hardest to write? The most fun to write?

Anything first person is the best thing to write. This is because you sort of slide right into it. Other than that writing isn’t hard. It’s writing things that are good, this is the hard part.


What story haven’t you written yet but would like to?  Is there anything holding you back from writing it? Psychedelic drug fueled erotica. I haven’t written it because I have no idea what to say.


What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?

None. I hate it. I believe in high larceny and BS. Just try to make it sound convincing.


Do deadlines help or hinder your muse?

Pfft, no to all deadlines. They are dead to me.


Do you outline your books or just start writing?

Just start writing. Right off the top of the head.


What was your first published work and when was it published?

I wrote a book called magic, fairy tales and inter dimensional poking devices. No longer in print. That was a lifetime ago.


If your book is available in print, how does it feel to hold a book that has your name on the cover?  What is your favorite cover of all your paperbacks?

I haven’t bothered with print, yet. I’m hopelessly bad with this kind of stuff. I started the process but it was hard so I got scared and ran away.


What is your favorite published story?  What is your most popular published story?

Nothing I write has gathered much attention. After you read this interview you will see why.


What is your least popular published story?  Why do you think readers don’t like or “get” the story?

It’s right out of my head so people come up with all sorts of conclusions I hadn’t even thought of.


Is there something special you do to celebrate when one of your books is released?

Eat cake and drink tea!


Your Characters


Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?

Completely imagined, maybe. I don’t want to tell.


Is it hard coming up with names for your characters?

Sure, but then real names can be wonderful. I have an unpublished thingy with a character named stormy champagne. That’s a real name, too.


Have any of your characters ever haunted your dreams or woken you up during the night demanding attention?

No, that’s what real people tend to do.

Which of your stories would make a great movie?  Who’d play the lead roles?

I don’t expect that to happen. But Christopher Walken would play everything.


Do you make a conscious decision to write a certain type of character with a certain occupation, or do the characters decide for themselves what they want to be?

I decide for it is the only place where I rule.


What in your opinion makes good chemistry between your leading characters?

Oh, just let them fight all the time, like real people do.


Is there a character from one of your books that resonates deeply with you?

There was one, who has to choose between being who he is and who he is destined to become. Only his destiny is to end up dead and he knows it. That’s just kinda awful.


Random Questions


Name one website you visit every single day.

MSN to see what silly thing has happened in the world today


Where do you get your daily dose of news?




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The Oracle Bone by S.J. Mallory

Review: Since I could read, I’ve always preferred fantasy and science fiction over contemporary fiction, as I was attracted to the escapism of the genre. With contemporary works, because they are set in modern times and places readers may know and more readily identify with or critique, yet fantasy can incorporate whatever the author wishes to add, in worlds of their creation.

S. J. Mallory had a strong vision in this work, and obviously a deep passion for the tale and its characters. The writing style didn’t work for me, and I found it hard to become engaged, especially in that the character and place names were in such a way as to distract me repeatedly from the story itself. That being said, to each his own. The Oracle Bone may be a story that appeals to other readers, and strike a spark that fires their imagination.

Description: “When color was the only sound, Goddess, the bringer of light, burst the dark like a rainbow fist through a stained-glass window, and in the silent kaleidoscopic wake there formed a world shaped as a left hand, long fingers stretched wide, slightly curved, tips firm on the cosmos.

For fans of high fantasy comes a Creation myth that evolves on a distant wilderness world, where a collision of prophecies sends Welkarte, a famous Mapper, and his traveling partner Naywan, a gifted academic and his longtime lover, on an epic quest to find the lost piece of Goddess enchanted alphabet, which if found will mend the broken language and give the Second Creation its voice.

A young Speller named Airtha reveals the magick that makes her the heart of the Second Creation. But she’s lost in the forest and needs help getting to the Library, where her soul is supposed to enter the Book of Worlds and finally make possible Goddess’ chosen world.

The wicked sorceress Viscera, who rules the Little Finger, conspires against Welkarte’s quest and by a twist of fate gains the magick of the Fire Sword, the glow of a thousand campfires in its sleek length, Evil’s ultimate weapon.

The only defense against such a blade is the Ice Sword, which Welkarte is destined to hold, but he can’t handle the magick necessary to wield it. Anger fuels his spells, and not only doesn’t he like that part of himself, he can’t control it, which was why for most of his life he seldom conjured anything beyond simple necessities. As Viscera rampages across the Hand threatening the future of the universe, Welkarte struggles with his own demons to find the peace he needs to summon the strength to face Viscera in the fight that will decide the fate of the universe.

An old gray dragon named Pensif, who has patiently waited for his chance to fulfill his destiny, a powerful Magu, one of the last of his breed, and a crew of brave mariners join the fight against the dark forces that would consume Airtha’s soul.

Replete with secret mysticism, fantastic creatures, stout heroes and black-hearted villains, the journey weaves from the Knuckle Mountains, to the Wrist, the Thumb and finally the Ring Finger, where Goddess faces Her greatest threat at the moment She is most vulnerable.

  • Kindle Edition
  • Published May 31st 2012
  • Publisher: S.J. Mallory
  • Available: Amazon
  • Source: Author

Author Profile:

SJ Mallory (1955-?) has eked out a living trying to be a writer since he was 17. Finally after years of vigorous research into the connection of whiskey and creativity he is publishing his work. Website: http://sjmallory.blogspot.de/.

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