Interview with Kedrick Rue

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Laurel Canyon. My father worked at Lookout Mountain Studios, and I still own the house, whose location I shall not disclose, and which I call the Rectory. There were folkies, and hippies, and Satanists running through the woods at the time, along with children. Joni Mitchell sang songs from her terrace not that far from my house, in preference to having to make conversation, while John Philips of the Mamas and the Papas chased groupies through the caves hollowed out in the bedrock below his room.

One morning I came outside to find a number of tiny people with flowers gathered in the garden. At the time, this didn't seem strange, as I would regularly come upon one of Frank Zappa's G.T.O.'s dressed as a butterfly, or a wandering itinerant who appeared to be homeless but who nevertheless had numerous expensive silk scarves draped around his neck. But these people were different. They were fairies, or pixies, or whatever you want to call them. They were tiny, and seemingly made of light, and they were all gathered around a tiny puddle where a toad presided, staring solemnly at the two who appeared to be their King and Queen, draped as they were in flower petals and cobwebs.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My newest book is the second in the "Sirens" series, in which our semi-abstinent vampire, Charles, is accosted by a woman claiming to be his former wife and saddled with both a hairy Swedish vampire toady and a young girl who looks an awful lot like his daughter but whom he suspects is something else entirely. It's a mostly self-contained novel in the "Twin Cities Series" with my fellow authors Drew Avera, J.B. Cameron, and Theresa Snyder, but also enlarges and expands on the world of the Realms. As the second book in the series, perhaps it goes without saying that things don't end well. But there's a tiny note of hope amid the smoke and rubble.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My previous books have all been obscure pamphlets on Fortean subjects and have had a very limited intended audience. I wanted to write something for a larger audience which utilized my considerable library of obscure and bizarre facts and make it fun. It's been fun for me, at least.
What are you working on next?
The next book will be THE SIREN SIGHS, which ties up the "Sirens" trilogy. It should emerge sometime around Fall 2016. Every question which the previous books raise will be answered, though a few more may be asked. It will also bring in a few characters from the books of some of the authors in the "Twin Cities Series."

I have also completed a book for young adults, THE AUTUMN PEOPLE, to be published through more traditional channels.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have always appreciated Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Charles Fort never fails to get the neurons firing. When I was young, Susan Cooper and Lloyd Alexander were important to me. I wish I had been young enough to appreciate John Bellairs when his books were new. As it is, I have to appreciate them now, and I'm probably the better for it.
Describe your desk
My desk sits in front of a wall in the rectory. It is covered with many layers of peeling wallpaper, and when I look at it I feel as if I am excavating the past. This is why I have never recovered this wall, regardless of how many people have told me that I should.
Published 2016-02-12.
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Books by This Author

The Siren Is Silent
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 23,210. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(4.75 from 4 reviews)
In the topsy-turvy world of the Realms, who is a semi-abstinent vampire to trust? When Charles, a bloodsucker with only one victim to his name, is accosted by a homeless junkie claiming to be his wife, she calls into question all sorts of assumptions about his past. Things only get murkier when the Raven entrusts Charles with a precious asset: a young girl who claims to be Charles's daughter.
The Sirens Are Singing
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,750. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(4.50 from 4 reviews)
Malefic giants, baleful specters, hideous were-jaguars. A parade of vile abominations. Ho-hum. As guardian at the gate to the Realms, Charles has seen it all. But his growing feelings for Lindsay the waitress at a run-down Twin Cities diner are making it hard to resist certain long-suppressed urges. Vampiric urges. Maybe love is the real abomination.