Interview with Kenneth Yeager

When did you first start writing?
I had always wanted to write a book; however, life has a way of getting in the way of your dreams. First with the rigors of college then the struggle of finding work, starting a family, then building and moving to a new home. Then life threw me a new curve ball. During the market crash caused by the internet bubble burst, back in 2001, I decided it was time to write. Right after I got laid off from my job in technical support, but just before I began working in real estate management; having time on my hands and lots of ideas in my head--especially after reading a lot about the latest research and technology advances--I needed to tell a story.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
As an author you get to create a world of your very own, and while you write the story you actually immerse yourself in that world and carry on conversations with your characters. Some stories are told by a narrator while others take on a first person point of view where the author takes on the persona of either the main character or a support character to tell the story. I've told stories from both types and they are equally fun to write. When you create your own world, the only limitation is your own imagination.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Florida, on the west coast, with the Cape Kennedy Space Center on the east coast straight across the state from my home. Even though it was on the other side of the state, that didn't matter. Every thing they launched from the cape could be seen from my neck of the woods, and you better believe I watched every launch I could. One year my mom drove us over to watch a launch and I believe we went to see my dad too who was doing seasonal maintenance at a power plant nearby. I'm pretty sure I heard him say later that he even peeked out to see the launch. It was one of the first launches of the Space Shuttle, STS-6 I believe, and the raw power of that shuttle blasting off shook me to the core. It was AWESOME!! I was interested in everything to do with space before that, but ever since--be it Science Fiction or Science Fact--I was hooked.
Who are your favorite authors?
Oh man! There are sooo many, where do I begin? Well here's a few: I love science fiction authors: Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, C.J. Cherryh, Philip K. Dick, Jules Verne, and Orson Scott Card. Fantasy authors: J.R.R. Tolkien (of course), C.S. Lewis, J.K. Rowling, and George R.R. Martin. Mystery authors: Agatha Christie, Edgar Allan Poe, and Arthur Conan Doyle (Elementary, my dear Watson). General Fiction: Charles Dickens and Mark Twain. While most of these listed have had at least one story turned into a movie or TV series, I would love to see C.J. Cherryh's Foreigner Series on the big screen. I think that would be cool.
What do your fans mean to you?
I love to invite you--my fans--into my new worlds, and I'm excited to let you explore it in your own way. You are the reason for all of us authors to put our stories into words in the first place, without you, we would just be crazy people wondering around in the strange worlds created in our minds. So thank you for letting me at least appear to be sane. Hee hee hee, twitch! Hee hee, twitch!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yep, in elementary school I wrote a short story about a retired spy reflecting on, or rather lamenting about, his life's work as a spy. He felt so useless now, wiling away his days sleeping on a tattered rug in front of a dirty old fireplace. At least his new master appreciated him bringing in the newspaper and his slippers to his bed. Yah, nobody needs a spy dog to sneak secret messages anymore when you have all this newfangled radio transmitter technology. Not sure if dogs were actually ever used as spies, but hey! I was 9. What did I know? I also later considered an alternative ending to that story where the spy was actually a cigarette with a camera, left crushed and broken in an ashtray in some backwater bar in Berlin.
What is your writing process?
I always start with the question: What If? It's a great question that sparks the imagination and leads to more questions. You can create an entire world around that question. For example, What If the founders of the USA had voted German as the national language? There's a myth the this vote actually took place, in reality there were FAR more english speaking colonists than german ones so even it did come to vote, probably would have been shot down. However, it begs the question, would that have influenced the alliances in the World Wars? Would have the USA and Germany been closer? How would that have decided the fate of those wars? Would Germany have won the first war with the US on their side? Would there have been a Germany ruled by Adolf Hitler? That would be quite a story to tell.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Oh boy! I don't think I could limit myself to five favorite books. Every book I have ever read has had an impact on my life from expanding my imagination to uplifting my spirits and from improving my people skills to teaching me the principles of success. There's Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and Hobbit series, Rowling's Harry Potter series, Cherryh's Foreigner series, Clarke's Space Odyssey series, Card's Ender and Shadow series. Then there are the fantastic personal development books: Napoleon Hill's "Think and Grow Rich", Frank Bettger's "How I Raised Myself From Failure to Success in Sales", David J. Schwartz's "The Magic of Thinking Big", Dale Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People", Les Giblin's "How to Have Confidence and Power in Dealing with People" and Florence Littauer's "Personality Plus". Yeah, so that's a couple more than five. ;-D
Describe your desk
I saw a mock up of J.K. Rowling's desk online once, then interestingly enough during my research for my first novel, I found a picture of the desk of Albert Einstein just the way he left it right after he died. If you combine the two and then adjust for some modern technology (like a keyboard, mouse, monitor, printer, speakers, etc...) you can kinda get a glimpse of my desk. There are a stack of books some with book markers indicating the page I'm at and others I haven't started. Then there's a smattering of papers with to do lists or names, addresses phone numbers or maybe a partial scribble from an assignment given from a personal development book. Business development CD's scattered about an electric pencil sharpener and on top of some manila folders. Sure it's messy, but it's an organized mess.
What are you working on next?
Well, in reality, I never intended to write any more tales from the world of my first novel; however, with such an overwhelming response from those who have read A Dream From the Past, asking that I continue the story and after having so much fun exploring that world and interacting with those characters, I should have guessed in retrospect that a sequel would be inevitable.
Published 2017-03-14.
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Books by This Author

A Dream From The Past
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 61,410. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
Josh is a great leader, the top stepper on the project, returning with every host he stepped back in time to retrieve, including Albert Einstein. But when people start vanishing, the Time Port project is shutdown. When he discovers his wife is among the missing, his only hope is to break into the Time Port to rescue the lost souls, facing his worst fears and the enemy who was once his friend.