Interview with Keith Randolph Linderman

Will this contain spoilers?
Some, probably; but I will try to keep them to a minimum.
What is Releasing Omega about?
Starting with the tough questions, huh? Fine; let's just get this over with then. The story follows a young man who is trying to come to terms with the world around him, as the world is falling apart. Nothing comes easy to him, and he's on the verge of losing everything that he cares about. And being human; he makes some dumb mistakes along the way, which only end up making things worse. It's very much a black comedy, in that way; and humor actually plays a pretty big role in the story overall, for Pathos is something of a comedian and similar can be said about most of his friends. As for the larger story--that is; what it is all leading up to--I'd rather not spoil too much. It's best to go in relatively blind; but just don't be actually blind, because it hasn't been translated to brail yet. Did I spell that right? Anyway, if I were to try and describe the story using nothing but fictional genres; it would be a story of drama, comedy and horror, in that order.
What inspired you to write it?
The shower. No, really; that's where the idea came to me. And like with everything, when I'm naked; I embraced it.
A lot of things in Releasing Omega are left vague. Was this done intentionally?
Well; yes and yes. Firstly; a lot of things in Releasing Omega are left vague because the story is being told from Pathos' perspective. And so if something doesn't strike him as being important, or if he doesn't know what something means; then he's not likely to be able to convey it to the readers in any meaningful way, if at all. Also; there are a lot of things, in Releasing Omega, which are hinted at but never fully explored. But I intend to address most of those things in time. For example; there are some things which are hinted at in Books 1 and 2, which are never fully addressed until Book 3. And there are some things which are not fully addressed even then. Largely this has been done intentionally. Towards what purpose? You'll just have to wait and see.
When did you first start writing?
I shot out of the womb with a pen. I was doing caveman drawings in there. Some of them were pretty good.
What is your writing process?
You know basketball, right? Well; I just kind of dribble my head against the keyboard and see what happens. That's what it feels like, at least. You might be surprised how many words come out. Sometimes they even form sentences. I'm actually getting pretty good at it.
What was the first thing you ever wrote?
It was a love letter to myself and we've been inseparable ever since. No; actually it was an action-based comic with jetpacks, flamethrowers and lasers. You know; all of the wet dreams of youth.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Making people feel something. Preferably something other than hatred for the author, but I suspect that there will be some of that too. I've really taken the gloves off, with this thing; and I don't always have my characters do the right thing either. It's not what most people are used to, it's not politically correct at all; and I've tried to avoid cookie cutting, and so it won't be what they expect. But really; I just enjoy the creative process, the making of something from nothing, and I don't think that I'll ever get tired of it; I certainly haven't yet. I want to make stuff that is truly meaningful and memorable; interesting, fun and unique. That's the kind of legacy that I want to leave behind.
What's with your writing style? It's a little strange.
You know, I get why some people think that; it's just not what they're used to seeing; but my style is actually pretty simple. Comas (,) indicate a short pause, often used to add some minor explanation or elaboration. Semi-colons (;) indicate a medium pause; which are used to separate sections within a sentence, or to add emphasis and dramatic effect. They are also used for introductions, like the colon(:). So, as an example; just look at this: My shameless plug, for Releasing Omega!1!1! Hey; I never claimed to have any shame, because ain't nobody got any time for that. Or at least; I certainly don't.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Greed; I love money, I can't get enough of it and this is clearly the way to rake in the big bucks. I'm mostly joking there. At this point; my income, from my writing, is rather modest, to say the least. And although there is greater potential reward from going indie (keyword being potential) my main motivation was for the creative control that it allows me. I didn't want anyone telling me what I could or could not write, or how I should write it, and I did not want to have any legal hassles when connecting my various series together. So, to put it simply and plainly; going indie was the only real option for me.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My bed; it's pretty uncomfortable. I should probably do something about that.
What are some of your favorite books?
The best book that I've ever read, hands down, is Mask of the Sorcerer. If you can get past the weird names; the book is amazing. Some people write about magic, but Darrell made it. I also like The Catcher in the Rye, A Song of Ice and Fire, The Night Angel Trilogy, Fight Club, Lord of the Dead and John Dies at the End. Recently I've enjoyed The Name of the Wind and The Broken Empire trilogy.
When you're not writing; how do you spend your time?
Video games are my main hobby, but I enjoy a wide variety of entertainment. I like my fantasy dark, my comedy juvenile and black, my metal complex and moving, my horror grim but with some depth and purpose. Basically; I like the good stuff.
Describe your desk
It's red, metal and wood; and it's positioned in front of a TV, which I use as the monitor. It's a pretty sweet setup, I just wish the keyboard tray came out further.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My favorite way to read books is with my eyes, but I am starting to feel like they could use an upgrade; they're not exactly the latest model.
What do your fans mean to you?
What is this? Are you trying to work a love confession out of me? Isn't it a little soon for that? But on a more serious note, if I am going to be able to continue my dream; they mean everything. I won't be able to do it without them.
When will Book 3 be released?
The book is currently finished, though I plan to touch it up a bit more during its pre-order phase. The pre-orders should begin in roughly a month from now (now being 5/19/17), or whenever I happen to finish the revisions for Book 2. I want my readers, and potential readers, to have the best possible experience before they start on Book 3, and I do not feel that they currently have that and so I intend to remedy it.
What is The Universal Void?
The Universal Void is as small of a publishing company as you could find. It has one writer, editor, publicist... And they're all me. In other words; it's basically just a DBA for a control freak of a creator. That, however, is not the whole story. Each of The Universal Void's stories take place in the same universe. And although the 'company' currently consists of only one author; I eventually plan to invite others to join in, after I've laid more of a foundation down.
What is your greatest creative ambition.
Aside from creating my own world, with a vast timeline full of content; I would love to, someday, create something that has never existed before. Because when you think about it; everything that has ever been created is derivative in some way of things which already exist, and so I would love to be able to come up with something which is not derivative of anything. Which, quite frankly, is a lot harder than it may sound. Still; it's something that I would love to be able to do, and it's an idea that I intend to continue to play around with. Hopefully someday I can make it happen.
What are you working on next?
After Releasing Omega is finished; I plan to start on my next series. I can't tell you much about it yet, for various reasons, but let's call it BK for short. BK will be an indirect continuation of Releasing Omega, which will have its own story to tell and which will contain returning characters and characters which are uniquely its own. It will be a story of survival, suspense, drama and action. And like Releasing Omega; it should be fairly unique, though in its own way. About the only other thing that I can add is that it will be a lot more serious in tone than Releasing Omega. Releasing Omega made rampant use of humor, but BK will be a different kind of story.
Published 2017-05-19.
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