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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Author Showcase: Bryan Miller

   Today I'd like to showcase William Bryan Miller, author of Kyrathaba Rising. This is an excellent story, and refreshingly original. Set 300 years in the future, humans have been forced underground due to an alien strike that has left the surface of the planet poisoned by radiation. Aliens, masquerading as humans, are determined to finish off the small population of humans left, and have infiltrated the base known as A3. Sethra and his companions are forced to take drastic action. With their advanced technology, they are able to transfer their conscious minds into an RPG like world called Kyrathaba. Though they escape the deadly radiation poisoning, they face other dangers in this new world. Meanwhile, the dwindling population of A3 they left behind continues to move deeper underground to avoid the ever encroaching radiation, and outsmart the aliens.
  This was a wild ride for me, and I enjoyed it a lot. Kyrathaba Rising is tech heavy and incredibly imaginative. Though the story involves numerous characters, Sethra and his companions keep center stage for me, and it's their plight I was most concerned with. This is a real gem for the true sci-fi reader, and even something for us hardcore gamers who have killed more than a few thousand orcs in our time. William Bryan Miller's great character development and world creation will keep you turning the pages. If you love sci-fi / fantasy with a dystopian feel, you will really enjoy this story, and will definitely get your fill of droids, aliens, and gadgets of all kinds.
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Q. Bryan, Kyrathaba Rising had a lot of pretty advanced technology. True, it takes place 300 years into the future, but how on earth did you come up with some of this?
 A. I’ve always had a rich imagination. Add to that the fact that I’ve read hundreds of science-fiction novels, and watched scores of science-fiction movies, and I guess you have the basis for this creativity.
Q. I know you have a long list of academics to your credit, but what specifically- aside from a great imagination, qualifies you to give such details about this wondrous technology?
A. Truthfully, I’m not qualified. I’m not a scientist or technologist. In fact, my Masters degree is in counseling education. I tried to give plausible descriptions of technology that I imagined might be developed in the next few centuries. If it came across believably, then I succeeded.
Q. You certainly did! This is the first book in a trilogy?
 A. Well, maybe. It’s definitely the first in a duology, and perhaps the first in a trilogy. After that, I have an idea for a series of Dean-Koontz-like novels.
Q. As intense as this book was, I can't imagine how you could maintain such intensity through even one more book. Care to give us a sneak peek at what we can expect?
 A.  Ah, you have seen behind the curtain :) It is difficult to maintain such intensity. Right now, I don’t have the creative juices flowing. I’ve learned, as a hobbyist computer programmer, to wait until “the bug bites me” to start on a project. When the “I want to create something” urge is upon me, I’m able to produce creative things like this. When it’s not, I’ve learned to hang it up for awhile.
Q. Believe me, I know that feeling. I'm looking forward to the next book, and I'm sure anyone who has read Kyrathaba Rising is as well. Do you have a launch date yet for the next one?
 A. I’m hoping that I will become inspired to write it sometime this year, 2014. My hope is that, with the launch of a sequel, the set of books may sell better than the lone novel has. That being said, I haven’t spent much money promoting the novel (less than $50.00 in half a year). I have found proofreading others’ self-published books to be far more lucrative than my novel has been. I wrote Kyrathaba Rising at a time when I was on leave from work and bored out of my skull. I thought, “I need a project. Hey! I’ve always wanted to be an author...”
Q. If that's what comes from being bored, I can't imagine what you could wow us with when you actually try, lol. Any closing comments you'd like to leave us with?
A. I so appreciate your willingness to shine a spotlight on my book, and I love your blog, The Write Place! I plan on sharing it with friends on Facebook, Google+, and other social media sites. All the best to you!

Thanks, Bryan! I wish you great success and look forward to showcasing you with your next book!

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