Today I'd like welcome Karl A.D. Brown, author of "The Shaker of Worlds" to the Thursday interview. Before we get started, a quick intro!
My name is Karl. I am, married with a lovely wife and daughter. I live in Binghamton, NY. I love the cities and towns of Upstate New York, and they will feature a lot in my stories. I have been writing for a long time, but I have recently decided to take the next step and have a little fun with it by sharing with everyone. I enjoy writing stories that involve the supernatural or dystopian societies. Stay tuned for my next book "The Shaker of Worlds", a supernatural tale about a family with telekinetic powers. I will also be going back to Alfred's world soon as well.
OK - HERE WE GO !!
No.1 Would you break the law to save a loved one? Why?
It would depend on the issue. If they are being unjustly persecuted or if their lives are being endangered and they cannot get any help through the correct legal channels, then ethically and morally what choice would I have but to help? I would do what needed to be done. It’s kind of like the choice Andrew faces in my novel. When Maggie turns up on his doorstep a fugitive from justice, with her children in tow should he have turned her away and not helped?
No.2 What is the difference between being alive and truly living?
Eating, sleeping, breathing, being a passenger in life is being alive. Taking an interest in the world, your loved ones, and having a deep passion for a job is truly living.
No.3 What motivates you to write?
A good story. I love to tell good stories. Sometimes a thought flickers across the consciousness and it makes me wonder, what if…those words are the catalyst for many great stories, what if….Then I am intrigued. Where will this story take me? I become excited and curious, and I have to find out. I have to follow the story’s yellow brick road to see what happens and how it ends.
No.4 Why do humans want children?
Not everyone wants children. But I believe that most people see children as a blessing and their way of creating a loving, bonding biological legacy.
No.5 What was the biggest challenge in creating your book “The Shaker of Worlds”?
The biggest challenge was to get the characters right. There are a lot of twisted, psychotic characters in the book. Since “The Shaker of Worlds” is character driven I had to make sure that they were interesting to readers of the story.
No.6 What is the most important thing you have learned in life so far?
The most important thing I have learned in life so far is to never give up. It sounds cliché but I realize that a lot of success comes with persistence. It’s the same with writing, every completed book is a testament to human ingenuity and persistence.
No.7 How did you come up with the title “The Shaker of Worlds”?
The final title came after about a year into the writing process. I had another title that I was going to use at first, but then about halfway into the story and really understanding what it was finally all about, I realized that the current title “The Shaker of Worlds” was the correct one for the novel.
No.8 How do you handle personal criticism?
Just like anyone else I suppose. As long as it is constructive, then I learn from it and try to get better.
No.9 Why should people read your book?
People should read my book for the same reason I read my favorite authors. I write what I love to read. Intriguing, fast paced, gut-wrenching, twisted, disturbing, absorbing stories that take the reader on a fascinating little trip that they can’t look away from. “The Shaker of Worlds” is about horrible lies, a mother trying to save her family, evil people who want to control the world and supernatural forces playing the dangerous high stakes game of advancing the end of days. I hope that after people read this book they will miss it.
No.10 Why is there something rather than nothing?
I think the universe is always in the process of creating and destroying something. Light and dark, yin and yang, something, nothing, hate, love there is a beautiful, necessary, and terrible symmetry in it all.
Thanks Karl for taking the time to answer my questions
& the best of luck with your new book!
Check out "The Shaker of Worlds" on
Margret Stewart’s family has been ripped apart by a secret government experiment which gave them telekinetic powers. This experiment’s success has drawn the attention not only of powerful government forces who want to capture, imprison and use them for their own purposes, but also supernatural powers that see the family as a vital link in the war between good and evil. It is written that they will have a child who will be The Shaker of Worlds. In a chilling and horrifying story that moves between Earth and Purgatory, the family is hunted by a secret government agency called the Gray Department, as well as dangerous supernatural forces sent to kill or seduce them. The fugitives find themselves at the center of the ultimate struggle between the forces of good and evil.