Interview with A. Roy King

What's the story behind your latest book?
For many years, I've been interested in the Bible as history. I had the idea of writing stories using Biblical settings. However, many authors have already written historical fiction centered on characters in the Bible, such as Noah, Moses, and Jesus. I thought, What about the many unnamed people who lived through the same events as the Bible characters, who confronted the same challenges in those same periods in history? What about writing about those people's lives?

That's where the "Edhai" series comes from. Bible characters appear in the stories, but only occasionally and as minor characters. The focus is on normal people and how they responded to the issues that arose among humanity during the decisive events and situations portrayed in the Bible.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've worked professionally for a number of years as a non-fiction writer. I've published books both independently and through traditional publishers, and, to be truthful, the indie experience was both more satisfying and more profitable. I miss the editorial support you get through a traditional publisher, but the indie process gives me more control and helps me get a publication to its readers much more quickly.
Who are your favorite authors?
Three of my favorite authors are Patrick o'Brian (author of the Aubrey-Maturin naval series), John Moriarty (author of the Rumpole mystery series), and the Rhodesian writer Alexander McCall Smith, who has written diverse novels set in the African country of Botswana and in Edinburgh, Scotland. These works are distinct in their settings and subject matter, but they have in common a wonderful voice and facility with dialogue. All of these authors are a pure joy to read, and that's what draws me to them.
What do you read for pleasure?
I enjoy a wide variety of fiction, including historical fiction, mysteries, and science fiction, as well as mainstream literary fiction. I love to surprise my wife every once in awhile by having something like Jane Austen sitting on my bedside table.
What are you working on next?
"The Child-Stealers," the first episode of "The Cursed Ground," is coming out this month (January 2015). I'm working on Episodes 2 and 3 and plan to release those in the next few months. Each episode is a self-contained novella-length book, but ultimately, "The Cursed Ground" will make up a full five-part novel with an overall story arc that resolves a number of conflicts raised in the individual episodes.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work as a business writer and researcher under another pen name, so I spend substantial time on non-fiction projects, aside from my fiction series. I work from my home in Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.A., where I live with my wife, Virginia.

I'm a student of the Bible and also work as a volunteer Bible teacher, so I spend substantial time in those activities. A few years ago, I decided to learn to read the Bible in its original languages, starting with Hebrew. In part, I took up this study in connection with my fiction writing, hoping to gain a better feel for people's thinking and way of speaking in the eras I wanted to write about. It's difficult learning a new language, but I've gotten through most of the Pentateuch and am now reading about a chapter a week.

Although I read quite a bit of fiction, I also read and study ancient history. Other topics that interest me include linguistics and science.

However, I don't spend all of my time reading and writing! I love the outdoors, and I walk for exercise every day.
Published 2015-01-19.
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Books by This Author

Children of the Keeper, Book 2 of The Cursed Ground
Series: Edhai. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 34,660. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
An impetuous young woman named Temper heads up the security squad in the city ruled by her father, the Keeper of Wit. Today she's got her hands full chasing a mysterious thief and trying to keep trouble-makers from starting a riot. But Temper discovers that darker forces are also at work: Power-hungry conspirators are plotting to wrest control away from the Keeper, and it's up to her to stop them.
The Cursed Ground 1 - The Child-Stealers
Series: Edhai. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 30,390. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient, Fiction » Adventure » General
A band of fierce raiders invades a peaceful agricultural community called the Till, carrying off a young girl. Her brother Boon takes off in pursuit with a small force of loyal companions. As they traverse the wilderness in search of Boon's sister and the violent child-stealers, the rescuers discover that the old peace is vanishing and dark times are encroaching on the world.