Interview with Ken Van Wagner

What are you working on next?
I have been working on a sequel to Teratorn, or rather a new Steven Carnes novel, although some of the characters of Teratorn do make return appearances.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have to admit I prefer the classics, so I would put H.G. Wells on the top of my list. Wells was really the precursor of how modern science fiction is perceived; a Pandora's Box where the greatest achievements go hand in hand with the potential for the greatest calamities. Clive Cussler I consider another influence; his blend of historical fact with a fictional storyline was the type of style I tried hard to emulate with my own writing. Other writers would be Dennis Lehane, Stefanie Pintoff, and S.J. Rozan, each with a unique style that fleshes out their characters. As for current day fantasy, I always look forward to a new release from Kat Richardson and her Greywalker series.
Describe your desk
My "desk" happens to be wherever I can set down my laptop (or tablet) to concentrate. It can be a quiet spot in a bookstore, my kitchen island when the house is calm, or my bedroom. As a result, I tend to keep my notes and printed resources in various locations, depending upon where I intend to set up camp for a few hours.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up within a couple of miles of the New Jersey shore in what was then a semi-rural community called Ocean Township. It was a mixed blend of suburbia with isolated forested areas that over the years were eventually were cut down for residential and commercial construction. Growing up I spent most of my time outdoors, where I would venture into the wooded areas to explore and experience a small slice of what the area was like prior to the incursion of settlers. At the same time, my proximity to New York gave me the chance to get to know first hand the fast-paced city lifestyle, and I regularly was able to visit its many museums and historic sites. In addition, in the pre-cable TV age, New York transmitted seven VHF television stations, and at least five of them would regularly show vintage movies from the 1930's through the 1960's. I was able to see from a very young age the classic horror and science fiction films on television, many of which had scenes that took place in New York. All of these elements combined to stimulate in me a lifelong love of both the natural world and the arts and sciences which shows in my written works.
Published 2014-03-23.
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Books by This Author

Teratorn - Special 80th Anniversary of King Kong Edition
Price: $5.49 USD. Words: 148,310. Language: American English. Published: December 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Teratorn is the story of Steven Carnes, a unorthodox paleontologist who has gained notoriety among his scientific peers. Carnes's mentor has discovered a find in the Indian Ocean -the fossils of the largest flying creature to have ever existed. This is the beginning of an exciting adventure where an ancient force of nature will collide with modern civilization.